Bacau Bay Resort Coron
Governor’s Drive, Sitio Jolo, Poblacion 5, Coron, Palawan
Rates start at P10,000
At a Glance
Room: Contemporary and spacious
Food and drink: Filipino favorites cooked with French techniques
Staff: Always with a smile
Why you should stay: It offers a comfortable stay with everything you need
(SPOT.ph) If you've been planning some time away from the Metro, Palawan is a good option for that getaway. The province was recently named one of the most beautiful islands on CNN Travel's list in September, and even before that distinction, we all know that it is home to plenty of attractions and natural wonders. Beyond the clear waters and majestic limestones, you can also look forward to newly opened resorts in the area—one of which is Bacau Bay Resort Coron.
Bacau Bay Resort Coron is right next a mangrove forest, known locally as bakawan, which explains the resort’s name. Spanning 1.6 hectares, the resort is ideal for those who want a comfortable stay and convenient access to Coron’s attractions. The entire property is home to 64 deluxe rooms and 15 premier suites, all with contemporary design. All rooms come with a balcony, so you can enjoy the view of the resort, and for some, the bay.
But your best bet is probably the presidential suite, which features a private villa right by their man-made "beach." Gilbert Uy, general manager of Bacau Bay Resort Coron, explains that the sand for this expansive space is actually made from refined lahar. Eventually, it will serve as a venue for special events like parties and weddings.
But Bacau Bay Resort Coron has more going for them than #aesthetic alone, as they also make a conscious effort towards sustainability. In the guest rooms, you get a carafe with water and glasses so you can refill your own tumbler instead of the usual bottled ones. Toiletries come in dispensers to lessen plastic use; while linens are only changed on the third day, unless you request a clean-up.
What to Do
From the lobby staircase, you can quickly see for yourself the abundance of open space, but not before noticing the huge swimming pool for both kids and adults. A quick tour around the well-manicured compound and you can spot multiple hammocks, garden chairs, and cabanas scattered all around the vicinity, so you can just plop with a book in hand or take a well-deserved nap on a quiet afternoon.
Those into working out will be glad to know that the resort has a fitness center that’s open 24 hours and comes equipped with stationary bikes, TRX, and a treadmill. Kids, on the other hand, can spend their time at the Kiddie Activity Area, where they can tinker with board games and toys in an enclosed and air-conditioned colorful space.
Of course, the resort is not just about letting you have a comfortable stay, they’re also after making it memorable and activity-packed—if that’s your thing. Uy describes Bacau Bay Resort Coron as “the new getaway to nature's wonders," and it couldn’t be more fitting. Aside from offering town tours, the resort has its own pier that serves as the guests' convenient jump-off point for island-hopping and diving activities. From this jetty port, you can visit famous destinations like the Twin Lagoon, where you can wade in saltwater and admire the beauty of the naturally formed limestones. You can also go snorkelling at the Coral Gardens or try skindiving at the Skeleton Wreck.
There’s also an option to take a break on your island tour and make a stop at Paca Island, a complementary facility of Bacau Bay Resort Coron where the resort staff can arrange lunch for you and your companions. While on that island, you can take a nap in one of the cabanas. Uy shares that they hope to offer glamping on the island soon, especially since the island already has a mini bar, toilets, and shower areas. In the future, they also plan to offer boat trips timed around sunset and enjoy refreshments and snacks at the boat or cocktails and snacks while admiring the orange skies.
After exploring islands or going around Coron town proper, you can soothe your tired muscles and head over to Ahon Spa. Their signature massage is a combination of Thai, Ayurveda, Shiatsu and Swedish techniques, which will leave you rejuvenated after a 60-minute session.
Where to Eat
At the helm of Bacau Bay Resort Coron's restaurants is Chef Redj Baron. He applies French techniques in Filipino dishes, which explains why the dishes are comfortingly familiar yet a bit unusual.
They source ingredients locally as much as possible, according to Uy, so you can expect mostly seafood and chicken in their restaurants. Their local shellfish, kibao, is prepared in a variety of ways at Amihan Restaurant: there’s the Baked Kibao, where each piece of the shellfish is generously covered with a slightly toasted mix of parmesan and cream, and topped with bacon bits for some crunch; and Kibao Clear Soup, a bouillabaisse that lets the flavor of the seafood shine through.
Their other dishes are just as well-considered. Take for example Crispy Samaral, where bite-sized fried pieces of boneless fish are paired with vinegar. Uy explains that this dish was first offered in island tours in lieu of the grilled version. Not to be missed are the Lechong Tiyan ng Baboy sa Kamias at Tanglad, which features thick, tender slices of flavorful pork belly; and the creamy yet hefty Pinais na Tanigue sa Malunggay at Gata. Both dishes won in the Pabolyokan Cooking Festival, a contest among hotels and restaurants in Coron.
On the other hand, there’s Pugon Café, which offers Italian fare—wood-fired brick oven pizza, anyone?—right next to the man-made beach and a view of the mangroves.
At the end of a long day, you can head to two places to have a nightcap: the Isla Bar, the resort’s bar by the pool; or the Sirena Pier Bar, which, as the name implies, is located at the resort pier. It’s also where you can find a stretch of nettings with huge pillows above water—a great spot to stay and pass the time away as you listen to the sound of crashing waves.
How to Get There
CebGo and SkyJet fly direct from Manila to Busuanga, Palawan. Bacau Bay Resort Coron is 30 minutes away from Busuanga Airport. Land transfer can be arranged.
Bacau Bay Resort Coron is at Governor’s Drive, Sitio Jolo, Poblacion 5, Coron, Palawan. Room rate starts at P10,000. For more information, visit Bacau Bay Resort Coron's website.