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Mermaid Resort offers 30 exclusively furnished guest rooms and suites with all modern amenities designed to make your stay memorable and relaxing.
Mermaid Resort is a modern and elegantly designed resort offering a warm and friendly atmosphere. The resort has a large restaurant offering international, Chinese, Filipino and far eastern dishes. The Mermaid Cocktail Bar is conveniently located next to the dining area and here you can enjoy colorful cocktail drinks, cool fruit shakes and much more. You can also choose to cool off in the heat with a refreshing swim in the resort's swimming pool or just take a rest on a sunbed.
Offers the following room categories:
The Superior Deluxe rooms are located in the main resort and all of them have air conditioning, ceiling fan, bathroom (hot & cold water), minibar, room telephone, Internet connection, safety deposit box, 21" SONY flatscreen TV and even a DVD player for your evening entertainment. Most of the Superior Deluxe rooms have access to a private or semi-private balcony/patio area.
• one double bed (2 persons)
• one double bed + 1 single bed (3 persons)
• two single beds
The two spacious Pool Suites are located right next to the swimming pool area making it easy to start the morning with a refreshing swim. The suites are stylishly furnished with a sofa group, two king-size beds and all the modern amenities you will need during your vacation. The suites have access to a private patio area. The Pool Suites are perfect for a family or a group of fellow divers.
Beds: two double beds (4 persons)
Enjoy the luxury of our spacious and elegantly furnished Royal Suite. The suite has one bed room and a large living room as well as a large private balcony overlooking the beautiful swimming pool area. The suite has all of the amenities that you need for a truly relaxing vacation.
Beds: two double beds (4 persons)
Royal Family Suite
The luxury Royal Suite is also offered as the more spacious Royal Family Suite. The suite has two bed rooms, two bathrooms and a large living room as well as a large private balcony overlooking the beautiful swimming pool area. The suite has all of the amenities that you need for a truly relaxing vacation.
• Master bedroom: two double beds (4 persons)
• Connecting room: one double bed + 1 single bed (3 persons)
Choose one of our Penthouse suites if you are looking for real extravagance. Guests will enjoy a light and spacious suite with a king-size double bed and all modern amenities. The suites have access to a private terrace area with a large jacuzzi and from the area you can enjoy the view of the tropical jungle, the ocean and the stylish swimming pool area. The Penthouse Suite is the perfect choice for that special family celebration or VIP in town .
Beds: one king-size double bed (2 persons)
|Activities and Tours|
Mermaid Resort can, in co-operation with the local Tourist Information, help you to arrange any kind of tour that can satisfy your need for adventure and new experiences.
You find the Tamaraw Falls about 10 kilometers outside Puerto Galera. Here you can enjoy a picnic in the scenic area and take a refreshing swim in the natural swimming pool. Nearby you can find the fishing village Villa Flor with a nice sandy beach.
Ponderosa Golf Club
This is a one-of-a-kind 9-holes golf course situated on a 2,000 feet high mountain. The panoramic view of the entire Puerto Galera cove and several other islands from the golf course is breathtaking, and definitely worth the trip even if you are not a golfer. All golf equipment that you might need is for rent and the green fee is very reasonable.
Get a haircut while you are here, it will only cost you around 100 pesos (less than 2 USD) and includes a relaxing neck massage. You can also check out the different shops offering hand-made crafts, clothes, jewelry, liquer, cell phone accessories etc. If you want to do some shopping in some of the large malls in Manila, we can arrange a shopping tour or provide you with directions.
Rent a motorbike
If you want to explore the area on your own or together with your partner, you can rent a four-wheel motorbike at Mermaid Resort. These motorbikes are quite safe and comfortable to drive, and you are in for an exciting day with great views, beautiful beaches and much more...
The Mangyan people are the original inhabitants of Mindoro. They are a very nomadic people, who try to avoid outside influences. During the years they have gradually moved away from other settlers. They used to live by the sea, but now they have settled in mountaineous areas. You can only visit their village with a guide to make sure that you are welcome. The Mangyans are very shy people, so make sure that you have been given permission to take photos before firing away.
