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“Great pool and good location to explore NE Cebu coastline”

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Virgin Beach Resort
Ranked #55 of 324 Cebu Island B&B and Inns
Fairbanks, Alaska
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36 reviews
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“Great pool and good location to explore NE Cebu coastline”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Virgin Beach Resort (VBR) is located on the far north-northeast coast of Cebu Island. We spent two nights there, enjoying the swimming pool and using VBR as a base for exploring other areas of the far northern coast by car. Our group consisted of my wife, our daughter and 5 of her cousins -- ages 6, 10, 13, 18, 19, and 24 -- and myself. This was our first visit to VRB and the northern part of the island.

At VBR, we stayed in two of the large deluxe duplex cottages which measure about 25'x14' inside. The cottages contain two full-size beds in a sleeping area that has an semi-open entertainment center partition from a kitchen/dining room area. The kitchen contained a refrigerator and sink/counter area. (An optional hotplate, rice cooker and utensils were available for rent for p200 I understand.) The private bathroom has a sink, mirror, light, tile shower with hot and cold water, and toilet. The cottage has a small air conditioner mounted on the outside wall near the sleeping area and a fan mounted on the wall above the beds. The entertainment center in our unit contains a CRT-styled TV (about 18" diagonal), a multi-function DVD player (which also plays DIVx and MPEG4 files), and a satellite-based Dream TV decoder box which prepaid load cards may be used to activate. (The TV in the other unit was smaller.) The entertainment center also contained assorted books and magazines. (More books and magazines, as well as DVD rentals are available at the main building.) The cottages have both front and back porches or verandas, with tables and chairs.

There are a variety of activities available at VRB. For our group, the big hit was the swimming pool and waterslide, and hanging out (somewhat literally) in the hammocks and at the tables in the poolside "cottages" (that is, the covered picnic table areas). After dark, many of us enjoyed watching the stars while lounging on the seating ledge that is built into the side of the pool. The other activity that the kids enjoyed were looking for hermit-type crabs on the beach at low tide. (Although one could easily swim in the ocean at high tide, our group didn't as most had limited swimming skills.) (The jetty/dock area is unlit at night and would be an excellent place to watch the stars and running lights on distant ships on darkened ocean -- but the first night, we were too tired to do this and the second night was overcast.)
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Although every lodging experience is different and customer's preferences and values differ, the following is our impression of VBR as it relates to other budget-class Filipino beach resorts we have visited:

Pros:
* Large rooms
* Refrigerator
* Clean swimming pool and waterslide.
* Well located to explore the northern tip of Cebu Island.
* Friendly, helpful staff.

Cons:
* Air conditioning did not adequately cool our room.
* Deferred maintenance and housekeeping detracted from the lodging experience.

Other Considerations:
* Communications: There are no phones or internet connections in the room (which is common for this category of resort). Although WiFi is supposed to be available in the main building, we were unable to pick-up the signal in our room (which was expected and ok). Our Smart carrier cellphones worked fine on the local cell towers. We did not try to establish a wireless WiFi connection through the cellphone towers.
* Transportation:
> VBR is approximately 95 km from Cebu City. While an aggressive driver on a low traffic day might be able to make the trip in two-plus hours, our travel time was about four hours.
> The VBR exit from the main road is clearly marked by a VBR sign, and all junctions on the access road are also clearly marked.
> VBR is located 1.3km from the main paved road. The access road to VBR is very rough and narrow, but we didn't have any difficulty driving it very slowly in a normal car. However, attempted access in vehicles with low road clearance should be avoided. Personally, I would not want to drive the access road in the dark, especially if it was the first time driving it. Also, watch out for small children playing by or on the access road.
> It appears that regular public transportation on the main road is limited to buses.
> GPS coordinates for the turn off from the main paved road to VBR are: N11d09'11.6" E124d02'03.1"
> GPS coordinates of VBR itself are: N11d09'22.4" E124d01'26.3"
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A few general notes for North American and perhaps other foreign guests:

> In the Philippines, "beach" means "ocean front" regardless of whether or not there is any sand on the shore. In fact, some beach resorts are perched on ocean cliffs with no reasonable access to the ocean at all. Like many beach resorts located on the northeast coast of Cebu Island, VBR no or little sand. Instead, there is a gently sloping limestone shelf going towards the ocean. This is fine to explore tidal pools on at low tide (it's best to wear shoes) or to swim in at high tide, but you won't be able to build sandcastles.

> In the Philippines, don't let short distances fool you into thinking that it only takes a short time to get somewhere. Between traffic congestion and road repairs, travel is frequently very time-consuming.

