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DEDON Island Resort
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Siargao Island
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews
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“As relaxing as it gets”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Just a brilliantly relaxing trip from the moment we were picked up in the Dedon Bus at Siargao airport to the private airport waiting room on the return trip,via the surfing, snorkelling, sunbathing and exploring in between.

Sean and his team manage your time fantastically, with the boat trip to Sohoton caves a stunning highlight - like the caves you can kayak through off Thailand, but with none of the people, crystal clear water and about 50 times bigger all done on a Dedon paddle board.

The surf instructors at Cloud 9 are great, but make sure you make it clear what you want out of the experience - are you a first timer just looking to get on a board in the small waves out the front, or a semi-competent novice who wants to test themselves in some of the medium sized stuff on the Quicksilver break - you'll be dependant on currents and tides as well as they'll take no risks with your safety.

The resort itself is magical, planned to perfection, like coming back home after a day of activities. The staff are as friendly, helpful and accommodating as you could wish for, and the food is great. I'd go back in an instant.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

If you're considering a trip to Dedon Island, book it now, if not sooner. You will not regret it. Myself and my family (husband and 2 kids - 10 and 7) had very high expectations of the trip to Dedon and they were surpassed. It's the most wonderful holiday destination I have every been to. They have got everything absolutely right. The Island itself is paradise and a very culturally rich place to visit; The service is faultless, thanks to General Managers Matt and Morag and their brilliant team, who consistently go beyond the call of duty to surprise and delight. The food is exquisite - delicious, varied and plentiful, thanks to head Chef Ashley and her team. The decor and aesthetics of the resort are outstanding, making simply lying around a pleasure on the eye. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of our trip was that there is so much amazing, exciting and fun stuff to do in and around the resort. We had plenty of time to relax, swim, play pool, have massages etc in the heavenly surroundings, but also really enjoyed our blissful island hops, bike rides, snorkling, island tours and more, all included and effortlessly arranged for us by the Dedon team. Don't miss the chance to watch a movie by moonlight - it's such a treat.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Dedon Island is an amazing place, words and our photos can not do this resort or the team justice.

It's was one of the best holidays we have had and was made so special by Morag, Matt and the team. The location is out of this world and the villas/grounds are simply stunning.

The pick up from the airport was superb with Ryan and James meeting us on arrival and whisking us off in a super Phillipino luxury mini bus. The ride to the resort is about 45 mins long and you certainly travel in style, as bus is fitted with Dedon sofas. We all enjoyed taking in the view and waving back to all the locals.

When we arrived at the resort everybody was there to welcome us at the entrance and we were shown straight to our rooms.No stressful check in!!! The villas have everything you need and the furnishings are very plush. Laundry is also included - no extra charge. Housekeeping was excellent.

The food was divine and we were overwhelmed by the variety and choice. It was all so fresh and full of flavor. They even catered special meals and snacks for our kids. We are all having croissant withdrawal symptoms - they were yummy and dough was from Paul bakery in France. Each mealtime we ate in a different area or table in resort.

The kids enjoyed making and eating the cookies. They also enjoyed Ernie the dog and loved both James and Ryan, who were just amazing with the kids. Every morning Our toddler is calling for Ernie. I think if we ever get a dog, he will have to be a male and we will have to name him Ernie. The garden swing, trampoline and all the games were a huge hit with the kids. Along with the kayaking in the mangrovesa and the swimming pool.

Sean made our day trips around the island very special. A major highlight was the rock pools at Pilar.....I mean it couldn't have got any better on that day. The other islands we visited had beautiful beaches with clear blue sea that was safe for kids to swim and also allowed the adults to do some snorkeling. The team brought beach chairs, snacks, drinks, towels, beach toys etc - everything was taken care off.

We had some lovely relaxing massages which you could have in the comfort of your own room.

The team at Dedon were very friendly and were genuine with their exceptional service. We have certainly been sharing our experience with our friends but I do have to say we would like to have kept it our secret. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Why has it taken me over a month to write this review? Well, I've been trying to find the right words to explain the experience of Dedon Island and it's not easy. It's actually hard to convey the exceptional concept of this place. For me, it was the perfect balance of luxury and adventure and I was able to shape both of those elements myself-- to suit my husband and me.

