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Sampaguita Gardens
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kalibo
Philippines
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Hotel , Resort , Christmas, Dolls and more”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed overnight before proceeding to Caticlan (Boracay) so my kids could see the “Christmas Village” and doll figurines as advertised in their website. First impression: A bit strange when we got there at 9:00 pm. because the lights and trimmings for the Christmas Cottage were off and the giant Xmas tree which is the center piece, has no lights either. We were kind of expecting a well-lit, joyous Christmas Village.

The lobby/reception is beautiful but very quiet at night and very pretty during daytime .It has all the beautiful Christmas decorations which are perfect for picture taking. Beside the lobby is the restaurant which is also stylish and beautiful with paintings done by the owner Mr. Sam Butcher. The free buffet breakfast was okay. During our stay we had ham, danggit (dried fish), noodles, eggs, rice, cereals, bread, fruits, coffee and juices.

All rooms on the 2nd floor have veranda facing the ocean (lovely!) and a corridor facing the garden, Christmas Cottage and the carousel which is not working during our visit. Room is average and simple but comfortable and clean.

The Christmas Cottage is worth a short visit. On the first floor are items and dolls by Precious Moments sold to guests and non-guests. They are so pretty and for sure your little girls will love it. The 2nd and 3rd floors are part of the Christmas Museum (P10.00 entrance fee for non guests) with so many Xmas ornament displays. Its not airconditioned so be prepared to sweat a little.

Another worth a quick visit is Mr. Butcher’s Thai inspired house with a beautiful garden. He has vast collection of art pieces, figurines and furnitures . Picture taking is allowed.

The giant aquarium is no longer there and the chapel was locked. Some areas are not well maintained. The pool is big but we didn’t use it anymore. There is also a portion facing the ocean where one can just sit and watch it peacefully. Nice place.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Davao City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2012

It was a good 20-30min drive from the center of Kalibo. It was just a quick pit stop but an awesome experience. Generally, the resort is old but it doesn't make it any less interesting or worth visiting. I have always adored those teardrop-eye faces of the Precious Moments and been an avid fan! Really loved the place adorned with precious moments from the rooms, poolside, the shops, the chapel, paintings and posters on walls, etc... and you get to experience Christmas the whole year round. You may visit Jojo's Christmas Cottage where souvenirs, dolls, figurines, frames and other precious moments items may be bought. On the 2nd and 3rd floor features Exhibits of Christmas trees and decors. There is also Mr. Sam Butcher"s (creator of Precious Moments) very own mansion. We get the chance to tour around his house, furnished with antiques from around the world. The resort is really unique. Great for the family! Hopefully next time, we'll be able to stay and try their accommodation. Would still like to go back there again. Can't get enough of these Precious Moments!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Luzon, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2012

Unique experience because of the Precious Moment and Christmas theme. The reception area welcomes guests with big Christmas trees, a huge wreath and an assortment of angel decor, makes for a very pleasant welcome experience. The Standard room we got was very spacious (two double beds) with cable tv, free mineral water, bathroom with bathtub and strong airconditioning and fully functioning hot and cold shower.
Relaxing experience because the hotel is located inside a big compound and you can go around and visit different areas at your own pace. Hotel guests get in free at the Christmas Cottage and JLB Mansion. There's a P10 admission fee for non-guests. Precious Moments and souvenir items are available for sale inside the Cottage at the first floor. Dont forget to buy souvenir postcards at P10@. The Christmas Cottage houses an assortment of Christmas trees and holiday decor. The JLB Mansion, which is the home of Sam Butcher, is open to the public. We were lucky because two of the hotel's staff were present to tour us and give us tidbits about the different and unique items and antiques inside the mansion. Be mesmerized as you see several Swarovski chandeliers, mother of pearl inlaid cabinets, a 350 year old opium bed and lots lots more. When the tour/walk leaves you hungry, they have a restaurant. Must try is their jumbo and yummy hamburger, that was big enough to feed me, my hubby and daughter.
Quiet experience because we were not at all disturbed by the sound/noise of other guests and enjoyed a peaceful siesta.
The hotel had simultaneous seminars and quite a number of checked in guests while we were there and surprisingly it was quiet inside the hotel room.
* Transfers are included in the hotel package price. A van picked us up from the airport and brought us to the van terminal (going Caticlan) the following day.
* Complimentary buffet breakfast for two adults are included, we just had to pay extra for our daughter. The buffet spread is filling and child friendly (there's cereal). And the breakfast venue is cozy and quiet making breakfast a relaxing experience.
* Need additonal toiletries or forgot your medicines or loooking for pasalubongs? There are public tricycles parked outside that can bring guests to Kalibo. Just make sure to negotiate price first. Kalibo city center is roughtly 10-12 kms away from the hotel.
All in all, Sampaguita Gardens is a perfect pitstop before going to Boracay.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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boracay island, not bora
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2012

