Choosing a destination, followed by choosing the hotel where you will live, should be the logical and natural order in planning a vacation. However, for Peace & Love in San Vicente, things have been a bit different. While we were looking for a hotel in El Nido, we discovered this resort with a dreamlike view that we couldn’t ignore. I just had to drink my coffee on the balcony of the sunset room in Peace & Love Resort!
San Vicente wasn’t at all on our list, but after seeing some pictures of the accommodation unit, I started looking for more details about the area, and then I found out about Long Beach, the longest white sand beach in the Philippines, located very close to this hotel. At the same time, the fact that San Vicente was two and a half hours far from Puerto Princesa, which meant exactly half of the total distance to El Nido, was another reason for me to include this destination in the itinerary. Looking at the map below, you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about.
How to get to San Vicente:
San Vicente is a municipality in the Palawan archipelago. It is divided into 10 villages or barangays, Port Barton being the most famous of them. We stayed in Poblacion (San Vicente). If you read the previous articles, you already know that the first destination in the Philippines was a 3-day stop in Manila, followed by a flight to the capital of the archipelago, Puerto Princesa.
Here, we stayed for 4 nights, and we visited The Underground River and a few islands in Honda Bay. From Puerto Princesa, we went to San Vicente, early in the morning, transported by a 7 or 8 seats van. The price per person was 700 PHP (≈ $ 14). The road was long, of almost 3 hours, but not at all boring. I remember we crossed some woods and some very beautiful hills, with lush vegetation.
We knew the resort was located in a remote area, but as we approached, we realised how inspired we were when we chose the place. We went through a jungle, and admired the plantations of banana and the coconut trees, passed through the city centre (if I can call it like that), we saw how locals live, in modest and simple conditions, but so close to nature, and we also saw the mini port, with its hundreds of wooden framed boats. Finally, we climbed a hill and arrived at Peace and Love.
Peace and Love is a 3 stars resort, which is not very common in many areas of Palawan. Although I like to experience as authentic as possible any place I choose to discover, I need, from time to time, the relaxation and comfort offered by at least a 3 stars hotel, and Peace and Love represented that: a small retreat where we loaded our batteries and enjoyed Poblacion’s beauty the slowest way possible, in contrast to the adventures of Puerto Princesa, Coron and El Nido. The hotel is set on a hill and can be seen right from the centre of the town.
As I walked into the lobby, I felt it as a place where daytime relaxation and nighttime entertainment dominate. The lobby is actually non-existent, it’s simply a continued kitchen office, a breakfast place, a sandy lounge area and an infinity pool. To all this, it is added the view to the sea which is not even blocked by a wall or something. Everything is open, so your retina enjoys the fabulous landscape every moment you spend in the resort.
The Infinity Pool:
The pool at Peace and Love was the first infinity pool I have ever tried. It is not the most modern and clean in the world, but I really enjoyed swimming in it, while I had a beautiful sea view during the day. After sunset, I enjoyed the music that echoes in the speakers on the terrace and the lights of the lanterns hanging on the pool. Next to the swimming area, there are some wooden sunbeds, well-shaded by the umbrellas made of straws.
We could choose between the sunrise, standard, family and sunset rooms. Obviously, given my passion for the most beautiful sunsets, I chose the last option. In fact, the view from the sunset room was the very reason why we reserved here. Well, how no trip can be perfect, when we arrived at the hotel, we had the unpleasant surprise that the sunset room was not exactly what we expected. The pictures on the site offered a different view, compared to the panorama of the room reserved for us. I don’t know how it is possible, but we booked the room on the Agoda website, and it seems that the problem still existed in the hotel’s history.
The disappointment was obviously very, big because we only had 2 nights at our disposal, but the owner tried to make a comeback by giving us free breakfast on both days and letting us move in the desired room on the second night. To be more explicit, the sunset rooms are considered to be numbers 1,2,3,4,9 and 10. For us, the true sunset rooms were only 1 and 2. These rooms had an ideal view of the port, the sea, the surrounding hills, and most important, the sunset.
However, of course, we accepted the proposed offer, and we had to be satisfied with only 24 hours, instead of 48, in the sunset room. I wanted to mention this detail because I don’t have the slightest intention of hiding less pleasant things from my travels. After all, anyone can learn from my experience, and that matters the most.
Now, I want to tell you a little about the room, the decor and the equipment. The Sunset Room is very large and features a living area with two sofas and a TV, but also the sleeping area, with a bed, from which you have a direct view of the sea, through a huge window and sliding doors.
The walls are all white, except for the one behind the bed, which is decorated with a pretty black and white wallpaper. In the room, you will find a mirror, but also a variety of Balinese inspired decorations. The bathroom is as minimalist as possible, I have nothing special to add about it, except that there is no bathtub, just a shower. You will always have hot water, no matter the time of the day. Although it may seem odd to mention a detail like this one, I have to let you know (if you are not already informed) that there are many units in Palawan that do not have hot water or electricity. At Peace and Love, you will not miss any of them, so no worry!
The balcony and the view:
We came to the most attractive part of the room, which is actually outside, on the balcony. Once on the balcony, we almost couldn’t leave it. It is large, equipped with two chairs, a coffee table, but also a comfortable lounge on which you can spend all day, sunbathing. Also, on the balcony, we chose to enjoy our welcome drinks, which consisted of a very sweet cocktail with a surprisingly pleasant taste, in a red-orange gradient. Looking at the view would be useless to have a list of epithets and metaphors that would not go up to reality anyway, so I’d rather surprise you with the pictures that will definitely explain it better.
Although we booked the room without breakfast, I told you a little earlier that we received it for free in both mornings, as a compensation for the lost night in our much-dreamed room. But besides breakfast, we also served other dishes, considering that it rained quite a bit, during the two days spent in San Vicente, which made us stay most of our time at the hotel. I can say, therefore, that I have formed a pertinent opinion about the food at Peace and Love, and I can add that you will not be disappointed ordering from here.
The prices are decent, the portions are rather generous, the only inconvenience is the waiting time. The good part is that the employees are super nice and smiley, so you can pull their sleeve, anytime you want them to remember that you are hungry … right now! :)) I recommend the sizzling chicken or beef.
If we have peace and love, we must have a good sunset. The sunset here has cut our breath, almost for real. There were some shades of red, blue and purple, of all splendour, and I could not be more excited about the fact that the sunset room does have the right name assigned to it. Take a look and convince yourself:
Overall, the experience at Peace and Love was very beautiful, and I came to the conclusion that it deserves its name. I don’t regret at all that we departed a bit from our itinerary, and that we visited San Vicente, a much more relaxed and less crowded region of the Palawan archipelago.
- Would you like to stay at Peace and Love?
- Do you think the resort deserves the beautiful name it has?