We stayed at Villa del Mar overnight. The room was clean and very spacious. though the building isnt that new, the room itself is good enough. The rooms are in a separate building, next to the restaurant and information. There are also room cottages available in the resort. It has its own swimming pool and bigger land area, which can be used for a beach party.
But the restaurant closes around 9-10pm, so too bad we cant hang out there anymore and have a bottle of beer. But the waiter was good enough to refer and accompany us to a nearby bar/resort which opens til past midnight.
The owner of the result is very friendly and accommodating. He finds time to talk to his guests and his staff attends to our needs.
Best Homestay in Pagudpud wherein you can have a nice breakfast in front of the beach @ Blue Lagoon.The owner of the place is so nice, the facilities is very much rated...I recommend this place...they will provide you anything you need just tell them and you can even cook if you like...
They are very accommodating and it's really a safe place you can stay... I even left some valuables there and they kept it...
We went to Pagudpud in October without any hotel reservation. We scouted around and we found Polaris Hotel the most suitable.
The place is clean. There is a restaurant where the occupants can dine. There is also a SMART wifi for those who bring their laptop.
The room that we took is good for 2 persons. It is air-conditioned, the bathroom is small, there is no hot water, and there is no phone and there is no TV. However, a cable TV is provided in the restaurant.
The staff is very helpful and accommodating. Food is typical Filipino and delicious.
The hotel is in front of the white beach. So early in the morning, before the sun rises, we took a swim in the beach. It is very clean and white which is comparable to the beaches in Boracay. The only incident that bothered me is the presence of jelly fish which touched me while I was swimming. As a result, I suffered from small bites when I returned to Manila.
We stayed overnight. Being an off-season month, the cost was lower compared to the peak season month. Breakfast is not free for the rate they give us which P800 pesos. My stay in this hotel is excellent.
We contacted Mang Roger as our tour guide. He picked us up in the bus terminal and brought us around the town to look for our hotel. After checking in, we went on a day tour on a tricycle which consists of the following: Bangui wind mills, the Burgos Lighthouse, meal at Burgos, the Patapat Viaduct (we saw the sunken coal ship on the way), the waterfalls near it, the blue lagoon (this beach is secluded and far from the town) and Kabigan Falls. In Kabigan falls, we took a dip in the cool water. Unfortunately we were late and night was approaching, we have to cut short our swimming.
The whole day tour costs us P1,000 pesos. It was worth it because we saw Pagudpud in one whole day. Roger is a good tourist guide and he anticipated all our needs.
Overall, I find the trip to Pagudpud worth my time and effort.
On the way to Pagupud, our bus Florida Lines stopped at Pasuquin. One of the passengers bought a grilled pusit and ate it on the way. The scent was very delicious and tasty. Make sure when you pass this town (there are lot of salt being sold in the highway) to stop and buy one. It is a specialty.
Polaris Hotel offers a scenic view of the white beach in Saud Beach. You can view it from the 2nd floor of the hotel veranda.
There is a tourist shop nearby the hotel so you can buy souvenirs easily.
Here are the lists of pagudpud beach resorts
it is your option to stay either in saud beach or in blue lagoon
Right Besides Hannah's Hotel at the Mairaira Area or better known as Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud.
The rooms (air-con) are clean although rather small. The comfort room is average and the water is strong the whole time we were there.
The staff, Walter (very accomodating and a very good cook) , also serves as the cook and waiter.
This is a small resort hotel of 30 pax capacity.
The best thing about this place is the courteous staff, nice pricing and great (cheap) food; (try the Bagnet)
Room rate is P1,800 for a standard room with a twin sized bed; P3,500 for a Family room good for 4 pax. There is also a dorm type room good for 10 for P6,000.
Thy have 1 Nipa Hut infront of the resort that you can use for free (if available)
We checked in at Pannzian Resort on our first day (you will pass by patapat viaduct on your way to pannzian). Then we moved to Saud Beach Resort the next day (we stayed there for two days)
duplex room - good (no tv)
connectivity - no wifi, no globe signal
food (dinner and breakfast) - good, although when we ordered 8 cups of hot choco, they told us that they only have three left.
staff - the staff who served us the dinner was okay however, i'm a little irritated with the one who served our breakfast. She looked upset with what she's doing. She didn't even bother to smile.
beach - there is no sign of calmness. We were not able to enjoy the beach because of the huge and wild waves that seems to be running after you.
sand - definitely not white.
night life - none
henna tattooing - no sign
Saud resort experience:
quadruple room - good. the room has tv but we are stuck only in one channel which is star movies.
connectivity - no free wifi, contrary to what there tarpaulins are saying! talk about false ad! (So DISAPPOINTING!) you may use prepaid broadband, though.
food (lunch, dinner) - better in pannzian. However their sisig is to die for! another downside: long lead times. your orders must be placed like 2 hours before the meal to ensure that it will not be delayed. They reasoned out that they only have four chefs catering the whole resort. Oh-kay.
beach - home of lots of seaweeds, that's the turn off
sand - yes it's white.
