May multo sa resort na 'to. Lahat kami naka experienced ng kilabot sa resort na ito at ang WEIRD pa ng isang vacant room na may sealed yung pinto para di na makapasok yung mga nag check in!!!! Ayaw na namin bumalik dito kahit libre pa! waaaaah!
When I stumbled upon this resort hotel over the internet, I got excited because the pictures in their website were great, it was cute and cozy but when we got there...well let's just say that we were a bit disappointed.
The feel of the whole resort were a bit old and rundown, though I cannot complain much about our accomodation because I am not that choosey let me just say that it was average, it was a fan room nipa hut cluster.
What I did not really enjoy about this resort is their restaurant. Augh! First of all, the service was really slow, the food portions were really small plus, it doesn't taste very good at all. But since we cannot choose any other restaurant for there were really limited choices in Candelaria we do not have any choice but to eat there which is a bit sad.
What is good about this resort is their proximity to Potipot Island. It's a mere 5 mins. boat ride away from the resort so kudos for having a great location.
I just got back from my 3-day vacation. I STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND ISLA VISTA BEACH RESORT! I'll just narrate my frustrating experience in Tagalog during our 4-hour stay at Isla Vista.
So nakarating kami sa Isla Vista ng mga 9:00PM. My friends and I rented 3 nipa huts since they were all "FULLY BOOKED". Ang hirap hanapin ng resort, and walang guard man lang na nag-check sa amin nung nakapasok kami! First impression: "Ugh, dito tayo?" Sun bloom(?) sana kami kaso no available rooms for 2 days.
Nung pagpunta namin sa mga kubo, grabe, nakakatakot! Patay lahat ng ilaw, very unwelcoming. Nag-grill kami, etc. 6 kaming friends + isang driver. So tig-pair kami sa kubo. Kami yung sa pinaka-right na kubo (kubo #3). We were chatting, tapos napapansin namin ng friend ko na may anino. We were telling horror stories along the way so hindi namin inakala na MANGYAYARI YUN. So ayun, biglang umulan. Ayaw namin mabasa so we stayed longer sa kubo sa pinaka-left (kubo #1). Pumunta akong CR after pinalipas yung ulan. Then to my SURPRISE / HORROR, BINAGSAK YUNG PINTUAN NG KUBO NAMIN (HINILA HANGGA'T NAHULOG)! Nawala yung bag ko, containing all my money, cards, IDs, everything! Buti na lang the robber didn't notice my slr inside my lunchbox, cellphone kong naka-charge pati na rin yung bag ko containing all my clothes which also had my iPod! I thought it was all because of the rain, pero ang O.A. naman kasi di naman mahangin. While we were chatting, may bumagsak ng pintuan ng kubo namin. NAKALOCK SIYA. Ibig sabihin, madali lang nakawan ito. Good thing nalaman na ganun pala ang nangyayari dun, worse siguro mangyayari if we went to Potipot the next day with all our belongings left inside the kubo.
So I ran to the reception area, asking for a landline because I had to inform my mom about the credit card. Wala silang landline, cellphone lang. Wala man lang ka-guard-guard na tao doon, puro "boy" lang. Tinanong ko, nangyari na ba ito dati? Sabi ng receptionist, oo raw. Sabi ng iba, wala raw. Halatang nagsisinungaling.
Feeling ko inside job ito kasi nung pagpunta namin, bago kami na nakawan, parang may umaaligid na pero hindi namin pinansin kasi nga we never thought it'd happen. Though may halong stupidity rin ito (for choosing Isla Vista -- but we had no choice). Yung mga staff, parang kalmado lang na hindi maintindihan. Wala man lang "Ma'am, teka papa-ronda na po kami dito baka nandito pa yun..".. Nandoon din yung Boss nila, HINDI NAMAN NAGPAKITA. Sobrang bagsak ang customer service nila, ewan ko ba kung bakit sila may business license kung puro negative ang reviews sa kanila.
Pinapunta nila yung police, pero sobrang late na nun at umaambon, at wala na kaming pagsstayan. Anong magagawa ng police? Irereport ko lang? So I decided na sila na lang magreport tapos dumiretso na kami sa Sun Bloom. Buti naman ni-reimburse nila in full lahat ng binayad namin. Wala man lang sila ginawang pangcompensate sa mga nanakaw sakin..
Sa sunbloom, may gate sila, which IS GOOD (MANDATORY!!). Pinakausapan ng driver namin so ayun, kahit 11AM kinabukasan, may ma-sstayan kami. Inayos samin ng Sunbloom yung room, saka super cheap lang compared dun sa walang ka-secusecurity na ISLA VISTA (sabi nila may UMIIKOT DAW?!).. P150 lang per added person. Sobrang bait ng mga taga-SUNBLOOM at pinaligo pa kami kahit lampas na kami sa 11AM na time doon sa mas disenteng common C.R. nila.
