Preparing your next getaway with friends can be a challenge. Aside from making sure that all your schedules match, you have to find a great place where everyone can enjoy while working within the group’s budget. The ultimate goal: to plan a memorable barkada trip where you get the best experiences without breaking the bank and every moment is worth the money spent.
Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa provides a luxury vacation package that includes accommodation, activities, food and a scenic backdrop. What’s more, all these are accessible even to young professionals who are conscious about spending their hard-earned money.
Known to be one of the most beautiful destinations here in the Philippines, Palawan is a scenic island that offers various unique attractions.
Princesa Garden Island offers a sprawling four-hectare paradise that is only 10 to 15 minutes away from the city airport. Upon arriving at the resort, you will immediately get a glimpse of the island’s beauty while being greeted by the captivating coconut-shaded gardens.
The entire resort features organic and recycled materials, including corals, rocks, and bamboo, as well as the Palaweño wood carvings that give the resort a uniquely local atmosphere. Focused on sustainability, Princesa Garden Island highlights environmentally-friendly solutions such as the use of its own water treatment and desalination facility. They also utilize solar energy with the roofs lined with several solar panels for sustainable electricity. Even the 1,640-sqm. pool in the Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa is chlorine-free and uses nothing but natural sea salt water.
Princesa Garden Island offers a wide array of rooms and villa options in Signature, Pool, and Luxury collections. The rooms are 45 sqm. to 120 sqm., with each equipped to pamper the guests with modern Filipino decor, free Wi-Fi, 40-inch TV and 12-inch rain showers, as well as the most comfortable beds and pillows. Suites and family rooms have either a jacuzzi or direct access to pools.
If your group is looking for the ultimate luxury stay, the Water Villa is the perfect choice. These bungalows are above the water, providing a 180-degree view of the ocean horizon through its wall-to-ceiling glass. The villa also includes a wooden deck with daybeds, comfortable hammocks, and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
There’s the Hari Ballroom with its 600-seat capacity for events and parties. Its Reyna Function Hall features state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and can accommodate 200 people. The resort also has a chapel for weddings or simply for guests looking for peace and spirituality during their vacation.
If you are craving for Filipino and international cuisine, visit the open-theater kitchen of Rice, the resort’s all-day dining cafe. Meanwhile, lovers of Italian cuisine can dine at Tomato and Basil Cuisina Italiana, an al fresco specialty restaurant where wood-fired baked pizza and other Italian dishes are served with a glass of Italian wine. The Sala Lobby Lounge is the best choice if you and your friends prefer a cozy ambiance and cocktail bites, accompanied by the soothing music that fills the main reception building.
There’s no shortage of activities in the island either. Visit unique natural wonders such as the saltwater pool, sunny sandbar, and leafy mangrove forest. Meanwhile, the adventure seekers can ask Princesa Garden Island’s tour desk for assistance on trying out activities offered outside the resort such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and island hopping.
Cap your adventure-filled day by stopping by the Hilot Spa, which promises a blissful retreat to soothe the mind and body. Housed in a modern minimalist casita that exudes rustic simplicity, this wellness haven provides pampering like no other. It has eight rooms that feature its own shower and pocket garden, and a couple of rooms with jacuzzi. Plus, all treatments at the resort and spa include the use of jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. The Hilot Spa also provides in-room service.
Princesa Garden Island knows that price is just as important as the experience. The resort makes sure that its luxurious amenities and accommodations, as well as the top-notch service will be available to those on a budget. Princesa Garden Island offers an All In Package, which includes four days and three nights accommodation with P2,500 worth of food credit good for two persons. Included in the package are four tours — an Underground River tour with buffet lunch, Honda Bay island hopping with lunch and dinner, a city tour, and a sandbar tour. The all-in package also comes bundled with roundtrip airport transfers and 20 percent discount on spa services.