The sun was sweltering hot on that bright, cloudless afternoon that we arrived in the little town of San Vicente. Picardal Lodge was fully booked and we were directed to Peace and Love Resort, that, we were told, in the state of that afternoon, was not ideal to walk to. We got two motorcycle drivers, for the price of Php10 each, to bring us to the resort. That is not saying that you cannot walk to the resort, it is just a few meters away from the town proper on a semi-paved road that goes uphill, but we had my three-year old with me and quite a few bags.
Here is a map that was provided to us in our room by the resort. Click here to view a large version. On the lower left corner is Picardal Lodge, and on the upper left corner is Peace and Love Resort.
The front building was being constructed when we were there last August 25, but we were told by the owner, Steve, that they will have finished all construction in three weeks. By now, it should look like this:
Though, when we were there, it looked like this:
That’s Lovely with the motorbike we rented for the day to go around the town with.
And the road really looks this way:
So just imagine how unsure we were if we had the right place when we had to pass by the construction workers and I didn’t know where the reception was.
We were welcomed by the owners of the resort though and when I asked to be shown the rooms, he opened a door and this is what I saw.
This room is just beautiful! I was really quite blown away.
And since they were new, only four rooms have been finished at that time, and its also off-peak season, they were offering the rooms for Php1,600/night.
The resort’s room had:
24-hr electricity (a generator runs from 12mn to 8am)
air conditioning and fan
safety deposit box
a balcony with a beautiful view of San Vicente Bay
and yes, a hair dryer.
The Asian-themed 35 sq.m. room was definitely a steal for Php1,600/night.
It reminded me of our room at Bellarocca in Marinduque, minus the surround speakers and bath tub.
I would have paid for this room, even without all those amenities, just for the view.
Here is a panorama taken from our balcony:
The almost-whole day trip had been tiring and we welcomed just sitting there in our balcony, sipping coffee, enjoying the view and the breeze, and all sorts of comfort. The room was superbly comfortable.
My daughter was hungry and thirsty and had a great time on the bed while having a bottle of milk.
And I was really exhausted.
But the day was just too beautiful to just stay there. We decided that after taking all these photos, we were bound for what we came there for, which was the Long Beach.
We donned our swimsuits and waited for the motorcycles that brought us to the resort to come pick us up and bring us to the beach.
And that was where we were the rest of the day.
We spent the night in comfort in our room at the resort; watching tv, enjoying the internet, our cold drinks from the ref, hot showers and yes, drying my hair.
The next day was spent exploring the town and other beaches. We were checking out at 5pm, so we had lunch at Capari Resort and was back in our room by 2pm.
I took this as a time to just unwind and enjoy the breeze with a mug of tea.
The owner, Steve, was really, really helpful with everything. The resort’s restaurant wasn’t finished yet and he told us where we can eat (only three by the way, two carenderias in the market and a grill across the street from the market), and basically everything we needed to know as tourists in this little town.
We rented a motorbike from the resort, the smallest and actually the only one available, for only Php300 for the entire day, inclusive of fuel.
We could have gone island hopping too on his boat except that we didn’t have enough time and there was only three of us (or really, two and a half).
We told him we’d just come back and bring some of our friends with us. Next time we will stay longer and go island hopping, beach hopping, visit and swim in the waterfalls and so on and so forth.
This is the plan for the resort:
The upper left hand corner is the main two-storey building that will house the reception, more family rooms as well as the restaurant/cafe. On the lower right hand corner are the four completed rooms. In the middle of the complex would be the swimming pool.
I really loved this resort. Indeed, we found peace even for a day, and we loved our stay here. I highly recommend this place.
Deluxe room (1 queen-sized bed) Php1,600
Family room (1 king-sized bed and 2 single beds) Php2,500
Gemma +63 918 607 9688
Steve +63 920 223 0666
If you are looking for other accommodations, you will find a list here:
as well as on how to get there:
Our trip to Long Beach is up next.
This is a series:
- Going to San Vicente, Palawan
- Accommodations in San Vicente, Palawan
- Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan
- Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan
- Getting Lost in Panindigan, San Vicente, Palawan
- Capari Resort, San Vicente, Palawan
Related external links:
- San Vicente, Palawan Official Website
- Lost in Long Beach, Palawan: Longest Beach in the Philippines
- SAN VICENTE, PALAWAN: The Next Tourism Hotspot
- My San Vicente, Palawan Expenses