Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dawal Beach Resort

One of the better resorts in terms of amenities and accommodation this side of Zambales, we chose Dawal among its neighboring resorts for an overnight stay before hopping on a boat that took us to Potipot Island the following day. They usually require a 50% downpayment but since it was a last minute trip, they agreed for us to pay upon arrival. We got two standard rooms at Php2200 per night good for 4 adults but if the beds get uncomfortable or is too small to fit everyone, you can opt to pay an additional Php200 for the extra bed.

We could have gotten a family room since we are a group of ten but we worry about having just one bathroom and spending so much time waiting for everyone to their thing.

Our rooms are located on the third floor of the building which was alright only if they did not use tiles on the stairs which tends to get slippery at times. Definitely not kid friendly.

This is what a standard room looks like. Two queen-sized beds with air-conditioning, a cable TV, a bathroom with the littlest water pressure making the shower head a decoration and a mini dining area with no ref. Really just the basics that you need for an overnight stay, if more than that, I'll probably have second thoughts.

While our room was okay, the other room where half of the group stays comes with two cockroaches in the wall, or was it also a decor?

Resort amenities include a kiddie and adult pool, billiard tables and a restaurant which takes forever to serve your orders. The night we arrived, we had to wait an hour and 30 minutes for the Sinigang na Baboy, Pritong Lapu-Lapu (we ordered Sweet and Sour) and Crispy Pata. Good thing we bought some chips and bread in Subic which entertained the kids while waiting for dinner.

The one thing I love about this place is its close proximity to Potipot Island -- just a mere 5-minute boat ride from the resort's beach front. I bet my swimmer friends can swim their way there, but that would be an entirely different story.

As they say, you get what you pay for. Maybe we'll just bring our own tents and stay in the island next time we come back.


Dawal Beach Resort
Uacon, Candelaria
Zambales, Philippines
Tel.: (63919) 573-0952 / (63920) 665-1577

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