Club Paradise Palawan beachside villa

Why I loved my villa stay in Club Paradise Palawan

The signature welcome foot bath :)

The signature welcome foot bath 🙂

I love my beach side villa stay at Club Paradise Palawan. Not because it’s free but it’s one of those experiences that you can’t just take for granted. Especially if you’ve been quite busy working for the past month, zipping from one destination to the next and going back. Tight deadlines, copious articles to write and images to edit, all for the sake of earning a living to achieve goals and bills to pay.

And then the opportunity to go on vacation, no, working vacation at some remote island, like, where is Dimakya Island (?) where Club Paradise Palawan is situated. I never got the point of its remoteness until I was whisked to a waiting speedboat at some river some thirty minutes away from Busuanga Island’s lone airport.

Ah, Busuanga. Coron. It has been a while, like seven years passed since I last stepped on its earth and it was again time to reconnect neurons and refresh the faint maps in my memories. But the route to Club Paradise was new, which I realized upon seeing unfamiliar terrain and the ever present rough roads.

The wind and salt sprayed on my face as we headed to Dimakya Island. First a faint trace of green and parts of white in a see of blue slowly emerging into a mysterious but beautiful islet. As we approached its outlying waters of aquamarine sea, the powder white sand was already tempting. Down to the sand. Had a sip of welcome drinks as the soft strains of the guitar and melodic voices wafted in the air, greeted us.

I was a bit overwhelmed. It’s not everyday that I get to a remote island, to a distant resort that unfolds beautifully as you become familiar with it. The resident fruit bats amazed me no end. The architecture of Ocean Restuarant was simple but stunning. As I walked to my villa, the sun was bright but the air was heavy with humidity that when I finally arrived at my assigned beachside villa, I was relieved!

The pristine beach was several meters from my place. But the view was beautiful. You can see different species of birds, in different sizes and colors passing by as you just sit on the native chair or lazily swing at the hammock during mornings and sunset. But as the humidity climbs as the sun goes up, the airconditioned room becomes a refuge, a cozy, comfortable refuge with plush pillows and soft mattresses. I love the wide wooden floorboards and how it creaked and grated with every step. It was wonderfully old fashioned flooring!

And you just sleep. Rest. Pause to remember the busy weeks and revel in the feeling of being pampered. Your own villa. Your own space. Beautiful. Restful. And that is why I just loved my stay at my beach side villa at Club Paradise Palawan.

Pump boat that whisked us from the small port to Club Paradise Palawan in Dimakya Island.

Pump boat that whisked us from the small port to Club Paradise Palawan in Dimakya Island.

The low buildings surrounded with trees, vegetation, white sand and the eternally aquamarine waters of the sea

The low buildings surrounded with trees, vegetation, white sand and the eternally aquamarine waters of the sea

Dimakya Island as one goes closer, it gets more captivating

Dimakya Island as one goes closer, it gets more captivating

To my surprise, there was a photo of me framed at the headboard!

To my surprise, there was a photo of me framed at the headboard!

Welcome, in-room and turn down food amenities, clockwise from top right: glass jars of biscuits and cashew nuts, various cheese and crackers courtesy of the house on my last night, pecan and cherry tarts and welcome sweets :)

Welcome, in-room and turn down food amenities, clockwise from top right: glass jars of biscuits and cashew nuts, various cheese and crackers courtesy of the house on my last night, pecan and cherry tarts and welcome sweets 🙂

Interior of my beachside villa where I stayed for two nights. The bed is so cozy and comfortable!

Interior of my beachside villa where I stayed for two nights. The bed is so cozy and comfortable!

Dressing room

Dressing room

The beach side villa exterior

The beach side villa exterior

Native hammock and locally produced furniture face the sea and the sunset

Native hammock and locally produced furniture face the sea and the sunset

A whole menagerie on my bed surprised me and thus, The Minions decided to play

Thanx to Club Paradise for the staycation

Club Paradise Palawan
Dimakya Island, Coron, Northern Palawan
+63 2 719 6971 / 6972 / 6973 / 6988
[email protected]

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

One Comment

  1. Estan, Ang Langyaw (@LangyawMedia)
    September 5, 2015 @ 8:56

    A much needed #staycation at Club Paradise #Palawan #coron http://t.co/0fz1NUVTsb @_clubparadise http://t.co/15T2PGVsjr

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