Sophia’ s Garden Resort, a seven-minute ride from the main town of Coron, Palawan, is straight from a fairytale book. It’s an elegant Hispanic outdoor space full of greens and fruit-bearing trees and has a landscaped courtyard with outdoor gazebos, wrought iron chairs and tables and swing sets. At the heart of the property are a fire pit and a pool with Jacuzzi surrounded by wicker seating and loungers. It even gets more romantic at night when lights draped on trees are lit.
All 22 rooms are set in a standalone structure with roof tiles, rustic wood, lattice windows, colonial deck balustrade, and a stucco finish—a nod to old Spanish-style homes.
There are 22 rooms but the Honeymoon Suite is a standout. It has all the right recipe for ultimate comfort— spacious, balcony with views of the lush garden, a king-size bed, sleeper sofa, a mini bookshelf filled with good reads, and a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower and complete set of toiletries.
Enjoy international comfort food, Asian fusion, and classic Filipino favorites prepared using ingredients indigenous to Coron at in-house restaurant El Comidor. Must try are the chef’s original recipe bagnet kare-kare with sauce made from cashew, grilled to-perfection stuffed squid, pinakbet with tagunton (vegetable and baby shrimps stir fry) and shrimp in sour soup served with fresh vegetables.
Coffee, fruit shakes, canned juice, soda, beer, wine (whites and reds) and cocktails.
The resort offers islandhopping activities and tour packages through its in-house tour operator Amika Travel and Tours.
Honeymoon Suite starts at Php8500 (USD162) per night
Mobile: 63917 543 5775, +639939 915 0274
SkyJet flies up to 4x daily to Coron, Palawan. Book a SkyJet flight now.
Photos by Daniel Soriano
Contemporary giraffe wire sculpture There is something likeable in the spacious lobby of Seda Vertis North, the sixth property of the Seda Hotel chain and biggest yet located on Edsa in Quezon City. It’s like a hive of activity day in day out, all happening in a backdrop of muted hues, modern architecture, practical but beautiful furniture by Kenneth Cobonpue and Vito Selma, and fun, Instragramable artworks by Ann Pamintuan.
438 guest rooms, meeting rooms for up to 100, a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 700, and an Ayala Mall right within the same compound are some of the pluses of Seda’s’ fairly young hotel, which opened in April 2017.
I stayed in a 32sqm deluxe room, which had a view of EDSA. Its sleeping comforts are notable—apt bed and beddings, faux wooden floors and adjustable in-room lighting—as were its modern conveniences like the 40-inch LED cable HDTV, media panel for connecting and charging gadgets, and an ample work desk.
Misto serves international and local cuisine, buffet or a la carte style. They have good coffee and pastries, while for the main, I liked their steaks. A la carte specialties are the Vertis Budger, four cheese pizza, and the super point chocolate cake for dessert.
Enjoy craft beer sourced from La Union at the relaxed Straight Up bar on the 23rd floor. Or have cocktails, wine, lager, beer or even coffee.
While away at the large outdoor pool; have a treatment at the full-service spa while sipping delightful sambong tea; stay fit while on staycation using the hotel gym’s excellent lineup of Life Cycle equipment and free weights. A room dedicated for yoga and pilates is available.
From Phop5,000 (USD100) per night.
Visit Seda Vertis North.
Story and photos by Ferdz Decena