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Padre Burgos Castle Resort
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Padre Burgos
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los angeles
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24 reviews
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“Great getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2014

This is a fantastic little "resort" that really lets you get away from it all. With only five rooms, it's perfect for anyone who doesn't like the feel of a large, crowded resort, but you still get the amenities like a lovely pool, fantastic massages, and great food. On top of all that, the snorkeling is incredible; we saw so much beautiful coral on the excursions we took with David, the owner and on our last day we swam with 4 whale sharks - absolutely amazing!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Castle Rock is a small family run luxury hotel at the very end of Southern Leyte, Philippines. We came following volunteering after the Typhoon disaster farther north. There is no damage here in the south.

This is a perfect place for both relaxation and beach and water activities. The owners and staff are attentive without being
intrusive...such a great combination!

The location is beautiful and restful. Rooms well-appointed, meals delicious.

If you are looking for a well-run, low key place to relax, this is it!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

PBCR is a little gem in middle of no-where.
We arrived at Tacloban airport from Manila and David was there to pick us up.Due to the recent hurricane our 3hrs ride from airport to PBCR ended up being a 4hrs ride, we had to take a longer route due to road repairs on the way.The ride was comfortable and quite beautiful, you can see a lot of un-touched beaches and beautiful country side on your way.
The resort is a little far away and in my opinion there is no best option to reach the resort, whether you come form Cebu or Manila....so basically you can come via any route.

The property is beautifully maintained and looks practically brand new.Staff was excellent and very helpful.Wife and I stayed in the 1st floor room which was quite good, no noise and good sleep.
Since we are vegetarians Delia had to work a lot in the kitchen, but the food was amazing and the mango float is a must try.

We visited in the last week of Jan and our visit was basically to catch a glimpse of a whale shark, but unfortunately the weather conditions were not favourable and we didn't see any.I must say that David and the spotters tried a lot to find one and we covered a lot of area, but it was just not meant to be.We did go to Limasawa island along with David and had a great day, water did get choppy on our ride back and we saw some Dolphins in between.David's boat was quite nice,comfortable and filled with food and we were practically munching on snacks the whole trip.I would advise people to get a massage at PBCR, Delia recommended it to us and it was just what we needed after long day trip.

I admit that it is a little expensive and it takes time to reach the place,but you do get Paradise in return.
I would have loved to spend an extra day at PBCR just relaxing on their private beach.
You can either come here for whale sharks or just to relax in total peace.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

David and Delia are great hosts and the staff at this resort are fabulous.

The place is a lot better in the flesh than what is shown on their website or on tripadvisor. The place is immaculate and very well maintained. David completely rennovated this place from a shell. A real credit for the fantastic job done. It's not your typical hotel or resort. Very boutiquish if that's a word ;-)

The resort is located with great ocean views and a pool. Being a 5 room resort you won't have the crowds here.

We had room 1 which is located near the dining room. I believe this is one of the larger rooms. Expect to hear some noise of cutlery etc in the morning. If you want to sleep in ask David for one of the more quieter rooms.

No tv or fridge in the room but there is a shared lounge/tv room. Wifi is provided, is mostly good for surfing and emails but slows down depending on the number of users.

Delia cooks up some wonderful dishes. We opted for half board on 2 of our 3 nights and the culinary dishes provided were excellent. On the first night we let Delia surprise us with each course and we weren't disappointed. Make sure you try the Kiliwan-delicious. In fact all we tried was delicious.

My one and only criticism is that I guess it needs to be explained a little better that if you don't opt for the half board each night you are charged 1250 pesos pp as compared to the 1050 pesos pp. Because we had the half board for 2 out 3 nights we were charged an additional 800 pesos. Had I known this it would have made good economic sense to have opted for half board on all the 3 nights we stayed.

Weather wasn't kind to us as we had rain on and off and the whale sharks were also not around so we opted to go to Limasawa Island and saw dolphins on the way home. Weather was quite rough going home but we made it back safe just as the light was fading. David's banca is in very comfortable and in good condition.

Our stay inclusive of meals and transfers certainly wasn't cheap but PBCR does cater for that special market. Is also not easy to get to so expect to loose a good part of your arrival and departure day travelling to and from the resort. David does offer a reliable transfer service.

The resort is well worth a visit!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea_Sun_Sand490, Owner at Padre Burgos Castle Resort, responded to this review, 30 December 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback, which we really appreciate. And it is good to clarify what 'half board' means.

