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“Nice place, but long to get there.”

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Gota Village Resort
Ranked #2 of 11 Caramoan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Baltimore, Maryland
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Nice place, but long to get there.”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

The resort is nice. Nice little cabins with good sleeping accommodations. Stayed with my fiance and her son and it was good they had a small bed in another room for her son to sleep on. The beach was nice, and food was ok, and as always in the Philippines, the staff were friendly and attentive. The biggest problem was the long bus ride, and the two hour boat trip. There are places that take less time that are just as nice and the beaches are actually better. And as an FYI, when someone from the Philippines says a white sandy beach, they mean some sand and the rest is rocks, so be prepared...lol..

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

The place is definitely wonderful. The facility was great for a remote location but the problem is it is poorly maintained so in the future- it may not bee that great. The food is the problem. Its too expensive, the choices are limited and the availability is limited, you can no longer order after 10PM. Its also difficult to order some items (i.e. some foods are included in a set meal and you cant request for a particular item from the set meal). The option to address this food problem is to go to the town proper to eat.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Luzon, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

The place and food was great! The people are very welcoming and accommodating. An island we went is just so relaxing that you wouldn't want to go. The down side was just they would not give you the exact time of when the boat would leave probably because when we were there it rained. Some basic needs in a hotel room wasn't available. But non the less the experience was good. I'll be back for sure.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Makati, Philippines
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

This is the best hotel you could find in caramoan,the resort is very secluded and beautifully planned. However i had lots of disappointments also. Since the resort is very secluded i felt like we were trapped. Two days felt too long. Going to caramoan is really a challenge. 2 hours land travel from Naga airport and another 2 hours boat ride on a rough sea and another 30 minutes ride going to Gota. Since we availed the package from gota village they provided us free pick up at the port. But the van was a bit run-down and no ac. Paying 5k person they should at least provide you with a van with ac. After almost 5 hours of travel all you would want to do is eat. When we got to restaurant we were informed that our package meal is set already. (you can't pick your own meal) We were not informed about this when we booked our room. The meal is chicken adobo that almost don't have meat since they use native chicken, one bland toasted fried fish. (fish is abundant in the island they should at least picked a good kind of fish and grilled eggplant, a very sweet iced tea for drinks and cold rice.
Really they can't even provide you with a good quality rice. And since all the meal is cooked prior to your arrival at the restaurant, the food is already cold.
If you can't even pick your own meal that just ruins your holiday. We fought hard though to change the set meal the next day and glad they let us however the taste is still pretty mediocre for what you pay but being in a secluded resort you really don't have any choice.
My only complain is the food but other than that the place is really beautiful. Feels like you are on your own paradise. However i don't think i would go back again. The long travel and the hassles are just not worth it.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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118 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Was a little concerned based on some of the reviews I had read but ended up really enjoying Gota Village. It is perfectly located for exploring the amazing islands of Caramoan. The cabins were very clean and comfortable with great a/c and plenty of hot water. The food was very good and reasonably priced! The beach at the resort is fantastic - best of the places we stayed in Caramoan. We did the "a la carte" version instead of the package. The complaints tend to be about the package but I have no complaints at all about the resort doing it "pay as you go". We had an excellent time and will most likely be back again next year.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013

We arrived to Gota by chance: we had a booking for another hotel that happened to be fully booked. Because of this blissful mistake, we ended up at Gota Village.

Hidden between mountains, Gota is an amazing resort for a very affordable price. The cottages are clean and modern, the bed was comfortable and the shower had an amazing water pressure (this is not common in the Philippines, specially on the provinces). The private beach is amazing and it's located on a place where people can enjoy peace and quiet for a few days.

The food on the restaurant was overall good, yet it took a long time to be ready. It was OK though because the service was amazing. On the first night, my friend and I were absolutely tired and we didn't want to leave the room: we asked the staff if they could bring us the dinner of our choice (chicken curry. Really good choice) and they did, with a jar of water.

I believe Gota is usually closed on the high season due to the Survivors. But it's easy to understand why Gota was the resort of choice for the production of the show. I loved it and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

We went overnight at Gota Village while typhoon Labuyo was slashing Luzon. Twas signal #1 from #3 the day before. Sea transfer was cancelled. However, since we were already at Sabang Port, we decided to take a private banca. 2.5 hours of a roller coaster ride on the rough seas. There was no turning back and we entrusted our lives to God and the 2 boatmen. The journey seemed endless. Alas, Caramoan port was in sight that I wanted to hug Jack, the boatman as a sign of relief and gratitude for a safe journey. The van was already there waiting for us. Another 30 mins of road travel until we reached Gota Resort. We were greeted with a cold towel and drinking water which wiped the salt from our face & neck. We were then led into our wooden cabin with linen white bed comforters and fresh towels. I didn't expect that a govt-owned resort will be this nice and comfy. Lunch was good - talong salad, grilled fish & chix adobo. After filling our stomach, we went island hopping. We saw the island where the different Survivor episodes were shot incl the local one and the TV series Paraiso. Different islands had different charms. Twas massage time before dinner - pork sinigang, grillef tulingan & Bicol express. Breakfast @ 530am - corned beef & fried egg, the ff day before my children and son-in-law went river tubing & cliff diving. All these were part of our package with some extras. Thanks to Resty, the manager, who was so accommodating that he wanted us to have a great time during our stay. Our return boat ride was now a bigger boat for approx 70
persons. There were portions of rough rides too and I got wet again but the sea was calmer this time unlike when we arrived.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Gota Village Resort
Address: Caramoan Island | Caramines Sur, Caramoan, Luzon, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Bicol Region > Camarines Sur Province > Caramoan
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Caramoan
Number of rooms: 19
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Gota Village Hotel Caramoan

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