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“Has potential, but avoid at all cost” 1 of 5 stars
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The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   Talisay, Sta Fe, Philippines (Formerly The Bamboo Oriental)   |  
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“Has potential, but avoid at all cost”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

Written by a very seasoned business & leisure traveller with many trips in the Philippines & the rest of Asia.

Good things first:
It's in a nice location on a good stretch of the beach & close to Santa Fe market/center & the villas are nicely built with nice views.

However:
Food is terrible & takes forever as it's delivered from a nearby restaurant (D'Jungle). In addition, apparently we weren't the only ones to get sick from it.
We had over PHP 10,000 stolen from 3 different wallets, which we found out later to be a common problem at this resort. Despite our complaints nothing was done & the manager even claimed that this had never happened. He's a bit of a dodgy character in general & you're required to bring lots of cash as they don't accept credit cards & the in-room safes aren't really working.
The beds are incredibly hard & uncomfortable.
For some reason they have installed air conditioning but kept the top half of the rooms open air, meaning that you have to blast cold air across the bed to keep reasonably cool. Further, the open air set-up means it actually rains (plus leaves) straight into the room during the daily showers you get in this region.

Bantayan is a great place to visit but this hotel (& it's not cheap either) should be avoided at all cost & let's hope someone else can run a better establishment at this prime location.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas & Suites

Address: Talisay, Sta Fe, Philippines (Formerly The Bamboo Oriental)
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Bantayan Island
Amenities:
Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Specialty lodging in Bantayan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas & Suites 3.5*
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