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Punta Del Este
Ranked #25 of 53 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Reviewed 6 April 2014

It's our family's second summer visit to Puerto Galera. We're all from Manila. Last year, we were turned off by the services a certain villa resort which i'd rather not say the name and told ourselves never again will we go back. I was a bit hesitant in going back to Puerto Galera fearing the same experience might happen even if we book at another place this time. But when I surfed the web and heard about this place, and after checking out all the positive comments here in TripAdvisor about Punta Del Este, all the praises don't go at par as when you actually experience at least an overnight's stay here at Kasbah Remo Villa in Punta Del Este. Excellent in all aspects: View, Amenities, Service...even the food!! Part of the package is having a maid and a cook that can do your errands. Even the yayas we brought along with us got to enjoy their vacay. My 7 year old niece celebrated her 8th birthday here at the kubo. We decorated the the kubo with lots of balloons and birthday bantings. She loved it. Even made a short speech after blowing her birthday candles which only her parents can translate...."I love my family. I love it here." The kids enjoyed the experience of having a mosquito net and didn't complain about not having an aircon in the room. However, maybe next time the owner could provide a dvd player so the kids can also watch cartoons. The cartoon channels on cable are snowy.

Hats off to Ate Mel, the resident cook. As long as you have fresh fish around, she can whip up a mean "kilawin" (fresh raw seafood in vinegar). I had to fight for my share after asking her to make another batch. I was able to bring some back to Manila. Yumm!

If you're a yogi, this is your place. Tip on doing your yoga, do it inside the house with closed glass doors overlooking the sea. The winds by the balcony can sometimes be too cold for comfort.

Even if the owner, Ms. Shyla, isn't around i know we were in good hands. Thank you very much Ms. Shyla for your birthday gift to my niece. It's a lovely gift of a discounted stay for me and my family.

We're going back before this summer ends.

Room Tip: Choose the Kasbah Remo Villa and get the suite room on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Lovely place/lovely staff, perfect for a 5 days escape with friends.
The view is amazing, the food is great and the service is beyond excellent! Many great activities around.

I recommend to everibody.

Also we came from hong kong and the transfer from the aiport + boat was quite smooth.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Jeudes39
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We went to Puerto Galera for the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival and most of the hotels in Puerto Galera were fully booked. We were brought here by a friend who had stayed here on previous visits and it was definitely a great choice. We stayed in the 4 room pool villa with a great view of the ocean. It is a bit away from town but the hotel has a service vehicle that can bring you wherever you need to go. A very peaceful and quiet hideaway for families or groups.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank daCoach420
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

I do a long research where are the top beaches in Puerto Galera and i found this Punta Del Este. As i was browsing their site i found the place realy beautiful because of the view . Ms.Shyla the one who i always sending email regarding my queries and needs is very acomodating. We stayed there overnyt only. We are 11adults and have 3kids We came at Feb 21,2014 around 2pm and we were so amazed when we saw the villa upclose and personal it's more stunning and beautiful versus on the website's photos. As our requested to Ms Shyla that we want seafood on our 1st lunch at the villa as we arrived the foods are all ready and finally met Ate Imelda which is accdg.to some reviews that i read she is very kind and a nice cook & its true that you will feel like you own the villa because they are the one who will cook for you just tell them what dish u want them to prepare and give them the money and later on they will give u all the receipt. We just didn't meet Ms Shyla bec.she was at Baguio that time but she still very acomodating and even checking on us if we are ok in the villa or is there anything else that we want. She is very kind. We didn't have the chance to swim in the pool because it was very very cold that time, we only enjoyed our 1st day by just looking at the view all day, take some pictures w/the family and we even went down to the private beach but we don't swim also bec.the waves are very strong we just went down to see the place also and took some pictures.On the next day we met Mr.Xavier Remaus the owner of the villa. He was also checking on us, if we are enjoying our stay and we do some chit chats. Overall our experience in Punta del este was soo...perfect if u want to relax your mind and body from all the stress esp.in work this is the PERFECT PLACE.. we are sad that we're going to leave this beautiful paradise l..if only we could stay longer.. but we will definitely COME BACK.... thanks for sharing us your beautiful paradise... it's priceless...

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Thank Irenescott
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We stayed there after the typhoon Yolanda hit Philippines. The staff is very good and helpful. I really like the two ladies who were helping us there. It's a beautiful place with very nice location but a WARNING that because it's on top of the mountain and the house is open, some rats are going inside the house.

