Balinghai Beach
Balinghai Beach
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A romantic, secluded cove on the northern tip of the island.
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lynneill
northern ireland1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
i've been to the beach a few times, i found it to be nice and quiet!! but i have to say, if you take the small sail boats round to the far side of the island and visit puka shell beach...it is amazing!! hard to believe there could be anywhere more beautiful than boracay!!!
Written November 29, 2004
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a lovely peaceful spot to spend an afternoon. There is a nice little restaurant there too. Well worth a visit.
Written March 20, 2005
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Hans
New Orleans, LA249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
in the past this was a nice placewith a little bar just at the beach. The beach was a little bit in the shade of trees so good duríng sunshine and had a nice resaturant. I hope they will get their licence back.
Written March 7, 2019
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ukiegirltravels
Edmonton, Canada1,123 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
First of all, I want to be clear that my husband and I were very excited to book at Balinghai. We were so excited, we booked about 9 months in advance to be sure we could get a room. We saw the pictures, knew how peaceful and romantic it was, knew that it was more 'rustic', and knew about the tons of stairs to and from the beach, reception, etc. Email confirmations were quick and professional.

Then we arrived (July 2012).

We were one of only two rooms being used...which originally we thought excellent, more like a private resort...Until we were told that due to low season, they would only have two people working at a time, no reception available in the evenings (meaning you can't go to town or eat-no way to phone a tricycle, and no one to man the restaurant). What???!!! Oh, and by the way, the 'beach bar' down at the beach will "only have staff for a limited time, maybe only two times this week". Huh? This isn't what we signed up for....

A little stunned, we went to check out our room, Rock House. It is as charming and romantic as all the reviews state. I do agree with previous posters that due to the bathroom being on the first floor, and the bedroom on the second, using the washroom during the dark requires a good high powered flashlight, and could be a little creepy with 'creepy crawlies' about.

Wanting to see if we could make the best of it, we decided to head down to the beach. Yes, there are many steps, and yes, we knew this. What we did NOT know were that the steps simply STOP at times - as in three foot drops from the steps to the sand-and even still, the 'sand' in some of these drop offs were collections of loose stones. My husband had to literally lift me by the waist at times as the drop was too steep (I'm 5,4). Then you have to balance precariously on the rocks, hoping you're not going to roll an ankle. Running shoes would have helped, but come on, you want to wear runners to the beach?

STILL - we thought maybe the beach was better. It was totally deserted....of anything. No beach bar operating, rusty beach beds nowhere to be seen (we were told later by staff this was low season so they weren't setting them out)...Great...so we can go to a beach and stand...lovely.... (sarcasm noted)...The photo currently of the boat, beach beds, and umbrella SIMPLY DOESN"T EXIST in low season or if the hotel is underbooked.

Heartbroken, that one of our 'dream locations' on our vacation was turning into such a dud, we used the free wifi to search for another hotel. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATE TO WHITE BEACH and want a similar seclusion to Baling Hai, stay in the Diniwald area. Check my review for Artisa Beach Villas. We caught a trycicle there, where not only did they match the rate we were given at Baling Hai, but threw in complementary breakfasts as they could see how distraught we were with our Boracay experience. We returned to Baling Hai to move.

This is when things went from disappointing and disheartening to simply Unbelievable. We were literally at Baling Hai LESS THAN 30 mins-we didn't even unlock our luggage! When we explained our issues to the desk (the lack of staff, no beach beds, no beach service, no evening staffing, and dangerous drop offs on the stairs) she said there was NOTHING SHE COULD DO.

THERE IS NO REFUND. So - if you book in advance, you forfeit your ENTIRE stay - not even just the first day (which we still think is shocking for 30 mins, but we should have received the other four days refunded). Essentially, if you book more than one day in advance, show up, and decide it's not to your liking in any way, your money is gone.

We emailed the owner outlining our grievances, as none of these 'low season changes' were known to us in advance. We got an email back saying we were informed of the stairs (which was never our issue - the condition of the large drops which we were not informed of, and having to tip toe over large loose rock piles) were not acknowledged. The owner had a chance to make this right with a refund, and refused to do so.

I have travelled to over 20 countries in the past two years, from 1.5 stars to 5 star luxury resorts, and categorically, this is THE WORST CANCELLATION SERVICE I have EVER encountered. Even with the corruption rampant in Ukraine, the standard practice is to refund the other days, and possibly charge for the first. Most reasonable places would realize if you get there, and the hotel failed to inform you of major changes, a 30 minute stay would result in a full refund.