'Half Board' is a rate which includes our superb 4-course dinners as well as breakfast for every night of a guest's stay. The supplement for the half board package is currently 1,050 pesos per person per night, on top of the 'Bed & Breakfast' rate. The price of the same dinner 4-course dinner taken on an ad hoc basis is currently 1,200 pesos per person. (This price is itself a 10% discount from ordering each of the 4 courses separately.)

Your original booking was for Bed & Breakfast but you informed us in advance of arrival that you wished to upgrade to half board. On the 2nd evening of your 3 night stay, after a late and heavy lunch, you decided just to take a single dish from our 'light meals' menu rather than the full 4-course dinner. You therefore paid 1,200 pesos for each of the 4-course dinners you enjoyed on 2 nights plus the price of your light meals on the other night, because this worked out slightly cheaper than paying the half board supplement of 1,050 pesos per night for all 3 nights.

Regarding travel times, the beauty and attraction of Padre Burgos is that it is an unspoilt and remote area well off the mainstream tourist trail, but nonetheless offers a wealth of wonderful activities. Of course, such places are more time consuming to get to. It is, however, possible to schedule both arrivals and departures without eating up too much holiday time with travelling. The first morning flight from Manila or the first morning ferry from Cebu will both get you to our resort by 9am, while the late afternoon flights to Manila and the evening ferries to Cebu allow time for activities such as swimming with whale sharks, sailing, dolphin watching, caving, etc on your departure day.

Once again, thank you for staying with us and for your feedback, which helps clarify the issues around half board rates.

With very best wishes,
David & Delia Warren
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

My family & I from Singapore chanced upon Padre Burgos when we were looking for a holiday in Philiphines. We were very impressed with David's prompt & informative replies which gave us the confidence to go ahead with our hoilday even after typhoon haiyan struck Norte Leyte. David was an excellent guide & friend providing us with informative information about whatever we wanted to know about Leyte!

Upon reaching the place we were warmly greeted by Delia and the staff. They made us feel right at home with their warm smiles and greetings. As a aspiring Chef myself I was very impressed with Delia's cooking and even manage to sneak into the kitchen for a quick peak! She puts so much effort in every single dish and never fails to wow us each time.

The staff of Padre Bugos - Jade, Janet, Jackie, Liezel made our stay absoutly memorable and wonderful. They take so much pride in ensuring that the entire resort is kept in pristine condition at all time. For example waking up 30mins earlier to ensure that all the beach chairs and outdoor garden was in perfect condition after a heavy downpour earlier in the morning. Their attention to detail is remarkable and we could not have asked for anything more.

My family & I are so thankful that we had the pleasure of being hosted by Padre Burgos Castle Resort & will be definetly telling our friends about wonderful expeience there. =)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

What can we say that has not been already said? We stayed at the Padre Burgos Castle two weeks after typhoon Haiyan and many friends at home advised us to cancel our holiday at the Philippines . We are so glad we didn’t. We took the ferry from Cebu to Hilongos and were surprised and happy to find no destruction and everything normal. For the first few days of our stay there was no power, but the hotel’s generator provided lights and air-conditioning at the necessary times.

David, Delia and staff were wunderful hosts and we felt like king and queen. Delia is an amazing cook and the half pension package was worth every cent. Diving was arranged with a nearby dive center and the reefs were perhaps the best we’ve seen ever. Dolphin watching and a trip to Limasawa Island is not to be missed. Our only regret is that there were no whale sharks during our stay. We must return!

Room Tip: Tower room is unique and romantic
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Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed in this little pieceful hotel for 10 nights and enjoyed every minute. David, the owner was extremely helpful; already in the planning stage he gave us good advice via e-mail on every question we had. He picked us up with his car from the ferry; he drove us to the dive shop every day (only a 10 minute ride). The guys from the dive shop (Peter's: highly recommended) drove us home each day. David copied us his last "real" postcard and mailed them home for us; unfortunately they did never arrive. The enthusiasm of his wife Delia for cooking shows in the delicious 3 course menus; she asked us every day for our wishes, likes or dislikes. They offer a decent selection of wines. The service girls were efficient and nice, as was the masseuse, who either massaged us on the lawn or in our room. David was very flexible and ambitious with regard to the tour arrangements and thus contributed a lot to our good memories. The only thing which we missed were comfortable mattresses on the sunbeds, but we were told they were ordered. It is a long long trip to Padre Burgos from Europe, diving is fantastic (we been at many places in the world) and if you appreciate individual service, personal and warm hospitality, tasteful accomodation and a quiet surrounding this is the place to visit on Southern Leyte.

Room Tip: We had the round room in the tower and thought it was an excellent choice, although the bed was a li...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Padre Burgos Castle Resort
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
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Padre Burgos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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