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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

I went to the Philippines for one week of R&R for a little Scuba diving while I was working in Japan. I booked at Mike’s scuba resort just down the street and then moved after the first day to VIDA homes, wow wow wow! I just walked up the beach saw this fantastic property that was manicured to perfection and ask if they had any rooms available they showed me a couple and I was blown away at the quality. The Resort is owned by a Swiss guy (Chris) who is lived in the Philippines for 35 years he takes excellent care of his employees they are on it 100% ,friendly, warm and the property is to die for. European quality in a very remote and quiet location. I rented a one bedroom unit with kitchen and I cooked every night and bought food at the local market and Dumaguete. The pool is fantastic the beach water is warm and easy to Swim in, you can eat dinner at their sister resort Pura VIDA can book all the scuba diving in and spa treatment, One minute walk up the beach, right next-door. Also you can have food delivered to your room from that restaurant. Every night I went to the spa and got a massage for only 30 bucks it was amazing. Check out my picture this is quality quality quality in the middle of nowhere what a relaxing week I had. Most of all love love love the staff and the people so friendly so happy so helpful!!!!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

Dear Paul,

Many thanks to your remarkable review. We highly appreciate your awesome comments on our amenities, services and food. On behalf of the management and staff, we are grateful for sharing your experience. We believe that what you shared will encourage us more to give our best and help other travelers to find a great place to stay for their next holiday.

Looking forward to welcome you again! :)

Best regards,

Vida Homes Condo Resort Team

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Vida Homes is modern, beautifully maintained condos mere steps away from immaculate grounds and swimming pools (yes pools plural). The staff were very friendly and helpful, and made us feel valued and welcomed from the first day. We had trouble with our luggage (a day late due to issues with a late United flight in the US), and they, together with Philippine Airlines, handled the issue for us; our luggage magically appeared at the resort only a day late with no effort on our part! The morning breakfast was great and became a fixture. The dive shop is staffed with exceptionally qualified and friendly instructors and we have been transformed into enthusiasts; can't wait to get back and get diving again. I honestly cannot imagine anything being done better!
Diving and scuba, markets, relaxing in the pools (nice swim-up bar :-)), spa, ...... Very near the highway so trips to the city & elsewhere are easy. Go !!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Thank randlemclean
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are pleased to hear that you feel valued and welcomed from the first day of your stay. Thank you for your appreciation to Vida Homes staff as well as the dive center. I am so thrilled to share this with them; your review encourages us to give our best always to help create a memory that will last a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you again to our little paradise.

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We stayed for a week in July with Kids Sea Camp. The diving is amazing! Don't miss the whale sharks! We did both diving and snorkeling with them....the snorkeling won hands down with my kids! Fantastic experience! The owner is Swiss and has lived there for 30 years. He's an interesting guy..definitely ask him about his Mustang sunk down at 100 feet directly in front of the resort. They've put in an artificial reef in front of the resort consisting of the Mustang, a Jeep, and a myriad of wine bottles encased in concrete blocks. Lots of interesting critters have made their homes there. Although the muck diving in Dauin is top notch, the diving at Apo Island was our favorite! The island has the longest established sanctuary in the Philippines, and it shows! Wow! Fantastic hard corals and biodiversity. Turtle Town is to die for! Dozens of big green sea turtles in less than 40 feet of water. Seemed like there was a new one every few feet either doing turtle yoga or taking a snooze amongst the stellar coral. The dive operation run by Biggs is truly valet. The crew is the happiest that I've come across in 20 plus years of diving. They simply can't do enough for you! Biggs will do anything in her power to make your stay the best that she can. She is an amazing lady! The resort is beautiful with the landscaping a feast for the eyes. We loved seeing the gardeners trimming the lawn with hedge clippers. Tried to get my daughters excited about the idea of pink ones, but they were not interested. The transportation to the resort, to the Cabilao Sea Explorers property and back to the airport was seamless. Sea Explorers has operatives that take care of you from the moment you step off the plane until you step back on the plane. For those of you who are worried about safety due to the issues in the south of the Philippines, don't! We never felt the least bit vulnerable. The Philippino people are absolutely lovely! The resort condos are gorgeous and spacious with beautiful patios! The swim-up bar and pool is a great place to cool off. Only wish that there was more of a beach. For us, we were diving most of the time, so it wasn't a deal breaker. The summer months are the rainy season, but we only had a few light showers while we slept. Bring study materials for the mountain school, extra dinero for the $20 hour long massages and tip, tip, tip! A little really means a lot here!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank divingmommy11
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Hi Divingmommy,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It was awesome to receive such kind words from you. We are overjoyed to hear that you had a fantastic experience during your stay with us. Thank you for your appreciation to the owner, to Ma'am Bigs as well as to Vida Homes and Sea Explorers. We will continue to give our very best to always help create a memory that will last a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you again to our little paradise.

Best regards,

Vida Homes Team

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Reviewed 5 July 2017

We stayed at the 2 bed rooms. There's living room, dining table for 8 persons, kitchen and a patio. Just in front of the room there's a pool. Room are clean. Everything perfect. On the opposit side of the resort another resort own by the same company. There you can hire banca to go island hoping or go to apo island and swim with the turtle. There are more than 10 with different sizes.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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SeaEx-VidaManagement, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Thank you for your review of our resort. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again with us one of your future trips. Best Regards from the whole Vida Homes Team.

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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

A fantastic resort in a beautiful setting. All the faculties of a dive resort, but without it being in your face.

Our apartment was immaculate. A large balcony overlooking the pool with decent views of the ocean.
Whilst booking, we were advised of ongoing construction work. It was happening at the back of the resort and was hardly noticeable. To be fair, we probably wouldn't have noticed had we not been told about it (though we were positioned near the front of the resort).

The resort has a very strict outside guest policy, which did upset one group of guests. However, it was great for my partner and I as the resort felt like our own. Quite often we had the pool and gardens to ourselves and the overall atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing.

Out of earshot, but only a short walk away is Pura Vida. A dive resort operated by the same owner. The bar and restaurant there is a little livelier and a great place to dine and be social. There's always a few staff and divers at the bar to have a drink with, and there are tables on the beach where you can enjoy a romantic meal.

The food and drink are reasonably priced considering the location. You can eat cheaper locally of course, but I think you get what you pay for and the food is consistently good.

Of course, one of the biggest draws to the area is the diving. The sister company dive centre is very well operated and the staff are some of the best you'll find. Vida homes itself isn't a dive resort. So you really get the best of both worlds. Living in tranquil luxury with all the benefits of a 5 star dive centre, but without tripping up over wetsuits and BCDs at every turn.

Highly recommended, and I cannot wait to come back.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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SeaEx-VidaManagement, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Thank you so much for your comprehensive review of our Vida Homes Condo Resort, as well as Pura Vida and the Sea Explorers Dive Center. The whole team is delighted to read your review and they highly appreciate it. We hope to see you soon again here at Vida Homes. Best Regards from your Vida Homes Team

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