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Palmera Garden Beach Resort in Iba, Zambales



Having spent most of my adult life in Southern Tagalog, over the years, I’ve grown tired of the beach and pool resorts in Laguna, Cavite and Batangas. I already know Los Baños and Calamba resorts almost like the back of my hand. Add to that the hordes of tourists that ply the South Expressway each weekend to take a dip at Laguna’s hot springs, and you’ll understand why, when asked for a beach getaway, I would almost always recommend something outside of this region, travel time permitting.

Zambales is an ideal location to get away from it all. Instead of joining the throngs, you’ll be driving the opposite direction. While Subic has been, hands-down, the most popular Zambales destination, a less tourist-infested stretch of beach lies a few more kilometers farther from Manila. The coast of Iba, Zambales is of fine silvery sand: not the white powder of Boracay, but not the gray fine gravel of Batangas, either. The beach is wide, long and most importantly, less populated (except during holidays, of course, when it could receive a lot of the locals).




Where to stay? Iba has yet to make it to Manileños top destinations. Although there are lots of pension-type of places to stay the night, The Palmera Garden Hotel and Beach Resort is one I wouldn’t hesitate recommending. Their website is a bit tacky, but I assure you that the facilites are made in good taste. Don’t expect marble bathtubs and such, but the cottages are clean and charming. For those who abhor sand, they also have a pool, with fountains playing water games that little guests will find fascinating. Ah, and the food! A balanced mix of international and Filipino cuisine, from appetizers to cocktails, their two restaurants will most likely have whatever your tastebuds crave for. Don’t pass up the delectable seafood!

And when you get tired of the Iba coast, you can sign up for a day-trip to go whale watching or hopping on a hundred of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. Or, if you’re up to the height and the heat, go hiking and check out Pinatubo’s crater. Definitely a good way to round up your visit of Northern Zambales!




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  • carlos

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    For only P7500you can have free (2) certificate overnight stay to our superior hotel room superior , good for 3 adults free breakfast for 2 persons and free swimming to our pool and beach resort.Valid on Sundays to Thursdays. It can also accommodate up to 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children for an overnight stay in 2 superior room using the 2 complimentary certificate. (1) Certificate for buffet lunch for one person. Valid on Saturdays and Sundays You can also have additional benefits like (3) free certificate for pool side cabana. (5) Certificates for Day tour and BIG DISCOUNTS On the Membership Card ……….IT IS NEAR TALI BEACH and PUNTA FUEGO
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  • coco

    any update? maganda pa din ba dito or hindi na? thanks 😀

  • lisa

    anu check in and check out time sa palmera??

  • an ideal location to get away from it all. Instead of joining the throngs, you’ll be driving the opposite direction. While Subic has been, hands-down, the most popular Zambales destination, a less tourist-infested stretch of beach lies a few more kilometers farther from Manila. philippines vacation

  • Jenny MBC

    Hi, what is the updated cost of standard airconditioned rooms? can we make a reservations na though its for January 2 pa? kindly reply

  • ivan

    guys pede mag tanong maganda ba xa hmpf
    balik kc ng family namen mag swiming dyan
    paki sagutan nmn asap

  • hi to all,

    this is the rate for PALMERA GARDEN HOTEL & BEACH RESORT (IBA, ZAMBALES)/ PER ROOM/PER NIGHT VALID UNTIL NOVEMBER 2007

    FAMILY ROOM – PHP 3,700/2PERSONS W/BREAKFAST
    STANDARD ROOM: PHP 2,150/2PERSONS W/BREAKFAST
    BUNGALOW ROOM: PHP 2,250/2PERSONS W/ BREAKFAST
    BUNGALOW USE FAN: PHP 1,950/2PERSONS W/ BREAKFAST

    NOTE: RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH OUT PRIOR NOTICE

    YOU CAN CALL ME AT 410-6279/721-5141 OF FAX 410-6284

    THANK’S

    Ronald S. Cajapay
    Sales Manager

  • nero

    Historical Sites and Tourist Attractions

    LOCATION (BRGY. DISTANCE TO TOWN PROPER
    Bolinao Museum Germinal (Pob.) w/in the town proper
    Cape Bolinao Lighthouse Patar 19 kms.
    UPMSI (Marine Laborarotory) Luciente 2.5 kms
    Pacific Farms Inc. Zaragoza 16.5 kms.
    Bolinao Falls Samang Norte 15.5 kms
    Balingasay River Balingasay 5.5 kms.
    Patar Beach Patar 19.0 kms
    St. Claire Monastery Luna 6.5 kms
    Bolinao Parish Church Germinal w/in the town proper
    Cindy’s Cave Patar 17 kms.

