The whole trip and stay at Tugawe was near perfect!
We availed of the roundtrip land and boat transfers. We had the van all to ourselves from Robinsons Naga to Talisay Port. We shared the boat ride from Talisay Port to Tugawe with a wonderful family of 10. The sea was rough and it was raining but we were graced with a wonderful and sunny weather during the rest of our stay.
We got the Hilltop Casita/Cabana Room. The room was very spacious, not in its pristine state but still acceptable and classy. It has a mini fridge (we just discovered it during our second day) and coffee and tea making facilities. The advantage of getting that room is that it's near the resort resto and you can still get 'intermittent' wifi signal from the resto itself. Although, we had a hard time locking the room during our first day. If you're a couple, the Hilltop Cabana Room is great choice since it has a rooftop with reclining chairs where you can stargaze while talking about the mysteries of love and life.
Cecilia's, the resort restaurant, sits on top of a hill. It gives you a very calming vibe that your dining in one with nature. They serve tasty and delicious but quite expensive dishes. Price ranges from 350-700 php, good for 2 persons. Nevertheless, just like everything in Tugawe, you always get what you paid for. Tip: have your breakfast in the veranda overlooking the sea. 👌
The beach is picturesque especially when its sunny and in the afternoon. You can kayak and paddleboard for free. I heard that you could do snorkeling too.
The resort boasts two infinity pool, both of them picturesque and well maintained but I think what they lack were catchy pool lights at night.
A trek to the Lighthouse before the sunset completed our trip. It boasts a scenery that could be compared to Batanes.
After our 3D2N stay, all I can think about is the day that I could go back at Tugawe to rest and relax.
P.S. Kudos to the staff for always being ready to offer free anti seasickness meds!
This resort might have been hit by the lockdown thus so many observed improvement opportunities.
There was a nice touch for the NYE celebration wherein they gave out a glass of red wine, horns for making noise, set up the videoke, and prepared some fireworks.
Accommodation - poor
Our room was a hodge podge of furnishings of different color & texture. I don’t understand the theme. When it was raining so hard, the terrace got flooded and the water got into our room. Turns out the drainage was clogged. This is a 4-star hotel and yet they don’t even have robes & slippers. Our water heater in the bath room was always broken. We had to call room service every time we take a bath. At one point, I had to call four times because no one was coming over. The TV wasn’t working either. The bathroom is a little bit dirty and is not well maintained.
Food - ok but pricey
Average meal price is 450 pesos good for 1-2 persons only. Per the server, it’s 200 grams only. Rice is 40 pesos per cup. You really have no other choice since this is the only hotel in the area, very private & secluded so staying here for 4D/3N, you kinda get fed up eating the same thing.
Pool - poor
The pool is not well maintained. The pool floor was full of moss, both pools, the one near the resto and the other that’s near the beach.
Boat transfer - average
Since our whole family was traveling, 9 adults, 1 kid, we got the whole boat to ourselves but it was too small that our knees touch each other. It was a very uncomfortable 2-hr boat ride going to the resort. Good thing they changed our boat going back to the city. The hotel also wrapped our luggage in garbage bags since it was rainy and windy, it might get wet.
Our whole stay was super rainy. Good thing there are billiard tables that’s free for use but our umbrellas kept on disappearing each time we eat at the dining area. Some guests took it for themselves. We end up with broken umbrellas and sometimes will just use our hoodies especially when we waited too long for a working umbrella.
We weren’t able to do island hopping due to the heavy rains but that wasn’t their fault.
Staff were friendly & accommodating. It was an overall ok experience for our family but it would be so much if the resort was well prepared and cleaned up well when it opened after the lockdown and the typhoon.
After a long road journey from Batangas city we landed Tugawe Cove via Talisay Port (south of the island). During the road trip we encountering mesmerising beautiful scenery along the way to Tugawe. Upon reaching Talisay port at 9:30 am we were greeted by the Tugawe employee (Erwin) and he assisted us to park our vehicle in the port parking area at the cost of Php 100 per day. To our surprise the sea turned rough and the coast guard asked not to travel from Talisay to Tugawe until rough waters settles down.
