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Tepanee Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Pick of the Island”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

We didn't actually stay at Tepanee as there isn't a dive shop (and we were on a pure diving holiday), but we did hang out there quite a bit after our diving. They have a great quiet private sunset beach and a very lovely setting. Some of the bungalows have a spectacular view overlooking the ocean. Food and drinks were all of a high quality (especially the croissants and mojitos). They seemed to be booked out every night which is always a sign of something good. If we weren't such crazy divers we would be staying here in a heartbeat.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We spent Chinese New Year in one of the Deluze AirCon cottages - definitley the best on the island! Lovely views and wonderful to wake up every morning and look straight out over the crystal clear water. Massages were brilliant and the breakfast and lunch servced at Chiringuito were delicious. We had a few dinners at Amihan where Vittorio would happily spend a long time explaining all the different dishes - food was teriffic. The resort and island is still recovering from the storm damage however it will not stop you having an amazing time. We completed a few dives and found great dive sites as well as the amazing thresher sharks. Andrea and the team have a great place in Tepanee, we will visit again!

Room Tip: deluxe air con room - we didn't use the AC but the view over the ocean is worth it.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cebu Island, Philippines
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We had a six night stay at Tepanee and really enjoyed ourselves. The very roomy cottages are wonderful overlooking the private beach. In the rooms they provided aircon and fans but the romantic sound of lapping water on the rocks below proved too much for us to resist and we just slept with the doors open and a sheet over us. We didn't do much, just a one day excursion to Kalanggaman, the island was well worth the trip, make sure to ask if your boat provides life jackets for everyone, ours didn't and there were a few people who didn't swim which was pretty scary when the seas picked up on the way home. All in all it's a lovely island to visit. It's not a place to party like Boracay, just read a book on the beach, walk around the island, go snorkelling or go on a photo safari. The Island was recovering after Typhoon Haiyan and was undoubtably an incredibly beautiful place before it hit, even after its well worth a visit!

Room Tip: The Delux Cottage was a cracker it's on the private beach side away from the more commercial sid...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

It was a wonderfully spent week in Malapascua most especially because of our so-called "Home" for that entire week. The room we booked is decently priced and ideal for up to three occupants. With regards to how we like the room itself, well, we like it a lot... ;) We also love the restaurant by the beach coz they serve tasty breakfast! Not to mention the very friendly and all-smiles staffs! And of course, the highlight of our stay is feeding. In this regard, we couldn't be happier with all the Italian cuisine we had at the "Amihan Restaurant" c/o Chef Victorio ;) For the entire week of our Malapascua getaway, we had nothing but the feel of home. Tepanee resort is definitely highly recommended by us to those who not only wanted to have a comfy and beautiful place to stay but as well as heavenly deliciously served Italian cuisine!!!

Room Tip: If possible, request for the rooms with the veranda facing the private beach.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

We arrived in malapascua a month after yolanda hit the place. A lot of the resorts were badly hit save one, tepanee beach resort. The resort offered a native feel with bamboo cottages and surprisingly sturdy cogon roofs. The private beach is breathtaking, with the rock formations, white sand and blue waters, even better than bounty beach. The staff and even the owner were friendly and very accommodating. I would surely tell my friends about it.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Nijkerk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Tepanee is in one word fantastic! We arrived two weeks after the Typhoon Yolanda. Nevertheless, the atmosphere was still brilliant, staff helpful and the Ocean view still stunning. Luxury stand-alone bungalows with comformtable bed, hot shower, WIFI, plenty of space. This is however not what made this visit so special: this was realised by the owners Andrea & Silvia and Vittorio, their friend + chef from Amihan (closeby restaurant, best chef on the Island for sure). They make you feel at home, appreciated and treat all guests in the much appreciated personal way without intruding in your holiday. Always helpful and cheerful. Andrea, Silvia, Vittorio: thank you so much for making this week in Malapascua unforgetable!
By the way: the food is exceptionally good! All three also can give great tips on diving, we chose Thresher Shark Divers and in our opinion the best Dive school on the island.

In addition, the ladies providing the massage did a fantastic job, both my girlfriend and myself thought it was very good. I like it quite firm, and still I fell asleep. Private beach is also a big plus. Great value for money, especially given the high quality standard.
Drop-off from the mainland is on the private beach, just great!

Room Tip: Ocean view is worth the money!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Back a few days ago from an incredible six days on Malapascua. I had decided I couldn't sit on the sidelines without helping in person, and Silvia at Tepanee encouraged me to come and said she'd have a room for me. Best decision I've taken in a very long time. Andrea was very kind, and offered me a room at only 1,000 PHP, to help save our resources for the those who suffered from the typhoon.

Though some of Tepanee's cottages and rooms were badly damaged, most suffered only minor damage which has already been repaired by Tepanee's impressive staff team. Sure, many of the trees are badly damaged, but the view of the sea is as lovely as ever !! Tepanee's own bar/restaurant, by their private beach (less sand than before, but still enough to get into the water painlessly), is open, and the food is very tasty. Angelina's next door is also open, and just fantastic !!

