Purple Snapper really was a HUGE step up from the previous place I stayed on the island. The staff is very friendly and they make you feel comfortable. The restaurant has a pool table and they recently added a ping pong table next to the swimming pool.
Before I say anything about the room I have to say that the restaurant alone is pretty amazing. The pizzas and especially the burgers are delicious (served with herbed homemade fries!) I like the simple menu anyway over the long ones they tend to have around. The food is reasonably priced. Also the breakfast (which was included in the room price) is better than the average. You choose your poison from their breakfast menu (f.ex. American is bacon, eggs and pancakes) and it includes bottomless coffee, tea, milo AND juice.
The room was mosquito free and spacious. Clean western toilet with hot shower was icing on the cake. Room was clean, as were the premises. They keep the garden nice and clean, the rooms even have a small pool outside where you can rinse your feet from sand before going in.
Wifi speed was excellent for an island connection and the possibility to watch movies in the restaurant was nice. There are plugs available in the restaurant so no matter if you sit there for hours with your computer.
I also have to mention, that the resort has an excellent professional photographer on staff, if you ever wanted to get those perfect holiday/honeymoon/whatever shots. The same guy took us to see cockfighting, which happens every Sunday. Good fun!
The resort just opened in November 2010, but I have no doubt in my mind that it will be very popular in no time. They just do everything just a little bit better than the rest. I really felt the enthusiasm they have of making the place even nicer.
The only downside really is the ongoing roodsters and karaoke, but there's no escape from that in South-East Asia anyway. Bring earplugs if you have trouble sleeping.
PS. Here's an example of some fun we had one afternoon at the pool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoWG7UNb18E
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Purple Snapper Dive Resort is emerging as one of the best places to stay in Malapascua. Located 100 meters from Bounty Beach, Malapascua’s primary shore, Purple Snapper Dive Resort offers travelers a good taste of local life and culture while in close proximity to the beach. Being one of Philippines’ top diving destination the resort is a good choice for those hit by the diving bug. We are never too far from many of Malapascua’s dive operators better yet, check out our newly opened dive shop. Stay with us and only be a dive away from seeing Malapascua’s majestic attraction-the thresher sharks. Pick any of our 25 native style rooms and be treated with true Filipino hospitality. Mabuhi! Welcome to paradise! Wecome to Malapascua! ... more less
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