Flower Island Resort

Flower Island Resort

Big Budacan Island, Taytay, Palawan Island 5312 Philippines
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Big Budacan Island, Taytay, Palawan Island 5312 Philippines
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El Nido Airport
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Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport
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Hektor P wrote a review Feb 2020
Graz, Austria23 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Flower Island was exactly the retreat we wanted and needed. There was a taifun going through the Philippines but luckily the only effect on us was that it was cloudy.
The island itself has plenty to offer for some laid back days in luxury (light house, massage temple, walking paths, pearl farm excursion, water sports, relaxed cocktail bar etc.)
The food can also be vegetarian and vegan on demand and was delicious every day.
On the Pearl Farm tour don't forget to go snorkelling at the coral garden!

The communication in advance could improve concerning that it takes a long time for answers via e-mail and then some information was contradictory. Eventually everything worked out except for one transfer from a bus station to the Taytay pier. There we took a taxi after waiting for too long and discovered afterwards that nobody would have picked us up anyways.

Prepare for some huge flora and fauna on the island! It was amazing to see so many exotic plants and animals. Accordingly one has to be cautious with food and scents (e.g. massage oil) inside the rooms as it may attract ants and similar right inside your suitcase.

The staff was incredibly nice and friendly and once we were there also extremely helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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klitgaardj wrote a review Jan 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark110 contributions67 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our last stop on our Philippines vacation and no doubt it was the best place. Truly an amazing stay far away from everything sorrounded by beautiful scenery and friendly staff. Wifi is available at the bar for does in need of an online fix.

Our cottage was right at the beach (no 11) and was spacious and looked newly renovated with a great "outdoor" bathroom. From the balcony we could relax in our hammock and rocking chair overlooking the beautiful blue sea. Note there is no AC but a fan can be provided and that was sufficient during the night.

The beach and sea is amazing and heavinly blue - right for a postcard. Snorkeling is really good here and we saw stingrays, baby black tip reef shark, dragon fish, needle fish and many other colorful fish. On a picnic to another island we also snorkled at coral garden no1 which had a lot of the same things to see but the corals were more colourful and amazing and the reef was much bigger to explore. We also spotted turtles.

Food is offered as a buffet which was simple but enjoyable. Quality instead of quantity. For dinner it would be nice if they offered a seafood and fresh fish bbq which would be our only real recommended improvement. A small but nice snack menu is offered during the day.

This place comes with our highest recommendation.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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Katri_Harav wrote a review Jul 2022
Norwalk, Connecticut33 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The island is the true definition of a paradise off the beaten path. Our experience was beyond amazing! We stayed for 5 days and wish we stayed longer.

My husband and I travel a lot and have been to many beautiful resorts in many countries but our experience in Flower Island… just WOW. As soon as we arrived via speed boat, the staff greeted us with a warm welcome, along with the resort dog RJ. The newly built infinity pool was also an added surprise to us.

Every single person who works in the island seem genuinely happy, it was obvious how much they love their jobs because it truly showed in their service. It was the absolute Filipino hospitality. They were a big part why our stay was so special. I got to know some of the girls who work there, and felt like family in such a short time. Special thank you to Mhicka, Kim, Rosalyn, Che, Manager Ela, Sheila, and Jeralyn (she even packed us some of her delicious homemade macaroons to take with us) and all the other staff. The boat drivers caught us fresh sea urchins when I mentioned that I love uni. Truly a special surprise. They were all wonderful. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure our stay would be memorable.

I read some complaint reviews about the food (which worried us at first) but it was the complete opposite experience for us. Food was absolutely delicious! We had a lot of fresh seafood (shrimp, crabs, lobster), also some meat dishes, fresh fruits, soups, and homemade delicious desserts. My only suggestion is to have more vegetables dishes/ salad options along with the main dishes.

The island itself was breath taking! The beach was so clean and water was so clear. All the villas are facing the ocean and has a hammock for relaxation. You’ll hear relaxing nature sounds all day.

A MUST- visit the Pearl Farm, you’ll have a great appreciation for South Sea Asian pearls. We found it educational and fascinating. The visit also came with an island picnic, prepared by the staff which was so special and delicious.
They also took us snorkeling in the coral garden which was absolutely beyond beautiful!!!!

