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Anino Kite Retreat
Ranked #2 of 7 Cuyo Island B&B and Inns
Holland
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30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Best place to stay in the Filipines”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

If you want an exclusive place to stay. Without hundreds of other tourists with your own private beach and wonderfull house right at the beach. Go to quijano! Victoria is the best host you can wish for. She is a wonderful cook and a very nice person. Cuyo itself is a wonderful place. Beautiful island. Nice and windy, nice people. The only bad thing about our stay there was that we started with Cuyo and we could compare al the other places to quijano. Even de 5 star hotels are not a match voor Quijano!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I spent two weeks in March 2012 kitesurfing on Cuyo. The ferry rides to and from Cuyo were long, 21 hrs outbound due to weather, 18 hrs inbound due to delays. We travelled direct from Alberta, Canada so 48hrs door to door, next time we will stop in Puerto Princessa (we stopped on the way back and enjoyed ourselves) or use different routing.
Accomodations are fantastic, very nice private cabins (only three) with nicely finished private courtyards and outdoor bathrooms, quiet with temps nicely maintained by the sea breezes...no pesky A/C with noisy compressors.....in full disclosure I am a buildings mechanical engineer....I design A/C systems! No power after about 2100hrs or during the day...which is fine....just make sure to keep your electronics charged.
Food was excellent, Victoria treated us very well, like family. Only concern would be if you are not active enough you will probably put on weight! The bbq chicken intestines at the market are a must! Lots of fish, fresh fruit, coconuts, excellent red rice grown right on the property. Victoria and her staff set up a couple of excellent picnics!
Staff were friendly and helpful. Special thanks to the gardeners who would land my kites.
Kiting was very good. Launch at high tide can be tight especially since I use Flysurfer foils. Kites used most were 15m and 12m (I am 75kg and was riding a twin tip). There were a few days of 8m which set up some moderate swell with a soft reef break with mushy waves hip to chest high. Wind was onshore with a slight sideshore cant. The hill behind the retreat creates a light zone mid lagoon and wind generally seemed stronger past the reef into open water but shifts more side shore. Low tide you are skimming the coral in the lagoon and the reef can be very shallow. Next trip I would bring my directional but you can be exposed out past the reef since if you breakdown you end up next lagoon over. If the wind was 8m and above windsurfing would be great on the reef. While there for 12 days I kited 11 days.
When not kiting we used the little 125cc bikes and scooted over the island. A very friendly place. Only real disapointment is the coral. It is dead the result of cyanide fishing....before then it must have been spectacular. Still lots of fish swimming around.
Through Victoria we met some interesting new friends, tried to take a day trip by boat...it didn't work out but it was worth the attempt, had salted egg salad, ate the aformentioned chicken intestines, and overalll had a great and relaxing time.
A fantastic trip all told. Karen and I will be back as soon as we can....but this year Columbia and then Maui so it will be spring 2014.

Only cons on the food is the coffee

Room Tip: There is only three cabins. All are equally fantastic.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

We are used to travel on the Asian continent but this year, we really had a crush discovering the Philippines and specially, a little piece of paradise on the island of Cuyo.
We are Kitesurfing amateurs and we have been able to ride every day just in front of our bungalow, on a beautiful lagoon with a perfectly oriented and safety wind.
But the most, is the beautifulness of the place we've stayed in, the architecture of the buildings are in accordance with the environment and respect nature. The refined rooms are nice and comfortable.
The owners are lovely, simple, generous, passionated and they treat you more like friends than clients.
Just a last few words on Victoria's cooking, she does anything she can to please you. She is really talented and there is nothing better than having dinner on the beach every night, waiting for the “Chef's” surprise.
Thank you both, we will soon be back.
Eric and Pat

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank pateric2000
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manila
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

We travelled to Cuyo to attend a wedding last May 2012, but months before we already booked a cottage at Quijano Windsurfing retreat (also known as Anino Windsurfing retreat). Our friend (the bride) recommended this place and said that the resort is really nice and showed us a picture of the cottage from the outside. We checked out their website and saw how the rates are so affordable, given that it is almost like a private resort (with only 3 cottages). I emailed Victoria Peralta to book the Philippines cottage and she responded immediately with a booking confirmation. I asked if there was a need for us to deposit payment to secure our booking, but she said there was no need and assured us that the booking is confirmed. After 13 hours of ferry ride from Iloilo, we were greeted by their staff, already waiting for us to take us to the resort. It was a 30 minute tricycle ride which was rather bumpy, but it was all worth it because the resort was really beautiful and we were the only guests there at that time which felt like it was our own private resort! ☺ Victoria personally showed us our cottage (which looked amazing and spacious with the native furniture and decors) and she quickly prepared breakfast for us. We truly felt like we were in paradise, with the amazing view, peaceful surrounding and of course, the delectable food that they served us meal after meal. The food ranges from 200 – 350 per person but what Victoria served us was truly worth more than that, because every meal was specially made for us (they had no set menu of meals – all meals were made for us per our request). She even offered us snacks like popcorn, mangos and fresh buko juice that they didn’t charge us. I guess we could say they were very hospitable and treated us as personal guests, not charging us for every request we made here and there (even when we asked to charge those stuff to our bill). It gave me the impression that more than making profit, they want their guests to truly enjoy the resort. Also, we are really happy how they go out of their way to make our stay comfortable, like looking for a mini fan for us because it was really humid during our stay which was their off peak season (meaning not windy). Electricity at the resort (from a generator) is only from 6pm to 10 pm but they made a way to make us comfortable the entire time. They arranged our transportation when we needed to go to the town for the wedding, and even fetched us after dark when the party was over. We reallt felt that they took care of everything and Victoria was really hands-on. All her staff were nice to us and very helpful. We are really so happy that we made the right choice in choosing to stay in this beautiful resort which made our Cuyo trip very memorable. We are blessed to have found our paradise here on earth. ☺

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bb_bud
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

we spent 5 nights here kitesurfing. Absolutely wonderful holiday. Ferry journey was long (17hrs) overnight but comfortable. We slept on top deck - pretty comfortable with mattresses. Ulrich organised someone to meet us off the plane at Puerto Princesa and he looked after us until the ferry. The retreat itself really is a 'retreat!' clean and comfortable cottages (only 3), beautifully designed with lovely outside private bathroom. we had the lagoon to ourselves and was perfect to learn KS. My boyfriend had the opportunity to get his jumps sorted on the waves at the edge of the reef. perfect holiday for all - but if you're KS / windsurfer lovers - can't believe there is anywhere better! Victoria's cooking fantastic and all the staff smiley and extremely helpful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank cm2773
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Property: Anino Kite Retreat
Address: Victoria Beach, Cuyo Island 5318, Philippines (Formerly Quijano Windsurfing)
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Cuyo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Cuyo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Anino Retreat - formerly known as Quijano Windsurfing Retreat - is a small boutique resort located at the very quiet Victoria Beach in Magsaysay on Cuyo Island in Palawan. With onshore wind slightly from the left side, it is the perfect spot for kiters for beginners and professionals and 100% safe and secure. You can kite inside the lagoon in breast deep water or outside the reef in the waves. Certainly one of the best spots for kite boarding / kite surfing in the Philippines. Cuyo island is secluded and quiet, and surrounded by pleasant beaches. The Anino Retreat is located at a beautiful sand beach lined with coconut palm trees at the foot of small hill covered with trees. The Lucbuan Marine Protected Area (MPA) is located in front of the Anino Retreat. A great place for snorkelling and a great place to spend your vacation - the place where you want to spend your honeymoon. ... more   less 

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