Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mangenguey Island-Busuanga-Palawan

Mangenguey is an exquisite and remote 13 hectare virgin island located in the southern waters of The Philippine Archipelago in The Calamianes, a pearl of the many Busuanga islands in Northern Palawan.
It is blessed with over 43 bird species, monitor lizards, hawksbill turtles, dugongs, dolphins and an abundance of other natural wonders: magnificent century-old limestone cliffs, caves, ancient dwarf hardwood forests, wild orchids and pristine white sand beaches.

Mangenguey is a perfect location to create a new vision of Utopian living.

 Mangenguey is where you can experience nature and the arts, engage in exchange of ideas, and contribute to a higher cause in preserving it's wildlife, while enjoying the luxuries of a first class destination.
The main house on Mangenguey Island
"Their VISION is to build a unique, exclusive, and self-contained international destination for people looking for an exciting journey where they can be intrigued, entertained, as well as enlightened.

Inside the main house. Indoor - outdoor living experience in a quiet elegant setting.

Romantic candlelit dinners are a frequent happening at Mangenguey,

Mangenguey is a work in progress towards their ultimate dream: to build a unique, exclusive, and self-contained international destination for people looking for an exciting journey where they can be intrigued, entertained, as well as enlightened.

Mangenguey is not corporate run by far, but a private resort open to guests, owned and operated by artist Helena Carratlá Mander and her master builder husband, Richard Mander and their staff.
Have tea served to you in elegance
on the white sand beach.
Although remote, they do have Wi-fi, cable TV and cell phone signal.

Mangenguey has been reviewed on Trip Advisor. They were the winners of a Certificate of Excellence in 2012 by Trip Advisor; The island has been described as "otherworldly", "an  unforgettale utopia", "paradise".

For more information, visit the Mangenguey Website. Visit them on Facebook.

Mangenguey Island, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines, 5317

Public Transit:
Mangenguey is an hour away from Manila, Philippines by plane. There are regular flights to Busuanga airport via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or Zest Air. From there, it's a 30-minute drive to Coron in an air-conditioned airline van or private car (with additional charge). In Coron, guests board a native banka for a 1-1/2 hour journey by boat to the island. To provide ample time for the banka ride, we highly recommend booking AM flights into Busuanga and PM flights returning to Manila.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Crystal Paradise Resort-Narra-Palawan

For Father's Day, Dave wanted to go to a friend's resort by the sea, an hour or so south of us, the Crystal Paradise Resort.
The welome drinks were fresh coconut water
right in the shell, adorned with a sweet smelling flower.
We got a good off season discount so went for the Villa which has a private garden and pool right by the sea. Alysha couldn't wait to get in the water and spend most of the day in and out of the small spa area.

We enjoyed the food at the restaurant as well. The staff was super friendly and the grounds are so big and filled with lovely shade trees and coconut groves.  The beach isn't white sand but it's still quite lovely there.
This is the bed in the Amihan Villa.

It was very relaxing. I think it's a good place to get away from the maddening crowd. If you are a honeymooner, this is a really great place for privacy.  If you aren't into See and Be Seen crowd you will enjoy this resort.

I had a facial and a massage one other time when I went there and I thoroughly enjoyed it. They do have a spa compound. They have exfoliating body scrubs, reflexology and dry massages. One of these rainy days, I will go when it's cooler and try the hot tub spa and then a massage!

View from our Villa pool.

Spa area for showers and exfoliating scrubs and such.
Side garden of Ámihan Villa suite, with pool facing the sea and Arena Island resort and turtle refuge,
Large pool for guests of the regular rooms and deluxe rooms.
Dining Pavilion
There are 6 Villas all by the sea with private pools and loft bedrooms upstairs. Not quite a large villa as you might think
but clean and cozy. Good for those seeking privacy and peace and quiet.
Here is their contact information:

Website is: http://www.crystalparadiseresort.com

Crystal Paradise Resort, Spa & Winery
1 Sea Road, Brgy. Antipuluan, Narra, Palawan
Manila Line: (+632) 3531025 / (+632) 7102865
Mobile No : (+63) 917- 809-9200

Manila Address: Room 415 Dona Felisa Syjuco Bldg.
1872 Remedeios St. corner Taft Avenue Malate, Manila
E-mail Address: madel@crystalparadiseresort.com

Puerto Princesa Booking Office:
Land Line : (+6348) 723-5901
Telefax No. : (+6348) 434-5901
Mobile Numbers: (+63) 917- 809-9200 / (+63) 917-809-9303
E-mail Address: sales@crystalparadiseresort.com / relax@crystalparadiseresort.com

Resort Contact Numbers:
Land Line : (+6348) 723-0952
Mobile Numbers: (+63) 919-456-3042 / (+63) 917-809-9600
E-mail Address: frontdesk@crystalparadiseresort.com