Being budget travelers almost always means any room will do; unfortunately we’re not really hardcore backpackers. Although we could’ve just chosen the cheapest accommodation possible in Siquijor, we still tried to look for a cozier one and mightily tried to fit it within our measly budget.
Coco Grove’s prices range Php2,400.00 to Php8,700.00 (click here for the full details on room rates). Definitely way over our resources, it’s only unfortunate that we’re easily charmed by beautiful rustic architecture, lush gardens and nice rooms; we’re a shame to the backpacking community we know.
The resort has a total of 44 cottages scattered throughout its 800-meter long beach frontage. They have two standard, deluxe and executive rooms, four family deluxe, executive deluxe rooms and executive deluxe cottages, two executive special and royal & golden orchid cottages, four sunset vistas, six executive family deluxe, four suite villas with bathtub and four suite villas with Jacuzzi. I’m not sure what those impressive sounding rooms look like but judging by their prices, I’m sure they’re quite remarkable in real life.
We were looking for cheap beach front accommodation and the most affordable one they recommended was their Frangipani 1. It wasn’t literally beach front, located ten meters from the shore, but for its price we’re not complaining; well okay, almost not complaining.
The room has clean white walls punctuated with ornamental tapestries, wood plank floors reminiscent of old houses, a nice soft bed, a cable TV, some rattan chairs and table, a small ref and a clean and moderately spacious toilet. Everything is lighted by warm charming lamps suspended on its lofty pitched ceiling.
But the best thing really is that all their cottages have their own veranda furnished with chairs and table. We’d take any room as long as it has a balcony where we can have a cup of inexpensive 3-in-1 coffee any time of the day.
Coco Grove’s prices include breakfast for two and unlimited hot water free of charge. For your normal uncaffeinated drinking needs though, you’d have to buy their bottled mineral water. No service water for cheapskates like us. To work around this, we bought a six-liter jug of water from a water station a few steps from the resort’s gate and just plunked it in the mini-ref. Php60.00 for 6 liters of mineral water versus Coco Grove’s Php30.00 for 350milliliters, you choose.
On the second day, we transferred to one of the farther rooms since the one we were currently occupying was already booked for another guest ahead of time. We really didn’t mind as the resort’s courteous staff helped us moved our things. The new room was almost identical to the previous one, only difference was it was tucked on a corner of their forest-like garden.
All in all, we did like the accommodations offered by Coco Grove. It’s not the best we’ve seen and we feel it is a bit overpriced for its type but the resort’s overall charm and beauty more than made up for the rates that would surely turn of true-blue backpackers.
COCO GROVE RESORT
SIQUIOR CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROAD
BRGY. TUBOD, SAN JUAN, SIQUIJOR
TELEPHONE: (0927) 362-8731 | (0939) 915-5123
GPS COORDINATES: 9.142435,123.510897
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SIQUIJOR THREE-DAY SERIES
TRIP ITINERARY | MANILA - DUMAGUETE CITY - SIQUIJOR | ST. FRANCIS DE ASSISI CHURCH | CAPILAY’S SPRING PARK AT SAN JUAN
OVER AND BELOW LAZI’S CENTURY-OLD BALETE TREE | LAZI CHURCH - SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH | LAZI CONVENT
THE CAMBUGAHAY FALLS AT LAZI | SANTA MARIA CHURCH & ITS BLACK MARIA | SUNSET ON THE ROAD
SAN JUAN’S COCO GROVE RESORT | COCO GROVE ACCOMMODATIONS AT SAN JUAN | COCO GROVE’S SUNSET RESTAURANT
SUNSET AND SUNRISE AT SAN JUAN’S TUBOD BEACH