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Padre Burgos Castle Resort
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Padre Burgos
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Just visited PBCR for Spring Break and loved it! This was our first family dive trip, and it was amazing. We felt lucky to be on a dive trip as the weather was mostly rainy 3 days straight, but who cares when you’re headed underwater! Great experience as my 11 year old son finished his open water certification with the DM Lonnie; David was conscientious with the proper paperwork too. Thankfully the sun came out for the last day when we booked the Limasawa boat trip which included 2-snorkel stops, a hike to where Magellan held mass, and a beach picnic. While I thought the snorkeling in Limasawa was the best I've ever done; on a par with BVI and the Great Barrier Reef with so much colorful and varied coral and sea life, it's a spectacular memory. The property is exactly as described on the website, private and remote. Once in Cebu it still takes a long time to get there – 45 minute taxi to ferry terminal, 3 hour ferry ride to Ormoc, and 3 hour van transfer along the west coast down to the resort, what an adventure! The return went a little quicker with a 3.5 hour early morning van transfer through the east coast mountains to Tacloban, 35 minute flight to Cebu then onward. We enjoyed the privacy and quiet this resort offers; we had the pool, beachfront and sitting room to ourselves when the other couple was off diving or touring, and combined easily with them other times for meals and activities. David and Delia are gracious hosts and work hard to create your holiday just as you want it from helping with transportation, booking activities and creating amazingly delicious and filling meals; their staff (Cielo and Honey) are outstanding and the men at the waterfront are always smiling and kind. We really enjoyed our 5 days in paradise and highly recommend PBCR!

Room Tip: Room #3 had better a/c cooling than Room #1 but both were comfortable
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Sea_Sun_Sand490, Owner at Padre Burgos Castle Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the facilities, activities and services which we offer in this beautiful, peaceful and off-the-beaten track location.

As well as fast ferries from Cebu to Ormoc, there is also a fast ferry from Cebu to Maasin (40 minutes' drive away) and slower ferries to Hilongos (1.5 hours by road). The best ferry and route depends on your arrival time in Cebu. For guests who fly into or out of Manila, the best route is to take 1 of several flights to/from Tacloban.

We're sorry that the air-con in Room 1 was a little weak during your stay, and the problem (leaking refrigerant) has now been resolved and the room is very comfortably cool once again.

Thank you so much for staying with us and for your positive feedback.

David & Delia Warren
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Padre Burgos Castle Resort
Tangkaan, Padre Burgos, 6602 Southern Leyte
Tel. +63 (0)927 548 8598 / (0)917 408 2529

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

This was one of our worst stays ever. The "resort" is totally isolated in the middle of nowhere. No real restaurants, coffee or supermarket options around. You have to be really patient to get a "motorcycle taxi" organized for you. The atmosphere in the resort was oppressive and depressing. The room is a bad joke and totally overpriced! It is so small, dark and you can't keep your 2 suitcases open on the floor, so the cleaning personal placed them under the bed. I guess that the so called double bed was about 120-130cm wide, so it was very narrow and uncomfortable. There is no fridge, and no TV. The room had view to the backyard and was dark. The prices for washing clothes is hilariously expensive! We deeply regretted having stayed in this place.

Room Tip: My advice don t book any room there
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Sea_Sun_Sand490, Owner at Padre Burgos Castle Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2017

Most of what you say is factually correct, although the “backyard” is actually a green garden, walled with natural stone, and planted with mahogany, avocado, mango, frangipani, lime, papaya, banana, orchids, etc. and the laundry rates are in line with those at hotels in the nearby town. None of the sources of your dissatisfaction should have come as any surprise as the resort, rooms and location are very well described on on-line travel agents’ systems and on our own website.

The on-line travel agent, through which you booked, describes your room plus bathroom as being 25 sq metres, with a bed 131-150cm wide and says “Offering garden views, air-conditioned rooms are fitted with wooden furnishings and tiled flooring. Rooms have an electric kettle, desk and a wardrobe. En suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer, hot/cold shower and free toiletries.” This is the simplest type of room and superior options are also available.

Most people visit Padre Burgos precisely because it is a peaceful, non-touristic location with no supermarket and only basic, local infrastructure and merely a couple of small dive resorts. Our own resort offers an all-day restaurant and bar, swimming pool, wonderful private beach, PADI dive centre, sailing catamaran, 2-person kayak and we run guided diving and snorkelling excursions, dolphin watching trips, island hopping, swimming with whale sharks (seasonal) and land tours around this beautiful, non-touristic part of the Philippines. All this is shared between the occupants of just 5 guest rooms.

