Amazing Villa w private Beach
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Beautiful summer house in a spectacular location overlooking the South China Sea. The house sits on a very large private property with 2 km of private coastline (of which 600 meters are white sandy beaches). The mountains in the background - covered with rainforest - form a spectacular backdrop.
We like to eat fresh and healthy foods, so we have a large organic garden with vegetables, herbs and spices. We also keep French chickens (free range) for eggs and meat. Freshly caught fish can be had daily from a nearby fisherman's village. We hope our 3 Labradors and 2 Persian cats will make you feel at home the moment you arrive. During the daytime you will most likely be enjoying the surroundings and the beach. At night you will fall asleep, soothed by the sounds of the waves and the rainforest. The house comes with a gardener, a cook and a caretaker. If you wish, the hosts can also cook for you. My wife Theresa is very talented and highly passionate about cooking. She does wonders with all the garden fresh ingredients.
All rooms are en suite and have a view of the ocean (from your bed). We have built several private hideaways around the house, where you can enjoy the view and the sea breeze with a book, a cocktail or a cup of tea. Or just have a lazy afternoon nap in a hammock.
Other amenities of the house include a gym, a petanque court, a bar, a yoga platform/view deck and an outdoor kitchen. Planned amenities for the near future are a Zen Garden, a wood fired brick oven and a zip line that will take you from your balcony straight to the beach.
We are leading a comfortable yet low impact life style. We produce our own veggies and meat, make our own virgin coconut oil, natural bug repellents, yoghurt and cheese. We cook using only the freshest ingredients straight from our garden. We avoid chemical additives and processed foods. If you wish to learn or participate in our organic farming, you are very much welcome. We have some live stock to tend to as well (cows, pigs, goats, water buffaloes, chickens).
To help keep our carbon footprint low, we ask all our visitors to plant one tree each. Either a long living fruit tree or a tropical hardwood tree. We provide the seedlings (at cost) and make sure the tree will prosper.
Our place is ideal for:
* Families with children
* Couples looking to spend quality time together in paradise (hidden away from the rest of the world)
* City dwellers looking to reconnect with Nature (from the comfort of a serviced villa)
* People who favor a healthy life style
* Nature lovers
* Adventure lovers (off road biking trips, trails, hiking, river crossings)
* Beach & Ocean (swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, paddle boating, bonfire / BBQ)
* Mountain River (swimming, fish spa, BBQ)
* Jungle (hiking on old mountain trails, native hunting trails, bird watching)
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Our own Private Beach|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Puerto Princesa City Airport 66 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (6), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
The Palawan region
Known as "The last Frontier", Palawan is a haven for nature lovers, environmentalists and those in search of exceptionally beautiful and often exclusive locations. Palawan is without doubt the best preserved and the most spectacularly beautiful of all the large islands in the Philippines. Natural beauty is abound. Crystal clear waters with abundant underwater life, untouched rainforest, endless white beaches, friendly people (both indigenous and immigrants from other provinces)... Palawan has it all !
The Villa is located on the West Coast of Palawan. Unspoiled by mass tourism and little known, except to the locals, this is where the most stunningly beautiful beaches of the island can be found. The rainforest remains intact. Indigenous people, who have lived here for generations, have long kept the beauty of the area a secret. The roughness of the terrain has kept main stream tourism out. It is now yours to enjoy from the comfort of our Villa.
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30 Mar 2014
"Know before you go..."
We spent four nights at the villa last week with friends and the hosts. The hosts are amazing people...accommodating, gracious, friendly. Theresa's cooking is amazing, I've not had better fi… More
Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to submit your review. Thanks also for your very kind words about Theresa and me. When we see how you are enjoying your stay, it inspires us and it makes us feel good. Thanks also for your huge compliment about Theresa's cooking. Truth be told, after all those years that we've been together, she still manages to impress even me. And I'm a regular customer :-)
As far as our beach is concerned, it is in the first stage of development. So far, we have cleaned up and smoked out the surrounding forest. The beach itself is left pristine (although we rake it and remove seaweeds twice daily). Our initial idea was to keep the natural setting of the beach intact as much as possible (we are big fans of hammocks though, suspended in the shade). But we may change our plans and put some traditional wooden lounge chairs on the beach. We are also planning a grill and a bar. In a later stage we may even build some bungalows, slightly elevated and overlooking the bay but with immediate access to the beach. Lots of idea's are brewing and your input is very useful.
