Hotel review: Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island Resort

This 20-hectare island getaway northeast from Palawan's capital of Puerto Princesa offers excellent diving and a private white-sand beach 

By Kristine Fonacier 

Aerial view of Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island Resort
Location. The resort occupies Arreceffi Island on Honda Bay, about an hour away by boat from the Puerto Princesa wharf.

First Impression. Once your boat nears the Dos Palmas pier, a resort staff hits a kulintang (ethnic brass instruments). I feel like royalty being announced. My island paradise holiday begins.

Interior of Beach Villa In Dos Palmas

Rooms. The resort faces the Sulu Sea and rooms were built to take advantage of this. All villas are beachside, and you have a choice of a ground floor room with a deck that leads onto the sand, or a second floor room with a balcony with seaview. 

Food. Kara-enan, the resort restaurant, serves what it calls "Asian island tropical fare".  The menu is big on seafood, and serves Filipino and continental dishes. During peak season, guests can dine buffet-style.

Beach Villa in Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island Resort

We like. The five-star amenities, access to all sorts of outdoor activities, a top-tier spa, and amazing snorkelling and diving, with the waters surrounding the resort rich in marine life.

Not so keen. Each freestanding villa is clustered together with other villas, which means that you’ll be sharing the area if the resort is fully booked, and privacy can be an issue. This won't be a problem off peak.

Verdict. Whether I chose lazing about the gorgeous beach, or engaging in watersports, I was never disappointed. A fun stay.

Cebu Pacific Airlines flies daily from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Dos Palmas provides roundtrip transfers from the airport and from several central Puerto Princesa hotels to the resort. Room rates are from P6,500 (about US$138) per night for two inclusive of breakfast and roundtrip transfers. Call +632 637 4226 or +632 637 4236, visit Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island Resort.

Originally published in Inflight Traveller February to March 2013. Updated March 2016