I've heard so much about Pagudpud and I wanted to see first-hand how it compares with Boracay and Panglao. So since it was rated the no.1 resort in TA, I booked 2 ocean view huts at Kingfisher Resort. To be sure the place looked nice and well-maintained, and indeed our huts afforded the best view and access to the beach. The beach itself however was the downside, to no fault of the resort: while the water was calm, there was a lot seagrass both floating and underwater which did not make swimming that enticing. As their website states, the place is mainly directed at kite-surfers where conditions are suitable during certain months. Though we arrived during summer vacation in the Philippines (high-season), for the resort it is actually low-season,
Since there were no restaurants or stores in the vicinity, you had no choice but to eat at their dining hall but in fairness, you can actually bring in your own food (for cooking if need be, for free) and the dishes they serve have generous portions. Aside from a tasty menu of local cuisine the also serve foreign dishes. And after eating, one can fly table football, pool, snooker, darts and board games. Rooms do not have cable TV but one can watch DVD movies in their rec room. Other available activities include jetskiing, surfboarding, kayaking, etc. They've got wifi but it's agonizingly slow, while cellphone service is accessible from the dining area.
As for the huts, it's quite basic and rustic. A double or twin bed, a couple of electric fans, airconditioning, a side table with lamps, 2 complimentary bottles of mineral water and a small shelf for your gear. No phone, mini-bar or coffee-maker. Perfect for the backpacker crowd, not suitable for the 5-star habitue. Having said these, however, I found the bed too firm, the pillow a bit thin (my neck hurt the next morning) while the A/C lacked cooling power which could probably explain the presence of the 2 fans. There's no mosquito net so be sure to bring your own mosquito repellant spray or lotion.
Toilet and bath are in a communal area which is stocked with both bar and liquid soaps, shampoo and toilet paper.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Busy at work? Stressed and feeling like you want to feel the Paradise nature vibe? Kingfisher Kite Surfing Hotel offers water activities like wind surfing, kite surfing, snorkeling, stand up paddle, kayak. If you are a kiter this three star hotel located between Saud Beach and Blue Lagoon is very good location for pro-kiters and begginers. ... more less
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