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Mayas Native Garden
Ranked #7 of 25 Moalboal B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Super friendly and very accommodating staff! Great mexican and filipino food. Cozy and clean native cottages. Perfect for those who just wants get away from the city life. Very laid back and relax atmosphere!

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Me and my husband stayed at Mayas for 10 nights at the end of February 2014. The cottages are located just a few minute walk to the small beach, break-wall and local restaurants. We booked the fan cottage, and intended to upgrade to an A/C cottage but loved our hammock so much we stayed in our initial one! (The owner, who was visiting also at the time, said that soon all cottages will have a hammock!) The fan cottage was spacious for the 2 of us, the balcony was very large with 2 benches, a table with 2 chairs and a hammock, and the outdoor sink was great for rinsing off our snorkel gear from sea water. I wish there was an added bench inside or shelf to place our luggage on though. No matter, there was lots of room in the cottage. The bathroom was normal, with all necessary things. I think the fan cottage is in the best place on the lot - there is only one cottage beside it, and it sits back from the restaurant behind the gardens. There is also a nice view of all of the flowers and the gardens from its balcony. The staff was fluent in English and easy to communicate with, and super-friendly. They greeted us by name and remembered our favourite orders from the menu. It was easy to book a driver too, when we wanted to visit Oslob for whale-shark watching, as well as for our trips to and from the airport. A thing to mention: you have to ask to have your room cleaned when you want it. At least that's what we had to do. Oh, one of the staff, Rose (if she is still there), is RMT licensed and offers massages in your cottage - I recommend her. The restaurant is very good, too. I read about it before going there, and couldn't wait to try the different dishes. EVERYTHING we tried was delicious. I highly recommend the burritos, and tzatziki dip. All the dishes were fresh, and filling, yet not too much that you can't go out for a snorkel or dive after lunch :) We were lucky enough to meet the owners and their family while we vacationed there. They were very friendly and had great recommendations. When we left, they gave us a Mayas t-shirt to remember the cottages by! We had a great time in Moalboal at Mayas Native Garden, and it being so close to the reef wall, we got to snorkel 3+ times a day and swim with the sea turtles and anemone fish without even going far. I would definitely recommend Mayas to other couples, dive or snorkel adventurers, and travellers looking for a comfortable and safe place to stay.

Room Tip: In the months before the hot season starts, the fan room is quite adequate to keep cool and it at a...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We were there during the Holy week of 2014 and the place was very awesome, relaxing, and quiet (great for travellers like me). When I called Peter and his staff about the booking and reservation they were kind enough to book it for me and had a bank transfer since paypal was not available from my end. When we arrived, we were welcomed by Lita/Lito and the rest of their staff, gave us a welcome drink, help us plan our trip and gave a few advices. Their staff is very polite, they greet us every morning (cant say enough)

Their rooms are also very spacious. It's like you are in your own home to relax at night. Considering the price, you will really get a return of investment. The food is also great! I love this place and will definitely go back soon!

Room Tip: Book at least 3 weeks ahead of time, request for a Fan Cottage at 800 per night. This place is not h...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We stayed in Maya's Native Garden last weekend, at the family house. Huge place, good for our group of six. We ate in the restaurant for breakfast twice, and the servings are huge. Try their sausage which french fries, delicious. For dinner, we used their grill for inihaw na matambaka and inihaw na liempo. We had a hard time getting the coals to catch fire, but the staff really helped us. They gave useful tips about the area, and were very approachable and helpful. Makes a big difference to a trip somewhere new.

Special shoutout to Ate Rose and Ate Christen! :D

Room Tip: Get the family house if you're a big group. It has an aircon room with a bed good for 3 on the g...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

Each room is a bungalow raised on stilts. Clean, modern with a fan and air conditioning. Warm but no hot shower. There's a room safe, however no instructions are written and the staff said they would show me how to use it but didn't. A lovely garden surrounds the bungalows and the pleasant staff make it welcoming. My only dissapointment was that there's no place to hang your clothes. There's a large cupboard, but no bar / rail with hangers for your shirts. With the large size of the cupboard, it wouldn't have been hard to include one. Wifi was fine in the restaurant, but poor in the room. I'd stay here again.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We stayed at a resort near Maya's, but ended up eating at the restaurant twice. It was amazing. The staff were so nice and pleasant, and the food was amazing. The menu was huge. We tried the Mexican inspired food, which was really good. They even made fresh nachos. The cabins looked cute and quiet. I would consider staying there if we are back in Moalboal. Regardless of where you stay, make time to check out this restaurant.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2014 via mobile

Nice and clean, quite and affordable place! The food is good, as well is its location when it comes to the other spots around. Enough options aroud fir diving (Nelson!) and swimming/snorkling or motorbike rentals. Furthermore.. The people working at Maya's are doing a great job.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Moalboal
Price Range: £12 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Mayas Native Garden 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mayas Native Garden, is located on Panagsama Beach. Panagsama Beach is an old fishing village, which has become a divers paradise, with the discovery of Pescador Island, Tongo Point and other superb dive spots. The village has developed into a laidback heaven for divers, backpackers, adventurists, sun & cocktail tourists, expats as well as eco tourists. This diverse composition of tourist together with the warm and friendly Cebuanos (inhabitants of Cebu Island), makes Panagsama a unique place to spend your holiday, leave or weekend. ... more   less 
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