Sunz en Coron is owned and run by a Korean couple. It seemed strange to me that we were going to the province and staying in a foreign-run place. I usually prefer hotels or inns that are run by locals only because they're naturally connected to the town and can give "insider" information on many things. But since I already was in touch with a highly recommended local guide, I didn't mind going with the flow.
The grass hasn't grown in yet
The kids loved coming home after a full day at sea. They also enjoyed the pool lights that changed color every few seconds. I've heard of whirlpools with this chroma feature but didn't realize that it's also done for swimming pools. Interesting effect.
This place is a few minutes from the market and pier by tricycle. The resort had it's own tricycle to bring people into town. I think it's also walkable, but we just never needed to--there was always a trike outside.
The Korean lady, Angela, told us that she's lived in the Philippines for 8 years now, 7 of those living in Boracay. There she ran a small lodging house with a few rooms, and a salon. When they decided to invest in their own place, they found property values too high in the very competitive Boracay so they looked elsewhere. Coron town, which is still quite behind in tourism, seemed like a good place to put up their business. When I asked Jin, the man, why the resort was called "Sunz en Coron", he said something about the sun being in Coron (my thought bubble with matching question marks: "Huh!?"). But even if the name is a bit strange, you have to admit it's memorable. It sounds like a cross between Spanish and ...Korean? Hmmm...
I think if an interior designer put in her two cents and jazzed up the the rooms and bathrooms, it would make a big difference. Details like the availability of hooks, towel racks in the bathroom, a place to lay down your things in the bathroom and in the room, a bigger night table, bedroom lamp-- are overlooked. They are all minor details, but when the exteriors are nicely done, expectations are become naturally higher for the interiors. Sunz has only been open for 4 months and I'm sure they will eventually get to this. (btw, since they are so new, they still don't accept credit cards).
Overall Sunz was a good experience for all of us. Jin, Angela, and her sister, Victoria, are all very accommodating and have a very good service attitude. They were responsive by email, and also attentive whenever we asked for anything while we were there. They live on the premises, in the home above the restaurant.
Business-wise, I think more local lodges could learn a marketing lesson from Sunz. Sunz is very new yet they had 2 European families there that weekend, and three Pinoy groups. Their website, which is under their own domain name, must be the reason for this.
Still building up the outdoor signage
Sunz En Coron Resort
+63-906-206-0048 and +63-917-714-5457
Additional notes from my guest blogger today, C, who is 8.
|List 5 things you liked about your stay at Sunz en Coron.|
The Korean owner, Victoria, her puppy, Yuki, her sister, Angela, and Angela's puppy, Mong. Mong is a boy and very calm, while Yuki has cutesy little giant puffballs on her legs. And the 5th thing I like is the shapes they make the towels while you are gone during the day. Okay, I liked the pool because it changes colors at night and the little huts you can chat in and watch Karate movies.
(note: I think they were watching movies on someone's laptop)