Asia Grand View Hotel in Coron, PalawanSunday, June 21, 2015
Life is full of surprises, indeed! You just have to consistently pray for it and work hard to have it and voila, you’re on it! I’ve been dreaming of Palawan. Actually, it is on my bucket list this year as I already planned how I am going to spend my allotted vacation leaves in the office. When promo fares are coming I am one of those travel enthusiasts that patiently waiting for it to score a very cheap airfares and yeah, I did book for Puerto Princesa, Palawan on September and Coron, Palawan on December and I couldn’t contain my excitement because as early as of now, I am already planning on that vacation – where to stay, what to eat, what to do and whatnot. But before it would happened, another blessing in disguise is coming on my way and seems like it is what written on my stars, I will be in Coron, Palawan early than I planned. Woohoo.
Last week, Wednesday morning when I was busy working with my day task in the office, I got a call from a friend and inviting me over to Coron, Palawan to do a hotel review. Without any hesitation and thinking of what I’ll be living at work, I said YES! (I have to emphasize the word yes to show how excited I am). Once confirmed, I filed a vacation leave with some exchange deals like working on weekends to do what supposedly be done during Monday-Wednesday which turned out to be fine, vacation leave approved.
On June 15, the adventure started. Skyjet Airlines brought us to Busuanga Airport, Palawan safe and sound. Though there was some mishaps because out flight was delayed for 1 ½ hours due to air traffic but upon boarded, Skyjet Airlines brought us to our destination for only 35 minutes, and they’re the fastest aircraft that I boarded with. More so, it totally gave us a smooth travel. Meanwhile, welcome to Coron, Palawan and the staffs of Asia Grand View Hotel were already waiting for us, greeted us with their sweet and charming smile that connotes a fun and exciting adventure that awaits ahead. And before I started on how I spent my journey on that beautiful town of Palawan, let me share with you first m review about my home in 3 days – Asia Grand View Hotel. Ok, let’s get started, shall we?
Asia Grand View Hotel Inc. is located in a scenic view of Jolo, Brgy. 5, Coron, Palawan. Coron is remarkable for its rich marine life, lush green mountains and rich flora and fauna, teeming marine life, speak of paradise unlike any other. It beckons every traveler to experience its amazing beauty. More so, Asia Grand View Hotel is inspired by the contemporary Asian arts, crafts and charming underwater world of Palawan and started its operation on August 26, 2011. I like and love how relaxing the ambiance with the refreshing view while hanging around either on the roof deck or Bayview Restaurant. The mountains, the oceans, the Mother Nature that surrounds the hotel was such a bliss. You can see that this hotel is an environmental friendly and exactly know how to preserve natural resources.
Just after finishing our refreshing welcome drinks, Lemongrass Tea, we were accompanied on our hotel rooms. Ate Joy of http://www.gastronomybyjoy.com and I were happily shared the Superior room that has a twin bed perfectly fitted for two persons and has a garden view.
Asia Grand View Hotel has a total number of 20 rooms wherein Filipino and Asian design with the structures to blend with local aesthetics were used that would soften the impact of the hotel on its environment. As I mentioned above, we had the Superior room with a verandah that has a total of 46 square meters located in the lower floors with a garden view that gave us an invigorating treat. I love how it is decorated with white and clean curtains that gives a bright ambiance which also let the natural light comes in. It is also equipped with an air-con, closet that has hangers for your clothes, a safety box, hot and cold water, coffee & tea, refrigerator with refreshments inside and no need to bring toiletries because the hotel already has soap, shampoo and conditioner, bath gel and body lotion available in the bathrooms. Its soft pillows and comfy sheets gave me the comfortable sleep and gave me a hard time to get up.
Other rooms are Deluxe & Superior (with Bay view) rooms that has a size of 46 square meters and 35 square meters, respectively. The Deluxe room is located on the upper floor with a swimming pool and bay view while the other one is located on the upper floor area with a bay view, both has veranda perfect for reading books or just having coffee or tea while enjoying the picturesque view. Room rates ranges at P6,600 to P7,700 nett/night.
The Amenities & Facilities
Of course, travelers and tourists also look for hotel’s amenities as it would also give the best travel ever that they could ever have when on a certain place. Well, I do simply because when planned stuff didn’t turn out well, at least I do have a backup plan. Like for example, if you’re going to do an island hopping (which is a must when in Palawan) and it rains, perhaps you’ll decide to stay in your hotel for your own good and safety which sometimes ruins your vacation. I was glad, that Asia Grand View Hotel thought of that and aiming to give its guests aside from its distinct, comfortable, and sophisticated but also a wonderful vacation one’s ever dreamed of. Thus, they are offering amenities and facilities that make its guests have a pleasurable stay.
Front Desk & Guest Services Center (Open from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m.). The Front Desk staff handle all inquiries and requests concerning rooms, facilities and services, room amenities, trips & tours, massage, doctor or medical assistance lost and found, message handling, mail, safety deposit, baby sitting (by arrangement), ticket reservation and re-confirmation, and booking assistance or other activities you can do in the hotel or within Coron.
Front Desk houses the Toys Chest, which includes board games, children’s books and other fun activity materials, all yours to enjoy! The Hotel Manager, Ms. Rohanne Bolohabo, together with her friendly staffs Adora & Jem, would definitely willing to help you with all your needs, just approach them. By the way, I assure you having these three ladies on your vacation, you will surely have a great time. With Ms. Rohanne there will be no dull moments.
