Puerto Princesa, the Philippines

April 6 – 9, 2019

Balai encompasses both house and home in meaning. So does Balai Princesa. The homiest boutique B&B in Puerto Princesa offers more than a roof over our head and ambiance for our Gram. The warmth and comfort provided by its service make it a home.

TTT @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa

Balai Princesa @ Socrates Rd., B’gay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

As our airport shuttle pulls into a driveway from a semi-residential stretch of Socrates Road, we find the balai to be a bungalow repurposed into a B&B. Right then, we feel like house, not hotel, guests. Kaizer, one of the front desk staff, greets and briefs us. Multi-tasking as butler and concierge, he readily arranges services from day tours to in-house spa sesh to run smoothly.

Kaizer at Front Desk (top) and Lobby (bottom) @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa
Living Room @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa
Dayungon Room @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa

This balai is consistent in its traditional feels while outfitted with modern trappings. It is furnished with all things rattan- sofas in the airy lobby, couches in the split-level living room, the dining set of its restaurant, Lilim Cafe, and lampshades in the entire balai. Our party of six occupies three of the five well-appointed en suite guest rooms with soothing mood lighting and elegant tropical decor.

Lilim Cafe @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa
Breakfast Fare @ Lilim Cafe, Balai Princesa
Lilim Cafe @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa

This balai goes out of its way to give home-made pampering. In the backyard, a three-door sauna and two neon-lighted jacuzzis housed in separate wooden gazebos are prep’d at our disposal. Every booked room comes with one complimentary massage. Exactly what a weary wanderer wants to go home to after a full day of touring, spelunking, hiking, swimming, and eating.

Jacuzzi in the Backyard @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa
TTT @ Balai Princesa, Puerto Princesa

Traveling is not always a relaxing experience. Most times it is more physically draining than work. But going home to Balai Princesa is the real vacation. This balai is an enabler of our prince and princess syndrome, and that makes it a home away from home.

Thank You Balai Princesa!