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Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Beach Club
Yumbing, Mambajao, Mindanao 9100, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #4 of 12 Mambajao B&B and Inns
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4 hotel reviews
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“service was good but nothng special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

the pool is always blurry and full of fallen leaves. the food is not good. staff were ok and helpful. the problem we had was the clogged water drain. and water supply is slow. white island is just across

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pipong19, Manager at Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Beach Club, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Hi, You'll be glad to know we have now completly refurbished the swimming pool area including a new salt water filtration system which means no more chlorine red eye :-))
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manila, Philippines
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We booked our tour via camiguin transport (http://www.camiguintransport.blogspot.com/)because it was very affordable and included everything from the overnight accomodation to the island tour. Wasn't expecting much, just a place to stay for the night and a place to leave our stuff while we toured the island.. Golden sunset totally exceeded our expectations...the resort is tranquil, lush with greenery, there's beautiful view of the beach, and the staff was extremely warm and helpful. Even if the pool was under renovation, it didn't really matter because you'll be busy touring the island. An added bonus is there's wifi in the veranda area. One night wasn't enough I'm afraid, and I'm definitely coming back soon. Highly recommended especially if you book with Teddy (you can contact his mobile 63 939 2440521) , our tour guide, who took care of us like family.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ko Mak, Thailand
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

We booked the best rooms at both Golden Sunset and Paras in order to figure out where we wanted to stay for the week. After one night at each we decided on Golden Sunset because it was much quieter and the room was ocean-side with a patio as opposed to the busy family atmosphere of Paras. Rates were reasonable, and the international food was of good quality. Meals were served at your personal dining table on the patio of your room, overlooking the ocean and amazing sunsets. It was a serene environment. Staff was extremely helpful and I would highly recommend Golden Sunset to anyone who travels to Camiguin Island. They even provided free transport to and from the airport, whereas Paras charges expensive fees, for just about everything.

Now, on to the island itself. First off, there are no real beaches on the island itself (disappointing as I live in Thailand and expected more). Golden Sunset has a small black-sand beach which was better than Paras which has nothing. However, a short boat-ride out to the "White Sand Island" gives you your photo ops. Beautiful sand, crystal clear water, and good snorkeling. An even better place to go is Marinque Island Marine Park off the Southern coast of Camiguin. The beach is amazing, some jungle shade on the inside, and the Snorkeling/Diving was incredible! If I could, I would have stayed on that island the entire time! Highly recommended day trip! If you want to stay right on perfect sand, go to Boracay, but be aware that it is significantly more touristy. We chose Camiguin for it's quiet atmosphere.

Volcanos: The island has 7 volcanos none of which are active. We hiked to the top of the tallest one, hoping for a glimpse inside a crater, but only got the panoramic view. Not to say it wasn't enjoyable, because the rainforest is quiet and the view from the top of the island a solid photo op, but just be aware of what you're in for. 4 hours uphill.

Food on the island, wasn't anything to write home about. We took most our meals at Golden Sunset because they had the best international cuisine. Rented a motorbike to ride around the island. Highly recommended, takes about 2 hours. Took the plane in and out. Midsea Express. Good stuff.

Scuba Diving was really nice. Lots of corals and volcanic rock walls to find fish, turtles, and sharks. There is also a town about 10 minutes from Golden Sunset that has all the basic amenities. A big waterfall on the other side of town from Golden Sunset gives a nice photo.

Overall a great trip, and I would choose only to stay at Golden Sunset if I were to return again.

Room Tip: ocean-view is the best for sure and is a great value compared to the rest of the island
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Quezon City, Philippines
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26 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Very good value for the beach front room and food, recommended for couples and families traveling.

After my second attempt to booked online, I got a response from Ryan, the manager, and I was able to reserve a room by paying a deposit via bank transfer. He arranged for our pick up from the sea port, and at the resort, assisted in finding a motorbike for us to rent and use around the island.

The beach front rooms are spacious, with clean sheets and towels, good air conditioning, mini ref, and TV. The room could be improved by upgrading the interior design. The bathroom was built with sturdy fixtures, though water pressure could be better - in the end, we had to use the pail and dipper to shower. I also found their mirrors too high - obviously fit to the height of most foreigners.

