Perched on a slope overlooking the western side of Coron Bay, Busuanga Bay Lodge (or BBL as it is known locally) stands apart from many other resorts in Coron. It is not your average hotel. And that in itself is part of the reason we chose to spend a few nights there.
If you read my other post on how to get to Sangat, then much of the information for how to get to BBL applies. Aside from you don’t need a boat for this one. BBL is approximately a 45minute drive from the airport. Admittedly, there’s some parts of the drive when you question whether a 2wheel drive mini van was really the best choice, but even when faced with the chaos caused by the tail of a typhoon, the drivers know what they’re doing. However, do be warned….the hotel driveway isn’t quite your average road….however, if you’ve survived this, then the welcome offered by the staff – local songs and a welcome drink, will certainly pep up the most weary of traveller.
BBL sits overlooking the resting place of the Akitsushima, so it also makes a fine base for diving, if a beach / island resort isn’t your thing. It stands out on the hill side due to its bright white, Mediterranean colouring. However, it also stands out due to the breathtaking infinity pool which greets you as you step into the airy lobby. You could while away many hours on the deck next to the cool waters – watching the kayakers naviate the waters below; the dive boats moor in the Bay; the clouds pass by overhead…..But you get the picture. This place is for relaxing and having all your needs taken care of.
As with all the hotels in this region, it is tranquil – at night there’s nothing to disturb your sleep but the putter of the odd outboard motor from a passing fishing boat.
We booked a basic Waterfront room (as we wanted a twin), but the hotel offers stand alone rooms and suites to suit all tastes and requirements. Each room is generously proportioned and comes with all expected amenities such as aircon, safe, waterfront views and a generous sized bathroom (with hot water – luxury after a week on a beach!)
The hotel offers sustainable dining in conjunction with local farmers and fishermen. You’ll find prawns, fish and meats on the menu nightly, regardless of whether you dine in the main restaurant, or the Seahorse Grill. The chef certainly takes pride in his creations and the service of his staff.
Put down your book and tear yourself away from the pool as the hotel offers guests activities such as fishing, diving, jet skis, island hopping, sunset cruises and non-motorised water sports (the latter being free of charge). There is also an onsite spa, which, I will attest, provides some outstanding Swedish massages amongst other services.
The Seahorse Bar is the place for you if you want sundowners. While we were there it was manned by the friendly, chatty and polite Bryan, who knows his way around a bar and is more then happy to discuss the music on his playlist (or to play yours if there’s no one else there). Watch the night fall and the moon and stars come out to play from the water’s edge whilst drinking a cocktail or sipping on a cold beer.
If you’re looking for a luxurious, hidden escape (with limited cell reception), with friendly staff and view you’ll find it hard to leave, then BBL is the place for you.