Hotel of the Week: Astoria Palawan

Boracay is probably the best-known island in the Philippines, thanks to its powder-white beach and pumping party scene. But the quieter, remote Palawan has its own share of fans. Astoria, in the capital city of Puerto Princesa, is giving tourists a more fun way of spending time at the island known as the country’s last frontier.

Done up in blue, the lobby is welcome sight for visitors.

Done up in blue, the lobby is welcome sight for visitors.

Rooms: Pastel colors dominate the 40 luxurious suites and 72 botanical-inspired rooms, which were designed to appeal to younger travelers. Deep brown mahogany was installed on walls for a tropical-inspired look, while sea-inspired artworks and vibrant wallpapers provide a splash of vibrant colors.

One of the suites

One of the suites

Don’t miss: Situated in a 50,000-square-meter mango orchard, the property comes with an enormous water park, which occupies almost a quarter of the resort. Suitable for kids, it has dizzying, massive slides; slow, flowing rivers; and powerful, faux waterfalls.

The resort's fun park

The resort’s water park

But no one goes to Palawan just to stay within a resort’s confines. Astoria is a good base to explore the eight-kilometer-long St. Paul Underground River or the numerous islands that dot Honda Bay, a favorite diving spot. Children will also be delighted with a trip to Rancho Sta. Monica, a private animal sanctuary that offers spectacular views of the sea.

Aerial shot of the property

Aerial shot of the property

Deals: Get a quarter off from regular rates if you want to stay from October 16 to December 22, 2017. The catch: prospective guests need to book on or before July 31. For more information, please click this link.

Dining area

The Reserve, the hotel’s restaurant

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