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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kalinaw Resort

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Kalinaw Resort
Ranked #10 of 41 Siargao Island B&B and Inns
Sydney
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“Very Nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is the best option in Siargao if you are willing to spend a little extra!
It is very close to other accomodation such as greenhouse and has a similar setup but in a much more luxurious style with attention to detail on all levels.

Very private and large bungalows with cleaver designed bathrooms, in-room safety box, aircon. Awesome infinity pool, excellent pizza restaurant, great breakfast, good service and great feel to it with its open spaces.

Missing ceiling fans, bed linnens are old and need to be replaced and mosquito nets would be a good idea even through that there were very few compared to the other places we stayed at Siargao.

Very friendly staff and management.
Everythig a little more expensive but well worth it as everything is a much nicer.

If we come back to Siargao, it will be to stay here 100% sure.

Room Tip: Best bungalow is the one next to the pool but still on the restaurant side of the pool.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stayed at Kalinaw from July 5 - 8, place was great the surroundings were very nice and the grounds well kept. Level of service we received was also great (having a very small guest to staff ratio helps!).

Food for the price was well worth it and the portions were nice, Fred and team have in my opinion arguably one of the best chefs in a resort kitchen in the Philippines! Definitely better than chefs at any Shangrila Boracay and Cebu, El Nido, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol and definitely anywhere in Luzon that we have been to.

Opportunities to get better, there were cob webs in the rafters in the rooms but no big deal (high ceiling makes this irrelevant but they are there). Air-con will struggle on warmer days as they are too small for the volume to be cooled but the rooms were very large and perfect for the setting. The air con will be a matter of preference but for me better to enter a nice cool room.

Siargao was an eye opener and once the jet service from SkyJet is in place (Manila - Siargao) direct in less than 1.5 hours this will be hard to beat for us, being able to avoid the horrendous version of customer service that Cebu Pacific has will make this trek in the future better. The surfing even in this off season was more than we expected and we were shown around by a couple of legends!

Will be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

Beautifully presented accommodation which features 5 villas. Check in and out very easy.

The rooms were huge and well presented, the air conditioning in the rooms did not cope with the heat which made sleep in the huge king size beds a bit difficult. We also had problems with mosquitos in the rooms but after advising the staff they had the villas sprayed. The lighting in the rooms is really low and we found this particularly hard for doing things like make-up and shaving, so much so we gave up.

The meals in the restaurant were excellent and the staff couldn't do enough for us.

The pool is beautiful and we spent many enjoyable hours here.

The location is great, the grounds excellent and I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

We recently booked 4 out of the 5 villas while we attended a wedding on Siargao Island, the rooms were every bit as good as the pictures and the staff could not do more for you. Fred and Pierre were there to greet us on arrival and oversee every part of the resort. Loved the infinity pool and the tranquil setting, would not hestitate to stay there again, we miss the beautiful girls that looked after us, we did have a couple of issues but Kiki and Caye more than handled them.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Luzon, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Had two lovely days by the sea in kalinaw.
The resort was excellent as were the staff. If you were looking for a quiet and peaceful place this hit the spot. The pool was a good size and perfect setting, the accomodation was also really good with some original designs. However the air con left a bit to be desired., seemed to be underpowered..
muffy.and Jufty the dogs were very entertaining.
One critisism was the breakfast which for an expensive resort was lacking in choice and quantity.
Only a very basic breakfast was given with extra costs for each aditional item you required. For a top rate resort this very petty and did not give a good impression.
Overall I enjoyed my stay with my loved ones.

Allan Matthewson

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Kalinaw-resort, Owner at Kalinaw Resort, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Dear Allan,
Thanks to visit us and appreciate your stay in our pool suite villa.
We take note of your observations regarding air conditioning and breakfast.
Since then, we already schedule an upgrade of air conditioning due to the huge space of the villa.
For the breakfast we serve western one with french home made baguette usually really appreciate by our guest. On the other side we don't have Philippino breakfast but we will add one to pleased all our guest.
Thank you for your advises
Best regards
Fred & Pierre
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Fred, Pierre, It will be difficult to ever be able to thank you enough for our amazing stay and diner at Kalinaw. You did an amazing job by building this resort and restaurant where we enjoyed invaluable moments with our families and friends.

The villas are very well conceived, designed and decorated, every single piece has been thought and incredibly done - couldn't have done a better job. The pool is a perfect place to stay and enjoy moments with friends.
The location is perfect, with a short walk to Cloud 9, and the beautiful waves! Whatever you expect, Fred and PIerre will make all they can to transform your desire and dreams as reality, and that's exactly what they did during 4 days.
Some of us wanted to try surf, some others wanted to do snorkelling and island hoping and that's exactly what they delivered and over exceeded. The attention to the details is perfect ...

And on top of that, they are doing some great food and the best pizza i ever had in Philippines on top of local food and of course some san miguel Pilsen...
I can only recommend you to stay there, enjoy life with friends, families or in couple to have an amzing time in Paradise.
Thanks again to Fred, Pierre and all the staff for this invaluable moments spent at Kalinaw! Mabuhay

Soso & Mr T

Room Tip: the pool villa is just amazing
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed at Kalinaw Resort for 4D/3N. The villas are big, it can accommodate up to 4 persons. Inside it is rustic but modern. In terms of location, the resort is close to Cloud 9 (surfing area) you can walk or you can rent a motorcycle. The locals are nice and warm...if you need assistance like direction and etc. surely they can help you. Kalinaw resort is known for their delicious food, they serve the best pasta and pizza in the island. A lot of tourist went their to eat and drink. But if you want local delicacies no worries, they serve local foods also. The staff are friendly and nice, if you need something just ask them. They can arrange everything you need.

Tips: Visit the 3 islands - Guyam, Naked and Dako Island...put in your list. The best time to visit the island is during summer season...the sky is clear and the sea is blue. Aside from that there are lots of activities during summer season. If you have extra time, try to visit Socorro Island. Don't forget to bring your underwater camera.

Thanks for making my stay a memorable one...looking forward to visit the island again someday!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Kalinaw Resort

Property: Kalinaw Resort
Address: General Luna, Mindanao, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Surigao del Norte Province > Siargao Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Siargao Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalinaw resort is the accomplished dream of two French guys who decided to leave Paris for a tropical life. Located 500 meters from world-famous surf spot Cloud 9, on the island of Siargao, in the Philippines, our resort is facing a peaceful lagoon. Both of us will be proud to introduce you to our little paradise. ... more   less 
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Kalinaw Resort Hotel Siargao Island

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