I never cared much for chlorinated swimming pools when there are nice beaches to swim in, but judging from the laughter of kids who were splashing about on a Saturday afternoon, it could be a plus for traveling families.

The staff was very helpful and attended to us well, even when they had a lot of people over for a wine tasting and tapas event (offering 5 types wine and pica-picas). While Camiguin is not known for the night life, occasional events such as that offered by this beach club could be a come on for those who seek social gatherings. We took most of our meals here because the food was great (try the ribs with fries and tortang talong) and the avocado shake was heavenly. The only mishap we had on food was that I ordered bangus (fish) for breakfast and served pork tapa instead.

There was a power cut from 5-7PM on a Saturday, which they say is normal. We then opened our sliding door to welcome the cool sea breeze, and when darkness fell, they gave us a candle to light our room. Honestly, the power cut did not bother me at all.

After we had checked out, the staff kindly let us shower in one of the rooms before our trip back to Cagayan de Oro. In this trip, we learned that a weekend is not enough to explore Camiguin! We would consider staying here again when we return.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

We booked from internet. They booked our hotel in Cagayan de Oro and even payed. Beacause we had just come from Manila and had to stay one night in that city. They trusted us. They arranged our transportation from the port to the Hotel. They also arranged island tours and sightseeing tours. Kind waiters and owner. Definitely good place for relaxing and taste delicious food.

Room Tip: Beach front rooms are better than pool front, i mean very less price difference but your balcony has...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We were booked in for three nights, but opted to leave after the first night. Afterwards we found out that the quality was pretty standard for Camiguin, but we were hoping for something a little nicer. Perhaps we needed to adjust our expectations somewhat. The owners were very nice to us and were understanding of our desire to move to another resort. They even refunded us our deposit. In general the place is ok, but needs some work. Some new coats of paint and some newer furniture would spruce it up without costing a fortune. The pool obviously needs to be drained and repainted or cleaned up. The 'rooftop bar' really isn't used (there is no furniture in the rooftop area). We also found that the wifi wouldn't work in the rooms. Beds were foam mattresses that really need to be replaced and/or upgraded. If you don't mind roughing it a little and have reasonable expectations when considering that this is a mid-range place in an 0ff-the-beaten-path area of the philippines then you might find it suitable. If you are expecting any luxury you're probably better of going somewhere else.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria BC
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

On our second trip to the Philippines, we wanted to try a few of the less traveled spots. Before choosing this resort, I reviewed every hotel/resort in Camiquin. We arrived late in the evening and spent 7 nights at the Golden Sunset. We had a beach front room and went to sleep listening to the waves breaking on the beach. This resort is good value for the rooms, location and service. The resort is close to many of the other resorts and about a 15 minute motorella ride from the town of Mambajajo. More about the resort - the rooms are clean and made up every day. Yes, there are little ants but they are everywhere - even in Boracay - remember, you are in the tropics! The grounds were very tropical and the pool is well maintained. Food, from the restaurant, is good. Make sure you try the Curry. Sue and Phil are great hosts and treat each guest as special. As an aside, we had to overnight in Cagayan de Oro and we meet up with Sue and Phil and had great Thai food and explored a bit of the city. Sue, president of the Tourism Association is working very hard to bring information about Camiuqin as a destination to the travelers who visit the Philippines. Keep up the good work! The staff are friendly, very accommodating and JR thanks for taking good care of us. I checked out most of the other resorts when we were there and would definitely recommend the Golden Sunset to travelers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Boraracy and enjoy a laid back island life.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Yumbing, Mambajao, Mindanao 9100, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Camiguin > Mambajao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Mambajao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beach front hotel with 4 pool side, 4 beach front and 2 large family rooms. Poolside bar and covered roof terrace dining, local/international cuisine, breakfast is complimentary. Large adult and small children swimming pools. A wide range of tours including White Island, Mantigue Island nature and marine reserve full round the island site seeing and diving trips can be arranged, beauty treatments and massage can be booked at your convenience. Superb sunsets and views of White Island noted for its peaceful setting and beautiful gardens. ... more   less 
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