We have a treat today Dotties! The awesome Georgie Cavanagh, travel columnist and Head of Creator & Brand Partnerships for Tribe, takes us to the stunning Coron Island in the Philippines. Georgie was on a two week work trip in Manila and decided to duck off for the weekend to discover a paradise that many of us haven’t heard of or been to before, or at least this is the case for me. She kindly shares her tips and Insta-perfect pics with us today.
When searching through the 1800+ islands or 80+ provinces in the Philippines, it might get daunting so see my suggestions below for a great island weekend escape to Coron.
STAY The Funny Lion – cute boutique hotel in Coron, Palawan.
FLY Easy flight from Manila – one hour! Fly straight into Coron. I was greeted at the airport and collected by The Funny Lion staff then it was a 30 minute drive to the hotel. The drive was very scenic through the island and makes you feel relaxed and on island time straight away.
HOSPITALITY The staff at The Funny Lion were super helpful! Richard is the supervising manager. Make friends with him and you’ll be sorted for the rest of the trip! On arrival you’ll be welcomed by the staff with a drink then when entering your room there will be a few surprises (good ones), but I won’t give it all away now. They think of everything so you have a really enjoyable stay. It’s all taken care of with those extra little touches.
RELAX Those who feel like a day in the day spa with massages, that’s all there too. For me I just wanted to chill, so I didn’t leave the hotel. By day I was by the pool then from 4pm when happy hour started, I ordered some cocktails from the rooftop bar, Pride Rock, to watch the sun set.
DRINKS Throughout the day they bring frozen gin drinks with lime by the pool. There is lovely acoustic sounds on a Spotify list being played throughout the day.
SATURDAY NIGHTS If you’re lucky to be there on a Saturday night, there is a live music and seafood buffet (only $650P or around AU$16) and so much food!
TOWN CENTRE A walk into town is nice in the afternoon – around 15 mins. You can catch a bike if that’s easier. From there if you wanted to do day trips of island hopping or snorkelling tours, that’s where they leave from. You can also hike to Mt. Tapyas for a good view of town.
FOOD Typical snacks served by the pool at 3pm included
⁃chocolate rice with milk
⁃fried bananas with cinnamon
⁃honey crusted camote (sweet potatoes)
And wake up slow with a fresh fluffy omelette and pot of coffee.
ROOM In your room at night there are traditional desserts placed in there like coconut jelly shots. Also the mini bar is complimentary and replaced daily with fresh fruit and smoothies.
PARTING WAYS On day of your departure they give you a bracelet. You can buy the straw bag you’ve used if you liked it for $250P (around $8).
If my story hasn’t caught your attention then the @thefunnylion Insta certainly will, be sure to check it out.
Images by Georgie Cavanagh / Instagram images by @thefunnylion
Ms Zigzag says: Posts like this remind me why I love my job so much! Thanks to Georgie for introducing us to Coron Island and giving us the hot tip on where to stay to really treat yourself and relax.
About the author Georgie Cavanagh: Georgie Cavanagh is the Head of Creator & Brand Partnerships
TRIBE – a marketplace which connects social content creators & leading brands to create word of mouth at scale. TRIBE now has 5 locations including Manila, which is where Georgie is currently spending some time working, hence why she’s discovered The Funny Lion on a weekend escape from Manila.