My husband and I are beyond grateful that we found this island and we will definitely be back with our family and friends
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring bug spray, and good walking shoes/ sneakers for hiking up the tower and the path around the...
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CarrieAbroad wrote a review Jan 2023
Aarau, Switzerland9 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 5 nights at this resort which was supposed to be the finale of our Philippines vacation. We arrived via speedboat and received a charming welcome at the beach. The receptionist Vai (sorry if the spelling is wrong) was the perfect hostess during our stay. We booked the Designer Villa (Nr 11) which was very spacious with a fantastic openair bathroom and very clean. But as in all our stays in the Philippines the water heater was temperamental and hot water was very scarce. We went there because of the nice look of the island and its house reef as we are avid snorchelers-and we were not disappointed. The island is very pretty and can be discovered on a path that leads around the island. There is a lighhouse at the peak that is a lovely spot for some sunset viewing. The house reef is quite pretty though not as spectacular as we have seen on other islands but the hotel offers snorcheling tours (Elephant Island is great). We booked a tour to the adjacent pearl farm which I can heavily recommend although it is rather expensive. Our biggest issue with the resort and the reason for our three star rating was the food. The food was served buffet style and selection was very limited (one vegetable dish or salad and 3 meat/fish choices and plain rice) . They promote it as asian kitchen but it leaned heavily into european dishes. The food was not plain bad but taste and execution (no sauces, overcooked meat, lukewarm food) were very unsatisfactory for the steep price tag attached. We prefered the bar with its delicious cocktails and friendly staff. We also tested the SPA. The menue is rather small but the ladies there are very talended. We had two treatments there and the hot stone massage was plain heaven.
Summarily we had a very nice vacation there but in our opinion the resort is a bit overpriced as long as they don't fix the food.
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Date of stay: January 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The Designer Villas are well placed and very charming
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PalaEnzo wrote a review Mar 2020
Luzon, Philippines43 contributions12 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed there for 4 nights with my family and we all had an amazing experience.
From the moment we arrived on the Island everything was perfect.
Very welcoming and always helpful staff.
The place is a truly Gem and it is prefect for relaxing.
You can either snorkel and/or do all the water activities and please do not miss the visit of the Pear Farm. It is really worth it.
I will definitively go back there !!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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koizi wrote a review Mar 2013
Melbourne270 contributions170 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
As a regular Tripadvisor contributor, I read the reviews here before booking this place. Having now stayed here, I can understand both the positives people describe as well as the negatives.

Unfortunately my opinion (as well as that of my wife) is that this place is horribly overpriced for the product that is delivered.

Having booked an Air-conditioned Beachfront cottage this was meant to be the climax of our trip to Palawan. At $300US per night, I accept I couldn't get a room at any of the EL Nido Resort Islands, but this is still a decent amount of cash for this neck of the woods.

The problems became apparent for the moment we arrived and unfortunately increased in number as our stay progressed. The biggest frustration for me was simply not getting what we were promised.

1. Our beachfront cottage was NOT beachfront.

Perhaps it once was, not anymore. The beach on that side of the island (anywhere right of the main buildings, when looking at the aerial shot of the island) was completely eroded, leaving the water crashing against the sea wall (and what would have been the steps to our beachfront). SoI guess you could call it waterfront, but we (including a 2 year old) still had to walk past all the other cabins to the communal beach. This was not the point of paying extra for Beachfront.

2. The bathroom suffered from poor drainage.

I accept this is a problem in cheaper rooms around Asia, but it is simply not good enough at this price point. It is also considerably dangerous given we had a walking infant with us.

3. No curtains, shutters or blinds on any of our windows.

No privacy issue here, as the glass was glazed, but very difficult for the bub to sleep with the swaying outdoor lights shining through in the evening like a disco and then the morning sun beaming in waking him early.

4. Food (or lack thereof)

Some would describe it here as "simple but tasty". Flower Island describe it as a "Sumptuous Feast". I would describe it as school camp food. Sure, there was nothing dramatically wrong with the food that was served. It was all edible with reasonable but simple flavours. But when you are paying $200-300US per night, a buffet of 4 plates of food (2 mains, 1 plain rice, 1 side veg) does not come close to a "Sumptuous feast". Plus my wife is vegetarian and that had been notified of this when the booking was made. Most meals, they considered stir fried veggies or a potato bake - the dish that everyone else had as a side, was to be her main meal. Breakfast was also very poor.
There are no "chefs" in the kitchen and this is apparent in the quality of the food. Home cooking at best. As such meals cannot be ordered or altered and there is no option for ala carte outside of the set meal times. They ring the bell, you come to eat.
Water is provided during meal times (they charge for every cup of tea or coffee you have) but outside of meal time, you must buy water. So much for full board!!

