Sometimes you find a place that you find very difficult to put into words, Michael's Resort and Dive is one of those. Nevertheless I will try to explain why we would recommend this place to anyone and everyone we meet.
The resort is beautiful, native style huts right on the beach with a stunning view that are incredibly comfortable, spacious and clean. The food is excellent, freshly cooked to order and exceptional value. The location is 20 minutes walk from Padre Burgos town where there are several dive outfits that run trips to the various premium dive sites around Sogod Bay. Most will pick you up and drop you off at the resort.
We stayed at Michael's for 6 nights and enjoyed many of the local attractions. We went on a whale shark trip organised by Michael's, arriving early before any of the dive shops, we snorkeled with 5 of the giants during the morning, ate lunch on a floating bamboo raft and then snorkeled at Limasawa island aswell. It was a truly magical day, both islands on the private boat cost less than the dive shops offered for a morning trip to the whale sharks. We also visited a stunning waterfall only 15 minutes walk from the resort, where we could swim in the natural pools.
There are plenty of other attractions in the area and plenty of phenomenal diving and snorkelling, hikes and video-k bars, however this was not the real magic of our stay. We only planned to stay for three nights but ended up staying for 6 simply because of this wonderful resort. It is not really a resort, it is a home from home. The owners, Yvonne and Mario were amazing, welcoming, funny, friendly and simply beautiful people. We were made to feel as though we were part of their family. We felt that we could ask for anything and they would do their best to accommodate us, from walking to the waterfall to a ride into town on the back of Marios bike. The staff that work at the resort are so lovely and friendly and are part of the one big family feel. Even though there were other guests there with us we still felt as though we were the only guests and part of the loving and caring atmosphere created by Yvonne and Mario and the three other staff that are there full time. I would go on and on explaining why our stay here was so magical but it would take so long to explain every detail.
I cant thank you enough Yvonne and Mario for welcoming us with such open arms and this is without doubt the best place we have stayed during our 3 months in the Philippines so far, if not the best place anywhere in the world! In short, it doesn't matter that the resort is incredible value for money, comfortable, in a great location and with delicious food because the five lovely Philippine people that live and work here are truly wonderful souls that will make you feel honoured to have met them. We will be sending everyone we meet there and will definitely be returning ourselves as soon as we get the chance!!
- Also Known As:
- Michael's Resort And Dive Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines