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TRAVEL DIARY: Coron, Palawan, Philippines


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TRAVEL DIARY: Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Hannah Bianca

    Hello, hello! I'm back and I'm better (and a lot tanner) than ever! I've definitely been super sporadic with all of my posts because of how busy I've been with college and my studies, but now (finally!) I’m on my summer vacation which means one,  I can explore more and try new things, and two, I will finally be able to dedicate more time to my blog. About two weeks ago, I took my finals early and sent myself off to the Philippines for a vacation with my boyfriend, his family, and now my family. I extended my trip and tomorrow, I’ll be off to Japan!

    The past week, I’ve been getting loads of rest and relaxation on a private island in Coron, Palawan. I stayed at this beautiful resort called Club Paradise, and let me tell you, it definitely lives up to its name. It’s a private resort that holds a maximum of 200 guests and it rarely actually gets full. Imagine going to a beach with the perfect weather and sunset that doesn’t have dozens of kids and their families running around, or isn’t super crowded so you can actually enjoy your time there. A full bar, hammocks directly on the beach, and cute desserts delivered to your room every night—for free, of course.

    For five beautiful days, this was my home. This was all thanks to my boyfriend’s parents who were renewing their vows for their 25th anniversary. Couple goals, am I right? *cue in crying and heart eyes emojis everywhere* Honestly, I am so grateful they let me take part in it; not only was I able to watch and participate in a beautiful ceremony, but I was able to have the vacation of my dreams! The only actual problem I experienced on the island were mosquitos and bugs everywhere, but it’s hot, humid, and below the equator—what do you expect?

   There was so much for us to do: island hopping, incredible massages, relaxing on a hammock and sipping on some fresh coconut juice, beachfront “date night” dinners, and activities such as kayaking and snorkeling amongst many other things. Club Paradise is known for hosting very romantic events like weddings, proposals, anniversaries, honeymoons and other romantic getaways. In the week I was there, I came across two weddings, a beach dinner proposal, and at least three couples spending their honeymoon and anniversary there! That being said, it is a great place targeted around couples rather than complete families, but that does not mean that all of their activities are meant for strictly couples; there is an activity schedule hosted by the resort itself holding events like cupcake decorating and movies on the beach that kids and families are welcome to partake in. There’s also a hidden beach, hiking trail, and a light-up pool. 

    Each morning brought on a new adventure on the island. One day I would wake up before dawn to go on a hike to the hidden beach so I could watch the sunset; the next, I would sleep in and order an amazing breakfast in bed; another day, I would wake up and enjoy the beach and sunny weather first thing; the last, I would wake up early to catch the boat that takes you island hopping.

    Island hopping would have to be one of my favorite parts of the trip; the tour guides will take you island to island, from the Twin Lagoons to the famous natural hot springs, and to the local towns of Palawan. We also got to snorkel in areas full of beautiful coral reefs and limestone! When coming back to the main private island via speed boat, the workers waited for us with strawberry mango coolers and shrimp nachos, with a cold towel and big smile. That day specifically was spent under the sun for hours on end and is particularly tiring, but I believe its worth it for such a fun experience!

    Not only all of that, but I’d genuinely commend the staff and workers of CP for their service. The workers are always there to tend to your needs and requests full time, and are some of the nicest and most welcoming I have ever come across. Practically every single worker I passed greeted me with a welcoming smile and good morning or afternoon each time I passed them no matter what they were doing. It’s more than likely to be part of their job, but they do it so enthusiastically! If I had a job like that, it probably wouldn’t work out because I definitely have a bad case of RBF (resting bitch face). Also, they arrange cute towel animals on your cleaned up bed every single night. On top of that, they stock up my toiletries and hand deliver desserts to your room. It’s incredibly spoiling; I felt like an actual princess being tended to. My favorite part of their service was that upon arrival and departure (and almost every single dinner), they have a mariachi-like band sing to you their own Paradise theme song. They welcome you with flutes of calamansi-cucumber juice, cold towelettes, and depart you with a picture taken upon arrival.

    It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am so grateful to take with my boyfriend and his family. I loved the clear water and warm sand; the open bar and their lethal island mojitos and pineapple mango cocktails; the romantic feel and extents the resort goes to in order to make guests happy. I truly enjoyed my time at Club Paradise Palawan and intend to return very soon—save me a fresh buko! | Instagram @clubparadisepalawan | TripAdvisor @Club Paradise Palawan



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