5. Service:

The best way to describe the service here is girls doing a woman's job. The staff generally try hard, particularly the "manager" Ninnet who was as helpful as she could be during our stay. However, I have stayed at guesthouses that provide more professional staff. Aside for the manager, their English is very poor - most of the workers can't really communicate with you, which makes it difficult when Ninnet is not around (and she is off the island at times). I don't blame the staff themselves, but the resort management, who have not provided these girls with the level of training in communication, service and professionalism needed to match the price point of this "resort".
Plus I forgot to mention, that at 3pm on our second day I had to ask for our room to be cleaned and more toilet paper - classy!!

To be fair to management, I raised my concerns early in our stay. They did offer for us to downgrade to other cottages, although the only beachfront ones left were non a/c and too basic for our bub (no protection from bugs/mozzies and backpacker style bathrooms etc) - not the sort of holiday we want these days. They also allowed us to leave a day early and gave a token 10% discount off our room rates. Whilst this was a nice gesture, it was still overall a regrettably poor experience.

As a balance, Flower Island is quite a nice spot (the boat over can be rough in windy conditions). If you are simply just wanting that rustic, simple, basic away from it all experience, you could enjoy yourself here. But I still don't understand why you would pay so much for it???
If the prices where at least half, we probably would have thought it quite good. But they weren't, so we left and spend another night in Sabang (beautiful spot - check out my review of Daluyon).

I can't comment on the Pearl Farm as we did not get the chance to visit it.

Whilst we were there another couple also left early and one group couldn't wait to get off the island after their 2 nights were up - all with similar issues. Simply not good enough for the money.

We stayed as a couple with a 2 year old.
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Date of stay: March 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Avoid Cottage 5 and any other "beachfront" rooms on the right side of the island.
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Aulax wrote a review Jan 2013
Bern18 contributions37 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
we were offering ourselves a treat over New Year and stayed for 3 nights at Flower Island. The room (champagen de luxe) was o.k., even if it was very small and there was no cupboard or place to store luggage. We were highly disappointed by the food (very basic and not nice). As for the extras (visit of pearl farm and snorkeling excursion) we were first told that they are not going to happen as it was New Year and we had almost to go on our knees to get what we were paying for. The staff was very friendly in general, but the manager on duty was really not knowing what she was doing. On the last day aircon did not work and we got only cold water in the shower. The island is a little paradise - but the price for what you are getting is by far too high. We have been staying in other places in the Philippines where we got so much more and did not even pay a third of the price we paid on Flower Island. They somewhat pretend to be a luxury resort but they are not. Even if they try hard in some respect, that is just not good enough at that price!
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Date of stay: January 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CristiKant wrote a review Mar 2017
Madrid523 contributions194 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were really pleased with our stay in this beautiful island. The location is amazing, our champagne cottage was beautiful, the experience was really positive....the surrounding are breathtaking, we loved the free usage of kayak and paddle-surf... the ocean is super clear, although once there we realized that February is still monsoon season so perhaps still not the best to travel to this area of the world, but we were lucky and blessed with sun every day. I loved the visit to the pearl factory and hot really curious about the story of the resort, so ended up purchasing the bio from Jacques Branellec - an inspiring French businessman and explorer. However, we would be pleased to constructively suggest some improvements.

