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Mermaid Resort
Ranked #18 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
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“Wonderful establishment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013 via mobile

We celebrated our 2nd anniversary in Mermaid Resort. Had the most amazing time. We opted for the complete round trip transportation and penthouse suite. It was perfect. Upon arrival to the Philippines, my boyfriend and I were greeted by the driver at the airport then we were driven to the pier near Batangas and rode on a private bangka. The gentlemen that drove the bangka then took as to Sabang, and they all helped in carrying our luggages to the resort. The resort was not that far from the pier, about 2 blocks away. When we arrived in the resort we were then greeted the most wonderful staff. Everything was as I had hoped and expected. But what amazed me was the courteous and friendly staff members. We made friends in the area, a lot of tourists in Sabang from all over the world. I'm definitely looking forward to the next time we travel to Puerto Galera. I wasn't too impressed with Sabang, but I was very impressed with Mermaid Resort.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

Everything was good, the rooms are nice, the pool also and especially the staff. each time I was at the front desk we had a good laugh with the girls from the reception. I would highly recommend that resort.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

Want to try something new as a diver? So it can only be recommended to dive with Mermaid in Sabang. Diving in the area is the most fascinating and mysterious I have experienced to date ... forget about 30-40 meters visibility, here it is about biodiversity at a rate so it is hard to understand. Has had 42 dives on the offered dive sites and there were not days where there was not found new exciting things especially a paradise for underwater photographers. In particular, it is recommended to dive on Verde Island a great combination of marine life and often dramatic landscapes at one time there were really so many fish that I could not see my buddy ... the closest you can get to dive in a fish soup ... a true panorama of colors and fantastic creatures. If you are not already familiar with the many tropical fish species, it is recommended to read about it before you leave ... a kind of filter that can help you to understand how great this underwater world is at this particular place. As a diver, I will not fail to mention that at times can be quite demanding diving ... not on the depth and navigation, but there are often strong and unpredictable current ... divers where it was more about survival than to enjoy the dive was seen in several cases. Is your focus deep blue ocean with the great things I cannot recommend this place…do as you are used to do and you get what you are used to get.
Diving with Mermaid's almost like getting a new family while you are there and there is a great positive atmosphere every day. Remi the Chief Executive does not make it boring. Our guide and divemaster Rolly is good to find the many special things with his trained eyes he ridicules things long before us but you are getting better day by day and learn quickly how to find the interesting stuff. Our girls in the reception / bar have mastered the day's events. The place is in all areas operated in a professional and entertaining manner my respect. If in doubt, just take a walk around the other about 40 diving centers in the area and you will see that the Mermaids standard, prices and location are top of the best.

This is warm thanks to Torben who owns the place, Remi and to all the wonderful staff members that was just amazing in the 2-3 we were staying in the area.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

I have stayed in many hotels in this area and at the other nearby beaches. This property is superior, well maintained and modern. Very nice private pool and situated in a way to enjoy the privacy you want and convenience of being close to the beach as well. Sabang Beach isn't a white sand type beach and is more suited for divers because of the amazing thriving coral reef here but you can still get the luxury you want when staying at this property. The food at the restaurant is also very good and well proportioned.

Room Tip: Get a pool room or the Penthouse room! They are really nice and being below the street level makes...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

I spent 4 days over there in order to dive.

Resort; we were staying in the resort which was very clean, quiet, perfectly situated (near the bank, up the principal street so you avoid all the noise of the discos), the staff is very professional and always available. In a word, perfect. Breakfast in the morning are the good quantity and cost or 200p.

Dive shop; we had around 10 dives in 3 days and were pretty impressed by the quality of the service. The gears are clean and in excellent condition, they also have some different propositions (Nitrox or different compositions). The staff, master divers and guides are all speaking perfect english. In or out the water, they were always aware of us without being too pushy. This allow us to focus on the dives and not on the logistic around each of them.

I will go back and stay in this resort!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

By far the best resort I had the joy to stay at. Rooms are very clean and well equipped, food was particularly nice, enjoyed everything about Mermaid including the dive operation. Most of all the staff are extremely nice, they seem to work together as one big happy family and make you feel part of the family too

  • Stayed December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

Great Resort in the Philippines. The Penthouse was just perfect. Very clean, cool and roomy. Loved the private terrace. Food in the resturant was great along with such a wonderful staff. The Dive Shop was very professional and I had some great diving trips. The dive trips are tailored to your level and places your interested in seeing.
The dive master knew just where to find the fish that would make for an awesome photo. The best diving experience is the day trip to the island with the dive crew cooking up some BBQ. I would use the pickup service in Manila to the boat dock upon arriving and departing to the island. It is so worth the cost plus the driver guides you to the right boat and helps you buy tickets. Looking forward to returning for another 2 week Dive Experience.

Room Tip: Penthouse......Room with the private terrace and large outside Jacuzzi.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mermaid Resort
Address: Sabang Beach | Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Mermaid Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mermaid Resort Puerto Galera is the finest dive resort in Sabang, Puerto Galera. The waters around have been dubbed the center of the center of marine biodiversity in the world. Mermaid Resort features 40 large guest rooms and suites -- all exclusively furnished with the comforts of a modern hotel resort. ... more   less 
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