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Gota Village Resort
Caramoan Island | Caramines Sur, Caramoan, Luzon, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Caramoan B&B and Inns
Angeles City, Philippines
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“Gota Village Resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

If you’re looking for a isolated and quiet place for a vacation wherein you can just sit back and relax without sacrificing basic necessities such as great food, clean comfort rooms and accommodation, this is the place for you. The view is amazing!

Mr. Resty Vidad and their staff welcomed us with refreshments and cold hand towels because they know how long the trip is from Naga to Gota Village Resort.

The only downside of this resort is that it’s about four (4) hours away from Naga Domestic Airport. So if you’re going here, make sure you have enough number of days to stay so you could enjoy the place.

In addition, take into consideration the weather when you go to Caramoan since you will not be able to enjoy swimming, island hopping and other water sports if the it current is too high.

Caramoan Island Hopping is not for faint hearted because the islands are about forty five (45) minutes via small boat so take necessary the caution. But all in all it was a great trip!!! Thanks to Mr. Resty and all the staffs of Gota Village Resort!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My fiancee and I had the pleasure of staying at Gota Village Resort for 3 nights and 4 days.

Taking the boat from Sabang across to Caramoan Island was pretty good and it took about 90 minutes.

Being driven in through the Caramoan countryside and the town centre and seeing the spectacular backdrop of mountains and open fields scattered with palm trees and the like was just the start. Then being driven into Gota Resort, we were just gazing at the resort of cabanas and the layout and more spectacular surroundings of steep hillsides, beaches and tropical forest bushland, we were very taken back. We found the location of Gota Village Resort to be ideal.

Then came good quality customer service from the front office and friendly manager and staff. They immediately gave us a cabana...unfortunately, when we took up the original cabana, the air conditioning wasn't work. That's where their good quality service continued and they gave us the cabana next to it and they made sure everything was working for us. We were the only people there at the resort, so peace and quiet was such a bliss.

The cabana we stayed in was immaculately presented with a queen size bed, a 32" plasma tv & dvd player, a bar fridge and a wrdrobe to put our gear in during our stay. The bathroom too was immaculately presented and both hot & cold water were available to us.

The quality of the meals and the service of the staff during our stay there were excellent. The food was that good, we had never eaten so much.

Our first afternoon there involved a walk to the main beach there and more spectacular backdrops and scenery, crystal clear waters and the single sound of waves washing onto the shore greeted us. We took a walk through a small mangrove area along a wooden walking trail to another beach with more of the same backdrop which we had all to ourselves.

Night times there are just as peaceful with the sound of the local wildlife making it more pleasurable. The scenery of the resort looked just as great as it does during the day.

Our first morning there, an island hopping adventure was already organised by the manager there before we had even started to order our breakfast, how's that for service? The boat and crew were waiting patiently for us and we were taken to several islands. The first island included a hike to the lagoon where Survivor's Tribal Councils took place. The cam some more islands before we stopped at a sister resort where they had lunch brought to us, more top service from the staff there. They then took us to another island for us to snorkel for a while before bringing us back to the resort. They served us well, making sure we were safe at all times.

More peace and relaxation was taken care of during the afternoon before dinner which had more delicious meals and top quality service provided, followed by another night of peace and quiet with the sound of the local wildlife playing host.

The next day, they provided us with more excellent service by driving us into town in their van. The guy offered to take photos of us at the church which was pretty nice of him. After driving us back, more of the same food quality and friendly service of the staff was to continue during the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Our 3rd day there was much of the same with more walks to the beaches, delicious meals and friendy service. The evening there was spent at he beach which is just as great at night as it was during the day.

Our checking out was done efficiently by the friendly manager and staff and they made sure we didn't leave anything behind. There are souvenirs availble to buy at the front office. After checking out, they drove us to the port there where we took the boat back to Sabang.

Overall, it's 11 out of 10 and four thumbs up from us. We will definitely be back for sure.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The main attraction of this Village resort is the fact that this is where the staff and crew of Survivor: Philippines stay when filming. They offer the cabins to tourists during the off season when they aren't filming. Although the cabins were very small, it was able to cover all the basics that was needed. It was like your own private miniature log cabin, very cute. If you're very particular with space maybe this isn't the right accommodations for you.We got to play around the leftover props from filming and even got to visit the tribal council. Quite interesting. Other than that, there isn't a lot of things you can do here other than go trekking or simply relax to enjoy the breathtaking view. The waves splashing over the rocks as you ascend the hill was probably one of the most beautiful sights I've seen.