We hope to welcome you back for a company team-building one day, so you can see for yourself how it turned out.
24 Mar 2014
"It wasn't quite what we had hoped for..."
We booked the villa for 5 days because we wanted to get away from it all, spend time with each other, laze on the beach and swim in the sea.We corresponded with Herwig, who was very helpful and inform… More
Thank you so much for staying with us and for sharing your comments in your review.
At the amazing villa, we receive a variety of guests. All of them have different expectations and we do our best to cater to each and every one of them in a personalized way. If you read our reviews on this and other websites, you will see that this personalized approach makes for a superb customer experience and is a big part of the success of the Amazing Villa.
You summarize it well when you say that you “wanted to get away from it all, spend time with each other, laze on the beach and swim in the sea”.
During the two days I spent “with you” at the villa, you did exactly that and not much more. I tried to interact with you and find out how to please you but after two days of looking at a closed bedroom door and an empty bar, I concluded that it would be best to respect your privacy, retreat discreetly and leave you in the capable care of our staff. Our staff, by the way, are trained to look after you and they are quite good at what they do. They live on site (permanently) and can help you with any request. You do not need the hosts to look after you and you should definitely not command our presence.
If you felt that our cook was overly generous with our virgin coconut oil (by the way, we also use olive oil and butter, if you don't like coconut oil), you should have pointed it out to him right there and then, giving him a chance to adjust. Our cook was trained by Theresa and has done very well with other guests. We have noted your complaint and we will still discuss it with him.
Sand flies is something you do not leave to chance. On a good day there may be none on the entire beach but on bad days (especially late afternoon) you need to take precautions. Lying on the beach late afternoon without insect repellent is not something we would recommend. Applying mosquito repellent frequently (we prefer the natural ones, not the DEET versions) on all exposed skin is the thing to do.
You may have noticed that we take sand flies seriously. We rake our beach and remove all seaweeds twice daily. This disturbs their breeding patterns (sand flies lay their eggs in the sand and under decomposing seaweeds). Furthermore, we have cleared and burned the undergrowth 50 meters inland from the beach to destroy the breeding grounds for mosquito's. We are experiencing very encouraging results from our efforts (there are significantly less sand flies now and they continue to get less and less). We can see from other guests that it's possible to enjoy the beach without being covered in bites.
We are sorry to hear that your stay at the amazing villa was not what you expected it to be. However, I hope that you did enjoy your time away from it all and that you found ample time to spend with each other in a pristine environment.
7 Feb 2014
"If this place happens to be available, BOOK IT!"
Long story short -- I thought this was too good to be true, but it surpassed my expectations. The owners go out of their way to help save you money, and make sure you have the best possible time. I … More
2 Feb 2014
"'Amazing' is an understatement"
I stayed at the Amazing Villa with a group (10 total) and would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone looking for a beautiful, relaxing destination! I arrived thinking it couldn't possibly be as great as it sounded but how wrong I was. It exceeded my expectations on every level. Yes, it is remote and there is no phone service or internet connection. However, that does not mean it is a 'backpackers' experience with limited amenities. Herwig, Teresa and their staff pampered us all week long. The accommodations are lovely and decorated with style. Although you have the option to cook your own food, don't do it! Teresa is a gourmet cook and weeks later we are still talking about the fantastic food. Fresh fish, bbq chicken, spring rolls, ceviche, and sides with fresh herbs from the organic garden--just to name a few. Every meal was delicious, made even better by Herwig's wide selection of amazing cocktails. A short walk leads to the deserted beach with no seaweed, rocks, or creepy creatures to ruin your swim--just beautiful sand, sun, and water. Herwig and Teresa even arranged for food and drinks to be brought down to the beach. They also arranged a special day-hike to a river and a bonfire one evening. As for the price--this place is a steal! The Amazing Villa is not a place to go if you need to be busy all the time or are expecting a 'touristy' experience. But, if you are looking for a place to unplug and you are happy with a book, a beach, delicious food and drinks, and great service then you won't find better.
