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la puerta al paraiso in guimaras: good potential

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

we did a little overnight trip in guimaras before doing work in iloilo. finding a place to stay online was a challenge – we didn’t want anything too rugged nor too crowded. la puerta al paraiso looked fine. everybody’s word of warning though was it was far from the docks.

the docks themselves are easy to get to. guimaras is a short, 15-minute boat ride from iloilo and costs only P14. boats leave as soon as they’re full (40 to a boat), or around every 15-20 minutes.  when we got to the jordan wharf and tried to find our way to the resort, we realized everybody was right. it was far. about an hour or so by tricycle – the last 10-15 minutes on pure rough road. this cost P500 going and P700 coming back. our first word of advice: take the multicab for only P200 more.

the biggest plus of la puerta is the location of their cottages


each of them face the beach or the open sea. thoughtfulness in giving everybody a view – plus points. the cottages themselves though were quite small and the verandas could have used a bit more furniture. in fact, the whole resort would totally be better off with more lounging chairs around the beach, near the rooms, etc. the beaches were nice and there should be more ways to relax by them. 

facing the restaurant, one beach to the left is where the boats dock


and on the other side was a more people beach


the beaches were quite pretty and the sand very white and very fine. but the shore was also very short. the isolation serves la puerta well – because if they ever had more than 20 people, it would be uncomfortable on the beach.

the restaurant was big and airy and the staff very accommodating


the food was ok – as resort food generally goes. the servings were big enough, but still overpriced. we attributed this to the isolation and therefore the high cost of getting things there. in the future though, these costs need to be revisited. and little things like – they run out of mangoes (in guimaras!)… makes no sense.

we got to speak with the owner and he said they never really actually formally opened and their operations kind of “just happened” – we agree. it does feel that way. a lot of little details need to be attended to for this to become a really good resort. right now we’re totally open to staying in other places in guimaras – but once la puerta gets the other things done, then it will be worth a visit again.



a little slice of beach paradise at tepanee

In places on May 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

we really wanted the beach this holy week, but were afraid of the crowds. not really having the budget to do a super upscale place, we figured on looking for a place that wasn’t so well-known yet. the first thing we decided was malapascua island off cebu. and after combing the web, we booked our stay at tepanee beach resort.

the communications were very good and we were informed that the first night we’d have to spend at their adjacent resort called logon beach resort. it shared the same beach as tepanee, just with more basic rooms. it wasn’t bad at all, actually – the logon room having a really great view.

the room had no airconditioning, but was prepared for open windows and any entering bugs

this cost P1,500 but the next day we moved to tepanee which had more modern cottages outfitted with a ref, aircon, and running hot water. at P2,700/night it was still quite reasonable.

the best part about staying here was that we had our own strip of beach that we didn’t have to share with anybody else

it was a good beach with marvelous white sand. the main beach stretch actually had a fantastically wide stretch of powdery white sand – what i would imagine boracay to have looked like decades ago. but that stretch is dotted with places to stay making it rather populated. we truly cherished the privacy and were happy to be in a place that was the result of the dream – the owners having left their jobs in italy to put up a beach resort on an island they loved. it was a great way to spend the holiday benefitting from that dream