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Badian Island Wellness Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Badian Island
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3 reviews
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“Absolute rort”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

The mandatory buffet dinner on new years eve cost 125 aud per person. For the price, the food was mediocre the whole fish overcooked spaghetti tasted like tomato sauce the chilli shrimps over cooked and limited dishes offered for the price. Also note that drinks and water is not included. As the buffet was disappointing we went for the a la carte and have been left waiting for an hr and still no food..also a la carte is actually half the price u will spend as opposed to getting the buffet upsell options..i am writing this as we wait for dinner due to pure boredom no apology when asking when the food will be ready they tell me they will check and go off to clean plates of other guests..three times we had to ask now four..and still no food A whole fish we ordered on the day we arrived for 700 pesos was slightly bigger than the palm of my hand and bland with not much meat at all. The photos are a lot grander than what you see when u get here.. the so called health
and beauty drinks on the menu were not available or missing key ingredients..not five star considering the distance u need to travel and other hotels/ resort options u have snorkelling is not free only the boat ride for the snorkelling gear you are looking at an additional 300 p/p and 350 per hour for raft hire to the kawasan falls on top of the 1300-1500 ..absolutely disappointing service and to think we spent new years eve and new years day here

  • Stayed December 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We stayed 3 nights at Badian Island this week. It is quite far from Cebu airport, the 2 1/2 hours that are advertised are at least 3 1/2 in reality.
The resort is very spacious, with beautiful beaches and excellent amenities. Dinner was served on another location every night: in the restaurant, at the pool side and on the beach.
The rooms are large, beds are good, and after check out you are being escorted to the pier where a singing band bids you goodbye. All in all, a very nice resort.

However... it is 32 years old and there are quite a few things that should be improved. In one of our rooms the toilet did not flush, even after three repairs. The A/C was too old to be repaired, the same for the safe deposit box. The internet was up and down most of the time. The staff did work very hard to overcome these problems, but some things just have to be renewed. We did not make use of the Spa or the day trips, mainly because of the costs involved. And that is my main point: because you are on an island you HAVE to use the F&B of the resort and the costs are simply too high for the offering.

Will we come back? Yes we will, because it is a fantastic location and the overall experience was very good, thanks to well trained hard working staff.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Tampico, Mexico
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189 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2013

the spa is greaaaat!! Also I recommend renting the paddle boat... it´s stunning to paddle even on your own and the views of the island from the sea are amaazing!!...It´s really worth it. Also whale shark watching is an activity worth trying while you´re here.

Room Tip: choose one with ocean view!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Cebu City, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2013

We stayed in this charming remote resort last week, with clean water, great and nice staff, delicious food, charming German Boss, and were disappointed by the lack of TV and slow internet connection. Bring your own Globe Tattoo USB connection if you need internet as much as I need it, daily.
Wine selection will make happy any French Wines "connaisseur" or expert.

Then on the last day, my expensive Sony digital video camera was stolen from my room, by someone having access to room, therefore probably an employee. It's sad and ruined my stay...as I am very cautious with my belongings....it never left the room, as I only used it from my room, and searched any square cm in the room for it, for hours. I am 100% sure it was stolen. Management says that only housekeeping has access to the rooms.
Conclusion: lock ALL your valuables, inside a safe place, in the safe, or the suitcase....

Room Tip: The Private Villas with private pools are unique and just amazing
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 April 2013

It's the first time I write a comment for a place in tripadvisor and it's because I read many bad comments about this place, and I strongly disagree. I've just coming back from there.
We chose a Juinior Suite, and everything was clean. It looks as in the pictures of the website of the hotel. I can't talk about the other accommodations, but Junior Suite was great. The food taste really good and the cocktails, also. The staff are very kind. Briefly, we didn't have any problem there, and I'm very fussy, mainly about cleaning rooms and the food.
The place it's perfect to relax and enjoy a beautiful sea, we went snokeling and we were lucky to see turtles, amazing!!.

There's always something to get better. For example, although the shower worked perfectly I think could be better. Give more complimentary water. And maybe cheaper activites would be nice. And that's all.

Really, for me the three hours to get in there from Cebu airport are more than deserve.

It's a expensive place but the quality is good, I informed before I get there, so I don't think is a thing to complain.

Keep it up.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank BLBHongKong
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Keratéa, Attiki, Greece
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2013

Its really worth taking the 3 hour ride from Cebu Airport to Badian Island.The resorts welcome and fairwell is absolutely touching.As my other half also celebrated his birthday on the island lovely miss Grace organized a surprise night for him, including a birthday cake, gift, and drinks at the end of our dinner, as well as staff singing with quitar! The rooms are clean and spacious with mini bar, huge bathroom, outside bath tub, and lovely balcony.Every day rooms are cleaned and fresh flowers decorated! The surrounding amendities are great, picturesque and really romantic.The staff are amazing and helpful!! The food prices though are really expensive and the food portions are really small.Spa services are available, but also over priced.Would be nice that the resort advised on their web site what months are suitable to visit the island as for 3 days we did not see the sun and tasted lond periods of rain. Other than that, would highly recommend, perfect for couples!Again staff are its 5*

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2013

+ Beautifully situated on its own island, very friendly staff. Spacious rooms.

- Extremely overpriced. Food, excursions, everything is 50-200% more expensive than in comparable hotels and resorts, even with better standard. As a small comparison, I take a small bottle of San Miguel costing maximum 125php elsewhere. It costs 220php at Badian. If you want to stay at a secluded resort I would rather recommend Alegre close to Sogod, It gives much better value for your money and is all in all better run. With those prices Badian takes one expects much more luxury. But it's not. Furniture is not good enough, the beautiful baths can not be filled more than half full with hot water. The shower does not work quite as it should. The breakfast buffet is OK, but not great. Etc, etc.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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4 Thank Mikael P
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Property: Badian Island Wellness Resort
Address: 6031, Philippines (Formerly Badian Island Resort and Spa)
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Badian Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Badian Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Badian Island Wellness Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Badian Island Wellness Resort is a luxurious and therapeutic brand of reclusive open-air relaxation is internationally recognized for the past 30 years. The luxury resort uniquely offers Thalasso or ionized seawater outdoor pools that can ultimately heal and revitalize the body. Today, the upscale resort focuses on sharing the gift of holistic well-being by introducing natural spa treatments, yoga exercises, and organic eating and drinking lifestyle. The exclusive resort offers first-class room accommodations, Wi-Fi Internet access, international cuisines, fine dining entertainment, exciting excursions, yacht cruising, scuba diving, and fun beach activities. Earning itself as one of the premier tourist resort destinations in the world, Badian Island Resort and Spa vows to carry on that legacy for more decades to come. ... more   less 
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