We booked OOTB's Villa 1 from 27-29 March 2013 for our summer/holy week vacation. Reservation was a breeze and email replies from Trisha came lighting fast. From Batangas Pier, we took the one-hour ferry ride going to Sabang. There, two of the OOTB staff were there to welcome us and help us carry out stuff to OOTB. From Sabang Pier to OOTB is a loooooong walk and it would be a good idea to contact OOTB beforehand to ask assistance with your luggage. Of course once you arrive at OOTB, expect to climb more flights of stairs. But we did not mind the "exercise", especially when we saw how nice the resort was!
We were a party of 6 adults and my 2 kids and the 3-bed room; 2 storey villa was more than enough for us. The kitchen was pimped-up with pretty much all we need - microwave oven, cooking utensils, plates, cups, saucers, 7 bottles of 500 ml complimentary water every day, and pretty much all the things you want to have in your kitchen. With a spanking stove/oven, you can even bake a cake or two - too bad, I don't know how to. If you want to have a massage inside the villa, there is a massage bed right in the balcony.
For the bedroom, we occupied what I though to be the master's bedroom - the one with the tub, shower. Unlike the usual resort/hotels, you do not get the mini packs of soap, shampoo and what have you's. Instead, the resort will give you liquid soaps, lotions and shampoos in their big bottles. Not sure though if you can bring them home with you...we'll we didn't. There is yet another balcony on the second floor with a breathtaking view of the sea!
The package we had came with breakfast at the famous The Verandah. It's not buffet, but I'm not complaining. Their plated breakfast is more than enough to perk me up in the morning. Their pancakes were so fluffy and heavy, one piece is enough for me...but of course I ate all three!
Guests have the option to swim in two pools - one was located right in front of Villa 1, while the bigger one was found near the main entrance of the resort. Of course the one near the Villa one had the better view of the sea, but my kids enjoyed the bigger pool since steps are shallow but wide enough for them to simply play around, while my hubby and I went for laps at the deeper side of it.
It was the perfect haven for a solemn and relaxing holy week! No other option in Puerto Galera other than OOTB.
Some downsides? I guess most, if not all were just isolated cases, but nonetheless....
Do not expect the resort to have a wide seashore. We had to walk to the Big La Laguna area to find a spot where my kids can play in the sand. But then again, we knew that Sabang is a dive-spot area from the start so it was not a surprise to us. Just saying...
We were not able to get wifi all over. Our gadgets can detect 2-4 hotspots but only one worked fine, if you are in the balcony of our villa.
The occupant in the villa below ours was smoking tobacco...'nuff said. Good thing we had to put up with the smell for just one night.
Early morning of our last day, we did not have running water in the villa because, as we were told, they had to shut off the water tank the night before due to guests complaining of the noise from the motor of the water tank.
...and be ready to carry cash, because credit card payments incur surcharge. But this was made clear from the very start.
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Thank you very much for your comments. As always we appreciate constructive feedback. Nice to hear you and your family and friends had such a good time. Thanks especially for the feed back on the WiFi, as we are adding further routers to all areas and will ensure Villa 1 is fully covered. Sorry about the loud water pump that had to be turned off, but it broke a bearing (hence the noise) and could not be repaired for 24 hours. We brought a spare bearing as well a new one to make sure this doesn't happen again. Hope to see you all again soon.
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