For many travelers, the basic need to take a trip only peaks when the leaves of summer roll and when the wind begins to bluster freely over serene turquoise sea waters.
Undeniably, it is the time of the year that has always been associated with sunshiny liberty and time off from the monotony of urban life.
But of course, and in this day and age when many also do not have a flexible enough lifestyle to cherry-pick their ideal travel time, the superlative vacation depends on the type of itinerary and the brand of experience he or she requires.
Traveling during the rainy season has its setbacks, all right.
However, it also has advantages, especially if you enjoy leisurely journeys and do not mind stopping a few days to relish the fresh and lush environment, and the sweet smell of the terrain after the rain has washed off dust.
The good thing about it is that there are few other travelers to put a strain on your vacation, and affordable deals are available, allowing you to stretch funds to splurge and perhaps stay a bit longer.
It is also not as scorching hot for those who shun exposure to too much sunlight, and rain is magical as it adjusts the perspective to think of an opportunity for the family to have quality time indoor in a different place.
Fortunately, Puerto Princesa City in the province of Palawan welcomes visitors 365 days a year without let up, and with a plethora of attractive destinations and activities even when the rain is coming down in buckets.
When a sunny vacation is not possible, No. 1 and top-notch Hotel Centro offers “After Summer Specials and UR Holiday” tour bundles that give the chance for travelers to know a different personality of the city when the clouds roll in.
“There is no reason why travelers cannot enjoy a good vacation in Puerto Princesa even when it’s wet and damp. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages; what is important is that regardless where we want to go, we can knit experiences that will expand our individual and family perspectives. Hotel Centro is here to help travelers to get the best experiences at whatever time of year with its irresistible after summer offerings,” says hotel manager Kharla Luneta.
For P1,488 per person, per night on weekdays, Hotel Centro’s After Summer Special! offers an overnight stay in a superior room with a splendid buffet breakfast for two at the spacious Expressions Cafe that has a special view of its laid-back pool garden.
It has airport transfers; available discounts on all F&B outlets, and the Whizza Spa, where you can expect to be treated with a calming experience that knows no rain or summer.
If families are traveling with children, Hotel Centro offers two kids, 11 years old and below, free of charge if sharing bed with adults.
Luneta said the deal will make it easier for families on a tight budget to plan their vacation and relish Puerto Princesa at its best during the wet season.
UR Holidays is Hotel Centro’s Holiday brand.
It also has After Summer UR Holiday Specials customized for holidaymakers who are too busy to think of the nitty-gritty of trip arrangements and outline descriptions of the activities they can do.
For P7,228 per person, the UR Holidays All Inclusive offers a 3 days/2 nights stay on twin sharing at Hotel Centro, complete with daily buffet at Expressions Café, where each meal is a celebration of love for life.
All Inclusive means holidaymakers can have a tour of three special sites in the city: the PPUR for a wondrous discovery of its naturally-hollowed out place in Cabayugan, Honda Bay for island hopping and seawater exploits, and the City Tour.
You should not leave Puerto Princesa without fully exploring its reachable island stops in Honda Bay off the Sta. Lourdes fishing community. Starfish, Cowrie, Pandan islands, and Luli Island should not be missed under slight rain showers.
The UR Holidays Underground River Tour with Beach Excursion brings a minimum booking of two persons at P6,888 per person to a 3 day/2 night stay in a Deluxe Room on twin sharing, a guaranteed Underground River Tour, and a Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa day tour at SitioSabang on their second day.
While there, they can visit the subterranean river, use the swimming pool, jacuzzi and other selected amenities, gain free access to Sheridan’s Sports Bar, and one hour free use of non-motorized aqua sports, such as kayaking.
The UR Holidays Island Excursion is the best tour bundle Hotel Centro has for those who particularly love sand, sea and sky on the islands.
At P5,888 for minimum bookings of two persons for 3 days/2 nights, a Deluxe Room is offered on twin sharing, and a grand tour of the Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa on their second day.
At Dos Palmas, travelers who own the package can enjoy the use of the playground for their kids, ocean kayaks, snorkeling equipment, recreation centers, and swimming pool among others to mark a striking retreat.
The UR Holidays Kamia Bay Excursion, on the other hand, offers 3 day/2 night stay for a minimum booking of two persons for a Deluxe Room sharing at Hotel Centro.
This is topped off with a tour on the second day of their stay of Kamia Bay Resort named after the Tiotangco sisters (daughters of the owner of Hotel Centro), Katrina, Michelle and Angela.
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While at the bay resort, guests who have availed of the excursion package will be treated to a picnic lunch, use of resort cabanas, floating lightweight wood anchored in the water, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, eco-tour activity, and travel insurance.
Located 7-10 minutes away from the airport, the first-class urban city center Hotel Centro perfectly fits any discerning traveler who opts for places to stay that counterparts Puerto Princesa’s mesmerizing natural environment and vastness.
As a premiere converging point and epicenter of all business, social and leisure events requiring accommodations and top facilities, staying at Hotel Centro is convenient as it is just several minutes away from exciting sights like Honda Bay Islands and the Palawan Wildlife Refuge and Rescue Center, where large aquatic tetrapods can be viewed just about up close and personal. From the PPUR, it is just an hour’s drive.
Hotel Centro boasts 111 guest rooms that have the stylish functionality of home since they are outfitted with facilities that ensure utmost comfort and convenience for the business and leisure vacationer.
For travelers who love to engage in delightful gastronomic journeys, Hotel Centro is the absolute place for discriminating palates with its three food and beverage outlets that propose a variety of a la carte fares and thirst-quencher concoctions: the Expressions Café, Soul Pool Bar and the exclusive Sicily Club Lounge.
As a convention and conference destination, the hotel built a facility specifically for this purpose.
Its Hotel Centro Meeting & Conference Center has 5 conference venues that can accommodate gatherings from 50 to 300 persons.
For outdoor events, like weddings, anniversaries, or any type of events, its sprawling Centro Garden is ideally fitted for up to 200 persons.
Hotel Centro in Puerto Princesa also offers amenities such as swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi, spa for rejuvenation and relaxation, Atletico Fitness Center at the lobby for guests who love to keep fit, business center, and a souvenir shop for pasalubong, 24-hour in-room dining services, handicap accessible rooms and non-smoking rooms.
Guests who travel with scanty wardrobes need not worry for the hotel offers laundry and dry cleaning services that put them first and make their stay as hassle-free as possible.
To keep traveling light and easy, Hotel Centro has an impressive travel and business concierge services that can take care of everything for its guests, including air travel, transfers, excursions, entertainment and so much more.
With all these sensational travel deals Hotel Centro offers, you can let the rain kiss your next after summer journey to Puerto Princesa sweetly, and collect wonderful memories to cherish with your friends or family.
Hotel booking can be done by contacting 048.434.1110/0917.599.1912 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Hotel Centro’s website, www.hotelcentro.ph. (PNA/HBC/Celeste Anna Formoso/UTB)