Therefore, “Miss. Pinky” our special assistance a Tugawe employee available at Talisay port to receive us, provided us with two alternative either “to travel to Paniman Port (north of the island)” to avoid the rough waters or “to stay back in the adjacent resort to Talisay port”. We chose to drive towards Paniman Port. A port at a distance of 87 kilometres from Talisay Port. The 2 hours & 10 minutes road journey was adventurous & mesmerising. One of the most beautiful scenic roads I travelled.
Although, the money we paid for the parking at Talisay Port was refunded back in ease. Later after arriving at Paniman Port we parked our vehicle at a local’s house at the same parking rate. Boat “Bangka” what they call in the Philippines was waiting for us. “Miss. Pinky” was also accompanying us in our vehicle from Talisay to Paniman.
Paniman Port to Tugawe was a boat ride of 35 minutes on cam sea waters. “Bangka” is slower boat if compared to speed boats. Life-jackets was made available for boat safety (although most of them old & worn out). Reaching Tugawe we were greeted by the managers & in charge of the resort. Tugawe is located in a secluded part of the main island, disconnected with road. We were transferred to the reservation desk via battery operated car, and after having our welcome drink we went to our premium lake side family cabana, beautiful room good for 6 adults was well maintained all ready before our arrival. All the amenities were available except internet – which any ways was not required by me & my family during our short trip of 5 days.
Since, we were tremendously tired out of long road journey we decided to rest that night. Next morning was partly cloudy with green & blue sea, blue & white sky, calm lake below, lush green covered mountains around our cabana and rainbow “what a beauty” all I can say.
Spent all our day in the beach, the pool, the beach café just getting spirited. Fantastic fantasy like illuminated resort evening was good for low light photography. We went to see the glowing bioluminescent planktons in the dark hours in the deep sea.
“Miss. Pinky” & Tugawe’s manager Ms. Rochelle managed to prepare an all vegetarian menu for our say. Food was good. The vegetarian sandwich & vegetable spring rolls were sumptuous, served with Pilipino special “suka”. Though, I am sure the non-vegetarian food would be even tastier. But, I and my family were limited to vegetarian food. Still we appreciate their attention & efforts towards our special needs. I’ll give them 80 out of 100.
The stairway from the lake side to the hill top is high – approximately 192 stairs. But the good thing is that the stairway is well engineered & not steep. Climbing is easy comfortable. Still people in their late 50s & 60s will find it challenging.
Following day’s & night’s stay were utilized in island hopping, light house picnic, camp fire, body massages and leisure.
On 31st Dec evening we went to the nearby light house under the premises of Tugawe Cove (a huge property). Was the most elevated point to get the glimpses of the property, even Mayon Volcano is visible from that location. A beautiful view and experience to add to the trip.
Day of return 1st Jan was again challenging. It rained all night since 31st Dec & the se was again wild. So the authorities dropped us at the Guijalo Port/ Caramoan Port this time. “Pinky” was again available to assist us in our journey to a new destination. Boat ride of around 35 minutes from Tugawe Cove we reached the Guijalo Port. A pre-arranged mote operated tri cycle was there to receive us, it took another 30 minutes to the Paniman port parking where our car was parked.
A mesmerizing trip to Tugawe cove resort.
Everything is great. The rooms and swimming pools are clean and the employees are kind. Although, the schedule for leaving Tugawe was delayed. It was a bit disappointing but nevertheless the whole visit was fun and relaxing. Thank you to jomel our butler .He is very accomodating!
2nd time to this resort, but bought my 13yr old son this time. He still hasn't stopped talking about it and wants to go again...lol..love the place and its staff...
It's a fantastic place and your well attended to. Was there 2 yrs ago. But this time was a little let down on the cleanliness of the pools, and the night lights etc around the pool by the beach area, had to ask numerous times for it to be set up...
Floor tiles missing around the restaurant area, cracked tiles on steps leading down from the restaurant. I must say, the food this time was far superior than our first visit. But Erwin is the man, excellent butler,requested him for our 2nd visit, a gentleman.
Had a nice day out island hopping and snorkeling. A nicer place than these ultra modern resort, feel more at nature with the place...
Will be back...thanks Guys