At times, it seems the noise and the hustle and bustle of the Philippines is impossible to get away from, but there is an oasis just 3 hours drive from the noisy, packed streets of Manila. The Coral Beach club is a perfect place to relax and get away from it all.
I decided to take the wife and son to Coral Beach club for our wedding anniversary. It was all rather last minute and we intended to just stay one night, later we extended to another night as we were enjoying our break so much.
We arrived at Coral Beach club on Friday afternoon and was greeted by friendly helpful staff, after settling in to our rooms we decided to eat, My wife and I went for Fish and Chips while my son went for the Pizza from the child’s menu. You get a choice of breaded or beer batter, we both went for beer batter.
The Fish and Chips were superb and went down very well, Ranking them out of other places I have eaten Fish and Chips in the Philippines I would put them 2nd but not far behind 1st place that goes to my wife’s Fish and Chips which I believe to be the best Fish and Chips east of Lowestoft. The Pizza was huge for a child and he nearly managed half of it, I never tried it but it did look good.
Sadly Friday afternoon the heat from the sun was just too much and not wanting to be like lobsters we retired to our room until the sun went down a bit, something my son was not happy with as he wanted to get on the beach. I laid on the bed and enjoyed the silence something I have been unable to do since I left the UK, only being disturbed by son asking if we could go on the beach yet.
As the sun started to go down we took a walk along the beach and had a paddle in the sea as we watched a beautiful sunset. Again it was so quiet with just the sound of the waves gently hitting the beach.
The evening was spent having a drink beside the pool while watching the boy swim. The layout of Coral beach means you can sit in the bar/dining area and see all the club making it perfect for both children and parents. Unlike other places I have been to here the pool area is very child friendly, with no slippery areas outside the pool and nothing that they are likely to trip on. The pool has a gentle slop and is only 4 feet deep at the deepest part. The pool and surrounding area is very clean as is the whole of the club.
Later in the evening we decided to eat again and not being very hungry I decided to have tomato soup. It seemed like the best tomato soup I have ever tasted, not sure if that was because it is 11 years since I last had tomato soup so I missed the taste, but even if that is the case it was still very good.
In some areas of Coral Beach Club in the evening you can slightly hear the karaoke from the neighbouring business, however don’t let that put you off, it is not of a volume that makes it annoying and can only be heard in the area closet to the beach. In the bar area and in your room you can not hear it. I hate karaoke with a vengeance and it was not loud enough to upset me.
Before the evening was out we decided we were enjoying it so much we would ask if we could book for another night. Because this was last minute and they were almost fully booked for Saturday this took some juggling about and we had to switch rooms for the second night. The staff went out of they way to help us and switching rooms was very smooth and done in less than 15 minutes.
The staff were fantastic all very friendly and helpful, they attended to you quickly and every time we ate all 3 of us got served within 30 seconds of each other. I have never had service like this before in the Philippines, anyone that has lived here for a while will tell you most restaurants in the country have a habit of serving one meal or even part of the meal and you have to wait 10 minutes for the other meals to be served. At Coral Beach Club you all get served at the same time and they come out with the plate covered to keep the meal warm.
Other things I ate while at Coral Beach Club, the Full Monty British Breakfast, There Angus Burger and a ham and cheese sandwich. At 475 peso the breakfast might seem expensive but it was so filling it kept me going from 8am until 6pm and that was without the beans because I don’t like beans. So in that respect keeps you going all day it is good value for money. See breakfast menu here
The Angus burger again seems expensive but as soon as you bite into it you understand why, one bite and you realise it is made with top quality beef and is very filling.
The ham and cheese sandwich had British style ham not the sweet American style, loads of cheese in it and British style white bread that also was not sweet like Philippines bread.
Both rooms we had were big, very clean and comfortable, the beds are big with thick comfortable mattresses. There is a fridge in the room, a kettle and a hair dyer.
The bathroom was big with a separate shower area so the rest of the bathroom remains dry, again it was very clean and has towels and toilet paper supplied. There is also a sink with a plug and a large mirror.
All the other guests were very friendly as were the staff, when it was time to leave it was like saying goodbye to old friends.
To sum up I can not fault Coral Beach Club, if you are looking to get away from the noise and the hustle and bustle of the Philippines it is the perfect place. It is an ideal place to relax and for children to play safely.
A comment some members of our group have made is “it is expensive.” I would say give it a try, if you want somewhere that is of the standard you would expect in the UK, with quality British food, somewhere that is peaceful and quiet, then I would say it is worth every peso.
If you want to go for price you can find places much cheaper but you will probably get Filipino standards, they are often noisy, not very safe and sometimes not very clean. Plus you will not get quality British food.
Please note Prices might change.