Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa (2023 Review)

princesa garden island resort and spa

Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa is an oasis of tranquility in the middle of Puerto Princesa. It’s one of the best resorts in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This resort is located only 15 minutes away from the airport and is surrounded by lush greenery and crystal-clear waters at the sandbar. Boasting amenities such as non-motorized water sports, outdoor swimming pools, and luxurious rooms, this resort is ideal for a relaxing getaway.

Princesa Garden Island Resort
Princesa Garden Island Resort drone shot

The accommodation at the resort are tailored to meet every type of traveler. For couples looking for a romantic getaway, there are oceanfront villas complete with an outdoor private bathtub. For families, the resort offers suites that feature spacious living areas and separate bedrooms for extra comfort. Additionally, all of the rooms come with complimentary daily breakfast so you can start your day in style.

If you’re planning to book a room at Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa, here’s everything you need to know.

Our Experience

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Das me after our underground river tour 😀

Upon arriving at the airport, Ryk and I were picked up by a van and shuttled to the resort. Here, we got to try their famous floating breakfast in the pool, which was truly delightful.

The hotel staff were all very friendly and accommodating, offering us helpful tips on where to go and what to do during our stay. We also took advantage of their offers, like the underground river tour, romantic dinner, chess games, and more. The food they served was delicious too!

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Played chess here for over two hours!

Floating Breakfast

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Floating breakfast drone shot

The floating breakfast is one of the resort’s unique offerings. It is served daily, but you have to book at least one day in advance to give the staff time to prepare. You’ll also have to pick your food order in advance. Ryk chose the American breakfast, and I chose the tapsilog. Both were super yummy.

The floating breakfast was a memorable experience for us as it allowed us to enjoy our meal while basking in the sun as we drifted along the pool.

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Gotta eat in the pool. Woooohhhhh!
Floating breakfast
Ryk with the floating breakfast

Underground River Tour

On our second day, we went on an underground river tour. Here, we met the only ventriloquist and magician tour guide in the world, Ernie Sarangaya. He only does tours for the resort with Kara Travel and Tours, so make sure to book a tour when you can. Our two-hour ride went by so fast, thanks to his jokes and magic tricks.

Ernie Sarangaya
Here’s a photo of me, kuya Ernie and our awesome driver (right to left)!

The underground river was also so mesmerizing, with its many limestone formations. It was truly a sight to behold! *Will update this with a link to our travel guide to the Underground River. Look forward to it! 😉

And at lunchtime, we got to try the famous woodworm “tamilok” and by “we”, I meant Ryk. According to him, the worm tasted like an oyster. It was surprisingly delicious.

Watch the video below for more info on the tamilok:

Romantic Dinner

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Romantic dinner
Romantic Dinner Princesa Garden
Romantic Dinner Princesa Garden

On our last day, we had a romantic dinner by the pool. We were served a four-course meal prepared by their in-house chef. It was such a special end to our vacation. From the appetizer to the dessert, everything was just perfect. But of course, I especially loved the dessert coconut panna cotta. I highly recommend trying it!

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So good! Panna cotta <3

Dining Experience

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What we ate for lunch. Yummy!

Tomato and Basil is the all-day dining restaurant of the resort. Here, you can find a mix of Italian dishes, from pasta to wood-fired baked pizza. Do not miss out on their delectable desserts, either. All the food we tried here was delicious.

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Entrance to the restaurant. You can’t miss it!
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Tomato and Basil Restaurant

What the Resort Offers

This postcard-perfect resort features a variety of activities that will keep you entertained throughout your stay. Spend the day lounging at one of the many outdoor pools or take part in a host of water sports, such as kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. For a more relaxing experience, avail of their in-room massage.

Rooms

For accommodation options, you can choose from the signature, pool, or luxury collection.

Signature Collection

Choose from the Princesa Classic, Suite, or Family Room with Ocean View. Each room is equipped with a balcony, rain shower, and an LCD TV.

