As our last hurrah for the June holidays, we went on a getaway to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the home of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Since none of us has gone to Puerto Princesa yet, we didn’t have any idea where to stay at. With this, we consulted our very reliable friend, Google! While there were endless choices, we were astonished by the interiors of the newly opened Hue Hotels and Resorts! It was very pleasing to the eyes and the contemporary vibe really matched our vibrant personalities.
Much more than the impressive interiors and the superb architecture, we were amazed by the professionalism and the excellent service that the staff had shown us since Day 1. Whenever we pass by them, they always greet us with a smile. They also never slack off especially when we request for something, like the time when we asked for an impromptu tour of the rooftop area and other rooms! We were so glad that we spent our Palawan getaway with Hue Hotels! All we did was book online, and the rest was up to Hue!
A couple from our group of six wanted their alone time, so they decided to separate from the entire group and booked a Deluxe Room. We were able to visit them and see their accommodation. Although their bed was designed for two adults, it was huge that when we tried it, it can comfortably fit four people! The beds and pillows were extra fluffy which make you feel that you are sleeping in your own home.
With the same flair that most suite rooms exhibit, the simplicity of the interiors of the Suite Room here is where it gets its charm! What we liked about it is the fact that it was designed for groups! Although there were four of us staying in one room, we never felt that we lacked space. To top it all, the Suite Room has its own living area where we watched our favourite TV shows! It actually felt like we had our own condominium unit in the middle of Palawan!
Since we were thinking of coming back for the next holiday break, tagging along our other friends who weren’t able to come, we asked the manager for a tour of the bigger family room. To be honest, it didn’t look like a hotel room anymore! It was like a cosy and spacious house with two bedrooms – one bedroom with a Queen-sized bed and the other fitted with bunk beds, designed for larger groups! And get this, both rooms have their own bathrooms, which means that we would save so much time from waiting for our turn!
Located downstairs, Hue Hotels’ in-house restaurant is a favourite not only for hotel guests but for the outsiders as well! They offer authentic cuisines from Spain, America, Vietnam, and of course, the Philippines. When we were about to eat our lunch at Matiz, we were procrastinating because we didn’t think that the place was going to be packed. After all, there are a lot of restaurant choices in Puerto Princesa. But we were surprised because the place was nearly full! We had to ask the waiter to help us look for seats. When we got our order, we understood why people flock the place. The food was very sumptuous! Order their paella and bagnet, and you’ll thank us later!
We loved the waters of Palawan! But during our last day, since we just wanted to chill and relax while absorbing the fact that our Palawan escapade was about to end, we decided to take a dip in the in-house pool. Hue Hotels and Resorts never failed to surprise us! While most hotel pools are tiled with neutral colours, the pool here was playfully designed with colourful terrazzo tile flooring, giving it a chic vibe, complementing the ambience of the hotel! And the most notable feature was the pool deck which was extended beyond the building. We still saw the beautiful mountain range and the lush forestry even though we were underwater!
Almost all corners of Hue Hotels and Resorts are Instagram-worthy! We were amazed by the fact that every wall in the hotel has a story to tell. The eye-popping colours, patterns and textures of the walls and the floors actually represent beautiful aspects of the Philippines, especially Palawan. The moment we entered the hotel lobby, we already took a bunch of photos! Imagine how much phone memory we lost with our 5-day stay! And whenever we post photos, our families and friends envy us! The unique interiors truly make Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa a destination in itself!
It was said that Puerto Princesa was named after Princess Eulalia of Spain, the daughter of Queen Isabel II. With this, Hue Hotels and Resorts imagined a modern day Princess Eulalia as their inspiration – someone who was an avid traveller, with an elegant taste, having the hotel as a home designed by herself. Indeed, we felt like modern royalties during our stay in this resort.
If you think that the hotel was decorated as such for aesthetics alone, think again! Each room in the hotel was carefully designed to showcase the Filipino culture and the raw beauty of Palawan. For example, the hotel’s flooring was patterned after the roots of the “Bakawan” (Mangroves), a tree that is essential to Palawan’s abundant marine life. The pool tiles are the hotel’s take on the standard fixture in any Filipino fiesta, the “banderitas”! Knowing this interesting trivia, we were more indulged to take photos and became more curious as to the stories of each design. Good thing the very knowledgeable staff were able to orient us!
Very young in the hotel industry, the Hue Hotels and Resorts is slowly becoming known as a formidable competitor, especially with the millennial market. With their promise to provide unique and authentic experiences to its guests, Hue allows travellers to enjoy the culture and the beautiful aspects of the Philippines through their world-class services and accommodations. In all fairness to Hue Hotels and Resorts, except for the fresh interiors, we didn’t actually notice that they are new to the industry because of the professionalism that they have shown. It felt like they have been doing this for years!
From Manila: Direct daily flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Puerto Princesa International Airport usually takes around an hour.
From Cebu: Direct daily flights from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) to Puerto Princesa usually takes around 45 minutes.
From Manila: Boats travel from Manila Port to Puerto Princesa once a week and usually takes around 18-22 hours.
From Cebu: Boats travel from Cebu to Puerto Princesa once a week but it usually takes around 36 hours because you need to stop over Iloilo and Cuyo.
Make sure to contact Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa ahead of time for them to arrange their very convenient complimentary airport transfer.
Go island hopping in Honda Bay! Barely an hour away from the city proper, the Honda Bay is home to some of the most beautiful islands you will see in Palawan. These include Pandan Island, Starfish Island, Cowrie Island, and Luli Island. A boat tour usually costs between ₱1,000 and ₱1,500.
Head over to Ihawig River and witness fireflies light up the sky. The Ihawig tour will take you on a half-hour paddle boat ride to see the fireflies up close. This will be a romantic adventure for you and your loved one!
If you’re into trekking, try hiking the Ugong Rock! The place also offers different kinds of adventures such as ziplining and spelunking, all for ₱450.
For animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center formerly known as the Crocodile Farm. This is a good place to get acquainted with nature and learn about a range of endangered species of animals.
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