    Tourism Facilities
    Resort/Hotel/Inn

    NAME ADDRESS/LOCATION TEL. NO.
    El Piscador Village Inn Germinal (075) 554 25 59
    Celeste Seabreeze Inn & Rest. Germinal (075) 554 20 35
    A & E Garden Germinal (075) 554 27 80
    Stefania Beach Resort Luciente (075) 554 20 03
    Rock Garden Resort & Rest. Arnedo
    Lady Irish Beach Resort Balingasay
    Verling Beach Resort Estanza
    Ramos Villareal Beach Resort Estanza
    Chiling And Balmer Beach Resort Estanza
    Villa Soledad Beach Resort Estanza (075) 734 52 93
    Coco Beach Resort Estanza
    Villa Vicente Leisure & Beach Resort Ilog-Malino 0912 880 86 92
    Garden Paradise Resort Ilog-Malino
    Kuroshark Beach Resort Patar
    Dutch Beach Resort Patar 0912 311 65 40
    Arguero Beach Resort Patar
    Polly’s Beach Resort Patar
    Tropical Hut Beach Resort Patar
    Patar White Beach Resort Patar
    Bing’s Beach Resort Patar 0917 697 79 65
    Bolinao Treasures Beach Resort Patar 0916 380 44 51

    Trasport Facilities

    BUSES NO. OF UNITS ROUTE
    Five Star Bus 12 Bolinao-Pasay City vice versa
    Dagupan Bus 6 Bolinao-Quezon City vice versa
    Victory Liner 5 Bolinao-Quezon City vice versa
    Philippine Rabbit 2 Bolinao-Manila
    Bolinao Transit Express 5 Bolinao-Dagupan vice versa

    Downloadable Forms

  • weena

    weeeee, galing dito. enjoy kami hahaha…daming bakal boys…ang babata maski walang dyowa..tsok tsok palagi…hay manay nakakaloka!!!!!!

  • Manta

    This place is good for members of the third sex if you want some fun-filled and sex-citing activities.

  • mitz

    I agree with paula, medyo pang-matured lang na bisita ang dapat pumunta dito. Parang eliptical Circle malapit sa QC Cityhall sa gabi.Hunting ground nang mga bading, paikot-ikot sa resort.Yong solok-solok may naglalampungan.Di bali opposite sex,parehong gender din!

  • mitz

    Ok lang ang place nato. Daming bading lang.Pati BF ko gustong arborin,he-he-he. Mahal lang ang food pero OK na rin kasi wala nang alternatives after travelling 5 hours from Cubao.

  • paula

    This resort is not good for the family. The last time I went there with my friends, shocked pa kami hanggang ngayon dahil lantaran makipag-sex ang mga bading sa tagotagong paligid ng resort na ito lalo sa gabi.May kuwarto naman pero bakit pa sa labas? Minsan muntik nga akong madulas sa banyo dahil nakalimutan mapunasan ng staff nila mga bagay na madudulas. Sana ang management, istrikto sa mga guests kasi nakikita ng mga bata.

  • Stinx

    I agree with Lantos, drunken guys specially at night will stop your cars and extort money. During our short stay, members of my family have to wiped alcohol to some parts of the room because the smell of semen and some traces of it were not wiped by the resort attendant. Lots of gays are using this resort. Yukkkk!

  • Lantos

    Once we checked in at Palmera Garden Beach Resort and regetably to express our unforgiveable grievance with that resort. A precious and expensive jewellery disappear from our bedroom. We have reported the problem to Manager and Barangay officials but nothing happens. It even accuses us that we might have lost in other area. If you are in our situation, you may think how irresponsible those people, just ignoring your grievance. On our way to Iba, Zambales, drunken guys stopping cars to solicit. This can be frightening for visitors. The barangay is aware of the problem. Why they are not giving action? Despite of the worst experience we stil consider to revisit this beautiful place and see if there is improvement. Like to hear you comments of SECURITY, PEACE AND ORDER.