1. Improve communication with customers and prior to arrival. We would have appreciated receiving a confirmation letter from the property, explaining in details how to get there and contrAct transport services from Puerto Princesa to Flower Island. This did not happen, and to organize our trip there was quite difficult. I was able to get in touch with the resort by calling vis whatsapp, since they were not answering to my emails and to the contacts from expedia. I have received no feedback survey from the staff to learn if it was a good stay for me or not - think this is a key aspect in the today's lodging industry to chase and from which learning: feedback!
2. Food choice: provide a more consistent experience with lunches, and a broader choice. It was impossible to get any bread or croissant in the morning for example... the resort could definitively thinking of having a small bakery instead of serving unhealthy packaged bread. Morning juices were so bad that could not be drunk. We had canned vegetables a night for dinner - we were really surprised by that, since it would be much easier and cost effective to grow some veggies in the island itself or use the one provided by the twin island where the founder of the resort has a NGO that produces amongst the other things, vegetables, chickens and spirulina. We could not understand how the food couldn't be superfresh and all natural... so this resort is definetively not a place for foodies today. What a missed opportunity. A la carte would work much better than buffet...
3. Very quite at night. It is a place where you go to relax, but we almost felt bad at asking a drink after dinner as the staff were sleeping while we were at the dinner area at 21.30.
4. Opportunity to organize yoga and meditation classes.
5. There's no lighting in the resort and at night we needed torches to move around... at least for the paths to the room, please improve this aspect.
6. The staff at the resort has as pet a little monkey, and we thought that the way the animal was tied was really painful and cruel... so slightly surprised to see that.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Luis E wrote a review Jun 2017
Mandaluyong, Philippines118 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A paradise of rustic luxury where privacy and hospitality is 5 star. You can trek, hike, follow a trail path, visit a marine sanctuary, a pearl farm, a sustainable foundation or simply lounge around paradise the whole day. A gem of sacredness, nature is untapped and one can experience something magical or mystical with the resorts captivating beauty. A sanctuary when one can immerse and be one with nature. The Amazing gourmet-like food done buffet style but a must try is the pearl meat which is known as an aphrodisiac. Picture perfect sunrise and sunsets view can compete with the best in the world. One can leisurely walk around the island trail in just 25-35 minutes. Or go up the tower in 15-20mins. Most importantly are the people. The staff makes you feel you're at home. No need to lock your rooms, NOTHING gets lost. Leaving the island will bring you to tears and makes you look forward to coming back - home.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Sureyya W wrote a review Jan 2015
Hong Kong, China4 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to begin: This remote island in the Philippines is marketed as a secluded vacation spot. And rightly so. Let me stress: Flower Island is intended for visitors who want the solitude of an island getaway. Anyone who wants/needs to remain in contact, this isn't for you. With weak wifi and little recourse if the weather cuts off the connection entirely, this isn't 'the place to stay if you hope to get work done remotely.

Flower Island is accessed by an one-to-two hour long boat ride from ports on neighboring Palawan. With harsh winds, these can be bumpy rides —and difficult for those prone to motion sickness. Guests are charged separately for this transport. While not exceedingly expensive, it is an added cost and a frustrating one given the price of the resort.

Once on the island, we suffered with a number of unprofessional staff members. From forgetting to give us the keys to our room, failing to clean the rooms properly (dirty dishes from previous tenants remained in the shared area in our bungalow), forgetting to restock the rooms with drinkable/bottled water or even preparing the room with necessary appliances (i.e. lights/shelves). Thankfully, many of these issues were amended after we brought them to the staff's attention.

Prior to booking at Flower Island we'd read a number of reviews, some of which cautioned visitors about the quality of the food, while others seemed to suggest the selections had been steadily improving. After three nights, however, our experience was conclusive: Flower Island focuses on quantity, not quality. Think of this as edible (but not always enjoyable) camp food. On more than one occasion, a member of our party asked the servers/cook staff for fresh vegetables/fruits to substitute for a mediocre dish. Overall, the food was dismal. [Note: While the Philippines might not be known for its food, the resort failed to meet our much-diminished expectations. Unfortunate given the price of the resort.]

Finally, compared to previous resort experiences, Flower Island was exceedingly expensive given the dearth of amenities offered. While some of the guest houses are nicer than others, none of these residences seemed commensurate with the steep rates. [Again, we understand that the cost of operating a remote resort might necessitate higher premiums, but the rates were certainly too high for the services provided.]

While Flower Island does have its subtle charms, visitors should be aware of the clear drawbacks. This isn't to say we wouldn't recommend the resort to others, just that any recommendation would only be directed at someone looking for the most basic (and quiet) island escape who wasn't bothered by paying a premium for it.
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Date of stay: December 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Zeny P wrote a tip May 19
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Value for money starts with the Delux Villa. The Bamboo Rooms are great-we loved it, it is just that the AC in the Bamboo Room did not work."
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eric samson wrote a tip Mar 2023
Seoul, South Korea48 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do the island hopping excursions!"
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CarrieAbroad wrote a tip Jan 2023
Aarau, Switzerland9 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Designer Villas are well placed and very charming"
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Katri_Harav wrote a tip Jul 2022
Norwalk, Connecticut33 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring bug spray, and good walking shoes/ sneakers for hiking up the tower and the path around the island."
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MissAM12 wrote a tip Nov 2021
Manila, Philippines50 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The designer villa has a great view of the beach; close enough to the main areas (only about a 4-min walk) but far enough for privacy."
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PRICE RANGE
₱11,700 - ₱16,705 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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flower island hotel palawan
LOCATION
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvincePalawan IslandTaytay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about Flower Island Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Flower Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Flower Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Flower Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a yoga room during their stay.
Does Flower Island Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Flower Island Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Flower Island Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Flower Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Does Flower Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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