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“No beach here!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cordova Reef Village Resort

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Cordova Reef Village Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Cordova
Moscow, Russia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“No beach here!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

There is no beach here for swimming - kayaking only.
If you like to swim in the sea like we do go elsewhere.
Personally, I didn't travel 7000 km to swim in the pool.

Poor and inconsistent wifi connection anywhere on the premises.

The hotel is very remote and the outside area, Cordova, is slums and doesn't look safe.

Anywhere you want to go, you should go by taxi - extra travel expenses.

Poor and overpriced menu - and not everything on the list is available.

The information you get at the reception is incorrect - e.g. the prices for the Maribago Blue Water resort was 450 piso, while when we arrived there, it turned out to be 1450 piso per person - day use.

The spa is not worth the money - very mechanical masseuses.

Positive:

Clean rooms


Summary:

We only slept at the hotel and tried to go elsewhere during daytime - Bohol, or Island hoping (which by the way we found a few times cheaper than suggested at the hotel - 3000 php for 4 people, instead of 5200 php per person).

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

You get what you're paying for so it would be best to set your expectations at a reasonable level since our were set high. The property has so much potential. The units are detached and clean and the grounds are relatively well kept.

Our biggest diss appointment was with the beach. It's about a 20-25 meter stretch of private beach protected by a sea wall. Not exactly what they advertised. You have a great view of the water if all you want to do is bask in the sun but to say this is beach front and put up out dated pictures is just bad taste. When we asked about this at the front desk, we were told "That is the complaint we receive regularly from guests" and that following our complaint, they were going to put up "real pictures" ...

We were told that they were fixing the beach and that they would organize boat trips to nearby island - this never happened apparently due to the conditions of the waters. Anyways, as already mentioned, the menu is limited, you'll know it by heart after your first meal and the karaoke bar next door will put american idol auditions to shame but such is life. Service at the resto/bar is inconsistent, sometimes slow sometimes speedy and not very organized.

overall, we made the best of the situation and some of the staff made us feel welcome and tried their best to make the experience more enjoyable given the beach situation and complaint.

I doubt I would return unless i knew for a fact that the management had turned things around and the beach was ACTUALLY a beach. Given what they charged us I'm giving this place average, but on a side note, agoda charged us and we had paid cash at the hotel. This might just be something on agoda's end so im not letting it affect the ratings.

Room Tip: - Set your expectations low
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank imasifsoy
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Cordova Village Reef Resort is an excellent hotel for anyone who wishes to relax in peace and quiet. Each room is a self-contained villa that is cleaned daily. The setting is by the sea and the complex has a large swimming pool that is cleaned daily. The price is very reasonable and includes a buffet style breakfast. The downside was the limited menu but the restaurants and bar had a nice ambience. The staff are friendly and keen to please. I will retire to Cebu soon and will certainly stay at this hotel again when i want some time to indulge myself and my friends.

Room Tip: Choose a poolside room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank poveygc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

The hotel is in an idylic little haven. The Villa's are individual, spacious, adequately equiped. The pool is great to relax in or use for good swim lengths. The beach front is clean, with a secluded bay area. Great if all you are looking for is to relax.
The staff are great, very friendly and helpful.
On the downside - There is very little else to do at the hotel. Food is limited (you'll know the menu after day one). Drinks are expensive, relative to Philippine costs. There are Karaoke bars close - so you get the Philippino singing in the background.
But - ask at reception and there are at least 3 decent Philippine Resturants within a short Taxi ride. Ask the Taxi to wait, they aren't expensive.
Diving can be organised - I used Kon Tiki. Get a Taxi, it's cheaper than the transfer they offer.
Massages are available on site - but it's not as good as the MDS one - 20mins free shuttle away (about same price).
Island Tours - including Whale Shark can be organised, by the very helpful staff.
Last comment - the hotel, while itself safe, clean etc. is at the end of Macatan Island. This is not a rich area of Cebu. Houses are 'Shanty' in nature. We never felt or saw any issues - we walked freely in the local town, with happy faces of the local children all around, it may be worrysome for some people.

Room Tip: Beach view rooms are nice & bigger.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andy B
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

We had an excellent stress-free vacation with Cordova Reef Resort. it's the perfect place to unwind with its seaside location and tranquil surroundings. All of their staff are well-mannered, very accommodating, and extremely nice. The price was good, villas are clean and complete, and the food is delicious. I highly recommend the place.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Adeline B
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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

What a beautiful groups of seaside villas with best sea/beach views in such an excellent price! Though there is not much activities organized for fun, but what I needed that time is just accommodation and privacy. It was a perfect match! People who serve here are very nice people with professional attitudes and decencies! Just 3 more words for it, "Worth to Book!" in order to have good experience of solitude and take a good rest saving a great deal of money at the same time! Why Not?

Room Tip: Nearest to the beach! It is because of the excellent price also!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fu K
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CordovaReef00, Front Office Manager at Cordova Reef Village Resort, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you so much for your heart warming comment, We cordova reef wish you all the best in your life.
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Cebu Island, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

As during our first visit, staff were overall very friendly and ready to help with any request. GM very accommodating, front desk Imee is potential to the resort.
You do notice a difference between the staff that were excellent compared to those that were just OK. Thanks again to all those that helped make our stay special! new management.

Room Tip: “for a great view from the terrace choose ocean view over water villa.”
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Cristine G
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CordovaReef00, Front Office Manager at Cordova Reef Village Resort, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you so much for the heart warming comment. We are looking forward to serve you again in the near future.
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Property: Cordova Reef Village Resort
Address: Sitio Bantayan Poblacion, Cordova, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Mactan Island > Cordova
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Cordova
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cordova Reef Village Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Southern tip of Mactan Island, approximately 20 minutes from the Mactan International Airport, Cordova Reef Village Resort's unique round villas are nestled in lush tropical greenery in absolute privacy. The 4-hectare property has a generous sized pool and a view of the ocean where guests can watch the sunset and unwind at the resort's Kota Beach Bar.The resort is also within close proximity to Cebu's only floating native restaurant, Lantaw and a 20 minute boat ride to the Marine Sanctuary of Hilutungan where guests can snorkel and swim amongst at least 30 different species of marine life.Cordova Reef Village Resort is the ideal place that gives guests a simple and carefree idyllic vacation in a seaside village. ... more   less 
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