After traveling for two straight days, I finally made it to the island! I was so excited and looking forward to sleeping in a real bed that night. In the previous post, I mentioned it was worth every penny getting a transportation arrangement from the airport to the hotel. After a 45-minute van ride, I made it to the boat dock. The hotel staff was already waiting for my arrival and helped me get my luggage loaded onto the boat.
In this series:
- Alaska Airlines Economy Class A320 Washington to Los Angeles
- Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Qantas First Lounge at Los Angeles International (LAX)
- American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Los Angeles International (LAX)
- American Airlines Business Class 787-9 Los Angeles to Shanghai
- Cathay Pacific Lounge at Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
- Cathay Dragon Economy Class A321 Shanghai to Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International (HKG)
- Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International (HKG)
- Cathay Pacific Economy Class 777-300 Hong Kong to Manila
- Cebu Pacific Economy Class ATR72 Manila to Busuanga (Round-Trip)
- Al Faro Cosmio Hotel Coron
- Island Adventure: Coron, Palawan
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Manila to Istanbul
- Touristanbul – Free Istanbul City Tour Sponsored by Turkish Airlines
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Istanbul to Los Angeles
It was a quick 5-minute fascinating boat ride to the hotel. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a speedboat before. It was pretty cool! 😉
Another hotel staff member already waited for me on the other side of the island. Once getting off the boat, I had to walk on a wooden bridge over the water to get to the main entrance. To get to the lobby, we had to climb a steep hill for another 5 minutes, and luckily, the staff again helped me with my luggage.
When I finally made it to the top, a group of hotel staff greeted me in Tagalog and offered me a fresh-squeezed orange juice as a welcome drink. I think it was a nice gesture! Check-in was a breeze. Unfortunately, there was a sudden tropical downpour, so I had to wait for a while at the lobby, but it didn’t last very long.
This hotel has two types of accommodations: ocean panorama rooms and lighthouse villas. Yes, you can actually stay in a lighthouse! In my case, I booked a standard room, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, because I didn’t care much, nor did I pay close attention. Upon check-in, I ended up getting a standard room in a newer apartment (ocean panorama) that has its own swimming pool.
Moments later after the rain stopped, another hotel staff asked me to follow him. My room is located on the lower level, facing the water.
The main area is more like a studio apartment where the kitchenette, dining room, and living room share the space. There are a couple of chairs and sofa, dining tables, and a bar-height counter along with a refrigerator, coffee maker, and a sink. The common area is shared with three other rooms, but there wasn’t any other guest occupying these rooms. So having the entire living room to myself was awesome!
The bedroom has decent square footage with a queen-sized (joined) bed, decorated with towel art and hibiscus flowers.
What I like about my room is that the shower is practically inside the bedroom, which adds some tropical charms to it.
My room has a great view of the water. As you can see below, this was the view after sunset.
One thing I’d like to note, when I booked the room, it was stated that air conditioning is only available for specific type of rooms, but since I booked it through Agoda, it didn’t give me the option to book that room. Sure enough, there is an A/C unit inside the room, but the feature was disabled. I should’ve asked about it — I was even willing to pay extra for it. The weather wasn’t hot, but it was warm and humid. Also, I would ask for a mosquito spray since there were a lot of them, and I’m sure the staff would be more than happy to provide it.
Al Faro Cosmio Hotel is not an all-inclusive resort; however, being situated in a remote place, there wasn’t any option but had your meals in house. There is only one restaurant, located at the main lobby which opens until 8 PM. But on the first night, I skipped dinner altogether because I was so exhausted.
I woke at 3 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I decided to walk to the lobby and work on my blog posts since complimentary WiFi is only available in the common area. Around 5:30 AM, I walked back to my room, took a shower, and headed back to the restaurant for breakfast.
The restaurant has a bar with a few bar stools, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
The main dining area consists of a few tables and chairs with a stunning ocean view.
The restaurant opens for breakfast at 6 AM. The menu is somewhat limited, though it was entirely sufficient.
I had a Filipino breakfast for two days in a row. The first morning, I had corned beef and scrambled eggs with fried rice and a glass of mandarin orange (powdered) juice. The corned beef was a little too oily to my liking.
The following day, I had luncheon meat and sunny-side-up eggs with fried rice and a glass of guava (powdered) juice. It was better, but nothing memorable.
The restaurant was quite busy at dinner time, which was expected, considering this is the only place you can order food. One thing I like about it is that you could pre-order your dinner meal ahead of time, so you don’t have to wait very long. One thing to note about this hotel is that the staff was accommodating and friendly, just the typical warm hospitality you’d expect in most Asian countries, notably in southeast Asia.
That night, I ordered pork adobo, which was served with rice. It was delicious!
To finish, I had crepes with chocolate ice cream. Yum!
When I go on vacation, I just want to relax and do nothing. There is a total of two swimming pools at this property. There is one outside of my room. And the main one is right outside the restaurant, which has a better view, in my opinion.
If you have a few hours to spare, you can also get a massage treatment at UFO Spa, inside the “bird’s nest”.
On the last day of my stay, I kind of took it easy. Since my flight back to Manila didn’t leave until 1 PM, I decided to lay down by the pool, read some articles, and catching up with my posts.
There are also other activities and excursions you can take within the property, such as yoga and kayaking. I can’t remember on top of my head since I didn’t partake, but I believe it is either complimentary or very inexpensive.
Overall, I very much enjoyed my stay at Al Faro Cosmio Hotel. At first, I was a bit skeptical because when I booked the room through Agoda, the information about the hotel amenities, facilities, and food & beverage wasn’t very clear. But it turned out it was pretty straightforward and simple. The staff and even the owner just made everything so relaxed and informal. It’s almost like staying at your relative’s house.
Al Faro Cosmio Hotel is not a 5-star luxury resort by any means, but it’s charming and has some cute little quirks. Before I started my adventure, I wanted to experience the island living, and it was exactly what I was looking for. There are two things I wish I had asked: A/C and mosquito repellent. I guess I was too tired to even care about them at that time.
Breakfast was mediocre — nothing special. On the other hand, dinner was delicious! I don’t think I’ve had pork adobo before, but it was so good! In terms of service, I can’t say enough good things about the staff. They are genuinely lovely, hospitable, and welcoming, which really sets the tone of the entire experience.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to visit Palawan. As always, please do reach out to me if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to give you recommendations on your next visit!