We stayed at Mountain Beach Resort from September 1 till September 5. Actually, we would have stayed longer, had we not been invited by a friend to visit her rice farm near Calapan. It was a snap decision to go to Mindoro and we arranged our stay by telephone from Manila just one day before arrival. We were looking for quiet place away from bustle of tourist hubs and we found exactly that. The resort is located on Talipanan Beach next to outlet of the small brook. The place is beautiful, surrounded by jungle covered mountains, which you can appreciate best by swimming or boating some distance from the beach itself. It really deserves its name.
The resort obviously underwent some development in recent years since there are different buildings from simple bamboo huts, bungalows with fan, up to block of air-conditioned rooms, which are obviously the most recent addition. The curiosity is the presence of small enclave of local family that refused to sell their property during development of the resort and remain in the middle of it going about their daily business.
We rented AC room with cable TV for 1800 peso per night. The room was quite scantily equipped with two double beds, nightstands, small table and chairs. It was OK because most of time you will spend outside, but what I really missed was a reading lamp. The room had tiny private toilet and bathroom with electric water-heater and shower. There is a small veranda with massive wooden table and chairs in front of each room to enjoy a drink and absorb the atmosphere of the place. At the other side of the room beyond the flimsy backdoor you will find open cooking place with gas-stove and sink, but no pots or utensils. Anyway, we did not plan or need to cook our food, because open-air restaurant served all our needs. There were only two other guests during our stay so understandably it was necessary to plan our meals and order ahead of time. Classical Philippine dishes were well prepared and ample; we especially enjoyed fresh grilled seafood. None of the items on menu we ordered exceeded 200 peso. Icy San Miguel beer was always available for reasonable 40 peso. There is WIFI available free of charge in the restaurant, but it doesn't reach the rooms.
The beach is partly sand and partly pebbles. Swimming is excellent and on the right hand side of the restaurant (facing the sea) there is a coral garden offering easy opportunity for snorkeling and watching underwater life. At the west side, the beach ends with rocky promontory. There are several other resorts at this end on of the beach. If you swim around the promontory, you will find yourself on completely secluded white sand beach surrounded by steep cliffs and jungle. Walking eastwards, you can reach busy White Beach after some 45 minutes, but be ready to climb over some rocks and get your feet wet, especially during the high tide.
The owner and her staff were pleasant and helpful, they arranged for us a trip to Tamaraw waterfalls as well as transport to Puerto Galera when we cut our stay short.
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