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Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
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Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

we stayed here for 3days 2nights......it was recommended to us by our tita coz shes been visiting here every once in a while....when we arrive at 11am we had a warm welcome with a very friendly staff with a complimentary drink.... we are so amaze with the resort..... and they told us that as early as 11am our cottage is available....supposedly our check in is at 2pm.... but because we are the only guest at the reasort went straight in our cottage...... very nice cottage with awesome view..... clean room.... but at night there is this small bugs... we have some bug bites at the 1st day.... thank god we bought our insect repelant....... anyway, the rooms does'nt have TV ...they can provide u a board games for free.... so u can bond with family.... food are so affordable and good..... but dont order tha sisig its not good....staffs are very prompt....
the only dissapointment we had is the beach.....its not swimmable bec. of the sea grass, especially at low tide.....
with out 2nd day we almost decided to transfer to a different resort bec. we dont wana travel this far just to swim at the pool.... but my husband told me that it will be hard to find a resort at this time..... so we just decided to take a boat ride for 1000/per hour so that we can swim at SAND BAR.... there we enjoyed the beach.....
if you will ask me if we will go back here??? maybe... but we have to bring lots of extra money so you can enjoy there resort activities.....
but still we enjoy our
vacation....

Stayed: March 2014
3  Thank lavable
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

We initially wanted to stay at the Stilts houses, but it was fully booked and the only available room was at the Family Pavilion. It has three rooms, each good for two. The two farthest rooms are connected and separated only by a sliding wall. It has a big veranda overlooking the sea, perfect for lounging around. This is the best room option for families and barkadas.

Despite its far location (400m from the dining area!), the place turned out to be the best place in the resort. We opted to have all our food delivered to the cottage (no extra charges). The family pavilion is called Destiny and had its own beach area. The sand is white and the water's clear. Since the Destiny Beach is isolated, it will appear that you own the area--you can swim and walk around in your skimpiest bikini without being self-conscious about your figure.

The water here's really shallow, and not far from the beach, sea urchins can be seen. We spotted around 4 during this trip. There were three starfishes scattered here as well. Just bring masks or goggles with you and wear booties to avoid these sea urchins while swimming. A small sand bar can be seen at the other side of the pavilion. It can be reached just by walking. You can have your jumpshots taken here.

As for their delectable food, prices are a bit steep but their generous servings makes up for it. You can either order off their menu or ask one of their staffs to buy freshly caught seafood and have it cooked according to your preference.

The rooms are well maintained. The bathroom's really clean. The bedding's are not mediocre. I liked how everything was kept white, simple and native. No television sets but you don't need it because you already have a beautiful view of the sunset to watch.

Room Tip: The Stilts rooms are best for those who are not scared of sea urchins. If you are going here to have a good swim, it is best to opt for the non-stilts rooms. The Destiny Rooms are the best because you get to have your own beach.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank eatsmagi
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

The place is picture perfect. If you want to relax and do some soul searching kind of thing then this is the perfect place to do it. View is great, the whole place is clean and if peace and quiet is what you’re looking for, I’d give this place a two thumps up. But if you're in for swimming activities, I discourage you to pick this place... unless, you have some extra budget to hire a boat to take you to the sand bar and snorkel area. I’d say that would make the trip worthwhile. The price for hiring a boat is 1,000/hr (which wasn’t clarified to us during our stay, otherwise we would have assigned one of us to keep track of time spent snorkeling and enjoying the sand bar. We were lead to an understanding that 1,000 is for the entire boat rental not hourly rate). So, just to avoid any unwanted surprises when the checkout time comes, just CLARIFY everything first before availing of anything from this resort. They have a nice pool though if you are travelling on a budget then just do your swimming there and just enjoy the view by the beach. As for the accommodation, the place assigned to us is clean, well-lighted and with good air conditioning but not that special for the price we paid for it. One very important advice… the moment you step in your accommodation here, go straight to the bathroom, take the soap dish out of its place and put it in a safe place then just put it back before you check out. Unless you’re willing to pay P390.00 for a soap dish if you break it (which is not impossible to happen because it happened to us and another guest checking out during our stay. It was not fixated and is obviously placed the wrong way). If you’re commuting going there, be prepared to pay 400php for the tricycle service from the terminal to the resort and back (two-way). Great staff, they are all courteous and willing to help.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank ktine26
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We went here for our company outing. The place gives you the feel of El Nido or Palawan beach fronts. Lots of activities to do like Kayaking, beach cycling beach volleyball etc. but... its not good if you love to swim. There are soooo many grass in the water. So slippery and makes you feel like a sea urchin is hiding and waiting to sting.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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4  Thank GeciDC
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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

We got 2 villas over the water and were pleasantly surprised by how well appointed they were, considering the price. The beach isn't as "swimmable" as in Laiya but ok, though a bit small. The pool was alright but would have been much better if it had been heated. The food selection is varied though not very broad. Just remember that corkage is charged when you bring in food or drinks though I don't think they're all that strict about it. Overall, a fun place for a family outing with a wide selection of activities, just remember that they're not free and don't come cheap.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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