  • Don

    If you analyse the function of blog its an open forum to everyone. We can share our experiences, thoughts and even grievances. Do you think it would be wise to dictate blogers of how they express and what sort of issues they wish to write? Don’t you realize how irritating to everybody your blog? Be constractive and articulate

  • wingwa

    Ay manay, paborit ng mga sisters ko na magdala ng bagits dito ahay

  • wendy

    Pefect sana ang resorts na ito except for the observation of my 2 daughters. Sabi ng 2 kong dalagita kong anak puntahan ata ng DOM dahil daming batang-bata na babai na kasa-kasama sa kuwarto ng matatandang lalaki,mga pedopilya kaya?

  • Hi guys pameras garden is the one amizing beach in IBA subra ang ganda grabee at very clean rose musta si marconi ito from canada

  • “Zambales Shirt” and “I love Zambales” is now available in Palmera Garden Beach Resort. New designs are available online from Damnit Clothing

    So if you’re scheduled to visit Zambales, please do get one…Help a local surfer buy his own board.

  • Yes, you are very right, my cousin told me that they go there and they have a nice vacation. I would like to go there with my cousins and friends for the next month…

  • feng

    maganda talaga sa zambales…taga sta.cruz aq eh…magaganda lahat ng beaches doon,maeenjoy mo ang bakasyon dahil tahimik ang zamabales na babalik-balikan nyo para magbakasyon.

  • Mark Francisco

    Hi Guys!

    I’ve been to Palmera Beach Resort last June 23-25 of this year. What could I say?! Hmmnnn…. Let me think a while…

    Nothing is so exceptional, except for the memories that i’ve shared with my friends….best friends!

    The food is quite expensive… but worth it…

    If I’ll be asked, I’ll give it an overall rating of 6 out of ten….

  • Hi,

    I will visit Iba, Zambales next week. I will be on a five stay then, I’d like to know how much is your room rate on a single basis.

    I will expect your response soon.

    Thanks,

    miko

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  • Cathy M. Ebitner

    maganda talaga doon kc taga doon ako anak ako na Iba, Zambales. malapit ang bahay ko sa palmera sa Barangay Amungan Kami

  • Ronkay

    It sure sounds like an ideal resort to go to. How do I get in touch with Palmera Garden Beach Resort? Thanks.

  • Your web site is not working so please email rooms available and rates. Interested in staying at Palmera. Thanks for reply

  • zadonie

    could you please email me the rates… we are planning our company outing and we will be approximately 30 persons…

  • aPriL

    zambales’ a great place. I’ve never been to Iba though because i always go to San Narciso before Iba ..
    There’s the surfer’s haven called Crystal Beach..you should also try it if you’re looking for a more down to earth feel..

  • lemon

    how do you commute from manila to palmera garden beach resort? thanks 🙂

  • can u pls fax me all the details or txt me wer can i call to inquire about the room rate? and location? 09224432891 fax no. (02)2415234 asap thanks!

  • vanzi uy

    can u pls fax me all the details or txt me wer can i call to inquire about the room rate? and location? (63922)4432891 fax no. (632)2415234 asap thanks!

  • nelson lee

    i would like to stay at palera april 5 to 8, 2007. how can i contact you? there are 7 of us would like only 1 family room tanks 09228310583

  • Wynn Magdadaro

    on my way there tom. night hope its what im expecting

  • Patricia Lardo

    all I can say it is a fantastic place. So cosy and romantic. I love it….. superb food, good service. All you see in their web you actually REALLY see there too.

  • Bernz Lucero

    Tara na!
    A very nice & cozy atmosphere there…
    i know the place…Sa Iba, Zambales,
    so guys what are you waiting for…

  • Bernz Lucero

    Tara na!
    A nice & cozy atmoshere there…
    i know the place…
    so guys what are you waiting for…

  • yeah maganda dun. malapit lang un sa tita ko pati sa amin hehe… from manila 4-5 hrs…

  • how much did you pay for it ?
    and how long is the travel?
    thanks