We did not stay here but we probably would if we had seen it soon enough. Crossriver is located at the end of the road where the river is. Turn left and you will see this wonderful little place which has several well built bungalows by the side of the river, offering a fine view of the nearby hills and river. There was also a small shop, boats for rent and a souvenir shop. The owners were very friendly and the place was well landscaped.
We checked this place out while searching for suitable accommodation. Norma's Resort is the last building on the right before the road ends at the river. We inspected the rooms, i believe that there were 4 or 6 of them in a small concrete building, but when we inquired about the nightly rate we were shocked when Norma quoted 1,800 pesos for a room that was 2.5m by 3m (maybe smaller). The room was sparsely furnished with a piece of foam on the floor and a fan. When i mentioned that we could easily find many places with a/c rooms in Manila for that price she proudly informed us that the people from manila paid 2,200 pesos a night to sleep in her pitiful rooms. We offered 700 a night but she would not budge from the rate we were quoted. There were no table to sit at outside and no bathroom in the room.
We stayed a few nights at this so called 'resort', as we wanted to meet the locals and stay in the center of the village. The owners are used to groups of people coming from Manila so they command high prices, but the owner assured us we were getting a good discount at 700 pesos a night (unbelievable price but many places were double). All there was in the native hut was a small piece of foam, maybe 4 feet wide and a fan----not such a bargain in my mind. The CR was nearby and very clean, the owners were friendly which made up for the rip-off price, and the bungalow was only a few meters from the sea. Unfortunately all the bungalows on the beach were surrounded by a bamboo fence which obstructed the beautiful view of the sea and offshore islands. (but all so-called beach resorts were the same.). At least there was a bamboo table outside and a BBQ that we could use.
The 'complete amenities' on the sign was a bit of an exaggeration!!!
I think if i was to re-visit Pundaquit i would probably try and find something slightly better.
Canoe beach resort for me is one of the best accomodations you could get in Pundaquit mainly because, they are one of the few resorts who has a restaurant and a swimming pool. I will recommend this place if you would want something more comfortable than a tent or some makeshift huts, this resort is to go to without breaking your budget.
This is a no fuss hotel. They offer a nice clean room and bathroom. Although it would be very nice if they could put towels also. When we were there, we were given an AC room beside the pool and that was it. The downside with their rooms were, there are no TV! or maybe just with our room? I don't know but it's ok. Why would you be watching television if you could enjoy outside right?
When you plan to go to zambales you should check out this place. Very nice location, Post Card View of the ocean.
GREAT VIEW OF THE OCEAN, STRATEGICALLY PLACED SWIMMING POOL....RELAXING AMBIANCE...
new & Nice
They were asking for P2500 ($50) for a shoebox of a room with peeling paint, tacky bed, karaoke-blaring neighbors and just over-all fugly resort. Come here to contact boatmen, but NEVER to stay.
For a complete review and to see the room of doom that i'mtalking about, visit http://popbazaar.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/megans-beach-resort-pundaquit-aka-what-a-rip-off/
Expensive, no beach view, cramped walkways just overall nightmare-ish
Ferriols Residence is a cluster of three bungalows and some native-style cottages in a property stretching from the main road and the beach. We had an amazing stay thanks to our hostess, Mrs. Lita Ferriols Alba, who is a local of Pundaquit but is now mostly based in Chicago. The whole of Pundaquit was fully booked on Holy Week '08. People were sleeping on the beach and we were about to resign to our fate of sleeping in the van. Luckily there was a vacancy in one of the Ferriols' large native-style huts. We got the bigger one (for groups of ten or more!-there were only 4 of us). We also had help around and a kitchen and a huge dining area.
I think the best thing about this accommodation would be the part when you trade stories over coffee, dinner or a glass of wine (on the house!) with your host. Mrs. Ferriols-Alba (or Tita Lita as we call her) is a very witty and artistic lady. And she makes you feel at home!
While amenities aren't 1st class at Megan's, it was a pleasant stay overall. I wouldn't recommend a long-term stay though if you're a little picky. They have clean bathrooms (which I'm very particular about since I have 2 babies), hot/cold showers, a/c rooms. The bed linens do not look and feel like they're fresh (a few dust particles flew when I patted the beds). I'm not sure if they provide in-house meals cause we brought and cooked our own food but there is a small bar/sari-sari store/registration area in the middle of the resort where I think you can buy soda and snacks. They don't have a pool. Don't be fooled by their description of "king-sized" beds. They're actually just queen-size. They have a number of cabanas fronting the beach (and blocking the view of the "beachfront" rooms). They only have a few rooms so it's best to book ahead.
The resort was named after the owner's daughter, Megan Alexis. No charge for bringing in of food. And you can cook your own meals which is a plus for large groups (you save up a lot). The owner (Mrs. Virgie Harvey) was very accomodating in letting us borrow their portable stove and grill. We were able to eat freshly cooked rice, barbecued porkchops, grilled tilapia, mango ensalada, in one of their beach huts while savoring the sea breeze.
Since this was just a day trip, we did not stay at any of the resorts in Pundaquit. There are no resorts or facilities at Capones and Camera Islands. However here are a couple of resorts in Pundaquit you may want to check out:
*Canoe Beach Resort
Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
Tel nos. 0927-565-0029
*Megan's Beach Resort
Tel nos. 047-621-0507
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