> Since there is very little light pollution at night in rural Philippines, it is an excellent place to stargaze. The stars are brilliant. At certain times of the year, you can see the North Star to the north and the Southern Cross to the south. Awesome!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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VirginBeach, Owner at Virgin Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thanks JimInAlaska, for you and your family staying with us at Virgin Beach Resort and thanks for taking the time to write a thorough review. I just want to clarify that distances in Cebu (and the Philippines) are measured from the Capitol and the km marker on the highway near us indicated 119 km (from the capitol) so we are about 1 km from that marker and that is why we say we are 120 km north of Cebu City. Yes, travel time can vary and that is why it is on our web site that trip can take 3 to 4 hours, tho it usually takes between 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You are right about the term "beach" in the Philippines and we do not wish to mislead anyone that we have a big sandy beach like Malapascua or Bantayan Island and show the sea frontage photo on our web site on the top. We do have an "upper" beach with lots of sand and lots of kids have built sand castles there. There is a sandy bottom at the end of the sea wall and at medium tide, it is only 3 feet deep but of course at extreme tides in some months of the years, it can be 5 to 6 feet deep. Of course we are at the mercy of nature about the sand in the sea frontage of the resort as the storms often remove the natural sand there, but we do have sand even during low tide there. We are located in a remote area surrounded by jungle and very do our best to clean to the highest standard, we are always striving to maintain, paint and repair our facilities. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back again and again. You are absolutely right about being centrally located for discovering the northern part of Cebu by day trips as we are only one hour from Malapascua and one hour from Bantayan Island.
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Ewa Beach, Hawaii, United States
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

This place could really help you rejuvenate, mollify and soothe yourself away from polluted air and busy sessions from the city. Not that expensive, very caring staffs, good food (I really liked their Calamares, IT'S SO GOOD!) quiet place, fresh air and you could enjoy lots of amenities here! Good for honeymooners and people who wanted to find their paces.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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VirginBeach, Owner at Virgin Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thanks for staying with us Joyceren and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you found Virgin Beach Resort a place where you can rejuvinate away from the city...that is one of the main features of our resort. We agree, we think our rates are reasonable and we are so glad you enjoyed our food...calamares are ond our signature dishes that we take pride in. Thanks for sharing some great pics of Virgin Beach Resort and we look forward to serving you again in the future.
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

very nice place with good food. lots of fun activities to enjoy, you wouldn't get bored here. the place is good for relaxation and quite environment as well. hope to visit here again soon. very fast wifi connectivity is a plus.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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VirginBeach, Owner at Virgin Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thank you for choosing Virgin Beach Resort for your get-away and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you found VBR a good place to relax and that we are a quiet place. Glad you enjoyed our fast free wifi. We look forward to serving you again in the future.
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Looking for an inexpensive, clean, fun getaway while in Cebu? Then look no further than Virgin Beach Resort, located 3 hours north of the airport, in quiet and friendly Malbago. The place is ideal for honeymooners, families, or loners like me. Great staff, really good food (try the Chicken Afritada, so good!) and very reasonable prices for everything. Amenities include a pool, WiFi, nice airconditioned rooms, billards, table tennis, horseback riding (Peanut and Beauty) and Bogo is only 30 minutes way by bus or jeepney. The views are pretty outstanding, a shutterbug delight, and like me you will be planning to return for many visits. Mabuhay and salamat din VBR!

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are quieter (Superior and Standard), IMHO.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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VirginBeach, Owner at Virgin Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thanks for staying with us at Virgin Beach Resort and thanks for writing a review. Yes, we agree that our chicken alfritada is good as it is one of the signature dishes at VBR. We're glad you had a great stay with us and we look forward to serving you again in the future.
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

I know this place is so beautiful and so clean this is a good for banding to my friend and my family and the food is delious and fresh air verry like this place muahhh.....

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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, Owner at Virgin Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Thanks for staying with us at Virgin Beach Resort. We value you as a customer and are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to serving you again at Virgin Beach Resort.
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

My family and I went to VIRGIN BEACH RESORT 3 times last 2009,2010, and 2011 We really love the place so as the kids. We have lots of fun in the swimming pool, horseback riding, zip line, biking and etc. The staff was very helpful and willing to take care of their guests. The food in the restaurants is excellent with reasonable price.

Room Tip: The bedrooms close to the swimming pool is really good it's also facing to the ocean love the fr...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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, Owner at Virgin Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Thank you for staying with us over the years. We value your continued patronage and look forward to seeing you again at Virgin Beach Resort. Thank you for your kind words about our resort. May God Bless you!
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I had a great time staying at the virgin beach while making the photo shoot of my bridal gowns to promote my newest collection. I like the place because they have great views as will as the ideal place to stay for vacation. A found out that the place also is a very good place to get marry, especially if is it a garden wedding. I highly recommended this to my costumer that this place is very worthy to stay and to get marry as well, because of the solemnity of the area and beautiful surroundings. Great rooms to stay with a very affordable price for the honeymooners. My staff and crew did also enjoy the beach and the amenities of the beach like swimming on the pool and etc...... I'm sure that i will be back to stay my vacation next summer.

Room Tip: Nice and comfortable.......with very affordable price to take a vacation.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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, Owner at Virgin Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 22, 2012
Thanks for choosing your photo shoot at Virgin Beach Resort. Thank you also for your kind words. Yes, we think the place is great for weddings and other gatherings. We have had many groups and weddings at Virgin Beach Resort and look forward to your clients staying with us in the future. We look forward to serving you again at Virgin Beach Resort...a tropical paradise!
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Property: Virgin Beach Resort
Address: Suba | Malbago, Daanbantayan, 6013, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 324 B&Bs / Inns in Cebu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Virgin Beach Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Virgin Beach Resort Cebu is the beach resort you've been looking for...quiet, peaceful, secluded, out of the way, off the beaten path, private beach, beautiful swimming pool with water slide, lush tropical landscaping, gentle sea breezes, crystal clear warm coral sea, romantic starry nights, award-winning gourmet meals, multilingual attentive staff, all the amenities of a first class resort at affordable prices...and more! ... more   less 
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Virgin Beach Hotel Cebu

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