We travel the world to see places, taste new flavors, discover new things, meet people & learn about their culture. And there are also places worth coming back to.
We’ve been to Palawan several times already, more specifically in Puerto Princessa. Being one of the more developed cities in the island, it provides the basic convenience of a city while still retaining a certain provincial vibe in every other nook and scenic spot.
Blue Palawan Staycation in Puerto Princessa
Speaking of a ‘home‘ that we keep coming back to is ‘Blue Palawan Beach Club‘ on the eastern side of the island.
A few months ago, we revisited Blue Palawan to celebrate Mrs. Seats For Two‘s birthday away from the bustle of Manila and the unending stress of work.
The first time we stayed at the resort was in 2015 with our friends from Air Asia for the “World’s Best Island” campaign. We were already captivated with its chill beach vibe even back then. Its nipa accommodations with pointed roof was maintained clean with its minimalist design and eco-friendly interiors.
The resort of Blue Palawan is conveniently located at the end of BM Road still within the city proper of downtown Puerto Princesa and just about 15 minutes away from the airport.
It boasts of a refreshing landscape of green palms, the aforementioned modern nipa huts, stone walk pathway on powdery sands, a restaurant that serves great food, and a blue pool that aligns itself with the horizon of the beach front right beside it.
Reminiscing the Blue Hues
As we walked towards the reception leading to the restaurant, we could already see the familiar swimming pool overlooking the calm beach. The background music provided the relaxing mood fit for the occasion.
A little bit farther, the rattan hummock in between decade-old trees was slowly swaying with the gentle sea breeze of the afternoon.
There were some changes and improvements since our last visit.
New rooms for guests that were then still under construction in 2015, are now fully built for guests with a big family or group travelers – they call it the “Surf Room“.
The beach bar / pool bar, on one side of the pool, and adjacent to the restaurant, seems like a cool spot for night parties or afternoon barbecue sessions.
We also found new teepee-type small open huts beside the restaurant for groups who wants to gather, perhaps while munching on some treats or watching the sunrise in the morning. It’s also a good hang-out spot for a bonfire setup at night, while playing with your feet on the sand – a paradise scene of some sort.
Rooms at Blue Palawan utilise a generally minimalist design.
Our room was simple, cozy, and spacious with generous natural light care of the high glass wall and sliding doors you can manage with the white window curtains. The open ceiling reveals the abaca roof while a white sheet elegantly hangs above the bed for convenience.
Aside from the twin bed, there’s a twin lavatory too. A cable television, coffee and tea facility, set of toiletries, and soft clean towels, completes the round about.
We instantly converted the twin bed into a one huge couple bed with a few push here and there. The resort was fully booked even in the supposed low-season of July – a good sign for the travel industry of Puerto Princessa best known as one for the gateways to Coron and El Nido.
We love the quaint veranda of every nipa hut where one can enjoy a chat or to simply lounge on whenever (first photo on top).
The central location of the pool is another favorite of ours as well. We have our breakfast, lunch and dinner by the pool and the beach area right in front of it.
Guests would barely need to go out of the resort (unless you’re going island-hopping in the nearby Honda Bay). The restaurant serves a range of food from light snacks to full meals from different cuisines. Lunch, dinner, and everything in between would not be a problem. In one of our lunch, we shared an order of Grilled Tanigue Fish with vegetables on the side. A bowl of Filipino soup with pork viand called Pork Sinigang would be a good choice for dinner.
On the other hand, the breakfast buffet offers Filipino favorites like rice cakes and an assortment of breads, oats, and juices, among others.
Activities @ Blue
Island hopping at Honda Bay is the most common tourist activity of tourists in Puerto Princessa, aside from making the city a gateway to other major destinations such as Coron and El Nido as mentioned earlier.
But this side of town is actually best known for its seasonal kite boarding activities. Foreigners and locals alike who love the extreme sport of kite boarding troop to Blue Palawan in huge numbers specially during special occasions and beach parties celebrating the same.
For the less adventurous guests, Blue Palawan also offers some water activities such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding for free! (yes, you read that right, it’s free) 🙂 A nearby mangrove area makes an ideal destination for this mini-adventure.
Swimming is best in the morning since the water draws back towards a low-tide in the afternoon. The night is very much alive with Beach parties and Sunset Sessions held every so often.
Being on the east side of Palawan, you get to enjoy the majestic sunrise; so make sure to wake up early in the morning and catch the break of dawn.
Blue Palawan Resort
Address: Hidden Beach, BM Road, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines 5300
Mobile Number: +63917.8314118
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We’ll definitely be back at Blue Palawan Beach Club for another staycation, or even a kite-boarding lesson for beginners, perhaps!