Hi I first wrote a review on Bluecove on this site in Jan 12 titled “My Favourite Island Resort - Simple, Elegant and Beautiful” and feel I should update this. I have been back to Bluecove twice just for day trips since Jan 12 and stayed for 4 nights on one other occasion. During the 18 months there have been a few changes both good and bad.
There is now extra accommodation (2/3 cabins) that are well placed and still maintain privacy.
The generator is quieter than before and the plumbing is in better condition.
They have a new bigger faster banca (boat).
The road to San Vicente is almost finished with only about 15km of dirt remaining (Yes it is still the best way to get to bluecove and you still need a chiropractor if you must go via Port Barton. Any of the shuttle services to San Vic are fine... UV has the best vans while the guys working on Cathy's Vans are the best fun).
The natural beauty of the place largely remains
There are more accommodation and food options in San Vic if you arrive late and wish to spend a cheaper nights accommodation on the mainland before getting on the banca to Bluecove the following day.
There are still no sandflies at all at Bluecove.
There is NO pool....the four stars are for the ocean cove.
Mike and Melody are gone and a guy who lives in Manila has leased the resort. So the vibe of the place is less personal.
Meals are still fine but are smaller than before and much slower to arrive.
The turtle sanctuary has disappeared.
The marine lease is not being protected as well as before and the fish numbers at the front of the resort have reduced dramatically (although it is still a great place for snorkelling and there are still plenty of fish)
Service standards have declined
Prices have increased (most rooms have gone up by about 300 peso - $US 7 a night).
Bluecove is in a state of transition at the moment and it remains to be seen how it will all work out. It's still a lovely place but not as special as before. There is increasing optimism and tourist development in the San Vicente municipal area with new options for tourists being planned and built as we speak. It is likely that Bluecove will have much more competition over the next few years...so look out for other island alternatives in the area (especially on the blessed and stunning Boayan Island which you can see from Bluecove) and for the beach lovers....definitely check out Long Beach near San Vic if you are there between November and April, no coral but 14km of white sand and coconuts!
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