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“Not just a home away from home, but a family away from family. Come for the great Place, Stay for the Smiles ♥” 5 of 5 stars
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National Highway | Naasag, Mambajao, Mindanao 9100, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 Mambajao B&B and Inns
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“Not just a home away from home, but a family away from family. Come for the great Place, Stay for the Smiles ♥”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Strategically situated in the heart of the island borne out of fire, a quaint, tropical home that soothes not only your weary senses, but also your appetite. A home, and an accommodation that embodies everything that Camiguin has to offer, and everything Camiguin is truly is.

A 5-star B&B that does not feel like a business-accommodation - but a home. a home away from home. Run and operated personally by Mr. Jimm Hann and Ms. Evelyn Lascuna, together with only a selected few crew, you won’t feel alienated. You’ll feel right at home, An invited family-guest rather than a boarder.

Mss. Evelyn’s home-made world-class dishes are amazing beyond words, and a soothing cap to adventure-weary souls every time you are welcomed back into a night’s restful evening and readily warm dinner. Her dishes are always a surprise, and contains adventurous travels she herself has encountered in her life, seen through her magnificent eyes. Each food she cooks, is a part of her self, and you get to share that with her. She shows you her world as she sees it. And that is why her dishes are always an adventure, and a wondrous surprise.

I miss her cooking. I miss the basil in her version of a Thai-cuisine that i loved. And i miss the egg omelet and bacon with rice Sir Jimm cooks every morning, with Iced Coffee, for the complementary breakfast. I miss the sea from our breakfast table.

And I miss the view from our window that shows the Avant-garde and naturalistic landscape that is the wide grounds of this property.

Casa Roca Inn, in a word, cannot be described in mere words. The place is more of an experience and a feel rather than a sight for sight-seeing. You have to be there in order to understand it’s full Beauty. The place is packed full of the owners’ personality. From the huge gates painted with Zebra stripes, to the way the house is built as if a massive tree-house / tree-fortress like structure has rooted itself out from the scenic landscape, and yet at the same time communes with it so solemnly - it’s a wide range of intermingling and mish-mashing emotions of splashing colors that are both bold and subdued…. And somehow still melds together harmoniously. The home itself is like an amazing art in the making. Like the home is evolving, finding its way into a discovery of itself in the process.

(And if you have not seen this place at night, and through candle lights… then you have not seen this place at all…)

Now, do not get this place mistaken for a 5-star, all-your-needs-going-to-be-met, hotel and grandiose, accommodation. You’ll be staying with a family, treated like their very own relative staying for the weekend. And exactly that, no less, no more - you shall be. You’re not going into a business hotel - they are welcoming you into their home, and treating you as one of their own. What they have, is all they can offer. A true home away from home.

So, leave your expectations of internet access, and some work done, while you are there. You won’t get to do any of them. YOU. ARE. ON. VACATION. and in freak’n Camiguin, no less - one of the few actual paradises in the world. You won’t have time to internet or work. And you won’t need to.

Once you set foot on Casa Roca Inn’s grounds, and once you smell that ocean breeze through the garden air, with the intermingling scents of warm sun baking the grass-blades dripping with dew from the morning mist, your senses will just relax - and - “Work - what?”, “Huh?”… there isn’t even time to recover your responsible thoughts - you. are. automatically. on. vacation.


I miss the sunrise from there.

I miss the sunsets.

I miss the food.

I miss the breeze.

The place.

And the welcoming - always encouraging - smiles.

And the people. They had always just been themselves, and that’s all they need to be.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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prosolido, Owner at Casa Roca Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Hi Karen and so sorry for the delay in response to your amazing and beautiful review!!!!!!
As you know we have many people stay will us here at our little Inn and most "get" what we are trying to achieve. However....YOU TRULY GET IT!!!! Thank you so much...Ev and I try so hard to create a space where people can come to enjoy and unwind and when we receive a review like your it provides us the motivation to keep going and to do even better!
You guys are amazing and we can only hope to see you both again.
Cheers and happy travels,
Jim and Ev
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Just when we thought we couldnt handle another chicken on a stick we came across this Gem while exploring on the motorbike. The menu was great and the food was nothing short of amazing. One of the best meals weve had in the Phils! And the owners were super friendly. Will probably go back again tonight. Cant reccommend enough.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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prosolido, Owner at Casa Roca Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
HEY, HEY, HEY!!!! Thank you for such a wonderful review!!!! Sorry it's been a while in responding but it's been a bit crazy here. We are so happy we were able to help you guys out and that you enjoyed coming to our little Inn for some good food and spirits! Yes...the chicken on a stick gets a bit "old" after a while, which is why we're here! :)
Hope you enjoyed the island and the remainder of your journey was most excellent!
Cheers,
Jim and Ev
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Mayana Sagay Camiguin Island
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

If you find a place to rest and eat it is good but when you find a place that even the locals recommend that's the best. Great place to stay, eat or just drop in for a coffee, and Jim and Evelyn can not be more helpful!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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prosolido, Owner at Casa Roca Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Hey guys!!!! Thanks for the great review...we're sorry for the delay in reply but it's been a bit crazy around here and only now slowing a bit. We'll be by to say hello soon but cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful review.
Cheers,
Jim and Ev
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is a lovely place to stay on Camiguin. Rather special indeed, thanks to wonderful hosts Jim and Evelyn, and to their helpful staff. The architect's environmentally respectful good sense and the house's pleasing, airy layout are also a huge plus (no air-con and no need for it; if you're a bit warm in your room, the fan will see you right, and there are mosquito nets if you feel you need them - I didn't).

