We arrived at this resort having informed the proprietor David (who runs the resort with his wife Delia) of our pending stay.
We were checked in efficiently and offered a choice of room as we were the only guests. we chose Room 1, which was huge.
The resort overall including Room 1 has a very high standard of construction, fixtures and fittings. The room was of a most generous size with beautiful tiling throughout the bedroom and to a lesser extent the bathroom.
Lighting was good with a pair of downlights in the bedroom adding to ambience.
The airconditioner was not quite the quietest I have experienced but it could not be described as 'noisy.' It did not interfere with my sleep and efficiently cooled the room (not that it was overly humid) although I doubt that it would have cooled the bathroom.
The bed was very comfortable: a choice of pillows was available. Bedside tables and lamps were provided.
there was a great dressing table along with a huge wardrobe in which the helpful 18 year old female staff Jenny May or Janet placed our belongings. There was also a chair by the door along with a small multi layered table near the bathroom on which a kettle, tea, coffee and the two free bottles of water stood.
There was a nice window in the main room which had excellent quality tasseled curtains that effectively blocked out light, something of which I am always appreciative.
The bathroom had a Nippon instant water heater that worked well although I prefer mains hot water. Unlike my country with its natural gas, Philippines uses electricity for water heating so it becomes expensive.
The shower was reasonable: the room lacked a bath.
Lighting over the bathroom vanity unit was provided by a fluro lamp but it failed to highlight my face while shaving due to the lack of a small window in the bathroom. This was one of hardly any design flaws as a layman that I noticed.
Separate bathroom and beach towels were provided and of excellent quality. A small sachet of shampoo and a separate one of conditioner were provided on our first night but not thereafter. The bathroom had a soap dispenser over the vanity unit.
The guests' area was magnificent with a beautiful lounge (plasma TV - there not being any in the rooms) and comfortable lounge suites. There were three or four tables accommodating four persons inside while smaller round tables were around one side of the well designed though fairly small (but very clean and easily accessed) pleasant pool where the water temperature was ideal.
The bar area was stylish with woodgrain prominent. Better lighting was over the bar than elsewhere as the high ceiling reduced lighting in the general guests' area.
The guests area also had a concrete wall separating it from Rooms 1 to 3, with wood overlaying the concrete. It looked timeless and stylish.
The pool was complemented by a mango and a jackfruit tree. Birds frequented some of the trees.
For the off season price of P3600 a double the continental brekky could be improved given that at similar prices in Metro manila, hotels sometimes serve extensive buffets. Toast and jam , Corn Flakes plus either mango and not very nice orange slices (or fruit juice) plus tea or coffee was the brekky: insufficient for many guests although I am not a big brekky eater.
We enjoyed one meal at night (P1200 a head). Contrary to the previous reviewer, I found Delia's cooking to be excellent though I cannot claim gourmand status. We had two impressive, large tasty lumpia (spring rolls), a main of five huge king prawns plus a good selection of vegetables including interesting presentation of the capsicum with a very filling 'mango float' (a cakey confection) as dessert plus two small chocolates and tea or coffee.
We went on an excursion to Limasawa Island which included a lunch cooked on it by chef for the day Meredith. Hungarian sausage, lovely grilled chicken and grilled fish plus fresh pineapple and watermnelon and as many bottled soft drinks or water as we wanted were included. The excursion included a visit to the site of the first Filipino Catholic Mass (400 steps to the Cross) which was great along with snorkelling both off Limasawa island (access from the shore) and near the resort (both were enjoyable). The excursion was fairly expensive for Philippines at P2750 per person for each of our party of three, but it involved the two boatmen coming from Limasawa island. It was fairly choppy on the way back.
We extended out stay to become three nights.
Upstairs, Room 5 is interesting as it has a view, mostly over the roof.
I did not snorkel at the resort's small cove which lacked sand at this time of the year: apparently the sand, like MacArthur, 'will return.'
This is a quality small resort of which David and Delia can be proud. At its low season price of P3600 a night (bed and continental brekky) it is excellent value: even in high season at P4600 a night it compares well given that one may receive 'exclusivity' which is not really available in overrated Thailand (think Phuket), Bail or Fiji. You won't bump into hundreds of your countrymen in Padre Burgos if you are a foreigner, but you may (and if Australian will) in the other competitor locations mentioned.
Staff were pleasant but could do with a little more training. Neither girl knew what English Breakfast tea was: one brought out the available Lipton including horrid, bitter Earl Grey.
One final point: there is no nearby karaoke or roosters crowing to disturb guests here, while David plays Beethoven in the bar at brekky and 60s to 70s pop quietly at night.
Room 1 may be the largest: Room 5 up the spiral staircase is smaller.
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Thank you so much for your visit and your extremely comprehensive review.
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We are very happy that you enjoyed your Limasawa Island Tour. These are private tours for very small groups (minimum 2 people) and include dolphin watching, snorkeling at 2 excellent sites, marine sanctuary fees, snorkeling equipment, First Mass entrance fees, barbecue lunch in a cottage on a superb beach, hot and cold drinks with biscuits on the boat. Guests are accompanied by 2 boat crew, a chef and a guide and the programme is tailored to each group’s specific wishes.
There are many other options to enjoy superb snorkeling at a range of top class sites which can be reached on foot, by road or by kayak. Snorkelers can also accompany groups of scuba divers to locations best accessed by motor boat.
Your shampoo should have been replenished each day and we are very sorry for that oversight.
Thank you, once again, for your detailed and informative feedback.
David & Delia Warren
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