MY COCO BEACH STORY
Coco Beach stood out among the places I’ve been to. Not because of anything flashy but because of the small things rolled into one great experience when we went to the Malasimbo Festival in March.
First impressions count. Cathy and PJ were so friendly and efficient, inspiring confidence for first timers like us. Their transport service was also on the dot! A good sign that timeliness was valued.
The moment we set foot –literally—in Coco Beach, we knew we went to the right place.
We were received very warmly with singing and leis, something we haven’t experienced elsewhere. It was a delight! Having booked a promo deal, not once were we made to feel that we were lesser guests. This is something I value a lot, having experienced mediocre services extended to ‘discounted deals’ before.
We stayed in a charming hilltop hut. The view was mesmerizing, was very much worth the climb! Staying on a hammock, eye-level with the tall coconut trees, with the cool breeze, overlooking the beach – it makes you dream of freezing the moment and taking it home. It also makes you wish it rains—just so you have an excuse to stay inside.
It was noticeable that they did not commercialize the place. There was so much pride in how the resort was built and maintained without compromising nature.
We only stayed for three nights but it was enough to disconnect and commune again with nature, practicing the art of nothing. Exactly what we needed.
I work in the hospitality industry. I’ve to say I’ve met some of the best waiters in Coco Beach. It was not the technical skill, but what caught my attention was their congeniality. They were so genuine and engaging that it felt like they were friends, not employees. I was touched when Gina even gave me raisin bread as ‘baon’ as we were leaving. Touching.
They also have indoor activities —I loved the zumba by the beach! I hadn’t even left yet, but I decided I will come back (which I did the following month!)
Lastly, in Manila, their driver has displayed extreme honesty when he returned the camera that I forgot in their van.
I can list many more things, but long story short, Coco Beach is a hidden gem. A paradise made of great nature, great people with great collective values.
I’ll come back!