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Gota Village Resort
Ranked #2 of 11 Caramoan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 21, 2011

All in all, it was excellent. The whole resort was very clean and homey (for foreigners at least) and the beaches were absolutely breathtaking. The food was bland but they had clean water and a small on site store where one could buy other cold drinks.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

It is quite difficult to review this hotel as it is hard to separate the 'destination' and the accommodation as they do come hand in hand.

To get to Caramoan, you will need to take a boat from either Sabang or Nato Port. These boats claim to follow a schedule, but in reality, they will only leave port once they are full of passengers to make the trip worthwhile. We waited for more than 2 hours for the boat to leave and had another 2 hour boat ride.

Upon arriving, the Resort had a van waiting for us which took us straight to the resort. The beach/cove scenery at the resort, as well as the cute cabanas scattered in the mini valley, were absolutely breathtaking. The beach itself was enough to make you forget about the transportation dilemmas. The beach was untouched, pristine and just stunning. We went while it was off peak so we had the beach all to ourselves. The water was clear even 100m out to sea and the surrounding caves and rock formations around the small private beach will keep you in constant awe. Unfortunately, I am still unsure as to whether the beach itself would lure me back to the resort.

The cabanas were very basic but are more than enough for your stay - but after a while, you start noticing things like the shower water draining to underneath your cabin, so its always wet underneath the floorboards = mosquitoes. The door lock is just a simple push lock, what you would find in most bathrooms. They provided a kettle but no instant coffee which is frustrating and confusing because one main rule of the resort is that you cannot bring any outside food into the resort or you will be charged a fee. There is no cleaning service or room service, which I don't mind, but when you are told to not bring any food, it is a little concerning. You must notify resort staff an hour before you would like to have dinner, I didn't realise then, but staff are pretty much aware of your whereabouts at all times. When we came back from dinner, an item we left on the desk was missing. After speaking to staff, nothing could be done. We had no proof after all and the rooms didn't have swipe access so there was no log of who went in or out. Dinner was bland, but you don't have much choice at the resort. They didn't seem to have any other alcoholic beverages apart from beer.

Check out was simple and the van was back to take us to the port. We decided to take the larger ferry, what locals call 'The Roro' to avoid the experience we had coming there, and was told by the driver that it would leave dock at 8:30AM. We arrived only to be told that The Roro didn't leave Sabang Port as scheduled as it didn't have any passengers, thus was not at Caramoan Port to pick us up. The Port Officials claimed to have told the resort and the resort driver claimed to have confirmed that The Roro had docked. We were told we could take the pump boat again or wait for The Roro which both left at the same time. We decided to take The Roro as they advised there was AC and the pump boat is open and uncomfortable. After waiting for an hour, we boarded the ferry and were charged $200 Pesos per person for AC transfers - there was no AC. We waited another 2 hours in an overpacked cabin as they waited for the ferry to fill with passengers before leaving port - or rather until it was overpacked. The trip was suppose to take an hour but were told that the boat was overpacked thus why it took 3 hours!! At least they played a movie!

Overall, our stay was disappointing. The lack of communication and the unreliability of the transportation and resort really lets Gota Beach down. The hotel is average BUT it is one of the best Caramoan has to offer, and was adequate without being exceptional. My recommendation to visitors would be, to be prepared. Have plenty of cash on you as there are no ATMs on the island and the resort does not take EFTPOS or Credit - some parts of the islands have yet to see electricity. If you plan of staying at Gota, stay for a few days or else the transfers are just not worth it. It you do get to witness Gota Beach at its finest, you will see what a real untouched paradise is. My fear for Gota and Caramoan is not it's lack of 5 star hotels, but that it will one day end up like Boracay.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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20  Thank milana_mk5
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

Booked our stay here about 8months in advance, and was so lucky that I did since we were the last batch of guests they accommodated prior to closing off the resort exclusively to the Survivor cast & crew.

There are 2 Gota Village Resort properties: the one with the numerous log cabins, and the other in Hunongan Cove -- the high-end one. We stayed at their Hunongan Cove property. It was such a long trip to get here, we had a total of 2 land transfers and 2 boat transfers from Naga airport (about 5 hours travel!). It was that long! But upon arriving at the resort, our weariness/tiredness were all replaced by awe. The place was so beautiful. Very limited villas in the island and all were beachfront. It was such a dream vacation, sleeping and waking up to the sounds of the waves. Our villa had all the comforts of home, very spacious, a huge comfortable bed, and a veranda where you can lounge, watch sunset while sipping wine.

Our only problem was the food. We got the full-board package, so we had no choice but to eat whatever was served us. Food definitely needs a lot of improvement. It was mediocre and bland. They don't even have "menu". All of our food comes from the other property which is another island, so should you have any food request, you'll have to wait a long, long time.

We went island hopping and the beaches are gorgeous! All are secluded, powdery white sands, pristine waters, you could also go snorkelling and lots of fishes. I think it's better than Boracay. You don't have the maddening crowd and commercialism. I hope it stays this way. Across the resort, there's a small cove that you could swim across or use a kayak.

My Caramoan beach holiday remains to be one of my top 2 best vacations ever!!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank iamshutterbugbabe
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

We got lucky when Survivor Sweden postponed their shoot.

If you are a fan of Survivor, then Gota Village is the best for you!
There were plenty of survivor stuffs left at the resort.
http://jotan23.blogspot.com/2011/03/6d5n-bicol-itinerary-day-two-gota.html

Rooms were really nice but food was so-so

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank jotan23
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Reviewed January 23, 2010

Gota Village in Caramoan is a top end resort, owned by the province of Camarines Sur. The lower staff (restaurant, boatmen) are doing a great job. Unfortunately the management of Gota is poor and not applying to the guest’s needs at all. Don’t be surprised when you find out the day before that the daily afternoon ferry service (for Gota guests only) will be out of order only for that particular day and that you should take the early morning service instead. Don’t be surprised when you get up early the following morning that the 7am early morning service is not there and that the management knew that it would be postponed for 2 hours already the evening before but informed only some (and not all) of the departing guests. When you complain to the management, they convince you not to take the public ferry since it would still take longer than the Gota-ferry. They assure you that the Gota-ferry will leave at 9am sharp. Don’t be surprised when you are finally inside the boat at 9am, that the management tells the captain of the boat to wait for another 1,5 hours for some other Gota-guests (2 photo models and their crew) who were in the resort together with us and who were planning to leave the resort around 10:30am in the first place). According to the captain of the boat this kind of things happen a lot because of the logistic management. The management tried to convince me that it was all to blame on the captain and his crew, but I have seen with my very own eyes that the captain got orders from the management not to leave and wait for the models). If you like to visit Caramoan, I suggest to stay in one of the pensions in Caramoan town proper instead. If you want to stay in top end resorts only, there are many alternative and good resorts in Palawan/El Nido/Busuanga for example that offer much more.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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15  Thank PietandGina
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Address: Caramoan Island | Caramines Sur, Caramoan, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Bicol Region > Camarines Sur Province > Caramoan
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Caramoan
Number of rooms: 19
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