My daughter has a great time in this Hotel. From the Swimming Pool, to the Christmas Tree Building (I don't know what they called that building). I always love hotels offering Buffet Breakfast. Just remember that this place is move on happenings outside so don't expect something great inside your room.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Valenzuela, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2012

We stayed at Sampaguita Gardens last May before heading off to Boracay. It was a very enjoyable experience for us because the whole concept of the hotel is very unique because there are so many things that you can see there. The Precious Moments theme is the best! Their accommodation is really good. We were very satisfied. The rooms are nice and cozy, you even have a balcony. You can truly experience what you call "value for money" by staying in this hotel. They offer good service. The hotel rate is very affordable. It comes with complimentary breakfast which is not bad at all. They also have free transfers to and from the airport. We really appreciated what Sampaguita Gardens has to offer. If your flight is via Kalibo going to Boracay, you should not miss staying here for even just one night. For sure you will love it.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Paranaque, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2012 via mobile

we stayed here the night before we will go to boracay. shuttle was quick and ready when we landed late. The checkin was a breeze and when we were taken to the room, it was really small but looks nice in the picture. the binakol was far from expected. it tasted bland. the breakfast was ok but with limited choices but fair enough. price is high considering only a few amenities. the room had cockroaches crawling. i think the hotel is undergoing renovations, give it time and more funding, it will be nice again. for now experiencing it once is enough.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

During the 2012 World Surgical Foundation (WSF) Kalibo surgical mission, from February 11 to February 18, 2012, we stayed at Sampaguita Gardens Resort in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines for 8 nights and 7 days.

Sampaguita Gardens Resort is owned by Sam Butcher. Creator of Precious Moments.
It is a 15 minutes drive from Kalibo Airport. A peaceful haven outside the busy strip of Kalibo town center! It is Christmas every day at Sampaguita Gardens Resort! The pathways were adorned with Christmas parols (star lanterns) and angels. The front desk area was adorned with Christmas trees. Majority of the guests standard rooms are located overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The deluxe rooms are located near the SJB mansion.
For guests staying at Sampaguita Gardens Resort, the tours, namely, SJB Mansion, butterfly farm, and Jojo's Christmas Cottage (JCC) Museum of Christmas are free, otherwise, there’s a minimal fee of PHP10/person. The SJB mansion is filled with various collections procured by him. At JCC Museum of Christmas, you can buy Precious Moments dolls, figurines and other trinkets. At the 2nd and 3rd floor of JCC Museum of Christmas, it contains a lot of Christmas decors varieties, adorned Christmas trees, Santa Claus figurines, dolls and a Christmas village with a small toy train running.

Delicious and varied buffet breakfast was served at Mr. Sam’s restaurant, beside the front lobby. Our pre-arranged dinner was served at Oriental Flavors Restaurant. The poolside pavilion serves guests ala-carte lunch/dinner, huge portions. Unfortunately, because I am too busy with the surgical mission, I have not tried the spa and fitness center at the resort.
The management (Leah), maintenance, and kitchen (Suzette) staff was very friendly and accommodating.

If you're in town for an overnight or longer stay in Kalibo, Sampaguita Gardens Resort is a peaceful haven!

Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Sampaguita Gardens
Address: 506 Rizal Street | New Washington, Aklan, Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Kalibo
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kalibo
Number of rooms: 46
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