Have a splashing time at the Astoria Palawan Resort

Guest post and photos by Laura Koebel

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines

 

We loved the Astoria Palawan so much after our first visit last October, we couldn’t wait to go back. When my parents were planning their trip to The Philippines we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to take the whole family. We visited for our second time at the end of March with my husband, my daughter Amira (6 years), my son Everett (2 years), and my parents (69+).

 

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
Holidaying with the grandparents

 

Being 62km from the Puerto Princesa International Airport and located on Honda Bay; approximately a 1 hour and 15 minute drive (the hotel provides an airport shuttle), the Astoria Palawan has thought of everything. It is a great resort to relax and unwind but if you are looking for an action packed stay, this place also has you covered. The main attraction is the water park but there are so many other activities offered on the five-hectare property. They also offer excursions and can assist with coordinating adventures off the property.

 

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
The water park

 

The resort is nearly four-years-old but it looks brand new. Not only is the property beautiful, the rooms are colourful and modern. Upon arrival, guests are warmly welcomed by the amazingly friendly staff with a mango coconut drink, a local sweet treat and a beaded necklace.

 

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Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
The water park

 

Astoria Palawan for Mum & Dad

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
Heading to the sandbar

 

Currently the beach is under restoration but the hotel offers trips (for a fee) to a nearby sandbar to swim, snorkel and play in the sand. We spent one morning on this beautiful sandbar sipping from fresh coconuts and snorkelling in the pristine water.

 

Astoria Palawan for Kids

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
The beach playground

 

The Astoria Palawan had kids in mind while designing this beautiful property. On site the property boasts two playgrounds, a putting green, bikes, a games room and of course the amazing Palawan Waterpark.

For us, the waterpark was the biggest hit. This provided entertainment for both the kids and adults in our family (the 69-year-old grandmother may have had the most fun!). With each stay at the Astoria Palawan, guests receive a one-time access to the Palawan Waterpark. There is something for all ages – water slides, wave pool, lazy river, mini water park for little ones and a splash park. Around the perimeter of the park are cabanas for rent that offer shade and seating. In the main building, as you enter the park, is a buffet restaurant, showers, lockers and the towel desk (towels are provided with entrance). There is also a snack bar on the other side of the park.

 

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
Who had the most fun?!

 

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
The water park

 

Eating at Astoria Palawan

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
The pool and restaurant at Astoria

 

The Astoria Palawan’s only restaurant is beautifully located overlooking the infinity pool with a panoramic view of the sea just beyond. Most of the seating is indoors, where in the evening they provide live entertainment, but there are also some tables outside next to the pool.

The breakfast buffet, which is complimentary with your stay, covers all the food groups. You can enjoy fresh made omelette’s, Filipino style breakfast, pastries, fruits, meats and cheeses, cereals as well as dessert.

The same menu is used for lunch and dinner but there is a wide variety to choose from, both local and international cuisine. There is no special menu for kids but our children loved their pizza and pasta. The food is delicious, especially the seafood. Our favourite menu items were the seared tuna appetiser, Frutti Di Mare pasta, Fisherman’s Platter and the Grilled Seafood Salad.

The desert and cocktail menu did not disappoint either. The mango Pana Cotta was so good we didn’t try anything else but we did venture to try a few cocktails. All were amazing but we particularly loved their signature cocktail made with Manille Liqueur de Calamansi, a local vodka-based liqueur that uses the citrus calamansi rinds for its zesty flavor.

 

Amenities at Astoria Palawan

Astoria Palawan Hotel The Philippines
Snorkelling at Astoria Palawan

 

• The two-storey annex building houses 34 Superior (32 sqm) and Deluxe (38 sqm ) rooms
• The 13 villas offer one-bedroom (56 sqm) and two-bedroom (91 sqm ) suites
• The Reserve (restaurant)
• The Pod (39 meter infinity lap and children’s pool)
• Meeting rooms
• Entertainment area includes a game room and videoke room
• Gym
• Spa
• Billiards/table tennis
• Bicycles
• Kayak/paddle boards
• Beach volleyball court
• Putting green
• Boat house playground
• Mini playground (beach front)
• Palawan Waterpark
• Mangrove conference and convention center
• Halo Dome, used as a public karaoke bar or for private events

 

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The Astoria Palawan Hotel, The Philippines

Disclosure: The Astoria Palawan kindly offered my family one complimentary night stay in a two-bedroom suite, provided two complimentary meals and offered us a complimentary trip to the sandbar. All opinions in this review are entirely my own and I would happily return to the Astoria Palawan and pay full price.

5 thoughts on “Have a splashing time at the Astoria Palawan Resort”

    1. Astoria Palawan’s beach is undergoing nourishment until further notice so you cannot access the shoreline. In lieu of this, they are offering a free one-day access pass to Palawan Waterpark for all in-house guests. There is also a nearby sandbar where guests can do water activities like snorkeling and swimming, for a minimal fee. The beach is deep so you can still access the sand and the beach playground. You will love it, it’s an amazing property even without access to the shoreline.

  1. enchantedcerise

    We were just in Bohol and Cebu and had a terrific time, but are looking for a beach destination next. How would this place be for older kids (tweens)?

    1. This property is great for kids of all ages. Older kids can enjoy private and public karaoke, a games room, bikes, mini golf, billiards/table tennis, the fitness room, not to mention there are a few big waterslides at the water park (I couldn’t get my husband and mother off of them). Please note that the beach is undergoing nourishment until further notice so you cannot access the shoreline. But they do offer trips to a nearby sandbar where guests can do water activities like snorkeling and swimming, for a minimal fee.

  2. hello i am also going to the Philippines in October time and I am booking to stay at astoria for 3 nights it looks amazing! what was the weather like when you went in October and did you find it easy to book further travel from the hotel upon departure as I know the hotel itself is a bit out of the way x

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