Monday, April 23, 2018
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Journey into PH’s last frontier on a budget

THE PUERTO Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which has been included in the New 7 Wonders of Nature is a must-see for first time.

It is said that the best time to visit and explore the “green tropical paradise” known as Puerto Princesa would be during the summer months, when seas are normally calm, and the weather, warm and perfect.

But with the recent inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it won’t be long before this world-class summer getaway becomes an all-year destination for the curious and avid travelers.

For years now, Puerto Princesa with its rich colorful history, white sand beaches, fantastic diving destinations, scenic spots and the reputation of being the last frontier, has been a part of every traveler’s diary or wishlist.


And while Puerto Princesa has become a dream destination for many, an unintelligently planned trip to the province may cost one an arm and a leg.

So how does one ensure that perfect Puerto Princesa summer getaway without having to spend a great deal of fortune?

The answer is simple, find the best airfare deal and book a room at the recently opened Princesa which is a perfect jump off point to the must see spots of the province. Princesa is the second hotel of the unique RLC chain. Princesa is Robinsons Land Corp.’s way of bringing the experience of paradisiacal Palawan closer to Filipinos and frequent travelers.

“ is a value-for-money hotel which also follows the same early booking, lower rates’ setup which made its Manila counterpart famous among constant travelers,” said general manager Elizabeth Gregorio.

According to Gregorio, is the first to offer such hotel deals.

“This RLC chain’s variable pricing scheme is truly a first in the hotel industry, and was inspired by the setup commonly practiced by airlines which rewards lowest available rates to the traveler with the quickest click,” Gregorio claimed.

However, she reminds travelers that it’s best to book at ahead of the planned trip to be able to avail of the best rate without having to sacrifice hotel service quality.


THE HOTEL is a perfect jump-off point to the must-see spots of the province.

Curently, overnight promo rates at Princesa start at P388 if you book online, and could go as high as P2000++ for walk-in clients.

The first is located in Pioneer, Mandaluyong while the Dumaguete branch opened last month. will be opening the Tacloban branch this month and will also make its mark in Bacolod  soon.

Meanwhile, the company provides travelers eight smart reasons why they should choose to book at for their next summer getaway plan.

1Windsor beds. After a tiring Honda Bay island hopping, snorkeling and scuba diving, guests can look forward to a restful and comfortable sleep with the hotel’s Windsor beds, 100-percent cotton sheets and comfy duvet covers complete with chiropractic and high-quality nonallergenic pillows.

GUESTS can also tour the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. Photo:

2LCD cable TV. Unlike other budget hotels, entertainment is guaranteed in all 108 rooms of Princesa as it is equipped with 22-inch LCD TV with cable.

3Safe and secure. Despite being a budget hotel, all are able to provide guests peace of mind because of the 24 hour CCTV security. And since one is expected to be always out of the room, busy seeing the sites and exploring the islands, the in-room safe  provided in each room will secure  every guest’s valuables.

4Fun vibe. The hotel’s modern and fun vibe adds color to every vacationer’s trip. Its yellow and green color provides that relaxing ambience that initially sets the mood for that perfect vacation.

5Super shower. The sleek bathroom fixtures, hot and cold shower, and complimentary toiletry kits such as single use soap, shampoo, conditioner, sanitary bag and tissue paper is a welcome treat for travelers, especially after a tiring city tour, a trek at the Tabon Caves and a walk at the Vietnamese Village, Crocodile Farm and other scenic spots of the province.

WHILE in Puerto Princesa go island hopping at Honda Bay. Photo:

6Free Wi-Fi. Among all the eight smart reasons, this one is the best. While other 5-star hotels do not offer free Wi-Fi, despite being a budget hotel, provides every room and common areas access to Wi-Fi, thus allowing guests to have instant and easy access to the Web after spending the whole day just lounging in the cool waters of Honda Bay.

7 Access to key areas. Since Puerto Princesa has a number of activities to offer like trekking, diving, snorkeling, ziplining, island hopping, and dolphin watching among others, it is best to stay in Princesa which is near transportation terminals and within easy access to key areas like airports and various lifestyle hubs.

8Service plus. The friendly staff of the hotel is always on hand to assist every traveler of his/her needs. The hotel has also partnered with travel agencies like Gulliver’s Travel to ensure that every guest’s dream itinerary is well-covered and organized.

Meanwhile, Princesa also recently opened its Asian Go’urmet restaurant to provide guests a hearty, no-frills meal during their stay.

And unlike other budget hotels, Princesa has its own Spa, the SPArkle, which offers a number of services—from massage, to facial to hair and foot spa—ensuring guests who will avail of its services a stress-free vacation.

Lastly, the hotel has its own Celets pasalubong center which offers a variety of products—cashew nuts in different flavors, polvoron, chocolates—thus making shopping for take home goodies an easy task.

All things considered, Princesa with its value-for-money accommodation, wise location and number of activities on offer, may just be the perfect kickoff for that unforgettable budget-friendly summer getaway.

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