Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Ausan Beachfront Cottages.
This is my first time in Port Barton. 
Our bus that left San Jose bus terminal in Puerto Princesa City at 9:00am arrived Port Barton at around 1:00pm.  The bus stopped at the end of the road beside the gasoline station and few meters from the beach side where the tourist information center is located.  That is also where you can book your island hopping tours.  Although, we did book ours with our accommodation as they offer promotional rates.

I booked the cheapest cottage and the great thing is, it’s exactly facing the beach and literally 10 steps towards the powdery sands, with the coconut trees swaying in between the cottage and the sands, shaded below it are a couple of hammocks, nice carved wooden benches where you can sit and relax, listening to the waves and watching the locals from the nearby islands coming in from boats.  How convenient is that.   The cemented pathway in front of the cottages is adorned with sculpted shrubs.Ausan Beachfront Cottages is located right at the back of the gasoline station, a few steps where the bus stopped, and right along the beach side.  The cottage we had is a duplex shared with “Ariel”, the very friendly and helpful manager of this wonderful place.  

The rooms are very clean, so you have to leave your flipflops down the stairs before stepping onto the balcony with table, chairs, and a hammock.  I get this holiday mood just by sitting on the porch facing the ocean.

Ausan has 10 cottages including a Superior (I would say Deluxe) accommodation accessible through a winding stairs on the second floor of a wooden bungalow.  The large bed that can accommodate 2 persons is covered with a tent-type mosquito net, but the room can still be fitted with an extra mattress to accommodate a maximum of 3 persons.  There’s a fan to cool the room during hot summer nights.  The bathroom is clean with showers and toilet bowl, soaps and towels provided.
Ausan's big and bold island hopping boat.
According to Ariel, Ausan Beachfront Cottages is the only accommodation in Port Barton with electricity running from 7:00am til 12:00 midnight.  What does that mean?  Electricity in the whole town run from 6:00pm to 12:00 midnight, but this resort has a generator that cover the time from 7:00am to 6:00pm, that’s 17 hours of convenience for guests.  Electricity is down only for 7 hours from 12:00 midnight to 7:00am.

The cheapest room costs P550 per night for 2 persons and currently being offered at discounted rate, take advantage of the low season.  Bigger rooms cost a teensy weensy more but also on promotional rates during the low season, i.e. right now!
And if you’re planning to do the Island Hopping tour, there’s no better place to book it but with “Ariel” at Ausan, it’s cheaper than anywhere inclusive of picnic lunch, drinking water, brand new snorkeling gears, in the biggest and flamboyant boat in town plus friendly boatmen at a bargain price of P550 per person.  In comparison with El Nido (P1,000), Port Barton offer lower rates on island hopping, for some reasons that (you who have gone to El Nido) probably knew. 

A restaurant is presently under construction within the premise, though there are restaurants stone-throw away from the resort.

If value-for-money is what you’re after, Ausan Beachfront Cottages is the place in Port Barton – beachfront location, quaint and comfortable cottages with porch facing the beach, friendly and informative staff. 
Price: P450 – 3,000
Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines
Mob.: +63 0929 4440 582 / +63 0926 7074 157


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