Night life - none, except for their resto/bar
henna tattooing - no sign but you can find several henna booths as you stroll the Saud coastline
I totally love blue lagoon! there are only 2 resorts situated w/in the vicinity but you can also choose to rest in several homestays. the beach is oh-so clean. We had our day swimming there and just rented a cottage. The sand's white and the beach floor is so smooth, no signs of hard and big rocks. If you want water activities, hannah's resort is just a stone's throw away.
We've also trekked the Kabigan Falls and it was really an awesome experience. Ms. Lisa, our tour guide was very accommodating.
On our way home, we dropped by the windmills, those that appeared with bongbong marcos in his tv ad.
Overall, pagudpud is truly wonderful. We will be coming back.
This is probably the best bargain in contrast to their neighboring resort/hotel accomodations along the Saud coastline. Our 3D/2N stay was way within (if not, exceeded) our expectations (given other VT member's reviews). The room space is adequate and clean, simple, without the embellishments of a hotel room (which you DO NOT need if you're in a beach resort since you will go out and see the sights and SWIM and feel the sun --- the room is only a place to rest--- and it only adds up to the price!). Definitely a place to consider when we come back to Pagudpud.
Beach front resort, the rooms afford a great view of the sunset on the beach.
The owners (Me-ann & his hubby) as well as the staff were very accomodating and very sociable. They even offered us a ride on their car from the resort to airport (Laoag) for free, being so utterly concerned as my wife was 2mos pregnant that time as it would offer much comfort than riding the public vehicles available.
They have a good rooms (beautiful rooms). Good view of the beach, but sad to say, our experience as a group was SO BAD...
Service is poor, foods were not great, (only the breakfast is good)..
why service is poor? it took 1 hour before they could cater our REMOTE control request??
bad TV channel reception and when we call their attention? it took 3 hours for them to respond?
we order lunch (when we are still canvassing/scouting a place to stay) in their resto-- it took 1 hour before the waiter will accommodate us, and it took 3 hours before they serve the food????
it will be ok if and only if the food is good? but my BOSS and his wife told us-- the food --all the food served in the past 3 days of the activity were SO SO BAD....
it doesn't taste good and sometimes tehy pur very MINIMAL sauce?? duh..
our 350,000 payment is NOT SO SO WORTH IT....
good facilities (new)
with mini pool
BAD BAD service and not so great food
Days before we go to pagudpud we contacted one of the owner Miss Mean and she gave us discount since it is off peak season...
when we check in we take a look first at their room and the staff is very accomodating to show us so many rooms till we choose the final one...
room is clean and affordable....
walking distance to saud beach...
I recommend this place if you wanted to experience Pagudpud in a cheaper way. It was nice and simple. I haven't tried other resorts/hotel but I enjoyed it. It only cost us $1000.00/night good for 3person.
Nice beach but not as clean as expensive resort, I mean there are seaweeds (if thats what they call it) on the sand but better than Blue Laggoon. Nice food and good tour packages.
Romaville is along the shore of Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. It is located in the far left of Saud. You cannot swim along it's beach front but you can walk about 2 minutes to reach the fine sands of Saud. The accomodation was cheap, their rooms were 1,700 each during the peak season. They have two twin beds in each room and their rooms were new. Bad thing about the hotel is their water supply. They also can cook for you if you have uncooked food at a very minimal charge. This hotel is beside Northridge. You can contact Maribel at 09196209151. All resorts at Pagudpud have no landlines available :)
The resort itself is fantastic. We stayed in two rooms at a house located near the gate. The toilets don't have drainage, therefore, our toilets and bathrooms were always flooded with dirty and stingy water. We complained about the unhealty condition but nothing was done. They manged to explain to us by stating, "sorry ma'm ... that house doesn't have drainage, that's why".
Thank goodness, we only stayed for one night.
If ever you're staying at this place, DO NOT STAY AT THE HOUSE NEAR THE GATE.
They don't clean the place, they just change the linen. It's really filty.
The food is expensive in terms of quantity ... sobrang liit ang serving size nila!
Their karaoke system is defective, yet, it managed to count and charged us for every song we played. Almost all songs we tried to sing did not played because it's defective! But there were charges on our bill.
Beware of renting the bancas. These bancas are actually fishing boat ... you'll gonna smell fish afterwards. We we're told P500 for one hour and we used it for 30 mins. We paid P750, P500 for banca rent and P250 for gas. Very expensive gasoline and they didn't tell us about that part.
It has great views.
I was satisfied during my stay in this beach house. very quiet, refreshingly nice ambience.
infront of white beach, with fan and air conditioned rooms. for reservation just call Ms. Mean (owner) mobile number 09193078803
On the last week of May, 2009, we stayed in Kapuluan's loft room. The room comes with a queen sized bed and a loft with a double bed. It was just right for us, a family of four. The room's bathroom was handsomely done in simple, but good taste. The room had tv and cable, and a sliding door on the side that led to an elevated section of cabanas with matted decks, each with its own excellent view of the sea.
It's the little things that signal that you're on the right track. All their dining tables are topped with bowls of water with floating cut-flowers, the owners' personal playlists are playing in the background and they serve jasmine or ginger tea while you wait for your orders.