Another downside is that during the power shortage after the typhoon, they would only run their generator for 6 hours (6pm to 12mn) to save money. The manager, Shyla Roque, would say that they don't like to over heat their generator but if you contribute to the gasoline, they will do so. So, it's not a generator problem but cost of running it. Though she gave us discount in staying there because I asked for it, it's still disappointing because she should have been honest from the start. In comparison we stayed in boracay which was also affected by the typhoon and the resort we stayed there has a generator and they did run their generator (cut it from 11am to 4pm to rest it) without extra charge.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank Sharon Faye A
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We traveled to Punta del este by land from Manila. Took the ferry with our cars and we don't regret it! Such a scenic drive. When we arrived, it was getting almost dinner time and they had prepared dinner for us (we called ahead). The food was delicious, the house perfectly lovely and the weather warm but not sweltering.
Although the rooms have no aircon units, the fans are more than adequate to keep you cool at night. The mosquito netting was practical and such a novelty that my kids (ages 10, 9 and 5) didn't complain about the lack of air conditioning.
The pool was perfectly lovely and the service excellent. The walk down to the beach is a workout! But well worth it. You can see fishermen pulling in their catch from the patio. The lawn leading to the beach is a nice area to hang out in and do group activities. We will definitely return to this place.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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3  Thank Nannydrilon
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Living and working in Hong Kong, Punta del Este is the ideal getaway from busy life: 90 mn flight plus 90 min car and 60 mn boat ride and you change world: peaceful, comfortable, beautiful location and view. Walking to the fresh fish market and having kilaween prepared by the cook on duty is an unforgettable experience.
The rooms are cool with natural breeze, comfortable and roomy.
A very nice place quiet but not too far from the buzz when you like to meet the crowd!

Room Tip: Corner room at Khasba is best!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Tabinay Munti, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #25 of 53 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Price Range: £226 - £264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
More than a hotel, Punta del Este is an authentic getaway. It gives you the chance to live your retreat or your holiday in genuine privacy, enjoying relative seclusion and yet having the benefit of proximity to essential services. From the top of the beautiful green promontory, nearly all around it, you are able to catch the awesome sight of the broad ocean with its islands, indented coast and sandy coves, as well as the view of the nearby beach and, behind it, the lowland villages imbedded in wide coconut groves. From a distance you can also watch the small town’s life. In just five minutes you get there easily, looking for shops and services. In the background of this unique community, the skies offer incessant scenes of marine clouds gathering above the jungle and engulfing inscrutable mountains. Beyond the landscape reside the mysteries of the hinterland and its indigenous people. Better than a suite, your accommodation is a large villa. Absolutely exclusive, highly private, hidden from onlookers, even clothing optional, it becomes your home for the duration of the stay. Staff and cook are at your service, striving to provide what you need, that it’d be food, drinks, information, means of transport, access to activities and wellness services. More private than a restaurant, we operate in self-catering mode. After planning the meals with you, the cook goes shopping. You may even join her to the market (bringing your food is possible, no corkage fee). She prepares and serves the meals. If you love cooking, she is your assistant. Alternatively, at our smaller bungalow or studios, you will be cooking for yourself. Anyway our staff does the cleaning in the morning and remains attentive to your needs, providing information and assistance for transportation, activities and wellness. Accommodation: + Two exclusive villas, the equivalent of complete suites, each with its own private amenities: swimming pool, kitchen, dedicated cook and staff, terraces, garden with “kubo” gazebo, path to the nearby beach. One of the villas takes 8 guests in 4 bedrooms with private bathroom, the other takes 10 guests in 4 bedrooms and a mezzanine, each with private bathroom. Approximately two minutes down to the beach. + Two studios, in the immediate vicinity of either villa, each offering room for 2 to 3 guests on a large double bed, plus a sofa bed or a folding bed if requested. Private bathroom and complete kitchen. Private balcony with sea and mountain view in one of them. Two minutes down to the beach for one and three for the other. + One seclusive “bahay-sudio”, or small bungalow, nested on a platform of the cliff, half-way down to the beach. It’s a small native style house with room for 2 or 3 guests on a king-size bed and a folding bed if requested. Private bathroom and complete kitchen. Private balcony terrace. One minute down to the beach. We assist our guests in finding and organizing any activity or excursion that they would fancy and is available in the area. We can arrange your transfer from the airport to the villas. Free shuttle from/to the arrival/departure pier in Puerto Galera. ... more   less 

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