I say "house" because that's what Casa Roca is - and it's a very nice one. It's emphatically Jim and Evelyn's place (in a good way), which for me meant lots of hanging out with them (my wife was unable to travel with me on this trip, which I guess contributed to that) and plenty of interesting conversation with them and their friends, who would regularly pop in for a beer or five.

Travellers who want room service, cable TV, their own private bathrooms, air-con, minions to carry their luggage and a generic resort experience should probably stay elsewhere. But I loved this place, its simplicity and its superbly chilled and friendly atmosphere. By the way, Jim's terrific collection of music was unbeatable (at least for a guy of 45!), and the breakfasts really hit the spot - nothing more, yet certainly nothing less than you'll need. Just like Casa Roca, really. I'll be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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prosolido, Owner at Casa Roca Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Hey!!!! Sorry for the delay in response to your review but we've been pretty busy and only now taking a well deserved "breather"!
Your review is amazing and we can't thank you enough! We miss you here at the Inn and only hope you will return soon. So glad you loved the "Tunes" and we've been adding to the music collection in a huge way. Ev is still cooking up a storm and the beer just seems to be getting "colder" it that is possible.
Again, thanks for the amazing review and hope to see you soon.
Jim and Ev
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Davao, Davao City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

as what the title says, it's a home away from home! you will never feel like you're an outcast the moment you set your foot in here.. it was a spur-of-the-moment decision to stay here but we never had any regrets., their food was extremely delicious and real home made. I've been to few of the resorts in neighboring cities but this escapade was totally different. apart from a very relaxing yet jolly ambiance, i haven't really felt i'm tired. i told myself this was a real VACATION!! (sad to say for only couple of days). All the travel and the arguments (with friends) is worth it.. Evelyn was very accommodating which i'll never forget and James was a very good conversationalist, you got to know the whole place without you taking a trip around. anyhow, we'd surely be back here for another home-away-from-home escapade. thanks a lot guys, you're place is really worth visiting!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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prosolido, Owner at Casa Roca Inn, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Hey guys,
So sorry for the delay in response to your beautiful review. We've been pretty busy here at the Inn and just getting to responding to all your wonderful reviews. We certainly enjoyed having you here and look forward to your return...it was great fun and there's always lot's more of that here at the Inn and on Camiguin Island.
Again, thank you so much for your input to our little piece of heaven and sharing your thoughts will all our future guests. We look forward to your next visit.
Peace and Love
Jim and Ev
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Mambajao, Philippines
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

What started as a b&b turned into the best place to eat on Camiguin Island! A great location, great ambiance, extremely friendly and welcoming staff! Originally we went there for breakfast, and have since gone for lunch and dinner, at least once a week. It has become our home away from home.

Excellent food at reasonable pricing.

They have 3 rooms available!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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prosolido, Owner at Casa Roca Inn, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Rob and Gwen, thank you so much for the great review. We can't believe the support we are getting and yours is extra special. We continue to work hard to improve what we do here and provide a great place for the local population as well as the tourist to enjoy.
Your the greatest and thanks for the support, kind comments and "Rob's Iced Coffee"!!!
Cheers,
J & E
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Came here for my birthday & my friend Troy did all the travel planning this time. It's been a while since we went anywhere new so I need to remind myself not to let him to do that again ;-)

This is the only thing that went right on this trip. All our transportation arrangement were none existent including our orignal place where we suppose to stay at. Good thing Jim was there to rescue us. We were very hesitant to even trust him cause nothing was going right with our travel but LET ME TELL YOU WHAT...this is the only spot we will ever stay in Camiguin & for sure will be coming back. To make this a very short review. It's HOME.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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prosolido, Owner at Casa Roca Inn, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Ed and Troy!!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful review, remembering us...and most importantly...staying with us at Casa Roca Inn!!!! We can tell you that you guys are missed big time! When we met you were going through a bad patch of travel fatigue and we just did our best to make your stay a memorable one. In the end you made it memorable for us!!!! Your enthusiasm, fun and frolic have become Casa Roca folklore!!!! We look forward to your next visit and can't wait to hear all the news.
Stay safe, happy trails and please stay in touch.
J & E
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Address: National Highway | Naasag, Mambajao, Mindanao 9100, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Camiguin > Mambajao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Mambajao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Roca Inn is a wonderful and unique "full service" inn located on beautiful Camiguin Island, Philippines. We offer cost conscious travelers a fantastic and affordable alternative to the typical resorts. With our great rooms, guests enjoy a delicious breakfast and our dining room offers "market fresh meals, daily "specials" menu for lunch and dinner and a full service bar for the best Island beverages. Motor bike rentals, Island tours, pick up and drop off service etc can also be arranged. ... more   less 
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Casa Roca Inn Camiguin/Mambajao

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