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Coco Beach Island Resort
Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Smithfield, Australia
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86 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Quite a contradiction”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

This resort leaves you feeling hot and cold in equal measure. Welcoming waiters; when you can find one. Great bar staff; when you choose to acknowledge you. Wonderful design-concept rooms; if they were maintained. I guess beauty (and value) are in the eye of the beholder and my judgement this time is that the value just wasn't there.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

We just headed down to Coco beach for a weekend getaway from Manila, we weren't sure what to expect despite researching Puerto Galera. In the end we were extremely happy with our decision to base ourselves at Coco Beach. We explored some other beaches in the area utilising the local boatmen((Emil) which offer there service to the resort. Our guide was great. One thing our trip made clear is that Coco Beach has been ideally situated. There is nice snorkelling immediately out in front of the resort with a wide variety of fish and coral species. The resort offer a wide range of dining options. Reasonably priced and of good quality. One highlight that stands out was the quality of the staff. Tristan and Arvin looked after us extremely well. And our 'service family' Emma and Eugene kept us informed and comfortable. We loved the concept that Coco beach operates. We will be returning again for sure. Great escape from the Manila heat and traffic.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms are a bit of walk from the beach, but the paths are in good condition and well mai...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

We live in Manila and decided to get away for the weekend. We booked Coco beach as it looked to have everything we need. It was fantastic! 4 restaurants provided options when we chose to done onsite. The pool is stunning, and the beach right outside is excellent- great snorkelling if you don't want to go for a trip somewhere. The staff were the best part- all very friendly, really personal attentive service and great senses of humour. The room was great, we booked a classic deluxe. No there isn't air con but the fan was enough, and while no hot water the shower was still warm thanks to the heat of summer. Excellent balcony, views and mosquito net. We will definitely be back- in fact already planning another trip in 5 weeks!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

We had a short weekend getaway from Manila and choose to stay at Coco Beach Resort.
Only a 2 hours drive from Manila and then 1,5 hours barka boat to the resort to meet a small paradise. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. We stayed in small native cottages without aircon, but with fan and mosquitonet and it was nice and not hot. Furthermore, we had a large balcony with perfect seaview made for relaxation in the sun set. There were several small restaurants on the resort and we tried 2 of them, excellent food, good service and not expensive. The staff was so friendly and service minded. They have a nice pool and you could swim from the beach. However as there are seaweeds/stones in the water and best to wear shoes. Perfect for snorkeling. Tried also the spa and they were very professional. Saturday evening we had an open fire and entertainment on the beach and it was a very special experience. The resort can be highly recommended to everyone that are tired of big fancy hotels with no personal atmosphere.

Room Tip: Cottage 3 A and B are perfect for seaview. Enjoy your stay!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

This is a very relaxing resort if that's your choice, or else there are plenty of activities you can do. The accommodation is very sympathetic to the natural environment , with rooms made from local materials, wooden floors...you can see through...and grass/straw roofing...slide shutters as windows, no AC, and no hot water...but it really is very 'natural' and very nice. This is not, nor intended to be a 5*resort, but it is well done with excellent staff....and your room comes with a built in, local ' service family', at your service at the pull of a cord...
The staff are extremely friendly and attentive...and look out for the singing chef, frederico...to be found at the Trattoria..brilliant chef....and singer!
Dive centre also to be recommended...as too is the spa....but watch out for the eastern strong massage pressure!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

I found this place relaxing and we had spent a great weekend here with friends. Whether you are locals or or foreigners, they treat you like a king and queen of their resort. I'd definitely recommend this place...safe, quiet and relaxing...

Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Lakewood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Want to share the diving experience my 2 teenage kids had at Coco Beach Dive Center. They said it was very colorful with beautiful corals and abundant marine life. The dive guide, Neil, was knowledgeable and helpful. During the dive my son lost his brand new Go Pro camera and was heartbroken since he took lots of pictures. Fely and the whole Coco Beach Dive team did an awesome job in recovering the camera! Thanks to Fely and the dive team for a wonderful and positive experience!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Coco Beach Island Resort

Property: Coco Beach Island Resort
Address: Behiya, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines (Formerly Coco Beach Resort)
Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Galera
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Galera
#6 Spa Hotel in Puerto Galera
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Coco Beach Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coco Beach Island Resort is a sprawling 10-hectare beach resort with facilities made from all-natural materials... Everything is designed to compliment each facility and its natural surroundings. Definitely, an idyllic place to recharge frayed nerves, with its cozy ambience of bamboo and nipa hut in its very Filipino type of hospitality and accommodation... ... more   less 
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