26 Jan 2014
"An AMAZING slice of paradise!"
We visited the Amazing villa in January 2014 with a group of friends (10 of us in total, all teachers aged between 25 and 38) and had an incredible time. Herwig, Theresa and the staff were totally wa… More
Thank you so much for your very nice review. Very few things feel as good as being able to share your passions and the things you value in life with people who truly appreciate it and respond so enthusiastically. Theresa is flattered and says thank you for inspiring her to cook with all her heart. You were a great group of wonderful people. Thanks for choosing our place and know that we will welcome you back as friends any time.
12 Jan 2014
"A dream come true"
This was my absolute dream holiday. Heirwig and theresa are FANTASTIC hosts. They are genuinely concerned for your wellbeing and do everything they can to ensure you have a fantqstic stay! The locqtio… More
Thank you so much for your heart warming comments.
Great to hear that you enjoyed it so much. My wife and I definitely loved hosting you and hearing that this was your absolute dream holiday... WOW. That feels good. Thanks for sharing it with us !
31 Dec 2013
Nous avons passé une semaine dans cette villa. Les propriétaires Herwig et Teresa sont des gens adorables qui ont tout fait pour nous plaire. Teresa prépare de délicieux repas et nous avions une m… More
Thank you for staying with us and for sharing your comments in your review.
First of all, thank you for your kind words about us and about the food you enjoyed in our place. Cooking and baking are indeed two of my wife's passions. I hope you enjoyed the baguettes and the brioche she baked especially for you to accompany the foie gras you brought with you to the Villa. We will always strive to make our guest's stay as comfortable as possible. We realize that our place is quite unique and not your usual “resort by the beach”. We live in a pristine environment, surrounded by rain forest and unspoiled as of yet by the developments of mass tourism. While we will never stop improving our facilities, we realize that there is also a price to pay for living amidst unspoilt nature or “away from civilization” as you put it.
The road going to our place is quite rough indeed. The good news is that the Philippine government has approved a substantial budget to concrete the entire stretch from Puerto to our place and beyond. While this will reduce the travel time to one hour or less once finished, the ongoing construction works do create added inconvenience and make the roads harder to navigate. Rough as the roads may be, they are in no way dangerous. The fact that you have navigated these roads at night – your flight was delayed by 5 hours – may have influenced your perception. Traveling at night is something we had warned you about but I guess these were unfortunate circumstances.
Sandflies is something to be prepared for. On a good day there may be none on the entire beach but on bad days you need to take precautions. Applying mosquito repellent frequently and on all exposed skin does help. We also suggest liberal use of our coconut vinegar to take the sting away and to prevent itching. We are very sorry to hear that you had to take medication to control your itch and we hope you will all be better soon.
As far as mosquito's are concerned, we feel that the fact that we changed all our light bulbs to LED, which is invisible to mosquito's, has helped quite a lot to control mosquito's at night. Our resident bats and lizards do their part as well.
When you say that you did not know that the rental car that picked you up from the airport was to be paid, I would like to remind you that all the details about this were communicated to you in writing.
While our place may have turned out to be less urban than you had hoped for, Theresa and I wish that you can keep alive the memories of family bonding and the good times we shared.
9 Jun 2013
"Wonderful stay, perfect for families."
Together with my family we spent one week at the amazing villa. It was indeed, amazing! Although I'm living in the Philippines since six months and been around to some places, you'll find only a few places like this. A wounderful house, an amazing view, an extensive beach and lovely people. If you are looking for a place to relax and simply enjoy with your family some quality time, this is the place to go. And not to forget about the food. Probably, the best food I've enjoyed so far in the Philippines! Relax and enjoy!
Thank you so much for your very nice comments. It's always heartwarming to meet like minded people who appreciate the same things in life we do: unspoilt nature, good food and quality time spent with the ones dearest to you. We truly enjoyed hosting all of you and we wish you a great stay in the Philippines. Don't forget to check in from time to time as we continue to add new features to improve the guest experience. You will always be welcome !
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