The next day, akala ko bangungot lang, pero hindi. I went to Isla Vista again para to get updates. Yung staff parang "WALA LANG" talaga. NAKAKAIRITA. Nakita kong kinausap muna yung mga boss nila (mag-asawa) bago ako kausapin. Sabi nung receptionist, "Bale ma'am, cocontact-in na lang daw po kayo ng pulis.. binigay po namin yung number". Tapos hiningi ko yung number, WALA NAMAN binigay (Di raw nila alam?! Basta pinagpipilitan na maghintay na lang daw ako?!). Sinabi pa na ako yung pumunta mismo sa police station para mag-report. Alam kong wala na sila magagawa kaya hinayaan ko na lang. At baka ganoon na lang umuwi ang vacation namin.. :| :| :|
If you've had the same experience that I had (robbery in ISLA VISTA), please share!
ISLA VISTA = WORST
The worst staff!! I called last friday for our booking this april 17 and 18. It was confirmed. They said there were still 3 rooms left. When I called this morning..(today is Monday)..they said that it was fully booked already. We already planned this ahead of time. They caused us too much trouble and inconvenience. Now we are still looking for a place to stay this sat and still no luck. This resort is so not good. No one will recommend this resort. Too much hassle. Bad service. VERRRY UNRELIABLE!!
We have our stay in dawal resort. The staff there were friendly. I enjoy our stay there. Accomodation for 1 room for 2 person is only 1,000.00 with no other charges for the use of swimming pools. One thing I notice is there is no TV in the room.
Te rooms are clean, the pool is great.
We went there only to get access to the boats for Potipot but did get the chance to take a look around and use their shower facilities. The whole compound was clean and well-kept. All cottages were cleaned on schedule. The staff were friendly and accommodating take Ms. Lynn who gave me her number so she can alert the boatmen if we do decide to change our schedule for pick-up.
Accommodation ranges from dormitory type (P4950 - 15 pax capacity or P330/pax) to penthouse (P3000 - 6 pax capacity or P600/pax) rooms. Their prices are quite affordable.
I would recommend this beach resort because of the assistance given to us during our stay at Sun Bloom. The contact person, Ms. Mercy and her assistancts tried to give us the utmost assistance for our needs. It is also affordable for those on a budget.
Access to Potipot Island is one of the features of this beach resort.
the management of ISLA VISTA sent me a sarcastic message regarding the black
propaganda daw against their resort. we, too, had a very bad experience in
their resort. we do share the same sentiments that the other travellers posted here. badtrip ang mga staff nila dun..they would speak using their dialect even kaharap ka nila.i would agree sa term na ginamit ng isang nagbigay ng review here...MAL-EDUKADO.
anyways, i just called them now to confront them regarding the issue. i was
informed that their boss directed them to forward the same message to several
numbers of their previous (unsatisfied) guests!!! sumobra naman yata sila?! instead na nagsasayang ng effort magturo/magbintang kung sino nagbibigay ng negative reviews sa resort nila, i suggest they find time to reflect kung ano ba talaga dapat nilang gawin para ayusin ang SERVICE, FACILITIES, and AMENITIES nila w/c as of this writing is below standard!
i won't even bother sana giving a review sa mediocre nilang accomodation.. pero ngayon, i just had a sudden change of mind. other people must be warned too NOT to book in that
resort. I ABSOLUTELY NOT RECOMMEND ISLA VISTA, try other resorts instead.
We could not have chosen a better place to stay while visiting Potipot Island.
The place is just a few minutes away from the island by boat. It's got 3 aircon rooms - each with one double bed and one singe bed - and 2 fan room cottages. The aircon rooms have their own bathroom/toilet, cabinet, dressing table w/ mirror, and altar w/ a bible and cross. It's actually good for 4 - 5 people. And it only cost us Php 1,500 per room. There's no hot/cold shower but I don't think that matters very much.
The caretaker, Manong Noel, is very kind and friendly. He always helped us with our meals and even prepared most of it for us, He got us a boat for hire so we wouldn't have to talk to the locals. He even let us use the Videoke machine at night. That's what I call hospitality.
Right now there's an area in the resort that's being converted into a public kitchen so that visitors could use it for their convenience.
The resort is just in front of the island and though it's got black/gray sand for its beach, the sand is as fine as a white sand beach. There's not much traffic in the beach so you could stay all day there without getting disturbed. Not to mention that it's only five minutes away from Potipot.
