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Antulang, Siit Siaton, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental 6219 Philippines
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#1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Zamboanguita
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More than one hundred steps lead down to Kookoo’s nest Eco-lodge, which comprises of six simple, comfortable, native-style bamboo beach cottages and rooms, with a central restaurant. They are set in a pocket of woodland that slopes steeply down to the edge of a small secluded sandy cove, facing the sunset. The buildings have been beautifully constructed by artisans from the village using traditional techniques, from locally sourced bamboo and the leaves of the Nipa-palm. The ladies from the village prepare excellent fresh food for the restaurant and see to guest’s everyday needs, while their husbands tend the herb gardens, carry provisions, and drive the boats. A small dive-shop offers tuition and diving on the beautiful coral reefs that surround the peninsula. Snorkeling gear is available for those who do not dive, and Kayaks can be rented for exploring Tambobo bay, fishing village and remote beaches.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool / beach towels
Restaurant
Beach
Canoeing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Massage
Secured parking
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Quaint
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Filipino

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Antulang, Siit Siaton, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental 6219 Philippines
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Dumaguete Airport37 kmSee all flights
Dipolog Airport56 kmSee all flights
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Salvador R wrote a review Nov 2019
Gili Air, Indonesia153 contributions30 helpful votes
We needed a day to decompress from all our travels and diving. We found the place to do just that. Ensure you eat at the restaurant as it an amazing experience. The kitchen staff makes all item from scratch and you can tell. Drinks are also not to be skipped as they are delicious as well. Our accommodation was over looking the beach on the second floor. We want to return and we have not even left yet. What a lovely destination!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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vanelatorres wrote a review Nov 2019
Cebu City, Philippines6 contributions
You have to book ahead of time in order to come for lunch or dinner or a massage. I like the ambiance of the area since it will ultimately give you privacy. The food is excellent! and coffee by the beach is a much. If you miss looking at the sunset. this is the place to be. I still have not stayed over night but its in my bucket list.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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grea0utd00rs wrote a review May 2019
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
The location is quite magic. A bit like disappearing on a forgotten island somewhere with meticulously built bamboo hut style accommodation needing no aircon owing to the cooling breeze. Hot water was not missed especially given a daytime shower would be quite warm anyway. The food at Kookoo’s is quite exceptional and all reasonably priced. Try both local and western dishes. Even a hearty tomato soup works here if you miss western food or do the Kinilaw and other fresh tuna dishes when on offer after market run. Nightly buffets are a good way to meet the hosts and other guests. Diving is terrific. You can step straight off the house jetty or take a trip to Apo on the Kookoo boat. But do note the diving is seasonal and you should do your research for the month you intend
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Brian G wrote a review Apr 2019
Seville, Spain26 contributions14 helpful votes
This is a small resort, privately run by Jamie and Nikki. They are forthright and welcoming hosts who are both also involved in leading the dives if required. The food is truly excellent.. the staff are friendly and efficient. The rooms are traditionally built, open and airy. They are clean, with mosquito nets in the absence of air conditioning which is not needed given the breeze. I stayed for 8 nights and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The diving was interesting and I saw several things which I have not seen before despite several decades of diving. The muck diving at Dauin was fascinating. I would certainly recommend this quiet spot to anyone who does not require luxury.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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the auspicious monkey wrote a review Apr 2019
58 contributions13 helpful votes
The beach was nice, service was so so, the food was nothing special. But the privacy is a 👍🏻 .. steps going down to the resort is a bit tiring (especially going back up😬) the rooms are nice enough for a tropical experience. Nice place to get out of the city for a day or two.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Lynce wrote a review Apr 2019
4 contributions4 helpful votes
This place is litteraly a little paradise. Up to five or six cottages by the beach (one of them is close to the reception and the restaurant so it might be uncomfortable regarding your privacy, so choose the good one). The beach is not huge but beautiful and you must do the excursion on Apo Island to get the most of it. The Cottages are pretty neat, but it could be better. The bathroom offers an amazing view, but no hot water available, which is ok since the weather. The beds are bad, they should change them (too small for two, and too hard). The owners are the only big problem there. They should do another job since their lack of hospitality. They give you zero info or recommendation and when you ask for a cocktail at 9:30 pm, they tell you no, even if the kitchen is still
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Date of stay: March 2019
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euniceg273 wrote a review Jan 2019
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My partner and i visited Kookoo's Nest in January 2018. Loved every bit of our experience there. We arrived near sunset -- it was magical! Food was good, hosts were warm (really helpful + they arranged a diving/snorkeling tour/ transportation for us), the beach was private, the accommodations were basic but ticked all the boxes (no need for AC! the seabreeze is the best), everyone in the place felt like family. Would love to visit again!
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Date of stay: February 2018
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BrianCLondon wrote a review Dec 2018
London20 contributions12 helpful votes
Average looking by Thai standards, tiny beach, felt unwelcome. Strange policy of 200 peso per head to use (or not?) the resturaunt (why not have fully booked/no reservations sign at the top of the steps)? The staff ingnored us for 10-15 minutes so I walked around and took some photos with the view of booking a week or so there during January (I live an hour away) for a change of scenery. I didn’t like the atmosphere - we weren’t offered a cold drink or a “hi” after our journey despite there being just a few customers. Location is important and it’s a nice enough place but a welcome and good service is also important. After reading some of the reviews and visiting I get the impression the place is a bit hit and miss. They don’t make any reference to their limited numbers
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Response from JamieandNikki, Owner at Kookoo's Nest
Responded 23 May 2019
Thank you for comparing ours to the fantastic beaches of Thailand, but I wonder how helpful this is in the Philippines. More relevant might be to compare ours to the nearby beaches of Dauin and Zamboanguita. I'm sorry if we seemed unwelcoming. If you said "Hi" when you arrived, our staff would have been very welcoming, but as it was, we didn't know you had been here until we received this review. On our website <kookoosnest.com.ph>, in the the "Day-visitors" section, you can see details including the entrance fee (which is P300 per person, of which P200 is consumable) and our policy of limiting the number of day-visitors to preserve the peace and tranquillity. For this reason we highly recommend making a reservation in advance.
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Trendpunk wrote a review Dec 2018
Dauin, Philippines149 contributions73 helpful votes
This place was rumoured to have some of the best food and one of the best sunsets in negros. One of those very pleasant times the rumours were true! I stayed with a ‘friend’ In a cottage and it was super cool. At night when all the lights are off, you can sneak down to the restaurant/ beach and see 1000s of hermit crabs! I hope it stays small and quiet forever it’s amazing and I rate it higher then any of the resorts I went to on negros.... as always with the Philippines customer service can be..... well bad but it’s no worse then any other place and the standard for here was more then met if not exceeded.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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som1so wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed for two nights at KooKoos - right from the beginning it felt like staying at a (very lucky) friends house. The rooms opened out to the beach with comfortable beds and good quality mosquito nets. The food was high quality (recommend the Kinilaw and the veggie Thai curry) and the drinks (especially margaritas!) were great. We snorkelled off the jetty and saw lots of coral, a sea snake, lion fish, barracuda... watching sunset from the end of the jetty with a drink in hand was spectacular. Highly recommended if you want to get off the beaten track and unwind. Not recommended if you need creature comforts like air conditioning or if you’re freaked out by potentially meeting a creepy crawly.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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PRICE RANGE
US$29 - US$33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesVisayasNegros IslandNegros OrientalZamboanguita
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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