To start with, tripadvisor has average and very good as the next step, well it was better than average, but definitely not very good.
I traveled from Dumaguete to stay for 3 nights at Tipolo Resort with my girl, to meet some friends coming down from Luzon.
painless via a good online system, paid rooms with paypal.
name, signature, ... done
basic with bamboo furniture, thin mattress, aircon (not too loud), hot water, Ref, WiFi worked good. Safe is there, and OK for wallet, my Canon DSLR did not fit into it, clean, let's say "functional".
Room got cleaned automatically, even we stood there one day 'til after lunch. Had different experience in many hotels and inn's all-over the Philippines.
some house-rules are strange at best, (to be polite). Meeting a friend on a vacation is nothing unusual and has nothing to do with sex-tourism.
Ref is well stocked and not overpriced like in many places.
There is no beach. the Beach Resort is on a small cliff with steps down to the water and a micro-spot of sand at low tide.
small, but nice garden, each room has a veranda for relaxing and/or smoking.
friendly and helpful, a bit on the "relaxed side", not that aware of customers in the restaurant, when having chikka in the back of the kitchen. However, if you get their attention, they were professional and helpful.
Food at Restaurant:
The "Last Filling Station" belongs somehow to the resort. The breakfast is a bit on the weak scale, lunch, snacks and dinner are really really good. (if all ingredients are there, what seems to be a little bit an issue), like 8:30 am no rice cooked for filipino breakfast, or no fish, even it is sold everywhere.
The sandwiches, Pita Bread, Pizza, Tom Yam soup, etc were simply delicious. Value for money other than breakfast: Top Notch !
fast and effective.
A nice place in good location, good for couples to relax or explore. Would I go there again? To be honest, I am not sure as we roamed around in Moalboal and saw some places for the same rates, which I liked a bit more.
Having some beds in storage might also help, to be a bit more flexible when a couple wants a double bed. queen size bamboo bed 1200 - 1500 peso is not a that expensive purchase to increase guest service.
I definitely would go back for food, a beer or two and to say hello.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tipolo Beach Resort is located at Panagsama beach in Moalboal on Cebu Island - one of the best dive and adventure destination in the Philippines. Recently build and centrally located to scuba diving, sporting activities and renowned Moalboal and Cebu islands attractions. With so many things to see and do, it is the perfect place to enjoy all Moalboal and Cebu Island has to offer. Our beaches boast the best diving and snorkeling access around. Adventurers can try river climbing, volcano hiking, horse back riding, mountain biking or canyoning for a thrill, or, if relaxation is more your style, there is no better place to do nothing at all. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tipolo Beach Hotel Moalboal
- Tipolo Beach Resort Moalboal, Cebu Island