Mini Library. Located at the Activity Center, a variety of paperbacks and other books in different languages are available for your reading pleasures. Kindly inform the Front Desk before borrowing from the library and remember to return the books before you checkout. You read it right dearies, there is a mini library so to those who loves to read on their leisure time, there’s always a book for you.
Indoor Sports. Enjoy darts, billiards, and table tennis free of charge. You may also invite their staff to join you for the game. This is how flexible they are!
Bayview Restaurant. Savour sumptuous Asian and International cuisine at the al fresco type Restaurant. Breakfast is served from 6 to 9 in the morning, lunch is from 12 to 2 in the afternoon and dinner is from 7 to 10 in the evening. The restaurant also sometime serves as venue to cultural presentations, entertainment and events. I know these foods that I am going to share will make you salivates. Well, indulged yourself on these palatable dishes.
Bayview Bar. The resort’s main bar, located by the restaurant, offers a wide variety of wines and liquors. Cocktail drinks and other special mixed beverages are also concocted by our friendly bartenders. Bayview Bar is open from 7 a.m. until the last guest leaves.
Bayview Roof deck. Which I guess, an event place. It is also perfect for your outfit-of-the-day photo shoot as it has an awesome view. An overlooking place to see the wonders of Mother Nature!
Swimming Pools. In-house guests are priority users. Swimming pool operation is from 7:00am to 11:00pm (unless under treatment). The main pool designed to join children and adults starts at 2 feet with the final depth of 6 feet, an infinity edge draws the water into a falls, over the dive pool. Proper swimming attire is expected. To avoid risks of injury, please do not jump or dive. Please refrain from creating noise that will affect and disturb other guest’s peace and privacy. Your visitors must be registered at the front desk. Pool charges apply for visitors of in-house guests. (Please check with the front desk). Gee… most of you know how much I love infinity pool. It gives an overflowing ideas that would make me a better person. Thus, whenever I travel, having an infinity swimming pool is a plus factor to me.
The Dive pool has steps for entry, within 4 feet, a tableau serves as initially training point. The Dive Pool is 8 feet deep. Please ask our Dive Officer or Guest Service Officer for assistance.
AGVH Dive Center. Operated by Coron Reef Divers. Get the best diving experience! Coordinate your dive plans and dive tour with any of hotel’s PADI and SDI accredited Dive Instructors and Masters. Coron is very popular for its Dive spots including 11 World War II shipwrecks, Barracuda Lake, certified marine park – Siete Pecados and a lot more!
Massage Services. I love having massage that’s why I always see to it to have one before going home. It relieves pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness. Asia Grand View Hotel offers massage services suited to your needs and a very affordable prices (I had 60-minute massage for only P495!) such as:
Traditional Hilot Massage (60 minutes). This traditional massage traces its roots from Filipino origins. Emphasis is on the nerves, for better blood circulation.
Aromatheraphy Massage (60 minutes). An aromatic, light pressure massage that uses a draining technique for increased activity of the lymphatic drainage system. Recommended for the older generation or for pregnant women.
Anti-Stress Massage (60 minutes). A total body Swedish massage that used medium pressure to relieve tension and aching muscles. The benefit is equal that of a 4-hour sleep.
Detoxification Massage (60 minutes). Equivalent to 1 hour of strenuous exercise. Induces weight loss and tones muscles when done regularly. Emphasis is in the elimination of toxins through increased activity in the lymphatic drainage system. A combination of Shiatsu and Swedish techniques.
Back Massage (30 minutes). A relaxing massage that is a combination of techniques to relieve tension and aching back muscles. Also improves muscle tone.
Asia Grand View Hotel Inc. is situated at a breath-taking view of Governors Avenue, Jolo, Brgy.5, Municipality of Coron, Palawan. It is part of the Calamianes Group of Islands, and is located at the northern tip of Palawan, the Philippine’s last frontier.
The hotel is 30-45 minutes or 11.2 kilometers away from Busanga airport and 10-15 minutes away from the town center.
From El Nido Airport it is at 122.6 kilometers away.
From Manila, 35 minutes flight time via Skyjet Airlines takes you to the Francisco Reyes Busuanga airport.
My Verdict: My 3 days and 2 nights stay was superb! It was a very relaxing vacation that I’ve been looking for any getaway that I am with. It was worth my time (I had a well-spent vacation leaves) and effort to saw its beauty and appreciated the wonderful creation of God. I saw how the hotel managed to live up its vision and mission - to preserve the wonders of our Mother Nature and yet giving the best services that Asia Grand View Hotel guests could ever have. I surely recommends this to my family and friends. It was really and R and R kind of escape.
Thank you Sir Pete Dacuycuy for such a wonderful and memorable getaway.
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Asia Grand View Hotel
Governor’s Avenue, Jolo, Brgy. 5, Coron, Palawan, PH
Phone: (+63) 917 5507375 | (+63) 999 8817848
E-mail: email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meanwhile, stay tuned for my next post about our Coron Island Hopping, SkyJet Airlines, Mt. tapyas, Tabing Dagat Hotel in Culion, the Town of Culion and our 3 days 2 nights itinerary.
Have a Blessed Sunday!