Monday, July 07, 2014

Accommodation Review: Coco Grove Siquijor

It has been over a year since my family had our vacation in Visayas visiting Siquijor, Dumaguete, and then Sumilon in Cebu last February. There might be new accommodations now but last year, Coco Grove was the best option available in Siquijor.

One of the things that stresses me is arriving at any new place and haggling for a ride to the hotel/resort. So this instance, since I did not want the hassle anymore, I asked for Coco Groves's pickup service (charged separately). The van was already there waiting when the ferry docked in Siquijor and it was an uneventful few minutes ride to the resort. We arrived nearly dusk and so were greeted with this fabulous sunset.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

More details of Coco Grove Siquijor after the jump!


Upon arrival , checkin was a breeze and we were offered refreshing drinks. After that, it was a couple of minutes trek to our room. Yes, it was a trek considering the resort is sooo big. I reserved for the Royal Orchid room which came with breakfast already.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

Queen size bed in the room, sitting area, and about 32 inch flat TV maybe? The charge for the drinks in the ref is quite reasonable. Considering there are no direct flights to Siquijor, I was quite expecting its remoteness and so I made sure to bring snacks that my family likes.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

Coco Grove - Siquijor

There's a his and hers washbasin and shower area but unfortunately, no tub. There are rooms though which are equipped with tubs. Water pressure was good with option for hot water.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

While the room is pretty standard, I like that the room is well-maintained. I don't like grime on the tiles or rust in the fixtures and so was very happy to find none of that in our room.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

I think what really sold us was this open terrace and that hanging egg chair. My daughter's favorite spot.

Coco Grove - Siquijor


Coco Grove - Siquijor

We took a soak in one of the two pools in the resort that same night but did not spend too much time in the water as it was getting cold (heated pools is not the norm in the Philippines).

This pool was near the restaurant by the reception (there are also 2 restaurants in the resort when we went there. We usually get breakfast in the resto nearer to our room and have either lunch or dinner here).

Coco Grove - Siquijor

As you could see, most of the guests are foreigners. So funny to feel a bit out of place in a resort of your own country.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

Did I say the resort is big?! Coming from our room for a swim and despite the number of guests, due to the size, there's loads of privacy. If alone/romantic/relaxing time is what you're looking for, then Coco Grove definitely is it.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

This was the beach in the morning. This was not even early morning. And you could see the sand stretches on and you could barely see another soul in sight!

One afternoon, we tried one of their activities which was riding on a glass-bottom boat. It allowed for the riders to enjoy underwater life without having to get wet. Activities were not for free and were charged separately.

Coco Grove - Siquijor


Coco Grove - Siquijor

My hubby's only gripe are these stairs going up to our room! I have no complaints because that was what he exactly needed -exercise! If you have old or very young people your group, I suggest getting a room that's nearer to the beach.

Coco Grove - Siquijor

Coco Grove - Siquijor

This was how the beach looked on our last day. Can I just say beautiful?! It made me so sad we were leaving already just after 2 nights stay!

Coco Grove - Siquijor

PS: Let me know what you like to read in accommodation reviews. As I'll be doing more of these, I'll appreciate you sharing your concerns in what you look for in accommodations. :)

Wait... I did not talk about the food in the resort. Saving that for the next post!

Coco Grove - Siquijor





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