Luckily, the Thresher Sharks are still at their sites, and other deep dives are also intact. The amazingly white and long Bounty Beach is as gorgeous to swim on as ever, and resorts and diveshops along it are slowly getting back to working order. Places like Exotic and Evolution have been diving for a week already, most of the others expected to re-open by mid-December.

Basically, Malapascua is still a great place to come diving and hang out on the beach. The added attraction should be that now your presence is more important than ever, as many tourists have cancelled, imagining that there are riots and dead bodies around... In reality, though 99% of the population lost their roofs in the typhoon, about the same proportion, 6 days later, were already walking around calmly with huge smiles on their faces. These resilient people are so relax and joyful, they have an awful lot to teach all of us - this may well be the best souvenir you will bring back home.

For those of you who like to get involved, there are lots of relief initiatives on the island. My favourite is Anna Reed (contact her via Facebook), who is setting up "Rebuild Malapascua", rebuild islanders' houses and set up a badly needed medical clinic. Other good initiatives include projects through Divelink (ask for Anna Aposa or Gary Cases), who have projects to rebuild the school, and also to increase awareness of the importance of protecting the sharks and the reefs.

Please go to Malapascua, it's a trip you won't regret, and will never forget.

Room Tip: The Deluxe AC cottages have amazing views, and more space - worth it if you can stretch the budget a...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Tepanee Beach Resort
Address: Logon, 6013, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Malapascua Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tepanee Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malapascua is the beautiful small island of the Philippines hosting Tepanee: an intimate and friendly resort that will give you an unforgettable holiday. Tepanee stands on a small hill that rises up from Logon beach and our territory goes down to our own private sandy beach, an area isolated from the rest of the island from where it’s possible to admire breathtaking sunsets in an area secluded from the rest of the island and where we placed beach umbrellas, sunbeds, a gazebo for massages and our lovely Chiringuito beach bar. In addition, in the hill adjacent to the reception is our panoramic Amihan restaurant. The name TEPANEE comes from the name of the Polynesian frangipani plant, a tropical tree that graces our gardens with fragrant flowers of various colors. Historically, the concept for our resort followed a philosophy of low environment impact. Most of the building materials are natural and local: wood, bamboo and stones used for the main structures, roofs made of a typical straw named kogon. The buildings are almost invisible from the ocean, even if many are built right on the seaside. Opened on December 8, 2008, Tepanee in the beginning was consisted of 6 independent double cottages and one building of two storeyes with 4 triple rooms. We have grown, and can now offer you: Deluxe cottages: independent buildings with a superb ocean view, the best in Malapascua Island, facing the sundown. They feature: aircon, ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, minibar, safety box, balcony with sofa, queen size double bed with option for one or two extra single beds, bamboo and wooden furniture, wooden floor, entrance door and windows with mosquito screen and blackout curtains, free wifi, daily cleaning service. These cottages can accommodate up to four people. Superior cottages: independent buildings with aircon, ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, minibar, safety box, balcony with sofa, queen size double bed with option for one extra single bed, bamboo and wooden furniture, wood floor, windows with mosquito screen and blackout curtains, free wifi, daily cleaning service. Some cottages can accommodate an extra single bed for a fourth person. Some cottages have the ocean view, some have a partial ocean view, some have the garden view. Standard rooms: together in two different buildings of two storeys. All the rooms have a double queen sized bed and a single bed, a have private entrance, aircon, ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, minibar, safety box, balcony with sofa, bamboo and wooden furniture, wooden floor, windows with mosquito screen and blackout curtains, free wifi, daily cleaning service. Some rooms can accommodate an extra single bed for a fourth person. The Standard rooms have partial ocean view or garden view. We provide for the wifi in all the resort. Please, note that we are in a remote island and the service sometime may be slow or discontinuous. Since December 2012, you can eat and drink right next to our private beach, at the Chiringuito beach bar, where we serve breakfast and lunch, snacks, drinks and natural fruit juices, cocktails, with soft music in the background. In May 2013, we opened our new Amihan restaurant, in a panoramic position on the hill at the new entrance of Tepanee. We are serving the amazing Italian cuisine that Amihan had already become renowned for: pizza, vegetables, fish and grilled meats, pasta and pastries, tropical fruit, wine and much more. Tepanee Beach Resort is located in a non-flat area: from the reception to the rooms and the beach on the back there are stairs to go up and down. The steps are wide and low, but they do exist: please be aware of this when choosing our hotel for your stay. We do not provide hair-dryers and television. We provide beach towels upon request and with payment of the laundry service. We accept credit cards payments: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and JCB (bank transaction charges apply). We also accept cash payments in Pesos, Euros and US Dollars. Check-in is possible from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Check-out must be completed by 12:00 noon. Reception is open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. During your stay you will have direct assistance with everything concerning scuba dives and diving courses, which can be easily booked through us. Please contact our reception for all the informations and to book the dives. Tepanee organizes transfers from and to Cebu City/Airport/Pier at any time by private van and boat: our boats arrive and depart from our private beach, located inside the Tepanee Beach Resort area. Just contact our reception, please, for all the informations and to book the transfer. Our staff are delighted to respond to your requests, and we are certain that you will have all you need for relaxing and memorable holiday. ... more   less 
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