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Tipolo Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 24 Moalboal B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
new Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“very peaceful”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

the rooms were spacious, very well serviced daily, the restaurnant was average, staff a little indifferent, very close to the beach, and plenty of local eating options at resonable prices.
They organised our amazing trip to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks, a must do, was a very uncomfortable 2 hour drive, but worth every ache

Room Tip: there are several rooms that are up stairs and face a very uninteresting road, get beach facing
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

If you're vacationing in Moalboal, the odds are good you're there to dive. To that end, my fiance and I spent five very relaxing nights at Tipolo. One of those nights happened to fall on her birthday, and the staff there was very accommodating in arranging for a cake to be discreetly delivered.

Tipolo Resort is part of a triad of business' that are pretty much indistinguishable from one another when you're actually there. When you approach their little complex, the first thing you're likely to see is The Last Filling Station restaurant, on the far side of the restaurant seating there's Planet Action adventure tours (and bike rentals), and in the back you'll find an iron gate leading to a garden path and the structures that make up the Tipolo Beach Resort.

The rooms are set in a circle around the path, all with a view of the water to some extent. We were in room 2 which was a great spot to just sit on the porch and watch the dive boats coming and going. With Pescador Island visible in the distance, there was always some activity on the water. The garden itself is small, but immaculately maintained. Should a leaf fall onto the path during daylight hours, it wasn't likely to sit there for more than a few minutes before someone came along to sweep it up.

The rooms are pretty small, but functional. Let's face it, you're not going to Moalboal to sit in your room. So functional is all you really need. There isn't much more than a bed, refrigerator/minibar, small safe (too small for even an iPad...but big enough for our phones and wallets anyhow) and a bamboo shelf/hanger unit. I've seen some complaints about the beds, but we didn't have any problems with ours. I've also seen complaints about the Saturday disco down the street. Room 2 is closest to it, but with the air conditioner on, it didn't disturb us in the least. If you haven't spent much time in the Philippines, the bathroom might come as a bit of a shock. The shower, sink and toilet aren't separated at all, and share a common floor. This is pretty common in the Philippines. You get used to it. Everything was clean and well maintained.

Now, on the negative side, the mirror in the bathroom was way too low. I had to hunch over to shave in the mornings and the beach is really only a beach while the tide is out...and then it smells far too bad for anyone to really want to hang around. Once the tide comes in, the water comes right up to the stairs. They do have lounge chairs up above, but I seldom saw anyone using them.

While we were in Moalboal, we had a chance to see a lot of the other resorts. A couple of them had nicer rooms, but cost three times as much, there were cheaper ones as well...but they tended to be a bit scary. Tipolo is a great budget choice. It's inexpensive while still being safe and secure, perhaps a little on the stodgy side (which is a plus in my mind) and overall, very comfortable.

We're very likely to stay there the next time we're in Moalboal (and we will be back...we had a blast).

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Atlantic Beach, NC
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We very much enjoyed our stay at Tipolo. They arranged our private transport from Cebu City (the driver was actually early for pick-up) and private transport to the boat going to Negros. We were in the end unit (I believe #8) which had a nice view from the porch over the water. Since we were the farthest room away from the Saturday night disco, we could only barely hear a bass note over our AC unit- not enough to keep a light sleeper like me awake. The food at the restaurant was the best we had in Moalboal. Tipolo is within easy walking distance to everything you want to do in Panagsama Beach- this includes Maya's which is right across the path from Tipolo's restaurant. I'm not certain why this is listed under B&B in TA.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

this nice place (clean, comfortable, fairly rated) is managed by a bench of dedicated women who makes appreciated your time there....but they can’t do much about the crazy, empty but super super loud boum-boum-boum-boum noise provided by the disco next door...from 10pm til 4am !

if the local do not understand what makes their place attractive for the tourism (is it outdoors activities, looking for fish or is it night teenage practices, looking for drugs and girls)...the dodgy reputation of the philippines will never get clean and clear.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Papaikou, Hawaii
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

The rooms are actually nice for the price. The service here is friendly, but fairly poor. I have been here a week and they have only cleaned my room once. I keep asking, but they say later. Finally I just asked for more toilet paper and cleaned it myself. The restaurant here is similar. This morning there was only one other person and it took them 15 minutes to take my order even though there were four employees chatting there. It really wouldn't take much service wise to make this placed the best deal in Moalboal, but they aren't quite there yet. Fortunately there are many other food options nearby...but as far as getting your room cleaned and some fresh towels? Maybe you should bring your own!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Tipolo was the first place we stayed during our trip in the Philippines. Tipolo beach resort is a very nice place, close the sea with beach access, clean and nice rooms, and a great restaurant. Tipolo is one of the few places without the overload of old Western men.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dumaguete Philippines
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

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.

Booking:
painless via a good online system, paid rooms with paypal.

check in:
name, signature, ... done

rooms:
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.

Beach:
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.

Resort:
small, but nice garden, each room has a veranda for relaxing and/or smoking.

Staff:
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 !

check out:
fast and effective.

Overall:
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.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tipolo Beach Resort
Address: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Moalboal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Tipolo Beach Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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