Beach Hopping & Barbecue
Enjoy a whole day of swimming, sun-bathing and relaxation at a number of beautifully located and undisturbed beaches around the area of Puerto Galera. Mermaid Resort can arrange for one of the local tour boats to take you beach-hopping and arrange a delicious beach barbecue with cold beers and softdrinks.
Watersports & Kayak Safari
WatersportsThere are many opportunities for watersport activities. You can do snorkeling, banca boat and speedboat rides, go water skiing, rent a jet-ski, have fun on the banana boat and so on. We can also arrange for you to go on a kayak safari up the streams of the San Rafael River.
Every Sunday is a good time to visit the provincial capitol Calapan a good 3-hours jeepney drive away from Puerto Galera. In Calapan. The way to Calapan is a rather rough drive, but on the way you can enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful calamansi plantations. In Calapan you can make a bargain at the great market, and in the afternoon we'll take you to the big event of the day - the cockfights.
Enjoy the exciting night life in a tropical atmosphere. Sabang's night life district offers discos, pubs, pool bars and exotic dance bars. Mermaid Resort furthermore offers the exclusive restaurant and cocktail bar inside the resort, the cosy cafe at Mermaid Divers and our very own Divers pool Cafe located centrally in town.
Paint Ball in the Jungle
Action is the name of the game, when you blast away at your opponents with paintball bullets in a scenic jungle location. This adventure includes a boatride to the location together with beach barbeque and the opportunity for going swimming and snorkeling.
Need to relax? Well, you can of course also decide to tear a day out of the calendar, find a nice spot for relaxation and just float away with the sounds and scents of exotic Puerto Galera. Then if you are up to it treat yourself to an extravagant - yet not really expensive - evening dinner at one of the towns many excellent restaurants.
Puerto Galera is located on the northern shores of Mindoro Island about 130 km south of the capital Manila and 14 nautical miles from Batangas City.
It is bounded on the north by Verde Island Passage, on the south by the Municipality of San Teodoro (Oriental Mindoro) and on the west by the Municipality of Abra de Ilog (Occidental Mindoro). The area of Puerto Galera is divided in thirteen barangays and administratively it belongs to the province of Oriental Mindoro. Puerto Galera is a town made up of costal villages and it is considered to have one of the best natural harbors in the Philippines and one of the most beautiful in the World. In early times it served as a refugee for Spanish Galleons in time of stormy weather, and thus Puerto Galera means Port of Galleons in Spanish.
Puerto Galera has a population of about 21,000, and hereof a great number are young people aged from 0 to 25. Puerto Galera has a rough landscape. The land is mountainous and is intersected by many rivers and streams. Three mountains rise above Puerto Galera. Mt. Alinbayan, Mt. Malasimbo and Mt. Talipanan reaching peak heights of 1,400 meters above sea level.
Puerto Galera has a tropical climate with high humidity. From March to June the weather is hot and dry with temperatures above 30 degrees celsius. From July to October it occassionally happens that a typhoon passes the Island bringing some rainfall, but after a short rainfall the weather is usually very nice with hot temperatures for about 2-3 weeks. From November to February the weather is cool and dry with temperatures of about 27-28 degrees celsius.
Mermaid Resort is located centrally in Sabang Beach only a short jeepney ride away from the city of Puerto Galera. Sabang Beach is well-known for its easy access to a large number of exciting dive sites as well as for its exotic and lively nightlife. Sabang Beach represents a unique experience for the visitor in the sense that the area is a combination of a local Philippine community and a recreational area for tourists. This means that the visitor will not feel like staying in an isolated reserve - but more like a part of a local community.
Puerto Galera is a 3-4 hours trip away from Manila. The land-trip from Manila to Batangas takes about 2 hours and the sea-trip from Batangas to Puerto Galera, Sabang Beach 1 hour. Buses leave from Manila going to Batangas every hour, and at Batangas Pier there are a wide selection of ferries and bangka boats going to Puerto Galera, Balatero Pier and Sabang Beach. It is also possible to hire a private van from Manila to Batangas.
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