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Tandikan Beach Cottages
Ranked #70 of 104 Speciality Lodging in El Nido
Davao City, Philippines
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4 reviews
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“Great view, great value and friendly, helpful people.”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We came across the Tandikan Beach Cottages in the evening after being badly let down by the hotel we had originally made a reservation with. The family Fernandez made us feel very welcome and were able, at VERY short notice, to give us a cottage on the beach at a very reasonable rate (900 pesos) which included breakfast on the porch - this made our daily breakfast facing Cadlao Island a memorable meal.

We were able to rent their kayak which made for an enjoyable day out although I don't think we'll be winning any Olympic medals in the future!

All in all, a great week and this was, in no small part, due to the family Fernandez.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Stayed here for five nights in a double room right at the beach. For 1100 pesos we got the double room with a private bathroom, fan and breakfast included. Room is clean and OK. Breakfast is served on the porch with view on the beach. It is simple but a good start for the day. Your room will not be cleaned every day. If you want new towels you have to ask for them. Because electricity is cut every morning in El Nido, your fan will stop working in the morning as Tandikan does not have a generator.

Overall a good place to stay and great value for money!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2013

Our beach front cottage was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our breakfast on our porch every day (included). The owners were very very helpful. It was no problem to store our luggage on out last day in El Nido in their house and they even asked some their friend to provide us a shower in his house, as we were leaving El Nido around midnight and already had no room. Unbelievable! :)

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Tereza D
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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2013

The cottage is right on the beach and you can't go wrong @ 900 pesos. Clean rooms, friendly staff, free wifi, cheap on-site laundry service.

I was pleasantly surprised that my reservation actually worked! I basically showed up middle of the night and quietly checked into my rustic, clean room.

Jane can arrange everything from bicycle & motorbike rental to island hopping tours. Heck, you could even ask her if you can come with them on their motorcycle when they visit their farm out by Baratuan area; they're quite friendly.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2013

As a backpacker what more can you ask for? Its right on the beach front, its cheap and clean and the staff are lovely.

After so many nightmare places we stayed in the Philippines this place put our faith back in our judgement! If we are back in this part of the world we would not hesitate to stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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3 Thank PaulFarrugia
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quezon city
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2012

we had reserved for dara's cottages but when we get there there no vacant.hahah.. that why we move to tandikan. they are very hospitable very kind specially ate Jane who's handling Tandikan and i do'nt believe their are thieves like one previous comment. i will never believe that.we stay 1 week and it was so excellent for us. so cheap, clean, service and location. no need for expensive hotel rooms coz you have tour every day and you have so much activity by land or beaches..we recommend the tandikan best of the best .. :)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Davao City
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

We had a really good stay at Tandikan. The rooms are clean but no towels. The staff are nice. It located in the beachfront but not so near where the party is or where the boats for the tours dock but that's okay because we don't like the noise anyway ;) At the back part of the cottages, there's a gate to the exit and from there you can stroll along the streets where there are lots of tour companies, food stalls and more!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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1 Thank jackyutie
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Property: Tandikan Beach Cottages
Address: El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
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Ranked #70 of 104 Speciality Lodging in El Nido
Number of rooms: 3
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Tandikan Beach Cottages El Nido, Palawan Island

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