Pool Collection

Want direct access to the pool? Choose from the Pool Access or Family Room with Pool Access. Each room is equipped with direct pool access, a rain shower, and an LCD TV. The family room has a pool and ocean view, as well as a spacious living and dining area.

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Luxury Collection

If you have more budget to spare, consider the luxury collection. Choose from premier pool, double pool, water villa, or three-bedroom luxury suite. The double pool is their best seller. The room is called a double pool because it has a spacious bathtub inside and direct access to a private pool outside. The water villa, on the other hand, is an over-water accommodation that’s best for couples who want a bedroom facing the ocean and an outdoor bathtub.

Princesa Garden Water Villas
Princesa Garden Water Villas
Water Villa
Water Villa
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Imagine yourself chilling in that outdoor bathtub!
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Double pool!

Dining

The resort has multiple dining options available:

  • Tomato and Basil
  • Sala Lobby Lounge
  • Rice (Temporarily Closed)
Tomato and Basil
Tomato and Basil
Princesa Garden Rice Restaurant
Princesa Garden Rice Restaurant
Sala Lobby Lounge
Sala Lobby Lounge
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Facilities

Enjoy the following facilities:

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Sports
  • Non-Motorized Water Sports Facilities
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Hari Ballroom
  • Reyna Function Hall
  • Chapel
  • Billiards
  • Fitness Center
  • Parking area
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Yup! You can also book the place for events and weddings. There was an ongoing wedding preparation when we visited.

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Discover Palawan Tours

The resort offers several Puerto Princesa tours, such as:

City Tour

Itinerary:

• Crocodile Farm

• Mitra’s Ranch

• Baker’s Hill

• Binuatan Weaving Creations

Underground River Tour

Itinerary:

• Sabang Wharf

• Sabang Beach

• Underground River

Mangrove Tour

Itinerary:

• Sabang Mangrove

Honda Bay Island Hopping

Itinerary:

• Starfish Island

• Luli Island

• Cowrie Island

Firefly Watching

Itinerary:

  • The Iwahig Firefly Watching and Mangrove River Cruise

Estrella Falls

Itinerary:

  • The Municipality of Narra, Palawan

Others

You can also try:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Dolphin Watching – seasonal
  • Whale Shark Watching – seasonal

With so many things to do and tours to try, Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa is the perfect place for an unforgettable Puerto Princesa vacation. You can check here for the complete details on the tours.

Ongoing Renovations and Improvements

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Look forward to:

  • New rooms
  • Pool deck
  • Club lounge
  • Recreational area
  • Karaoke bar
  • Hilot spa
  • Roof deck bar
  • Rice coffee shop extension
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose studio
  • Gift shop
  • Banquet lounge

Check here for the full resort expansion details.

Promos

Take advantage of the resort’s ongoing promos. Currently, they’re offering the “It’s All In Package”. This package includes 4D/3N stay in your preferred accommodation of choice + 4 tours + food credit.

It’s All In Package

Soft Opening

The resort is currently on its soft opening, and as such, there are facilities that are not yet open. You can check out their website to see which ones are available.

Conclusion

Overall, we had a great time at Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa. Definitely one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever taken! If you’re looking for a paradise escape with luxurious amenities and activities to keep you busy, this is definitely the place for you. We can’t wait to go back!

Ready for your own Puerto Princesa adventure? Book a stay at Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa now and experience the vacation of your dreams! Visit www.princesagardenisland.com for more details.

Contact

Contact Details of Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa: 

  • Located: 15-mins away from the Puerto Princesa International Airport 
  • Address: Caniguiran, Barangay Bancao-Bancao,Puerto Princesa, Palawan, 5300, Philippines
  • Manila Contact Details:(+63) 917 873 9574(+63) 918 967 5132
  • Palawan Contact Details: +63 926 741 4072 / +63 969 275 0185
  • Email: reservation@princesagardenisland.com 
  • Website: www.princesagardenisland.com
  • FB/IG: @princesagarden 
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