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“Perfect island getaway” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Malapascua Legend
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Perfect island getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

We stayed at Malapascua Legend for the 2nd week of our honeymoon - walking onto the island we felt this was the perfect spot for a honeymoon. Gorgeous palm fringed white sand beach, dotted with hotels.

The rooms are big, clean and comfortable - 2 double beds in each room. A big bathroom with huge shower, decorated with shells, and with a blue glass roof, which made it feel like you were stepping into an underwater scene!

The pool at Malapascua Legend is great - huge and refreshing. The swim up bar wasn't operating when we were there, but that didn't bother us. The beach out the front is gorgeous, but the water isn't great for swimming (quite shallow with lots of reeds). Also be prepared for kids trying to sell bracelets etc... and not giving up!

The staff were helpful, but weren't overly chatty like other Philipinos we've met elsewhere. Breakfast was really delicious - the omlettes were amazing! So were the pancakes :) Unfortunately the rest of the meals weren't as great... so I recommend eating lunch/ dinner elsewhere (there's plenty of restaurants along the beach so that's not an issue).

SeaQuest Dive Centre is attached to the resort and they're fantastic - great dives, really fun guides.

The island is gorgeous - no cars, just motorbikes - easy to walk around and go exploring. It really feels like you've stepped back in time to a different world here.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

On the positive side; nice, spacious rooms, comfortable beds, good supply of water, large pool. Unfortunately the aircon is cheap and noisy.
The service however does not meet up to standard and certainly does not justify the cost of the room. The staff is friendly enough but needs to show more initiative. Rooms do not get cleaned unless you ask for it; staff in the restaurant seems more involved with each other than with the guests. The food is OK, but most guests eat elswhere so no atmosphere in the restaurant. Tip: bar and resturant of next door Hippocampus is far more pleasant

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank San018
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Kelowna, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

Extended our stay it doen't get much better than this in the Phillipines our room was great ,big shower,dressing area ,real mattresses ,LCD TV, fridge very clean.The hot water runs on solor so not always hot so who cares ,we are so lucky. Swimming pool and beach is beautiful, this is the best place on the island. It is higher end pricing but well worth it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Food was good.

Room Tip: Ground floor is nice with little patio
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

This is a good coice for people who like to have the amenities of a hotel. Each room has two comfortable real beds (not the foam type that is commonly used in the provinces), a small fridge, a 32 inch LCD TV, and the typical hotel furniture. The toilet and shower are upscale with nice tiles and hot water is available. The alarm clock also controls the lights so you can turn off the lights by just reaching over to the side table. A really cool and unexpected feature for a hotel on an island that is not easy to get to. There is a table on the patio with two chairs, which we used to hang our wet clothes.

They have there own dive shop located in front right beside the gift shop. The swimming pool is a pretty good size pool and is contantly cleaned; lots of leaves getting into it throughout the day. Breakfast is good enough; nothing fancy; choice of rice or bread, eggs and sausage or ham. We did not eat there for lunch or dinner so I can not comment on the quality.

Overall, the hotel is a very nice place.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

Visited Malapascua Island for the first time, february 2012. Stayed one week at the Legend and from arrival until departure it was exactly as we wanted it. Large and nice furniture rooms, nice and helpful staff, very good swimming pool and a good restaurant. All that and the whole environment on the island made that week a perfect start on our vacation in the Philippines. We will absolutely come back again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Janne43
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Bat Yam, Israel
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125 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

Stayed here 5 nights in February 2012.
The place is great, I think the best in Malapascua.

Located on Bounty beach in front of all dive boats. Big and clean pool.
Rooms are big and have all you need.
The only problem is that they don't have hot water in case of no Sun... Strange. Happened 2 days out of 5...
Breakfast is good.
I would stay in this place again for sure.

Restaurant is nice.
Wi-fi is free, but work only at restaurant area.

Lovely place

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alexkov
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

The pluses are the large freshwater pool, large rooms with 3 star amenities and the spacious grounds and beach. The minuses are the limited ability of the kitchen to produce quality food and cafeteria style seating in the restaurant. Most people ate away except for the complimentary breakfast. The staff addressed our needs and inquiries immediately when asked and reflected what we have come to see as Filipino hospitality. Suggestions = an industrially appropriate kitchen and staff trained to produce quality cuisine that matches the rest of the hotel amenities. In discussion with other guests we discovered a variety of room rates - check around and compare. The families with young children appreciated the pool and the space for children to play in.

Room Tip: All rooms face the pool except the few above the restaurant and lobby.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank OnTheR0ad2011
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Property: Malapascua Legend
Address: Bounty Beach | Daan Bantayan, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Malapascua Island
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Malapascua Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Malapascua Legend 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malapascua Island is situated two and a half hours away by car and four hours away by bus from the city of Cebu. A barangay of the town of Daanbantayan, Malapascua Island takes pride in its world class diving spots and pristine white sand beaches. It is widely referred by locals as the "Boracay of Cebu." As a diving destination, Malapascua Island has become known for its beautiful coral gardens and excellent local dive spots, as well as further out sites like Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can be seen on a regular basis. The town's name is derived from two Spanish words, "mal" and "pascua", which translated in English means, "bad" and "Easter" or bad Christmas. According to locals, the Spaniards named the island that way after they arrived there on a stormy Christmas. Malapascua Island is a promise of a great dive and a relaxing beach experience, making it a popular travel destination for local and foreign tourists alike. ... more   less 
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