First the luxury: the villas, food, drinks and service are all flawless. However, it's the understatement of that luxury that makes it so easy to enjoy. No butlers or tuxedos or lace doilies... it's all so comfortable; you feel as if you're in the home of a friend. Want a drink? You can either ring up and have delivered to your villa, walk to the outdoor bar and be served or grab a beer from the bar fridge yourself. I opted for all three based on how I was feeling but all were equally as lovely and comfortable. Pop in the kitchen and greet the chef. Talk food, chop and onion if you like (or don't) but just feel at home. For me, there's no better luxury that actually feeling at home when you're away from your actual one.

Now for the adventure (and don't think we're leaving that comfortable luxury behind just because you're leaving the resort). Sean, the most amazing guide I've ever experienced, takes you by power boat 2 hours away form the resort to paddle board in the mangroves, explore real bat caves and cliff jump. He's full of facts and fun and careful of the tides so you're adventure doesn't become TOO adventurous. Of course, there's a lavender scented cold towel whenever you need it as well as tips on being a better paddle boarder, spotting a wild orchid or identifying a bird overhead. And a lunch complete with cheese burgers and local fruit and adobo chicken and ( because you're an American) diet coke! (that isn't actually available for 1000 miles and that you've mentioned you like- just once- and it appears in every cooler just like it would in your fridge at home). And that, my friends, is just day one and a small example of the balance the staff strikes between luxury and comfort.

Want to water ski? Learn to surf at age 50? All that's possible AND it's possible on your time in a way that makes you comfortable. When and how you want it but without the schedule of a big resort or the pushiness of someone on commission or that's never actually surfed or water skied before.

I do and I don't think Dedon is for everyone. It's what you make it. It's small and remote so if you want to go through a vacation never speaking to anyone but your companion then this isn't for you. If you're on an all-you-can-booze-holiday this also probably isn't for you.
But if you want an adventure with the luxury of a resort combined with the comforts of home, staff that immediately becomes like family and a mantra of conscientiousness to the environment, I can guarantee this will be the most memorable vacations of your life.

Room Tip: Villa 9 has a second bedroom loft and would be great for a family with kids or even a sharing couple...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

What a fantastic place. 9 beautiful villas in a fab tropical garden setting - and a very 'un-hotel' approach to service. We really felt like we'd visited friends or family...sooooo laid back you don't even lock your villa! Really comfy beds too - not usual 'hard' mattresses typical of most Philippines hotels

My 11 y.o. daughter wrote a thank you note that says it all: " Dear Dedon family - Thank you for letting us enter your home of kindness, happiness, fun and love. It was a great experience having so many beautiful people surrounding us at all times especially Ernie [the dog!]

So thanks Ernie, Marog, Sean, Cat, Brian, Em Em and Cat

Room Tip: - Airport facilitation including in Cebu is great - Bring dive booties (Dedeon provides masks, snor...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Las Piñas, Cavite, Philippines
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

There's so many great things to say about this resort.

1. From pick up from the airport all the way into the resort and our villas, our guest relations, James, was very helpful and knowledgable of all things we needed to know. Wasn't a robotic check-in, it was very organic and very homey.
2. The greeting when you get to the entrance of the resort was such a pleasant surprise. Where else would you find the whole staff waiting outside the resort to greet you and introduce one another?
3. The place was just awesome. It's like entering in a friends' house with impeccable taste of furnishings and the very well appointed Dedon furnitures! Chill music is abound the resort and because of the very limited amount of people allowed to reside, things are maintained pretty well.
4. The villas were beautiful. Beds were comfortable and their pillows were soft but not too soft. The aroma of the villa had a nice sampaguita scent which will be in the ever-available cold towels they hand out to you. The bathroom was amazing, one of the few hotel resorts that actually have bidets! And the design of the bathroom is so beautiful, from the wood carving down to the organic toiletries which we so wanted to grab but as of now, they don't have their own gift shops. Their mini ref is well stocked with your alcohol and other drinks as well as their own signature dried fruits (coconut, pineapple, and mango), which are delicious btw.
5. The food, omg, the food, chef Brian, cooked up awesome dishes for us all. The one that stuck with me was his lechon with apple sauce and his steak with gorgonzola sauce. I wanted to take advantage of their "ask for anything at any time" mantra but then I would return an obese man and they would hate me for asking things at the wee hours of the morning. Their alcoholic drinks were so good. The Dedon Island Slipper is a favorite as well as the, Naked Island. Kat/Cat, did an awesome job making those drinks and Larry was so kind to make us even pitchers of those and their delicious Amaretto Sour. Buko juice? Not a problem, it seems like it flows endlessly there and it always hits the spot with how sweet they are and refreshing.
6. The nest rest is such a cool hang out while watching the beach go from high tide to low tide as are the rest of their superb lounges. Powdery white sand, clear waters, and the awesome sunny weather make this place even better.
7. The adventures we were scheduled with care of Sean, were all so fun! Surfing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, island hopping, all were sooooo good. Just wish the dynamite fishing would stop so the reefs and sea life could thrive there!
8. The staff, again, were so welcoming. They were so nice, and not the robotic way of being nice like in most 5 start resorts, this was as if they were your 'barkada' or long time friends. In fact, when we left, the biggest take away was that we missed them all.
9. Ernie, the dog. Nuff said.

