Secrets of San Vicente, Palawan: Club Agutaya Resort Review

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” These words were exactly what resonated in us when we recently visited the quaint town of San Vicente in Palawan.

Club Agutaya Resort Review photo via FB page
Club Agutaya Resort Review photo via FB page

It was my second time visiting San Vicente and I was quite surprised to see a lot of developments in the town. From the paved roads and tourism-related establishments to the newly opened airport, I’m glad this place is being developed with sustainability in mind.


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Club Agutaya in San Vicente Palawan
Club Agutaya in San Vicente Palawan

As a frequent traveler, I love to see new beach destinations. With the increase in the number of areas being developed, tourists will have more equally beautiful options to choose from and will not just overpopulate destinations like Boracay, giving these islands time to breathe and heal. This also means giving the people in these localities more livelihood sources while protecting their own environment.

Agutaya Beachfront
Agutaya Beachfront

San Vicente is an upcoming resort town in Palawan surrounded by lush green forests with amazing waterfalls, pocket beaches, and beautiful people. Its main attraction is its Long Beach, a 14.5-kilometer stretch of coastal haven blessed with creamy white sands and crystal clear waters.

Roadtrip to San Vicente
Roadtrip to San Vicente

During our recent visit, we stayed at Club Agutaya – an eco-friendly boutique resort with environmental sustainability at the helm of its vision.

How to Get to Club Agutaya

From Manila:

  • Fly to Puerto Princesa Airport.
  • From Puerto Princesa, travel to San Jose Terminal via tricycle.
  • Take the bus or van going to San Vicente. That’s P450 – P550 per way. Club Agutaya is 2-3 hours away from Puerto Princesa City.
  • You may take the Cherry Bus Liner or Day Tripper (you can book online) and ask to be dropped off at the Itabiak Junction (in San Vicente). Please inform the resort in advance so their official transport can pick you up.

From Clark International Airport:

  • Fly to San Vicente Airport.
  • You may arrange airport transfers by contacting the resort prior to your arrival.

From El Nido:

  • Fly to El Nido Airport.
  • From El Nido, take the van going to Puerto Princesa City.
  • Take the bus or van going to San Vicente. That’s P450 – P550 per way.

Arrival Experience

Upon reaching the resort, we proceeded to their lobby. Filled with Philippine-made furnishings, the lobby showcases the use of local materials that present that ultimate island vibe. Sighting a magnificent chandelier (designed and built in Capiz) hanging from its high ceiling and a wooden staircase leading to the resort’s rooms, the interiors were truly a great welcoming view.

Reception Area
Reception Area
Clug Agutaya Resort Lobby
Clug Agutaya Resort Lobby

The check-in process was fast and efficient too. We were able to go to our respective rooms quite faster than usual I loved the cold cucumber, lemongrass, and lemon-infused water available at the lobby for free.

Early Morning at Club Agutaya San Vicente Palawan
Early Morning at Club Agutaya San Vicente Palawan

Resort Rooms

Club Agutaya Resort has 58 rooms with luxurious private villas dotted with pocket gardens and great access to the pool and beach. It also has smaller rooms in the main building which are suited for travelers who want to save money on accommodations.

Club Agutaya Bedroom
Club Agutaya Bedroom

I stayed on the 3rd floor of the main building. There’s no elevator in the resort, but I prefer it (walking up) that way since burning calories takes a little bit harder as you grow older. 🙂 Our room was a bit small, but it’s good enough since you won’t be staying in your room the whole day long after all. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and unwind. The bathroom has enough space though and comes with complimentary toiletries.

View from the beachfront villa of Club Agutaya
View from the beachfront villa of Club Agutaya
Beachview Villas Club Agutaya
Beachview Villas Club Agutaya

Resort Food and Dining

Right next to the main building on the way to the beach is a beautiful thatched roof restaurant called Cafe Lily. The restaurant serves international cuisine, but the main highlight was their local food which uses the freshest ingredients mostly coming from their garden or sourced locally.

Cafe Lily Restaurant
Cafe Lily Restaurant
Danggit Lamayo Breakfast
Danggit Lamayo Breakfast
Steamed Fish
Steamed Fish
Chicken Inasal
Chicken Inasal
Baked Tahong with Garlic and Cheese
Baked Tahong with Garlic and Cheese

How can I forget their Barako coffee? It simply sets my mood to start the day right. The dishes in their menu were created by Chef Maria. It boasts of delicious cuisines from around the world. For Chef, fresh is best.

Chef Maria and her daily supply of fresh catch
Chef Maria and her daily supply of fresh catch
Pasta at Cafe Lily
Pasta at Cafe Lily

Hands down to Chef Maria who prepares all the food starting from breakfast all the way to snacks and dinner. With each dish she crafts, she’ll literally take you to her own personal dining table just as what she’d do to a friend visiting her house. It was a truly lovely experience.

Freshly baked breads from the Kitchen
Freshly baked breads from the Kitchen

Café Lily also bakes their bread in their own kitchen and serves them fresh every day!

Resort Facilities

As green as it aims to be, Club Agutaya generates solar and wind power to light up its LED lights that provide noteworthy luminescence to the resort. It is the first resort in the Philippines to use separate pipes in segregating the toilet wastes and treats it in an efficient sewage treatment system that converts it to reusable water.

LED lighting amidst natural setting at Clug Agutaya
LED lighting amidst natural setting at Clug Agutaya
Poolside of Club Agutaya
Poolside of Club Agutaya
Club Agutaya freshwater pool
Club Agutaya freshwater pool

The resort also boasts of a well-stocked bar called View Bar. Look for Icy “Dixie” Marinas, the resort manager who is also an expert mixologist. Whenever she is in the resort, she would personally mix different liquors for the resort’s guests. I swear, I fell in love with her old-fashioned cocktail.:)

View Bar
View Bar
Old Fashioned
Old Fashioned
Club Agutaya Beachfront
Club Agutaya Beachfront

Club Agutaya has a freshwater infinity pool that coaxes you with its warmth and ambiance. Guests may opt to laze in the sun by the beach or may arrange for a private tour at the concierge.

Overall

What makes this resort appealing for a frequent traveler like me is its rawness. It literally feels like you are in Boracay back when it was still more pristine 40 years ago, but of course with the convenience of having a remarkable resort and good amenities.

Club Agutaya Sunset
Club Agutaya Sunset

Club Agutaya is really big given that it sits on 3.5 hectares of beach property. And even if it was fully booked during our stay, it still did not feel that crowded. We even felt that we were the only guests in the resort. Too bad the weather was uncooperative when we went there and we were not able to do other activities.

Afternoon Stroll in San Vincente
Afternoon Stroll in San Vincente

Overall, we had a great stay. The resort is at its perfect state at the moment, at least based on my experience. Everything the resort has is unforgettable, especially its friendly staff and its lovely in-house cats and dogs (seriously). I can’t wait to go back to this piece of paradise!

Club Agutaya Resort
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Address: Long Beach, Barangay San Isidro, Palawan, San Vicente, 5309
Telephone: 0917 898 1047

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