Beachclub Cagpo is incredible! We will definitely go back and highly recommend it for anyone who’s interesting in an amazing, quiet, relaxing, secluded Philippines vacation. The location of the club is right next to the beach with private beach access. The beach itself is on the coast of a wildlife reserve. Harry provides the snorkeling equipment, free of charge, for his guests, and the snorkeling was wonderful. The water was clear and full of wildlife.
The food was delicious. I cannot stress this enough. We were amazed daily at the quality, variety, and portion sizes of the fresh, home cooked meals that Harry, Cynthia, and Joanne brought out of the kitchen. Everything we ate was delectable! The cooler is well stocked too. The drinks were cold and cheap, and there was a large selection of beers, liquors, wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages to choose from.
We would get up in the morning, have a shot of Tanguay rum, and go for a swim. After a big, delicious breakfast, we would play darts or board games in the club house, or sit and read in the comfortable, handmade bamboo deckchairs in the shade of the beach pavilion, listening to the waves come in. On several afternoons, Harry took us around the island in style (a roomy, air-conditioned van) and showed us the sights. We saw a bird sanctuary, a butterfly farm, shopped for souvenirs at a big local market, and met some of the locals and ex-pats. We had an absolute blast.
If you plan to go, my advice is to bring some insect repellant, just in case, and wear lots of sun-screen if you’re going to be out of the shade. The sun was intense. Also, you have to keep in mind that seclusion in a developing country means that there are going to be problems with the electricity. Harry does all he can to make sure that his guests are comfortable, but there are some things, like the infrastructure of the island, that are simply out of his control.
Overall, we felt a sense of community staying there. We felt like we were visitors at our friend’s house rather than hotel guests. Harry, Cynthia, and Joanne treated us like family, and I appreciate all that they did for us. We can’t wait until we see them again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach Club Cagpo is a private beach resort located on the island of Marinduque in the heart of the Philippine islands. Club Cagpo features a Restaurant serving European, Asian and Filipino cuisines, infused with our local herbs and spices grown from our very own herb and vegetable garden. We also feature a Restaurant Bar as well as a new Cabana Beach Bar located right on our Beach, serving cold alcoholic beverages as well as non-alcoholic beverages alongside our Pulutan (snacks) and tapas.Beach Club Cagpo is located on the south east portion of Marinduque, in the municipality of Torrijos. The resort is located right on the beach and can be accessed via Resort Van hire or local transport. ... more less
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