I for one am not fond of travelling without planning the place to stay. So for this trip with my fiance, I reserved and payed for a package 2 weeks ahead. We were told that we can get our vouchers on the Sikat office in city state. Sikat is the bus-ferry company affiliated with the resort. The staff for Sikat were really nice, but they politely told us that they haven't received our vouchers yet. After 2 WEEKS, they still haven't prepared the papers for our trip, STRIKE 1. So my hubby had to call our contact from the resort directly, he had to sound irate in order to get some results. The trip to the resort was good since it was arranged by Sikat Tours.
RESORT FACADE-- It was clean, the beach, the restaurant, the room (which by the way turned out to be a cottage!) the first thing I noticed though is that it's so worn down.. it's like what an abandoned house would look like. You can still make the best out of the area, since it's very private, you can easily relax on the beach since there are no vendors to bug you every minute. I was able to take some nice pics of the beachfront, never mind the resort facilities..
SERVICE-- this sucks big time. We requested for a dvd player or at least an antenna connection for the tv we had in our room. (why watch tv on a vacation? because the resort is too far away from whitebeach, you don't have much to do most of the time)
The whole afternoon, we waited for the dvd player that never came. We had to followup on this request thrice before we were given a player. Some of the staff were rude, felt like we were nuissance to their bumming around activity. *BTW, they were really nice to some foreigners who were also staying there. Felt like filipinos were 2nd class guests.
FOOD-- sucks. sucks even more because it doesn't taste that good, the serving is so small, and the prices are so unreasonable. Imagine a small bottle of coke(8oz), it costs PHP25, which in normal restos/stores, you can already buy 3bottles of coke of same size. Not to mention, long wait time for the food to arrive. We had to walk quite a long way to eat lunch at the resort that we stayed at during a previous trip (lookup: Blue Crystal Resort, great place for couples) We also availed of 2 free breakfasts..and we were again disappointed big time. We had no choice with the meal, they just served 2 small pieces of bacon, egg and rice with a lukewarm cup of coffee.
My suggestion for travellers who are planning to go to Puerto Galera, DO NOT go to this resort, if you really want to relax or have fun. If you plan to have fun, go to white beach. If you prefer a laid back trip, try Blue Crystal Resort, can't swim on the beach but still a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Who says the beach is boring? Encenada Beach Resort has all beach front rooms and cottages. Enjoy the clean water with an area close by for snorkling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encenada Beach Hotel Puerto Galera