Drawbacks of this place is that it isn't an actual resort so be prepared for staff that aren't really trained for 5 star service (don't get me wrong they are very nice and courteous though). However, if you have any request or concern that they may not have adressed, simply ask nicely and they will do what they can. Also, it is quite tiresome in terms of accessibility. Easiest route would be a domestic flight to Naga, car ride to the seaport, and another 1 hour boat ride. So be prepared for that.

Overall, the stay was quite enjoyable and the place is probably one of the best accommodations you can get in Caramoan.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed at Gota Village Resort.It is the official home of the SURVIVOR staff and crew in Caramoan but managed by the municipal's government.

The village is beautifully planned and designed, the cabins were said to be imported from i forgot where and not locally built. Fair enough, the cabins are small but cute, it's like staying inside a boat, you have small bedroom, small seating area, small dining area and a small bathroom. It's very modern and in fairness with them, it's clean.

HOWEVER! It is poorly managed. The staff are not well-equipped and could not decide on their own, and if you look for their manager, they do not know on how to tell you where and who even! It's very frustrating to complain coz you will get nothing from them. What are our complains?

Once you are in the resort ( i couldn't even call it a resort!) you are trapped...it is far from town and if you use their van you will pay 500 pesos for round trip, so we have no choice but to order our dinner and breakfast with them (yes, for 4,500 pesos a room, it does not include breakfast yet!)...in fairness again, the food tastes good and the servers are friendly, and they somehow agree with us too that their prices are very expensive! One meal is 300pesos and the serving is so little.

I couldn't call it a resort coz it lacks the amenities of a standard resort. Yes, it has its beach shore but you can't swim as the waves are too high and one thing that frustrated us is we have to pay for "docking" our hired boat for the island hopping coz we didn't avail their trip package as of course it is more expensive. We felt that we have to pay for every move we make in this resort.

I will suggest, just stay here for a night (as most of the visiotrs are doing i guess) just for the experience, then move to another resort somewhere else.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pasay City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

This place is such a beauty at its finest. From the cabin’s (cabana’s) built and design to the perfect location – secluded, secured and private and the awesome scenery. You will easily be mesmerized by everything you’ll see. Add this to the friendly staff they have (most staff) – the experience is really one of a kind – in both positive and negative ways.

Whilst it is so true that Gota deserves to be praised due to its beauty and staff, there are things not good about Gota. Here are some of the things I noticed which aren't good about Gota:

First is the location. Since Gota is a secluded village resort, it is situated somewhere far from everything else. Though they have a pick-up service from the Guijalo Port, going in and out of the resort will be very difficult and expensive. They offer the use of their van for P500 (two-way travel) which is of course very expensive.

Food is another issue. Again, since Gota is a secluded village resort, your only option when it comes to dining is their restaurant. Now, I’m not really sure what happened when we were there but it was the funniest thing ever happened while I’m in a resort. Since we are a group of five (5) people and they offer meal sets, we decided to order 2 sets of their meal (meal set includes rice, grilled pork, grilled fish, salad and iced tea). When our lunch was served, we saw that the meal set would only fit one or two persons the most (making our initial decision to take only 2 meal sets wrong as only 3-4 people will be able to share what was served); so, we decided to order another set. The funny thing is that when the additional (1) set was served, it’s more than what was initially served to us (to think that the initial order was for 2 sets). The waiter stood firm that what they served initially were for 2 sets and that the last set they served is far less than what we have initially received. We decided not to complain about this anymore and let it go.

The beach. It was such a pity that when we were there, the waves were too big. Seaweeds were brought to shore. Though I know that this is something that’s beyond their control and that they can’t do anything about that. But I bet that the beach is superb without the weeds considering the magnificent rock formations found along the beach.

So what do I advise other travelers who want to pick Gota as their place to stay? It’s alright to stay here just for a day – just to experience what Gota has to offer - the uniqueness and the ambiance of the resort and the beauty of the natural scenery. You may want order food from the town proper first before you check in as it’ll cost you so much should you decide to eat in their restaurant or try to go to the town proper to eat. Lastly, go there on a day when the tide isn’t that high so you can enjoy the beach fully.

Overall, I'm still pleased with my stay here in Gota. I still feel dumbstruck whenever I think of how beautiful the place is. Its beauty overpowers what I've felt about the food and the transportation going in and out of the resort.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

All in all, it was excellent. The whole resort was very clean and homey (for foreigners at least) and the beaches were absolutely breathtaking. The food was bland but they had clean water and a small on site store where one could buy other cold drinks.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

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.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Caramoan Island | Caramines Sur, Caramoan, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Bicol Region > Camarines Sur Province > Caramoan
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Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Caramoan
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