I had so much fun!!! Except for one thing though, bad trip kami dun sa management ng resort na pinuntahan namin… yung Isla Vista Beach resort! At first they were very accommodating and thet were all smiles… but later on they showed their true colors… it started when we bought our food from the nearby market and had them cook from their in-house restaurant… hello naman kasi sobrang konti lang ng choices from their menu, alangan naman we have to eat the same food everyday, not to mention that the food are overpriced, as in overrated talaga! & most of the time unavailable pa yung mga ibang oorderin mo, nde pa ganun kasarap yung food, substandard…
Then everything that we do, na involved sila, it also equates with money, we know that they have corkage fees, & that’s ok, cuz we’re willing to pay and we have money to spend naman! What pissed us off talaga & pushed us to the limit was when they said that we couldn’t eat at the resto eventhough we had our food cooked by them. They wanted ata nabayaran namin ang pag-kain namin dun, I mean pati yung pag-gamit namin ng tables, chairs and utensils! Hello!? Meron nga silang corkage area, does that mean we still have to pay so that we can use the corkage area??? Grabe naman na ata yun!?
What’s worse is nagpaparinig pa yung mga tauhan/crew nung resort!? Tinatarayan pa kami!? Is that the way you treat guests? We were expecting na dapat hospitable sila, for one thing, probinsya yun, and resort yun! At higit sa lahat, we are paying customers! Napaka- walang modo ng mga crew dun! Mal-edukado talaga! Di nila naisip na they can only have visitors through recommendations, especially for mid-class resorts like theirs… and definitely after what we have experienced, they will lose a lot, not only from bad reviews like this, but also by word-of-mouth…
I even searched for comments about the resort sa net, and I found several people sharing the same sentiments… I thought samin lang nila ginawa yun, marami narin palang may ganung experience sa Isla Vista Resort… So now, WE STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU STAY AT ISLA VISTA BEACH RESORT. Isla Vista Resort is the nearest kick-off point to Potipot Island and will be your fist choice, but then think again, there are a lot of other resorts… just go search for it through the web…
My wife and I stayed at the inn on Sgt. Juan beach for 2 nights. We rented an air-conditioned room for 1200 pesos a night. At the time, a US dollar was worth about 56 pesos. My wifes' family brought us food, as they live in Candelaria. Although it isn't what the Western world would call a great place, it was clean and it was right on the beach. I found the people in Candelaria very friendly and polite. It was really nice to be able to walk out onto the beach at night and just listen to the waves and look at the stars. All in all, it was a very nice stay at a very reasonable price.
Awesome views of the South China Sea, white sand beaches.
We were booked there via a cousin. The five of us were given a room good for six persons but it can accomodate maybe more than that! It was a nice room for P1,500.00, with an altar and a Bible in the center separating the two beds suggesting a very calm environment. The CR is also nice, not sparklingly new, but it's clean, it doesn't have a hot and cold but the water is just fine. No cable tv, but the caretaker is willing to share his tv for the guest's enjoyment. There's also a videoke machine for a night of howling, err... singing.
Aside from the two big rooms, nipa huts (i think it's P500 per night) are also available. The resort has a huge open space and one can put a bonfire along the shore.
I would definitely recommend staying at this resort, the caretaker, Manong Noel, is very helpful and is always one step ahead in attending to our needs. He even looked for the freshest catch from the sea (which is abundant btw) for our dinner and lunch. He's a do-it-all guy, he can cook, provide all your needs (including the vest), look for a boat for hire, and you'll be amazed also with his stories.
The resort is just a five minute boat ride from Potipot Island, though the sand in front of the resort is generally gray, there's hardly any rock on it and the water is also clear save for some grayishness as a result of the fineness of the sand.
From the deck or patio of the resort (this is not part of our villa though) you can see the Potipot Island already
The cottages you see in the photo are part of the resort where we stayed. We could have taken this type of accommodation, that is, nipa hut with seaview but unfortunately they were all taken. Last year we were here in Candelaria, this area was not crowded at all and there was no need to reserve for rooms. We just scouted around and had our pick. Last year we were at Harvest Resort, just 4 rooms good for 4 people each room with a good verandah view of the sea, just before Isla Vista resort. Surprisingly, just over a year this summer, the resorts in Candelaria, especially in area near POtipot Island, were almost fully booked. We (some 14 people)were offerred this villa type house (with 5 rooms) in Isla Vista and charged us around Php 5000 for 1 night stay.
Ok fine, Php5000 for 5 rooms for 1 night is cheap. But... this villa needs a major "over-hauling"! Though aircon is good, bathrooms and comfort rooms are bad. No view of the ocean. I just didn't get the feeling I was just some few steps from the seashore. And the owner! Maybe due to the fact that tourists suddenly flocked their area this year, the owner appeared so "business-minded", charging us for every step we made. They don't have a real restaurant but they will lend you their kitchen stuff for an enormous amount. And they can rent out their dining hall for another charge. She (owner) appeared helpful by trying to help us work out our stay, but all her suggestions equated to an amount to be paid.
For this and for the condition of the houses/cottages, I will not recommend this resort.
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