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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

The hotel is definitely fun to stay at. The staff is welcoming, warm, and friendly.
The stay was with some of my friends. The rooms were nice and spacious. We booked a larger room since we were 3 in a room. The highlight of our stay was the cafe which the hotel has to offer. It overlooks the beach and sea, your actually on the beach while your eating and drinking. The food is amazing and well priced.
The resort is well maintained and has good amenities.
They have their own dive training programmes and good trainers.
The resort also offers a Spa.
Overall I would rate this 9/10.

Stayed: September 2018, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We Had a great time here and we invited our extended family over to use the awesome pool, the cliffs were very amazing too , food was good service great , we will be comming back as soon as possible .

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
Thank Ryan C
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Vida H, Manager at Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Hi Ryan,

Thank you for taking time to leave a wonderful review on our property. We are glad that you had a great time with us, enjoying the food and happy with the service. We are looking forward to welcoming you to your home in the Philippines! Hope you had a safe and comfortable trip back home. :)

Best regards,

Pura Vida Team

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Reviewed 22 August 2018

What an exceedingly gorgeous holiday!!!
Staying at Pura Vida is simply a pleasure! In July/ August 2018 I spent more than three weeks at this wonderful resort and soon felt very much at home. Waking up to look out onto gentle waves rolling on to the shore, listening to the rustling of the palm trees, admiring blossoming bushes and flowers of all kinds, lying in a wonderfully comfortable bed, having not only a spacious room but also bathroom - all these components have helped to make me enjoy staying at Pura Vida tremendously.
The restaurant serves excellent and delicious food, all the very pretty ladies there cater to each and every of your wishes and pamper you - great!
The diving was out of the world, however, I will describe this separately for Sea Explorers.
Honestly, I can certainly recommend to divers in particular to choose Pura Vida for their stay at Dauin. You will not regret your choice!

Room Tip: Sea-view rooms/ bungalows sind sehr empfehlenswert, da die Aussicht nicht nur wunderschön sondern auch äußerst beruhigend wirkt.
  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled solo
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Thank romtas
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Vida H, Manager at Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi Romtas,

Wow! A million thanks to your detailed and heartwarming review. I am glad that you had an exceedingly gorgeous holiday with us. I am so thrilled to share this to our Pura Vida Team, Definitely your kind words will encourage us more to serve our guests with sincerity and a big smile on our faces. Your personal experience will help other travelers to decide where to spend their holiday. Again thank you for appreciating our efforts and we would be happy to welcome you again. :)

Best regards,

Pura Vida Team

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Reviewed 22 August 2018

We actually visited the Vida Homes Condo Resort, just adjacent to Pura Vida andwith same ownership. The condo units are for rent via timeshare. The grounds were beautifully landscaped and the infinity pool is very inviting. The condo units were spacious and well-appointed. There is a big veranda where one can relax and enjoy the beauty of the resort.

  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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Thank sabi0james
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Vida H, Manager at Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hi Sabi0james,

Thank you for taking time to leave a wonderful review on Vida Homes. We are so grateful to hear an affirmation from our guests like you; proving that our hard work made our guests' stay enjoyable and comfortable. Looking forward to welcoming you again on your next holiday in the near future. Daghang salamat (Thank you very much)!

Best regards,

Vida Homes and Pura Vida Family

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Reviewed 14 August 2018

We do frequently come to Dumaguette, mostly in the areas Zambougita or Dauin, Dauin has beach properties while Zambougita not,

Our statement at the very beginning, Pura Vida is worth every penny you spent, yes its a bit bit on the higher price area but if you look for quality don't look for cheap places, even other higher priced properties don't live up to their promises....

Pura Vida has a beach front, like all beach front areas in the Philippines its public, however they maintain this beach nicely, no garbage or plastic is to be found, the water is clear and very enjoyable, even though its meant to be the divers destination (they have 4 huge and comfortable dive ships), if you are a non diver you will find relaxation and comfort, the food and beverages are at a top end level - the philippine ladies in the the kitchen (plus one gentleman) are top notch, as a European I was shocked how authentic all those Swiss dishes came along (the owner is a Swiss gentleman with a Philippine wife), the F&B manager a German, I think the chefs have been trained to perfection, during our 6 nights stay my Philippine wife had only once Philippine food (we had 3 meals every day there), for her to enjoy international food to that extend it needs a lot!
Big compliments to the chefs!

The only small negative point is the breakfast, it will need more attention to the details, there is not really a continuity in daily delivery of the breakfast items served, some recommendations: (the whole set up is not the same professional level as in the restaurant - looks a bit improvised - and must work even the occupancy is at 100%)

The ladies serving are a bid overwhelmed by the many people coming (the resort also caters to the Pura Vida Homes next door - a high class condominium area - villas no high rise
- same quality of bread on a daily basis (run out very quick than serve different kinds)
- the presentation of jams has to be improved (insects) and have no take out bowls to bring to the table
- only one little oven to heat the bread and an old toaster
- the hot dishes must have the same quality level as their lunches and dinners
- juice dispensers are not cooled
- would highly recommend a big coffee machine as used in business class lounges for self service - providing high class coffee or cappuccino or espresso
- the egg station needs a more professional set up (marble tops etc) also for hygiene purposes

All this is easy to do and will increase the 5 star level to a 100% 5 star setting,

The service in all areas is perfect, very friendly and smiling staff (not the McDonald smile ordered by the company), you feel in a home away from home,

We will come back soon, thanks again to all the staff that made our stay so comfortable and welcoming! Can highly recommend the Suits they have, at the beginning we thought why is it not at the beach but after 2 days we were happy to have a place totally in peace next to the Spa, middle in nature in midden of huge trees, just wonderful to sit on the balcony and let your soul and mind relax....
Can't wait to be back!
Thomas & Rose
Cebu

Room Tip: the more quieter rooms are more in the back as well as the suits
  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Thomas S
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Vida H, Manager at Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Hi Thomas and Rose,

Thank you for sharing your experience. We are extremely delighted that you felt at home with us and that your stay was comfortable and enjoyable. Thank you also for taking time to extensively write a detailed review on our food, staff, room, dive center. I am excited to share this with the team. I highly appreciate your comment on our breakfast, I will let our F&B Manager look into this and have it resolved. Please know that your feedback is encouraging us, as we strive to provide our guests a memorable experience. Once again, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Best regards,

Pura Vida Team

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