Hotel review of the Buri Resort & Spa in Puerto Galera, Philippines
We call it a paradise in a quiet cove at the heart of Puerto Galera Bay. Puerto Galera is located in the north-westernmost municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. The home to some of the most popular beaches, mostly surrounded by lush mountains. It is considered one of the most beautiful and developed beach resort community in the Philippines which include budget friendly to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants.
Puerto Galera dubbed as a mini-version of Boracay not just because of its overrated beaches but because it’s also widely known wild party destination. That impression has stuck on me and that’s why I’ve never longed to visit Puerto Galera sooner.
Maybe I’ve just become quite old and doubtful, but honestly I had fond memories of Puerto Galera from my first visit way back in 2009. This time around, despite being single by choice and having the spending power to have the kind of luxury and have good time, I left the province with a clearly more skeptical view. I had a couple of break-ups, quit a job and fled across the country and overseas, and also reached an all time low in my battle with depression.
My Puerto Galera memories saw me nursing my own hangover on a daily basis and with no truly enjoyable moments. While I won’t look back at 2009 as a terrible year, I look forward to coming years where I’ll hopefully improve on the good sides of my current life and add much more fun and excitement.
While I didn’t find much excitement amidst the party all night memories back in 2009 , there was one glimmer of hope from that trip, that one day I get to visit the peaceful side and nurturing environment of Puerto Galera.
Invited by two of my best travel buddies, I got away from the disgusting stink of boredom, desperation and depression and let the Metro Manila’s scorching heat burn away my post summer blues and my own feelings of disappointment.
Our reason for staying at the Buri Resort & Spa
I found myself packing my bags and going south. It took 2.5 hours to reach the Batangas Port from Metro Manila. From there, I challenged myself to an hour of crazy and bumpy boat ride to Muelle Port in Puerto Galera, and another short 3-minute boat ride. In just less than 3 hours, I found myself in a euphoric property, which I believed is one of the best-kept secrets in Puerto Galera.
First day at the Buri Resort & Spa
We were picked up at the Muelle port by Mark, which obviously had a genuine character and friendly attitude. The hotel staff, Leanne and Malou and the rest are a friendly bunch with a great knowledge of the area. They were only too excited to share with us their suggestions as to what to do, where to go and what secret corner of the neighborhood we should check out.
At the Buri Resort and Spa, we were welcomed by the resort’s friendly staff, who gave us welcome drinks, and they gave us mango juice with a mixture of local fruits. Once again, our stay at the Pool Villa proved that the Buri Resort is just one of the best places to stay in Puerto Galera.
After a quick chat with the hotel manager, we were led up to the Buri Resort and Spa property and on to our private villa. We were given a spacious Pool villa and the view plus the feeling will definitely blow your mind. Perfect for single soul or a young couple and it has a huge and comfortable bed. It has cable television, safety box and the usual hotel amenities.
Our Pool Villa experiences
Our villa with a private mini pool at the Buri Resort & Spa is built in the native Filipino style. All of the villas are made from the local hardwood and bamboo. Our pool villa was equipped with the most modern amenities -, hot shower 24/7, big flat-screen TV, and many other amenities. The Pool villa we have stayed at was clean when we came and throughout the villa, we could smell exotic aroma of the Mindoro island where Buri Resort is located. We especially loved our small private pool. There were times when we didn’t bathe at the resort’s private beach, but rather the fascinating private pool.
Pool Villa is the resort’s most spacious and one of the most elegant accommodations at Buri Resort and Spa in Puerto Galera. The bi-level duplex suite has an area that can be converted to a second bedroom for extra persons. One can certainly appreciate the 2 large bathrooms, plenty of natural light coming from the garden, and a small plunge pool with mini garden and sea views.
POOL VILLA RESIDENTIAL FEATURES:
Two bedrooms, Master bedroom is on first level and the other bedroom is on the top level both with walk-in closet, mini pool overlooking the view of green forest. Our nipa hut-inspired cottage also gives us comforts sustaining a calm air that is made more captivating by beautiful unspoiled countryside and scenic garden views.
The villas at Buri Resort and Spa come in 3 categories, each specifically intended to suit your needs regardless whether you’re a couple, family, and/ or groups of friends. The 12 villas in Buri Resort and Spa are jam-packed with rustic vibe, comfort and tropical charm. The pool villa where we stayed at is obviously the most luxurious of all and has a private plunge pool.
Private beach of the Buri Resort & Spa
Buri Resort has an in-house dining area and a bar so one can order food and whatever is served during the rest of the day is also utterly delectable. What is the most awesome thing about the Buri Resort & Spa beach is to watch the sunset with your friends, family or loved ones.
Indeed, the Buri Resort & Spa is the ideal place to stay in Puerto Galera if you want to give yourself the space to soul search.
People staying at the resort commented on the fact that they loved the food that was served and the friendliness of the staff at the hotel and I totally agree with them. There is comfort and convenience in the rooms, making this the perfect restful holiday anyone might wish for. Even though the Buri resort is in Puerto Galera, it is not close to the noise and bustle of Puerto Galera’s nightlife. So you can rest assured that you will have a restful sleep and a peaceful ambiance at the hotel.
Buri Resort and Spa is intended to offer a calm setting for guests to enjoy a truly relaxing holiday. The aim of the property is to offer valued guests a home away from home setting. That is what they explained to us, and they truly do their best to ensure that you feel comfortable in every possible way.
Experience Buri Resort and Spa Massage under the gentle care of highly qualified therapists.
That is why all villas are equipped with convenient facilities and amenities, including air conditioning, non smoking rooms, luggage store, wi-fi in public areas and internet access in all rooms.
The staff at the hotel truly do their utmost to offer you an impeccable service and to see to your every need during your stay at Buri Resort and Spa. This commitment and their undying dedication to serve are ultimately the main reasons behind the hotel’s success and good reputation in Puerto Galera. I must say that I couldn’t have hoped for a better or more efficient service.
Whatever request I had, they made it possible in an efficient and professional way. Booking at accommodation at the Buri Resort and Spa was definitely one of the best choices you will ever make, and I would love to visit once again. So if you are considering a visit to Puerto Galera, I strongly recommend a stay at the Buri Resort and Spa. Thank you Buri Resort and Spa for a memorable experience.