Definitely a place to come back to, just save up a bit...or a lot. ;)

Room Tip: We stayed in villas 6 & 7...7 has a better view but i'm guessing 9 is the most optimal.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

My wife and I decided to have our honeymoon vacation at Dedon Island Resort after I saw a feature on its owner in the NY Times. Since our stay, the NY Times has called this place one of the places to visit in 2013 and featured the resort in a separate article weeks after. The glowing reviews are well deserved. We were looking to get pampered but also because we are active people--have the opportunity to surf, bike, paddleboard, snorkel, beachhop--you name the activity that one can do at a beach and you can do it at Dedon Island.

From the onset, the entire staff made our honeymoon an unforgettable visit. Sean, our adventure guide, planned our visit to paddle board and cave swim and snorkel on our first day. And from there we felt the activity staff knew how to give us our privacy but also engage us with conversation about the landscape, marine life, culture, and topography of the islands around us.

The second day we went surfing with super-cool Marlowe and Wilmer who were patient instructors. My wife had a ton of fun finding a new activity.

We appreciated that our meals were privately arranged in different spots each night so we can have a quiet, intimate meal. And, let me say that the chef at Dedon is a Michelin chef who we would see in the mornings go off to buy fresh groceries from the local market. The Xmas eve BBQ was unreal and generous. Probably the best lechon I've had and being a Filipino I've had my share of suckling pig. The family style lunches with a blend of Filipino and western food was always satisfying. We miss waking up to our standard fruit bowl and eggs--so delicious every morning.

Our villa was so comfortable. The shower and bathroom facility were delightful. We still dream of taking the warm, nourishing showers in the mornings or after a long day of adventure. The staff thought of everything including access to a loaded iPod with all kinds of music to complement any mood.

We enjoyed our own yoga session on the porch in the middle of a category one typhoon. Ha!

Seriously, we thought our rooms were bugged with microphones because if there was something we were thinking--it was offered soon enough. A cocktail? Sure! Wine with dinner? Here you go, sir. Dried fruit and champagne with your breakfast? Why not.

I am not familiar with the term "barefoot luxury" but after our stay at Dedon--I'm not sure any other place could top what we experienced. We loved it so much; we dream of going back. Certainly, worth the money if you can afford it for an awesome experience.

I have to say: we were thinking of going to Palawan or Boracay--standard resorts in the Philippines that work for most people. But, if you are like my wife and I--we don't want anything commercial, we want to be active and try new sports or activities, and also are kinda like NYC foodies--this is the place for you.

Room Tip: The whole resort is a fitness center but there is no typical fitness center. One can get spa treatm...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: DEDON Island Resort
Address: Malinao | General Luna, Mindanao 8419, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindanao > Surigao del Norte Province > Siargao Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Siargao Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — DEDON Island Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippine Archipelago, but there's nowhere else on Earth like DEDON ISLAND. This unique resort is located on the southeastern tip of Siargao, one of the last islands of the Asian continent. Blessed with lush tropical jungles, white-sanded beaches and countless surfing breaks, including the world-famous Cloud 9 barreling wave. Nestled between ancient mangrove forests and the white sands and crystal waters of its own peaceful bay, shaded by groves of coconut trees and scented by the extravagant flowers blooming in its tropical gardens, the DEDON ISLAND resort is a world unto itself, a barefoot oasis. Viewed from above, it has the look of a village existing outside of time, a place where nature, architecture and design come together in exquisite harmony. A place where the mind empties and the soul refills as you re-connect with the rhythms of a natural & magic world. Dedon Island Resort was designed to bring you back in touch with yourself. No money is used here, no checks signed. Food, drink, massages and an infinite selection of activities and services are simply available to you, when and as you desire. Whatever it takes, to get you in a barefoot state of mind. When was the last time you did something for the first time? -Dedon Island-" ... more   less 
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