My name is John Paul and I’m from Pampanga. Here is our unforgettable Coco Beach Story.
My Wife and I got married on December 28, 2014. Our wedding, as we used to joke about it, was 5 years in-the-making. My wife was the first among her sisters to have a boyfriend, but she was the last one to walk the aisle.
You can just imagine how we anticipated our wedding day, and how excited we are with our honeymoon. The wedding was great and, indeed, very special. But just a few days after, we found out we were defrauded by a person we trusted. He ran away with our money, leaving us with almost nothing to start with our married life.
We almost lost interest in pursuing our honeymoon plans. It was a devastating event in our lives, considering we were supposed to be overjoyed because we just got married. I told myself I can’t allow this thing to stop us from being happy. I went online in search for honeymoon destinations that we can afford at the time. I was actually not expecting to find something extraordinary for our budget, but I was wrong.
Thank God, I stumbled upon Coco Beach’s website and Facebook page. Seeing the beautiful photos, I told myself, “this is what we needed!” Once again, my wife and I got excited about something. We couldn’t wait to go! I don’t know if you can call the next series of events coincidences. As for me, I call it “newlyweds’ luck!”
The time I saw Coco Beach on the web, they were having 30% discount for bookings starting January 14 to 20, 2015. I immediately grabbed this offer and booked our stay for January 15-17 (3 days, 2 nights).
We woke up early in the morning of the 15th, packed our bags and went on our way. We anticipated heavy traffic in Manila. Ironically, we enjoyed the travel and reached Batangas Pier around 9:00AM. We couldn’t hide our excitement, particularly when we’re on the boat bound to Coco Beach. We could already see it from afar and it was really more than what we expected! Wow, the place was really like an undiscovered paradise! The people were all very friendly and they greeted us with so much warmth that we felt like VIPs!
My wife and I enjoyed the experience so much! Every corner of the island is picture perfect! Breakfast buffet was something to look forward to. The food was really amazing! The view from our room is something we could only Google. The sight of the beach and the pool in sunset was marvelous! We spent the next two days enjoying the experience, the food, the people, and the magnificent scenery!
The morning of our departure, we noticed how cloudy it was, although we didn’t really worry about it. We had a wonderful breakfast and packed our bags and ready to go. When we were checking out, the receptionist informed us there was a storm warning signal and boats trip are not allowed until the signal is lifted. We were upset by this news, not because we couldn’t go home that day. In fact, we really wished we could stay longer. We were worried because we knew we couldn’t afford to extend our vacation.
Imagine our relief when the receptionist informed us that we won’t have to pay for the days we need to extend. Our wish to stay longer was just granted… and it’s for free! We were really lucky to see Coco Beach under the sun. But being in it through the rainy and windy weather was really something! It was not fear that overwhelmed us; it was more like a different level of amazement to see this paradise on a rainy day.
The following day, the weather was better, but the storm signal was still in effect. We were swimming in the pool when a Coco Beach employee approached us. We got nervous, thinking this might be about our extended stay. As it turned out, they will be shooting a promotional video of Coco Beach that day, and it will be published on their website and in Facebook. The guy is inviting us to be a part of the video and play the part of a couple dining in their revolving restaurant. “How lucky are we?” I told my wife. Of course we gladly accepted the invitation! It was a wonderful experience to dine in the revolving restaurant, be a part of the video, and share the full course meal with my wife. And again, it’s for free!
Let me also tell you how kind and friendly the people were. The day we were supposed to check out, it was a Saturday. One concern we had was, we had to attend worship service the next morning. Problem was, I was not bringing church-appropriate clothes and shoes with me, since we thought we’ll be home by Saturday. One employee, by the name of Kuya Efren, overheard us and offered to lend me clothes and shoes so I could attend the worship service in the nearby island. He even met us in the Chapel bringing the clothes. He was very ashamed of his clothes and shoes. He had no idea how thankful I was he was there to offer help.
We stayed in Coco Beach for a total of 5 days and 3 nights. If I were to rate my Coco Beach experience, I couldn’t. It was really extraordinary to put a number to it. My wife and I made friends in this wonderful island. No wonder many tourists, expats and locals alike, choose Coco Beach, it’s the world-class service that sets you apart from the rest.
For my wife and I, our Coco Beach adventure was our “rainbow after the rain,” and the “silver lining in our clouds.” Up to these days, Coco Beach still comes up in our conversation. We always dreamt of coming back.