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Mayas Native Garden
Ranked #6 of 23 Moalboal B&B and Inns
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“goods times had at maya's”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

i have travelled to panagsama many times in the past but this was our first time to maya's .

the staff are very friendly and i enjoyed the native still huts as they are very comfortable with good hot water for showers .
look forward to coming back next yr.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

We were a group of students and stayed at Mayas for 8 days in early october 2011. We booked out the 3 cottages and the family cottage was truly amazing! You get so much for what you actually have to pay! the accommodation itself was outstanding for that price! The place is literally 50m from the beach and many different dive centers (such as Blue Abyss-run by Klemens) so it very easy to get around! There are a lot of good shops, bars and restaurants around but we definitely recommend to just eat your 3 meals at Mayas. The breakfast is sooo good..especially the pancakes and the different set of breakfast including the usual house-made mango shake! The staff also organised two barbecues and lunch/dinner was served at every hour and every time it was really good! They also have a great bar serving cocktails and cold beer, which is of course important!
The most important part of the whole experience was by no doubt the staff! They were all extreemly welcoming and loving, and just made the stay memorable!

Other than that, The ride to Mayas from cebu city is 2 hours 30 minutes but it is really convenient that Mayas organised cheap shuttle service straight to the hotel. Once you arrive, you wont want to leave again or go visit other places. Even if you do, you can rent out motorbikes (beware of the doges running over the roads) or go adventure trips such as rock climbing or horse riding! The diving spots are just great at Panagsama Beach and this is definitely a destination I recommend to everyone!

Overall It is one of those places you will never want to leave and one can truly be described as paradise. We all had an amazing time and we will all never forget Mayas Native Garden!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Xinbei, Taiwan
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

We didn’t stay at Maya’s but listened to conversations of those who were staying there while we ate. Everyone seemed quite pleased. It wouldn’t have worked for us as there was no pool (our backpacker days are over) and was quite stuffy with few trees to protect the cottages from the burning sun. The vegetation was nice and very well- manicured.

We ate there quite often as we found the food to be tasty and the service to be much, much better than across the way from them. Mostly we stuck to the Mexican dishes, which had a good taste and made us long for real Mexican food, Sonoran style. The servers were quite attentive and not hanging over you hoping for tip or ignoring you and then acting offended when you didn’t leave one. In addition they make a mean Mojito with fresh mint from their garden.

We found the Swedish owner a bit aloof but friendly enough when you got her talking. She got along with all of her guests and made sure everything was up and running right. Again as it’s owned by a European the cleanliness was outstanding.

While we would stay there in a heartbeat if the larger places with a pool were full; we will definitely be back to eat her Calamari appetizers (very well done) and Mexican food (It’s the Philippines, so don’t get too excited- try the Mexican lasagna, wonderfully creative.) Oh, you’ll recognize us by the stack of glasses with a few mint leaves still stuck on the side. Cheers!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

After leaving Cebu City a bit disapointed (both the city and the hotel we stayed it sucked) we didn't expect much from Panagsama Beach and this resort. But when we got there it turned out to be the best choice we made so far!

We rented the 'family cottage' for only 1500 pesos per night. The cottage was beautiful, had a nice balcony and a great view of the garden. The airconditioning was a split unit, which means that is doesn't make any noise inside. The bathroom was simple, but clean and the hot shower worked fine.

The best thing about this place, however, were the restaurant and the people who worked at the resort. During our 5 day-stay we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the cosy restaurant next to the cottages and the garden. The fish and meat from the grill were superb, and they also have a great choice of Mexican food like burrito's and enchiladas.

If you want to go out just ask someone and they will provide all the help you need (motorbike, massage, snorkling or diving trips). We compared prices with some other people in the village, but they were just the same as at the resort.

All in all: the best value for money at Panagsama Beach. It made our stay unforgettable!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2011

We did not stay at this hotel, but since its not listed under restos, I will just make my comments here. We discovered this place before leaving Moalboal and ate there one night and I must say the best Chicken Burritos I have had in a long time in the Philippines were prepared there. They set them up so you can actually put them together yourself giving you all the ingredients ....The waitress was very friendly and we felt welcomed. This in part may be because they were not busy, but in any case it was a really nice find and we only regret that we did not have time for a second run at those burritos before we left.

This is a great alternative to the more expensive Tipolo across the way.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

I had a great time at Mayas Native Gardens with "Tickie' & the wonderful girls! Someone had my single cottage (luckily) when I arrived so they put me in the larger cottage with A/C at a reduced price. The food was the best in the area including the value.Hamburgers & fries were my favorite with burrittos a close second.The WiFi worked great even in the cottage.It is truly a native garden with beautiful flowers,plants,and trees which attracted hummingbirds,butterfies,and lizards. The grounds were pruned & watered everyday to be enjoyed from the big porch. Well lighted with paths,a security guard, and service until 7:00am to 9:00pm(?) daily.A big covered BBQ area which opened at 6:00pm nightly. My month stay was interupted by a family emergency so I left after two weeks with the balance of my bill happily REFUNDED!!!! I will most certainly be back. I have stayed on Cebu scuba diving in Dumaguete,Dauin,Bohol,and Malpascua. This is my #1 choice.
Note: Go to the disco on Saturday night !!! (The loud music did not bother my rest)

Room Tip: Stay in the middle cottage,order the big hamburger/fries & Mexican food.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2011

Maya's is located near the entrance of Panagsama Beach. It's a quiet place without much disturbance but convenience to shops/restaurants/diving shops/adventures etc. It is just 1 min walk from the famous disco bar where music on all night long every Sat.

Maya's staffs are nice, friendly and helpful. And they cook very good food too. Try out their breakfast and BBQ dinner.

We stayed at the aircon cottage for 4 nights. There is a nice balcony which is a very relaxing space for a lazy afternoon.

Although there had been some problems with the lamp and shower during our stay, staffs are willing to help and fix them timely. One thing to improve is the showering system, it will be perfect to have a stronger shower after a long day adventure/diving.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Mayas Native Garden
Address: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Moalboal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mayas Native Garden 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mayas Native Garden, is located on Panagsama Beach. Panagsama Beach is an old fishing village, which has become a divers paradise, with the discovery of Pescador Island, Tongo Point and other superb dive spots. The village has developed into a laidback heaven for divers, backpackers, adventurists, sun & cocktail tourists, expats as well as eco tourists. This diverse composition of tourist together with the warm and friendly Cebuanos (inhabitants of Cebu Island), makes Panagsama a unique place to spend your holiday, leave or weekend. ... more   less 
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Mayas Native Garden Moalboal, Cebu Island

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