We booked three nights at Pandan Island in early March 2014 and our only regret is that we did not book more nights and days there. We arrived quite late on the Monday night as the 10am dimple star bus from Manilia does not arrive in Sablayan until around 7.30pm - but we informed the resort and they told us all was fine with the boat accross and they held back food from the evening buffet for us too!
We went for a standard bungalow which was what we expected - anyone wanted more luxury should go for the deluxe.
The bungalow was fine for us - a comfy bed, nice deck and very rustic.
The staff were lovely, we both had massages which nearly sent us both to sleep. Food was good and the buffets were very tasty.
The bar is different every night depending on the guests of course and the night we arrived several guests had instruments and were playing live music - great fun -other nights more chilled out and you can grab a board game or chat to another guest.
The island was like paradise. the bungalows are a stones throw away from the beach hidden in the coconut trees. the beach is stunning - the water was warm and very clear. The sound of birds waking you up was wonderful too.
we did not have time for diving but hired snorkel gear and had a blast - saw loads of sea turtles, lion fish, clown fish and so on. we didnt want to leave and have promised to return
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pandan Island is a private island with a small resort on the West coast of Occidental Mindoro, Central Philippines.Since the island was 'discovered' and the resort established in 1986 by a French adventurer, this tropical island retreat has been voted time and again as one of the top resorts in the Philippines, not in terms of luxury (we do not have air-conditioned rooms, room service or cable television networks on the island) but for it's life close to nature and it's personalized atmosphere. Pandan Island is for people who like to spend time in tropical surroundings where you are woken up by the singing of colorful birds, where there is only a palm tree between you and the sea, where you still know your neighbors.All bungalows are built in native materials, like coconut lumber, bamboo, sawali, cogon grass to let them blend easily into their tropical surroundings. Care has been taken to provide a simple yet comfortable atmosphere with a maximum of privacy for all who need to get away from hectic life. Since all the electricity on the island is provide by a solar system our bungalows do not have air-con or fans.T he bungalows are built directly by the sea separated from the beach only by palm trees and / or bougainvillea bushes with the breeze from the sea providing for ventilation.Each house has its private gecko (lat. gecko gecko) that is believed to bring good luck to the house it inhabits.Besides spending your day in a hammock or exploring the few secluded beaches, we offer a wide range of activities to choose from. Scuba Diving in the coral gardens around Pandan or around the nearby Apo Reef is the most popular and exciting activity to engage in but we also offer you the possibility to explore the jungle rivers of nearby Mindoro by kayak or visit the small coastal town of Sablayan and meet its friendly inhabitants.However you choose to spend your vacation, our staff will do their utmost to make your stay on Pandan Island a relaxing or adventurous experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pandan Island Hotel Pandan Island