I stayed at this resort for 3 nights, and found it to be very friendly, but basic. It is a miracle it was built however, and it does employ locals from the island so that is a good reason to support it. The website certainly makes it sound more plush than it really is and this is my main gripe.. why not tell the truth?
Diving (see below), and snorkelling
Small and friendly
Nice views from the pool and the chairs and sunbeds
Beds really comfortable
The hot water is a trickle in the shower but there is no cold to mix with it, so you will find it gets too hot.
The food is fresh but average, with only a choice of banana or mangoes for fresh fruit, even though the menu mentions pineapple and water melon.
Private terraces are not that private as most rooms are overlooked by the next door room, which may or may not be a good thing depending on what you want.
The seaviews from the rooms are very restricted by the bushes and trees, that goes for even the very front room.
The pool is pretty small (compared to the website photo).
My room wasn't cleaned or tidied when I was there, although the staff were clearly conscientious about cleaning emptied rooms.. perhaps I needed to ask?
NB The best 'room' is definitely the beach house, which has a TV, and a nice open airy feel to the living space, so definitely a good choice for a family to stay there.
This resort could be better with just a couple of adjustments. I think the food could be nicer... a fresh fruit platter surely isn't much to ask for in the tropics... a real coffee machine would make a huge difference to the breakfast experience.. I saw no sign of a beach barbecue (as mentioned on the website). You are best to stick to Philippino food, although I found it mostly unappetizing in presentation.
I wasn't expecting to have wifi available, but I was given a wifi dongle to use, but it only managed to connect once for 10 minutes at 2.30am..and I tried several times.. but I borrowed one from another guest and it connected super fast with no problems at midday. When I said I couldn't connect with their dongle, there was no concern shown by the management to correct it. Beats me why any resort near a phone signal can't provide fast internet access for customers these days.
I got the impression that this resort which was built around 10 years ago is stuck in a time warp from then, and no-one cares enough to refresh it, and bring it up to date, which includes the website.
Note that there really is NOTHING else to do on this island outside of the resort, unless you like to study birds at the nature reserve, or want to watch a cock fight. For tennis or golf (as mentioned on the website) you will be heading back to the mainland.The whole island is a slum, and I say that as a seasoned traveller, who was shocked by just how poor this place is. I did a full circuit of the island on a motorbike and am amazed that the resort ever got built. I was lucky enough to chat to Horst the owner for my first night there and he regaled me with the story of trying to build it.
The one great reason to go stay at this resort is to dive with Mukie, the local dive master, who speaks excellent English, and really cares about his customers and their enjoyment, but is a dive professional. He knows the reef in detail, and took me to photograph pygmy seahorses, and found several ghost pipe fishes (both around 1cm in size). He also took me to see sharks (need to dive to 45m), but none showed up. There are no turtles here according to Mukie (as the website says), but plenty of fish and lovely corals. Sadly, there are many plastic bags also floating around. I dived 5 times with Mukie, and you will usually be between 1 and 3 divers, you go out directly from the resort on a private banka, and it is all really easy and close.
I would choose to rent this resort with a group of friends exclusively as it would make a great party place.. in fact there was a private lunch party one of the days I was there, and they brought in their own chefs, and it looked fantastic. There is a volleyball net, darts and table tennis table available in the resort.
- Also Known As:
- Talima Beach Villas And Dive Hotel Mactan Island
- Talima Beach Villas And Dive Hotel
- Talima Beach Villas And Dive Resort Cebu Island/Mactan Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Talima Beach Villas and Dive Resort is located at Cebu, Philippines. It offers air-conditioned contemporary designed rooms. Some of its amenities include infinity swimming pool, beach cabanas and sun decks, and dive center. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like fish sanctuary, bird sanctuary, and Hilutangan Channel reefs and marine sanctuaries. ... more less
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