Tuesday, November 10, 2015

When in Puerto Princesa: Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn

How embarrassing to admit that I have not been to Palawan when it's on everybody else's wish/bucket list! This award-winning island known for its beautiful beaches and diverse flora and fauna have mesmerized tourists for years. Just last year, it was named as the "World's Best Island," and the Puerto Princesa Subterreanean River is now recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and continues to attract tourists to this day.

So when an opportunity came that allowed me to explore Palawan, specifically Puerto Princesa, I blocked off my schedule, booked my flights (thank you, Philippine Airlines), and packed my bags. I was so excited to see the sights and sounds and travel solo again.

As my trip was sponsored by the City Tourism Office of Puerto Princesa City, my itinerary was packed (imagine starting at 7am and finishing all the activities til 10pm-12mn!) and I was to be alongside other media people and bloggers all of which I have not met yet.

But before I go ahead and share my adventures, let me tell you about the accommodations that was assigned to me. Yes, I loved my place so much that it deserves a post of its own.

Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn
296 Manalo Extension, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines

Winner of the Trip Advisor 2014 Traveler's Choice Award, Purple Fountain is a charming inn or B&B reminiscent of our room in Bali/India. Just 3 minutes away from the Palawan International Airport, its pastel colors and eclectic interiors made me feel at home right away.

I was given the spacious Large Family Suite (with loft) that accommodates 4 people, plus the loft on the 2nd floor can fit two more guests for extra charge. It offers the basics like aircon, warm showers, a TV, microwave, a small dining area, and a ref.

I'm the type who nests immediately upon arrival so I appreciate the large suite because I can find a place for everything. And because I had this room all to myself, I can scatter all my things without fear of encroaching anyone's space, haha.

I have to point out the lovely table in the middle of the suite that makes it so conducive for blogging. Since this is a sponsored trip, we have specific deliverables every day (i.e. photos, blog posts, etc.). The homey feel of the room doesn't make me think of the requirements as work, rather it inspires me to compose my thoughts and get some stuff done pronto.

two beds up on the loft

The separate toilet and shower areas makes it easy for a family to do everything all at once, especially when you're rushing in the morning. Please note that they don't provide soaps, shower gels, and the like so make sure to bring you own toiletries. 

The courtyard is just as charming with cabanas, coffee tables, and its own cherub fountain. What a great view to wake up to every morning!

Want to chill? Hang out in one of their cabanas
Imagine yourself reading your morning paper here while sipping a hot cup of joe

Purple Fountain also has a cafe within the premises, food and drinks are catered by White Fence Country Cafe.

The staff here is timid, friendly, and accommodating. While they aren't chatty [or annoying] like Manila waitstaff, they are very respectful and do what is required of them

The menu here is not as extensive, however, they do have Filipino comfort food (papaitan, liempo, bangus), typical Pinoy breakfast (-silogs), and international cuisine (salads, chowders, pizzas, churros, etc.). On the first day I decided to have a simple American breakfast consisting of bacon, scrambled eggs, toast with jam and butter, and a cup of coffee. You can click here for the menu.

Whether you're on a solo sojourn to Palawan or travelling with friends and family, I highly recommend Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn for its chill vibe and affordable rates. If you're sick of the usual hotel rooms, then you'll love the quirky interiors of Purple Fountain. My suite (good for 4) is only Php2,600~per night. I will definitely book here next year and bring the parentals. 

For more deets, you may contact the staff below:  

Telephone: +63 48 434 2430
Mobile 1: +63 917 537 2772 (Globe)
Mobile 2: +63 999 882 5800 (Smart)
Mobile 3: +63 925 722 2772 (Sun)

Or email purplefountaininn@gmail.com.

More Puerto Princesa adventures here: http://bit.ly/PuertoPrinsesa


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