The room cost us P4,800 a night, but that was inclusive of four (4) set breakfasts . . . a far cry from the horrendous Saud beach resort we were initially booked at, whose room was bigger but their bathrooms were pathetic and their food bland and over-priced. Not only was the Saud cottage priced at P4,500 a night, it did not come with complimentary breakfasts. Their breakfasts alone would have cost easily P250 per head.
Downsides: if any, would be that Kapuluan is a good 10-minute walk on a sandy road up to Blue Lagoon beach. Kapuluan is a beachfront property but the waves on this side are better suited for amateur surfers rather than recreational swimmers. This area is also about 40 minutes away from Pagudpud's main beach, Saud Beach.
So, if you don't like the idea of being so far from the beach then this may not be the resort for you - or you can prearrange for a tricycle to take you to and from where you want to go. The resort staff will help book the trikes for you.
This is also not the place to be if you like noise and night-activity. 40 minutes away, Saud beach has more activity after sunset, although their version of noise tends to lean towards the karaoke variety.
We were completely satisfied with the resort, we enjoyed the food and time permitting we would love to come back. We highly recommend this resort to vacationing families with kids, or to anyone who is willing to pay a little more to get more than his fair share of quality and comfort in return.
The food was some of the best you'll find in Pagudpud. Read through the blogs and tips on Pagudpud and it's clear that finding value-for-money meals is not as easy as it looks over here. A lot of the resorts have teeny tiny servings and they jack up the prices, particularly tourists' favorites like Bagnet and Longganiza.
Kapuluan's menu has a nice variety to it, a grill section, Baja set meals and local favorites in really pleasing serving sizes. By no means are the prices cheap, but the size and taste of their dishes make them worth it. At another resort, I had a teeny tiny order of 3 pieces of bagnet served to me ... at P250! Kapuluan serves set meals so your bagnet comes with rice and a small serving of freshly-cut salad greens from their garden. Kapuluan's bagnet pieces were bigger, less tough, better presented and only cost about P300. If you need to order more, order an extra side-order without the rice and greens.
First, a preamble. We're a family of four, 2 adults and 2 boys, a teenager and a 10-year old.
We aren't picky, we believe that if the accommodations match the situation, then it's all good.
On those rare occasions where budget permits, and we actually pay a higher than average price for quality and comfort - I expect to get that quality and comfort.
Villa de Mar had a very spacious family cottage with a queen sized bed, two double beds and a single bed. We wanted immediate access to the beach so we thought the P4,500 a night for the cottage was definitely worth it. We arrived at 1pm and discovered that they had our reservation wrong - they booked 2 family cottages for one night (there are 4 of us) when we asked for 1 family cottage, for 2 nights. Anyway, neither cottage was free yet. So we had lunch first, with their bagnet set at a ridiculous price of P250 and in an even more ridiculously tiny serving. The food was on the bland and expensive side. At 2:30 the cottage still wasn't ready and our WAITER ended up cleaning the room himself.
Here's the thing. If a room has modern bathroom fixtures and you charge people for board, I expect the bathrooms to be clean. Not beautiful, just clean. When we moved in, we discovered a shower head that didn't work, there was a pail and tabo presumably because management was aware of the defective shower head so they put the pail there to "address that". The pail, tabo, and even the inside of the toilet had a slimy, yellow-tinged amag residue on them. The door to the bathroom was spotted with mold and broken on the bottom due to wood rot. The whole cottage smelled of aparador in the middle of the monsoon season.
If you advertise on the internet, and present your rooms in a certain way, I expect the actual accommodations to be true to the advertising or vice-versa. The resort is in a state of disrepair. No mincing words. The cottage interior is about 10 years older than the website photos. That set-up is NOT worth P4,500 of anyone's hard-earned cash - unless of course if there are 10 of you sharing the cottage. The cottage came with a tv - with only one (1) channel operating. It also came with a personal refrigerator, which was not working.
This is this age of word-of-mouth and online reviews, I ignored the warning signs of poor reviews of Villa del Mar. That same day we decided to drive out to check Kapuluan Resort, we loved it immediately and returned for our things at Villa del Mar. The poor blokes manning the front desk have ZERO decision-making abilities. When I noticed the OIC hewing and hawing and giving the security guard the eye (like we would run) I said calmly "I have already paid the advance of 50% for 2 nights - P4,500". THEN he is relieved, he accepts my keys and lets us leave, with a "sorry na lang ma'am".
I was respectful, and not even cranky. It's not his resort. But do you think anyone called me to offer to return my P4,500? Did anyone contact me to find out why we left and defaulted on that amount of money? Obviously not. I read the terms of the stay and I default on my deposit but any decent resort owner will at least move me to another room, or return some of my money. I didn't care - it was 7:30pm and if you've read all the travel tips, you should avoid traveling to Maira-Ira at night!! We just wanted to leave, and leave quickly.
It is so sad that a few of the resort owners along Saud Beach in Pagudpud have slipped into complacency and think that they're doing the tourists a favor just by being there. At the very least, if your room is old and is as barely made-up as this one was, then charge a price commensurate to the quality of the room!
On short notice, Kapuluan Resort in Maira-ira took us in. We were completely satisfied and wrote about it here:
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