My boss volunteered me to organize the event. Since "places for great company outings" are not really my forte, I extensively searched for beach resorts in Batangas, Bataan, and Puerto Galera which are awesome but not too expensive at the same time. Im just extremely glad I chanced upon Coco Beach Island Resort in Puerto Galera.
Coco Beach Island Resort in Puerto Galera
Coco Beach Island Resort is a 10-hectare beach resort located in Sabang, Puerto Galera. Yes, it's another beach away from the crowded White Beach. There are daily trips from Batangas Pier to Sabang, but our group decided to rent our own boat for convenience (P5,500 per way). To our surprise, the service boat they provided was really big. It could actually fit 50 people! By the way, we were just 15pax in the group.
this service boat can actually fit 50 people!
As soon as we arrived, the staff welcomed us, gave us refreshment and nice shell necklaces. The ambiance of the resort was peaceful. Lots of Coconut trees and other plants surrounded the resort. The bamboo houses and facilities were all made from natural materials. Every employee was warm and very accommodating.
Since the location is isolated, I never worried this place would be crowded even on a weekend summer season. I was right. The beachfront was calm and quiet.
the isolated beach
clean, maintained, and uncrowded beach front
The lagoon-shaped main pool is located at the center of the resort and only a few feet away from the beach. Lots of bed lounges were available on the side.
main pool of Coco Beach
kiddie pool with slide
greens, blues, and a touch of pink!
the restaurant beside the pool
The Food and Service
Since everything was pre-arranged, our dining table and food were prepared ahead. I really appreciated the staff's attentiveness and thoughtfulness. Good Point #1 - as soon as I checked my phone, the lady staff approached me and offered me their complimentary wifi access. Awesome! This kind of service always makes a big difference.
the revolving restaurant
the Carabao restaurant
As for the food, they were great! The lunch buffet (P550/pax) they served us was more than we expected. Actually, the servings were generous and we didn't consume even half of the food.
some of the dishes for the buffet lunch
complete meal with sinigang na hipon, salad, chopsuey, adobo, gilled squid, laing, unli rice and iced tea
the golden rule: always make room for dessert!
There are 110 rooms in Coco Beach. The beautiful bamboo rooms gave a cozy and natural ambiance of the place. Most of the rooms don't have tv, fridge, and aircon for the total tropical island experience. This really encourages the guests to stay out of the room and try the 101 Activities in the resort.
path leading to the rooms
plants dominated the place
this one's my favorite.
Each house consists of 4 rooms. The rooms on the seconds floor are more spacious so we asked the staff if we could be transferred to the bigger rooms. Good Point #2 - They granted our request, immediately!
rooms on the second floor are always bigger
our own veranda and duyan
The Deluxe Room (P4,000) we reserved could fit 4 guests. These rooms have 1 queen sized beds and 2 day beds. To our surprise, the rooms are arranged like this:
tadaaaah! pang-prinsesa ^_^
It's actually very nice but we're not on a honeymoon. Actually, this room aint good for a honeymoon because the walls are not soundproof! hehe
queen sized bed
Anyway, the interior is very native and nice. No wonder, foreigners loved this local bedroom setup. Just a little complain, mahina ang tubig sa shower.
Coco Beach Resort offers 101 activities! Awesome! This includes complimentary island hopping. Anyway, we had our own team building activities in their very spacious playground. Good Point #3 - While we were playing, two employees approached us. They asked us if we still need anything for our games. Fantastic! They even offered to arrange the race track for the obstacle course.
the longest line
the guys won in every single game
but sometimes you dont need to win to get the prize ^_^
After the games, it's swimming time in the pool!
no araw, no worries!
great tasting mango and banana shakes
sunset time by the beach
At this time, the employees were already preparing for the New Moon Party Barbecue Buffet.
majestic sunset view from our room
The New Moon Party
Lucky us, there was a New Moon Party event that night. The barbecue buffet dinner with unlimited weng-weng and rhum coke (P750) were served all night. This also includes fire dancing performance which was stunning. Most spectacular was the Here Now band. They played awesome music all night! Mahusay!
dinner by the beach
this plate didn't give justice on how good the food was, specially the fish and the asparagus soup!
What's a nightout in Puerto Galera without a fire dancer?
the fire dancer's performance was really good
actually it was so good, era and i were convinced to take firedancing lessons. haha!
After the fire dancing performance, this band delivered good music all night.
superb performance by Here Now band
The ladies called it a night, while the guys drank all the weng weng and rhum coke! Haha
The complimentary buffet breakfast was served from 6:45am to 10:00am. The choices were good, and as always, the service was excellent. Good Point #4 - Someone broke a glass and the staff just rushed to the scene, smiled and immediately said "It's okay, don't worry." Nice no?
breakfast at Coco Beach
At 8:30, the boatman was already waiting for us. This island hopping is a complimentary activity of the package we availed. Two boats were provided for our group.
island hopping - free!
Actually, we only went to the Long Beach island. But it's okay, afterall we didn't pay for anything. Hehe
on our way to the Long Beach
the sand in the Long Beach is a bit whiter and finer
Doms playing (double) dead in the clear water of Long Beach
thank you Coco Beach
Overall, we had a great time in this secluded Coco Beach Resort. The food is very good. The servings were generous, we never consumed even half of the food. The prices are reasonable too for a private place like this. The beach is not spectacular but it's okay. The New Moon Party, the band, and the firedancer were all awesome. I am truly happy to know that there are 13 service families who were given jobs in this resort. The service is excellent! Staff are very helpful and attentive to the guest's needs. I am happy and satisfied with the choice I made for our company outing. =)
Coco Beach Island Resort
Behiya, Sabang, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental, Philippines