It is quite difficult to review this hotel as it is hard to separate the 'destination' and the accommodation as they do come hand in hand.
To get to Caramoan, you will need to take a boat from either Sabang or Nato Port. These boats claim to follow a schedule, but in reality, they will only leave port once they are full of passengers to make the trip worthwhile. We waited for more than 2 hours for the boat to leave and had another 2 hour boat ride.
Upon arriving, the Resort had a van waiting for us which took us straight to the resort. The beach/cove scenery at the resort, as well as the cute cabanas scattered in the mini valley, were absolutely breathtaking. The beach itself was enough to make you forget about the transportation dilemmas. The beach was untouched, pristine and just stunning. We went while it was off peak so we had the beach all to ourselves. The water was clear even 100m out to sea and the surrounding caves and rock formations around the small private beach will keep you in constant awe. Unfortunately, I am still unsure as to whether the beach itself would lure me back to the resort.
The cabanas were very basic but are more than enough for your stay - but after a while, you start noticing things like the shower water draining to underneath your cabin, so its always wet underneath the floorboards = mosquitoes. The door lock is just a simple push lock, what you would find in most bathrooms. They provided a kettle but no instant coffee which is frustrating and confusing because one main rule of the resort is that you cannot bring any outside food into the resort or you will be charged a fee. There is no cleaning service or room service, which I don't mind, but when you are told to not bring any food, it is a little concerning. You must notify resort staff an hour before you would like to have dinner, I didn't realise then, but staff are pretty much aware of your whereabouts at all times. When we came back from dinner, an item we left on the desk was missing. After speaking to staff, nothing could be done. We had no proof after all and the rooms didn't have swipe access so there was no log of who went in or out. Dinner was bland, but you don't have much choice at the resort. They didn't seem to have any other alcoholic beverages apart from beer.
Check out was simple and the van was back to take us to the port. We decided to take the larger ferry, what locals call 'The Roro' to avoid the experience we had coming there, and was told by the driver that it would leave dock at 8:30AM. We arrived only to be told that The Roro didn't leave Sabang Port as scheduled as it didn't have any passengers, thus was not at Caramoan Port to pick us up. The Port Officials claimed to have told the resort and the resort driver claimed to have confirmed that The Roro had docked. We were told we could take the pump boat again or wait for The Roro which both left at the same time. We decided to take The Roro as they advised there was AC and the pump boat is open and uncomfortable. After waiting for an hour, we boarded the ferry and were charged $200 Pesos per person for AC transfers - there was no AC. We waited another 2 hours in an overpacked cabin as they waited for the ferry to fill with passengers before leaving port - or rather until it was overpacked. The trip was suppose to take an hour but were told that the boat was overpacked thus why it took 3 hours!! At least they played a movie!
Overall, our stay was disappointing. The lack of communication and the unreliability of the transportation and resort really lets Gota Beach down. The hotel is average BUT it is one of the best Caramoan has to offer, and was adequate without being exceptional. My recommendation to visitors would be, to be prepared. Have plenty of cash on you as there are no ATMs on the island and the resort does not take EFTPOS or Credit - some parts of the islands have yet to see electricity. If you plan of staying at Gota, stay for a few days or else the transfers are just not worth it. It you do get to witness Gota Beach at its finest, you will see what a real untouched paradise is. My fear for Gota and Caramoan is not it's lack of 5 star hotels, but that it will one day end up like Boracay.
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