We are sorry that you didn’t appreciate and enjoy these things, but we hope that other prospective guests will be better guided having read this feedback together with the 139 other, mainly highly positive, reviews here on TripAdvisor and book the resort, room and location which they are looking for.

David & Delia Warren
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Padre Burgos Castle Resort
Tangkaan, Padre Burgos, 6602 Southern Leyte
Tel. +63 (0)927 548 8598 / (0)917 408 2529

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

From the moment we arrived at this beautiful hotel we absolutelly loved it. The owners, the staff and the other guests really make this place so special. Anyone who loves good food, a really private beach and a non-touristic experience should book their stay immediately. We stayed over Christmas 2016 and had a superb time. The people, the surroundings, the activities are all reasons to come back. On top of that we had two amazing encounters with a whale shark. We asked David, the owner, if it is possible to do a whale shark tour for just the two of us - and he made it happen! On the way there we saw about 50 dolphins which was also incredible. We also went on various snorkelling trips and were really impressed by the wonderful reefs. All in all we had really great time. So if you are looking for a nice get-away and a unique, non-touristic experience with whale sharks this is the place to go to.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Sea_Sun_Sand490, Owner at Padre Burgos Castle Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Many thanks for choosing to stay with us over Christmas - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and our wonderful food so much.

We run fantastic full day whale shark tours for a minimum of just 2 people and swimming with whale sharks here in Southern Leyte is a true wildlife experience - uncrowded, no artificial feeding and strict compliance with policies which make whale shark encounters enjoyable, ecologically sound and sustainable.

Thank you very much for your positive feedback on your experience.

David & Delia Warren
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Padre Burgos Castle Resort
Tangkaan, Padre Burgos, 6602 Southern Leyte
Tel. +63 (0)927 548 8598 / (0)917 408 2529

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Reviewed 5 November 2016

This hotel is located on the southern tip of Leyte, 3 hours drive from Tacloban City. Just inform them if you need a hotel transfer. Padre Burgos Castle Resort is a very romantic , quiet, intimate island getaway. We had the tower room, neat and cozy. The water is just a few steps away, the food is great too. We have a pleasant stay thank you to David, Delia and Nikka they are very accommodating. We definitely coming back.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Len D
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Sea_Sun_Sand490, Owner at Padre Burgos Castle Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

Many thanks for your positive feedback - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much.

As well as flights from Manila to Tacloban, there are now also daily fast ferries from Cebu City to Maasin, which is just 30 minutes' drive away.

Thank you very much for staying with us, and we look forward to your return visit!

David & Delia Warren
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Padre Burgos Castle Resort
Tangkaan, Padre Burgos, 6602 Southern Leyte
Tel. +63 (0)927 548 8598 / (0)917 408 2529

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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Beautiful views, amazing rock formations at the beach and nice, quiet room. But what made the difference between a nice place and a perfect holiday was the personal touch. The owners and staff went out of their way to understand our wishes and to make suggestions for things to do. We went snorkeling twice and snorkeling here was clearly better than from our previous experiences from Thailand and Indonesia, and tempted us to do our first ever dives on the reef just in front of the resort. Wonderful! The island tour with lunch and walk was fantastic and the dolphins fulfilled a lifetime dream for me. Everywhere we went was really peaceful. The resort is small, just 5 rooms, and very well maintained. The food which was simply divine, with a different personal recommendation of local dishes every day. Stayed for a week and wish it could have been more!

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Sea_Sun_Sand490, Owner at Padre Burgos Castle Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thank you so much for staying with us and for your very positive feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed the food, service and activities so much. Indeed snorkeling and diving in this area are second to none.

We are delighted that being right up close with the huge pod of melon-headed whales, Fraser's dolphins and pan-tropical spotted dolphins fulfilled one of your dreams. Ours is always the only boat watching dolphins and the activity is therefore totally peaceful, natural and sustainable.

Thank you, once again, for your visit and for your complimentary comments!

David & Delia Warren
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Padre Burgos Castle Resort
Tangkaan, Padre Burgos, 6602 Southern Leyte
Tel. +63 (0)927 548 8598 / (0)917 408 2529

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Address: Tangkaan, Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte Province 6602, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Leyte Island > Southern Leyte Province > Padre Burgos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Padre Burgos
Price Range: €56 - €81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An idyllic family-run boutique hotel and PADI dive resort, with luxurious facilities and a friendly and intimate atmosphere. Superb location with great private beach, beautiful corals and stunning sea views. All guest rooms beautifully furnished and decorated, with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Guided scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with whale sharks, dolphin watching, island hopping, sailing, kayaking,swimming pool, private beach, free Wi-Fi, bar and fine-dining restaurant. Local activities include land tours, caving, waterfalls, wild monkeys and more. ... more   less 
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