I came across Villa Saturnina from TripAdvisor –what caught my attention was their ‘Travellers Choice ‘ award, positive reviews from past guests, and their offer of only P4,700 (approx $105) for a 3D/2N stay with ALL the 4 major tours – this was a steal! (Don’t be misled by other cheap package offerings – better see the inclusions). So off we went to PP on a budget airline fare and reservations to VS with my husband and 3 adult kids.
During our first-time ride from the airport to the inn, I started to doubt if I made the right decision to choose VS – it looks soooo far away from the center - but I reckoned this is precisely our reason for getaway vacations – to escape the hustle and bustle and pollution of city life. We reached the villa after about 30 long minutes, and were warmly greeted by the owner Sam AND a mother hen with her chicks in tow. Though the place is not really that big, the garden was teeming with all kinds of flowering plants and trees, and at one corner stands fruit-laden mango tree. You would hear a rooster’s crow every now and then. So this is what they call ‘provincial life’!
There were 5 pink cottages, ours can comfortably accomodate about 5-8 people. The décor inside the room is simple with an aircon, a ‘Kapuso’ TV (only 1 channel, hehe), big clean fresh-smelling towel (you don’t have to bring one for your trip), pillow, and blanket for each guest. The bathroom is likewise clean, and is equipped with hot and cold shower. There is a common wi-fi zone ‘kubo’ with cable TV (this time with all channels na) and karaoke which serves as the dining area for all guests. Several days before our arrival I requested lunch for me and my husband (we came a day ahead), the menu of which I entirely left to Sam’s judgement. We were served a 5-course sumptuous delicious seafood lunch (which extended up to our dinner) prepared by his very own Dad for which we were charged a mere P400! We had a full day DIY free time before our tours while waiting for our kids – so the two Senior citizens decided to explore on our own. We just crossed the street, and there stood a beautiful Buddhist Temple perfect for ‘selfies’. Going to Robinson’s is a breeze – multicabs (what we call ‘jeepneys’ in Manila) and tricycles abound right in front of the villa (sorry, no taxis!) and for P20/P25 per person it’s so easy to go malling, go to the market, or go bargain-hunting in pasalubong centers. Just make sure you’re back ‘home’ by 7pm, Palawan folks apparently are early sleepers, alongside their trikes!
B&B inns and package tours are mushrooming in PP left and right – but I think what sets VS from the rest is the value-added hands-on service of its owner-CEO-COO-Marketing Mgr-Admin-Troubleshooter-sometimes cook SAM Narrazid and his gracious family, and for this I would give him a six out of 5 stars. He patiently replied to a million e-mails of this ‘Kulit Tita’ promptly, and provided answers to all queries/concerns. Being the owner, he is able to make snap decisions for ‘some things gone wrong’. In our case after all scheds and itinerary have been finalized one week prior, we were suddenly saddled with flight cancellations and rebookings by the airline, a missed plane by one of us, and a stormy sea, last minute addition to the UG …(for us it’s not a case of ‘everything went AS PLANNED’) but all’s well that ends well, all because of Sam’s direct hand in assisting us.
Suggestions? A few minor nice-to-have ones: 1) A big VS signage for the driver to hold at the airport which incoming guests can immediately see; 2) A little pruning and rearrangement of the exotic plants in the garden to give it a ‘landscaped’ effect, then put some benches where guests can just relax and chat; 2) Lights outside some of the cottages. Outside our cottage it was quite dark while going to the dining area – quite difficult for this Lola.
In all this was the ‘awesome-mest’ family vacation we ever had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Saturnina is a bed and breakfast located near the islands of Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (12 kms from the airport). Tourist sites such as Honda Bay and Underground River are easily accessible from this area. A Chinese Temple has been built right across the street. This used to be an ancestral home that was transformed into a homey bed and breakfast. Accommodations include airport transfers and free breakfast. Rustic setting, rural and friendly environment. Hot shower and airconditioning available. Water and electricity availability subject to local utility company services (brownouts and water interruptions are beyond our control). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Saturnina Palawan Island/Puerto Princesa