I guess there were some red flags as soon as we were picked up at the port but we were determined to enjoy ourselves that we shrugged them off until we ran into bugs.
First off, when the resort service fetched us at the port, the driver stopped for about 10-15 minutes at a house/fruit stand. I don't necessarily know what we were waiting for there, but I saw the driver's companion come back eating a mango. I guess we weren't there to get gas.
Cleanliness-wise, I know it's supposed to be an affordable, island-themed resort but I was kind of expecting to be much cleaner. It seemed like the whole place needed more dusting and fresh coat of paint, and the plants were a bit overgrown to the point that they were obscuring signage.
The room itself was pretty spartan. It had a double bed, an old-style airconditioner, a mini refrigerator, a few shelves, and a place to hang clothes. You could also get WiFi from the cafe. Now in concept, the room being sparse wouldn't have been too much of a problem but there was a faint smell of rotted wood. Additionally, when we came back from walking around town, we saw some bugs on the bed (sort of like, winged ants). If it was just one or two, I might have let it slip but six or seven (that we saw) scattered around the bed was too much for me.
It was also unfortunate that the tour boat was out of service when we got there as we were planning on taking a tour, and we did express this desire when we made the booking. But, while we were making arrangements about our arrival at the port (etc) they didn't really mention anything about the boat being repaired. I suppose that's fine, if it didn't really occur to them that we were actually interested in a tour? Either way, when we asked the concierge about there not being a boat, we asked about WHERE we could find someone to take us and she was pretty vague about her answers. I would at least expect her to help us find a local boatman to take us to Bucas Grande or give us other options. In the end, we had to ask another resort to help us out.
Service-wise, our experience wasn't too good. While the kitchen and waitstaff were friendly, whenever we asked something about things on the menu, the waitress had to go back to the kitchen to ask about it. Most of the staff was in the kitchen, too, so when we were seated in the cafe/bar, no one noticed us until a long-staying GUEST finally approached us to take our order which he relayed to the kitchen staff.
The food was a little expensive for the portion sizes and well, I guess the corned beef I had was redder than I was comfortable with. I hope that was tomato sauce and not just red food coloring.
One good thing was the Yohoho rum. I ordered a shot of it and it was very good. I was hoping to buy a bottle or two of it but the lady at the front desk was sort of unfriendly and so I opted not to.
I'm hoping, of course, that we just came on a bad date or something. I'm not saying that Patrick's is horrible. I just think that if you're staying for a short time and want a very relaxing experience, you're probably better off at another one of the resorts in the area. The long-staying guests seemed to be enjoying themselves however. Actually, maybe that's the idea. This is probably a good place to stay if you're staying for several weeks or so. The price isn't so bad (when it's on sale. Otherwise, it's the same as other resorts in Siargao) and I think Patrick's is pretty laid back - one might even say they're a little too laid back.
Oh and by the way, I don't know if it was the month for it but the waters in the beach had some little white critters that pinched like crazy so be careful when you go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in General Luna on Siargao Island, Patrick’s on the Beach is a lush tropical beach front resort surrounded by beautiful trees, flowers and a pristine white sand beach. This unique resort offers the total Philippine experience. Perfect for a Honeymoon Destination, ideal for Diving, Snorkeling, Surfing, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Kite-Boarding, Kayaking, Fishing, Jungle Hiking, Island Hoping, Caving, Mountain Climbing, Bird Watching, Action Touring, Fun & Games and much more… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Patrick`s On The Beach Hotel Siargao Island