IF YOU GO - perhaps only book one night, as if it's not what you were lead to believe, you would only lose one night's fees. If it is what it has the potential to be (high season), book subsequent nights only after you get there.

Shame, Balinghai, Shame on you.
Written October 20, 2012
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Jaye87
UK15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
Swam around from Diniwid and had money for coffees.. one staff member accepted our order, and then another said 'there is a 500 peso cover charge!' .. we asked if she wished to accept our order or not.. we only had 200 pesos.. she said 'how did you get here? this is a private beach' .. we pointed out that there is no such thing as a private beach in the Philippines, it is against the law... She said sniffily 'If it is only drinks, I won't report you' (to whom?) .. totally totally unecessary and a way of being superior to the first staff member who apparently had just joined the bar.. When I came to pay, we had been overcharged. I pointed this out. The same rude staff member pointed her nose in the air and returned the bill with the correct amount. No apology. I don't know if training would do the trick with this one, who appears to be the supervisor.. shame, because the beach itself is nice...
Written April 9, 2013
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krishti
singapore287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
I visited Balinghai Beach when doing the island hopping cruise on a paraw and I believe that is the easiest way to reach this beach. The boat captain stopped at the beach and I liked the private cove which was quiet and secluded. The waters are crystal clear and you have to be careful since there are quite a bit of corals that are sharp. The coral formations are huge and worth admiring with crabs darting in and out of the rocks. There was one single shack selling sweet coconuts and we had the juice and relaxed.

If you go further into the deep waters, it is an excellent place for snorkeling. There is abundance of all kinds of sea corals, urchins, anemones, schools of varied and unique fish and other marine life! I have done snorkeling in other parts of South East Asia, including Thailand and this was certainly a rewarding experience. I didn't want to leave.
Written December 20, 2014
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edp
London, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
why would you ever stay on white beach?! over crowded, full of westerners perving on the local, young girls etc...good for night life but would never want to stay there. thank god we found baling hai...the most tranquil place i've ever stayed....it only took 15 mins by motorbike to white beach, we had the place to ourselves, private beach, candelit dinners on our own on the beach every night, the service is brilliant (they'll organise everything), the food was amazingly cheap...and it was quite simply stunning. no mod cons such as ac but who needs it in a place like this. the huts are spread out all over the side of a small cliff over looking the ocean...built with natural materials...you feel a part of it. the best view i've ever had (see photos). the huts are so boutique / cool, they have living areas, with a fridge, cool bathrooms over looking the bay...simply stunning! the staff are so nice and speak good english, they make a real effort ...flowers at dinner etc...little fires...and the food gets bvrought down the cliff to the beach by a pulley system / bucket! my only advice would be stay here (unless steps are an issue). cannot overstate how amazing this place is...blown away and for 30£ a night! white beach...pah! please...stay here! simply astounded anyone would stay anywhere else...we had two floors, massive space, the view...and it was cheaper than anywhere else...do the maths! i'm over excited thinking about it! rambling on...must go...get in touch if you;d like to know more...
Written April 21, 2008
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violet623
Pennsylvania11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a tiny, tiny little beach. I can imagine it would be romantic, but, when I was there, there were too many people to really consider it romantic. Not that it was crowded, mind you; it was just crowded for Balinghai, which means there were probably about 15-20 people on the beach. Yup, that's how tiny it is.

The food there was excellent. We had to wait about 45 minutes for my grilled fish, but then we ordered a sandwich and it took about ten minutes. I'm not sure why one took so long and the other came down quickly. I recommend the tuna and cheese sandwich; it's amazing. It's an open-faced sandwich that you cannot possibly stuff into your mouth like a regular sandwich filled with tuna, hard boiled eggs, cheese, and other goodies. The grilled fish was a little dry and just average.

Swimming at Balinghai is a lot of fun b/c of the rafts floating around in the water. It's nice to swim out to a raft and then relax and enjoy the sun for a bit.

One last note: Balinghai is not for the handicapped. There are a lot of stairs going down to the beach and I didn't notice any handicapped entrances. If you are at all handicapped or have trouble on stairs, you might want to avoid Balinghai.
Written April 1, 2008
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Lazyism
Antwerp, Belgium149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
This was the last drop of the island hopping tour before returning back to station 3. The beach is quiet, water is clear and the sands still white. Only small fishes to see (if you are lucky). A perfect place to relax, away from the crowds.
Written February 15, 2016
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Belinda E
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Probably the only place you will be able to wake up to the birds and go to sleep listening to the sea on the Island. Placed on the hill behind a small secluded beach.
Written February 2, 2016
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