PJ Jones (UK) – Visited February 1st 2018:
I don’t normally take the time to write reviews for companies or products, particularly if I had a good experience, because hey, that’s what we are paying for right – a good experience? So the fact that I am writing this at all should tell you one thing – I didn’t have a good experience. Oh no, I had an absolutely INCREDIBLE experience.
I can’t even begin to describe just what an amazing trip Dan and the team at PTP put together for my fiancee Kate and I. The organisation of the itinerary was completed with military precision, and we were provided with several options at varying price points, giving us plenty of choice to choose from.
When I first contacted Dan and his team, my mind was mainly focused on getting advice about the different places we could stay whilst in the Philippines – I hadn’t put much thought into the logistical side of things, such as planes, boats, ferries and taxis. Looking back now, I don’t know how we would have coped if we had to organise all of that stuff ourselves. One perfect example of this was when our original plan to travel from Coron to El Nido via ferry was scuppered by a gale warning from the coast guard, resulting in a boat ban for two days straight. This threw our itinerary out of the window for a few days, but somehow Dan managed to get a refund on the hotels and ferry, and meanwhile we spent a couple of nights in a five star island resort they managed to organise at the last minute, which ended up being one of the major highlights of the trip.
One of the catches with being on a private island resort is that the only boats allowed to dock at the island are from the resort itself.
After losing a couple of days to the boat ban and not wanting to waste any of our trip going back to mainland and catching a ferry, Dan said he would look into our other options. God knows how, but Dan and his team then managed to organise one of the only speedboats allowed on the island we were staying, belonging to the Vice Mayor of Linapacan. Now by this point you must be thinking that our itinerary must have cost a fortune and that our holiday budget had no limit, but that’s not true at all. The guys at PTP were always super conscious and appreciative of our budget, and in several cases took no commission themselves to ensure that we weren’t spending more than we’d planned for. We were made to feel like celebrities without spending money like one – that is true.
To give you an idea of the scale of organisation involved in our trip, over the course of 9 days we stayed in 4 hotels on 2 islands, requiring 3 flights, 6 minibus transfers, 3 speedboats, 2 slow boats, 1 island hopping tour, 1 motorbike rental and 1 hospital visit. Oh, and a lot of beer and cocktails!
Thanks you Dan and team for the most amazing trip ever. Holiday video coming soon!