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Tamaraw Beach Resort
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

Since our last visit five years ago, the Sison family who runs this place has privatized this once lovely, remote beach and use it for their exclusive financial advantage. They have build a huge hotel (a law suit against them is pending as they apparently ignored local rules and build the hotel twice as high as they are allowed to) and are currently working on a conference center that will assure them business during the off season. As a result Aninuhan Beach has turned into a crowded and dirty strip of sand that does not compare well with the little patch of paradise that this beach once was. It is not as bad yet as neighboring sleazy White Beach and Sabang with their drinking emporiums, sex tourists and karaoke onslaught, but it is getting there. The owners of the ressort seem to be so busy with counting money that they somehow forgot to do something about the sewerage that right now pumps liquid waste from the hotel across the beach into the once clear water of the bay. The cigarette butts, shampoo sachets and junk food wrappers are left on the beach, where the clientel (mostly lower middle class Filipinos who stuff huge families into hotel rooms good for two and who you can watch sitting around Generoso bottles in the evenings with loud pop music pumping from their rooms) dropped them, as the owners of the ressort prefer to take rather than to tend to the environment that they are exploiting, and aparently have not bothered to assign somebody to clean up after their customers. Absurdly, at the same time, the infrastructure has not kept up with the onslaught of new customers, meaning that you might have to wait up to two hours for your food, when you order around noon or at around seven from the sour-faced waiters! Keep in mind that every peso you spend here will be used to further wreck this once-beautiful place so consider carefully if you really want to stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank fellowtraveller2001
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Reviewed 5 March 2009

This was the third time we've stayed at Tamaraw beach. We were there twice last year too. We booked a private outrigger through Tamaraw - they met us at Leah Beach, Batangas, and the boat took us straight to Tamaraw beach. The crossing is about an hour and a quarter.

We stayed in the new concrete building the first visit, but now prefer to stay in the simple bamboo cottages on the beach, even though they are not as modern/comfortable.
The bathrooms in the cottages are a bit basic but adequate. Better in the new block.
Beds are a bit hard but also adequate. There's A/C, fridge and a TV if needed. We used the fridge as we brought our own milk but you don't need to bring booze - its so cheap everywhere you go.

The staff are very friendly indeed and try their best to please. Sometimes the service is slow, but if you don't mind waiting for a while, food is really good and its incredibly cheap. Likewise for the drinks such as shakes, San Mig beer, and their famous 'Mindoro Slings' ! Order one and watch the sun set over the water - we did every night.

Our young children love staying here too - making their own entertainment on the beach is far more fun than having it laid on by the 'kids club'. Its easy to arrange scuba diving over in White Beach - snorkeling at 'Coral Garden' can be arranged through the staff/boat at Tamaraw. They also have a banana boat, kayaks and wind surfers which are all great fun. Beach and sand is really good - however the sand slopes away quite quickly in the water, and there is a current so its not ideal for very young children.

There is a great Italian restaurant at the far end of the beach called Luca's - its an absolute must-visit for excellent food and wine - Luca is the chef and food is authentic Italian. It's about a 30 minute walk along the beach - but the walk is idyllic. A tricycle or jeepney can be arranged for the return journey to Tamaraw.

We went over to White beach a few times to look at souvenirs and there are some nice bars and restaurants although it can be noisy so you have to be selective.

A group of ladies from a near-by village offer massage on the beach for about 250 pesos for an hour - we indulged every afternoon. They are excellent.

To sum up, its a great place if you want a quiet, unspoilt destination for relaxing and recharging the batteries.

Don't visit if you're looking for great service, luxury or night life - you won't find it at Tamaraw. Instead, what you will find is a small piece of paradise, run by a very gracious host and his family.

We highly recommend it and we'll hopefully return for many more delightful holidays.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank JulesHongKong
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Reviewed 4 March 2009

a very nice place to visit specially with family and friends. you can find beautiful and unique stones in the shoreline. a place where you can relax and unwind.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mcpe
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

spent 3 days and 2 nights at Tamaraw beach resort. we got the 2 single beds with no tvto maximize our vacation. even until now, i can still remember how our vacation went...super happy...walking distance from the white beach...we crossed the beach by going through stones...kinda scary...it took us about 30mins on our first try...and luckily mastered it and took us 15mins na lang...pag relaxation time...we highly recommend Tamaraw...away from the noisy crowd if white beach and the best spot to watch the sun set! promise! also very friendly staffs! :-) i am lookign forward of visitng this place again...affordable yet very competitive service!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sweetcallie
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Reviewed 10 January 2009

I love this hotel and I love its location. We stayed on the fourth (top) floor of the "cement" building this year. The private cottage right on the beach last year was nice, but this was nice too, with a fantastic view of the ocean and mountains from the terrace outside our room. It was a great spot for reading, gazing, relaxing. And I got a great workout going up and down 4 flights of stairs; as expected, no elevator. That's the only steep price you pay for a view at the Tamaraw. The daily rate this year was about $40.
The place was very busy at first for the All Saints holiday, but was pretty quiet after the first weekend of November. The restaurant seemed to be a bit slow this year, but the food is better than average and worth the wait.
The staff is very friendly and nice and the beach is wonderful, especially at dusk. I look forward to returning here again and again.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank exoticpeace
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