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Gustav's Place Beach Resort

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Dulo Malungay Street Sto. Nino, Sablayan, Mindoro 5104 Philippines
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#2 of 8 Specialty lodging in Sablayan
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A special resort with dive shop and training center for CMAS diving courses in Sablayan, far away from the beaten tourist tracks. And a lot of kilometers long, lonely, beautiful silver palm beach. The Majority of the premises is covered by palms and other exotic plants, and there is a view of the sea from almost anywhere. Embedded in this scenery, you will be Accommodated amongst the palms in clean, good-quality and comfortable bungalows or rooms with a shower and WC situated Directly on the deserted, endlessly long beach. We offer exploring inland, as well as many sporting activities on land and water on. A highlight is a dive trip to the world famous Apo Reef or dive safaris.
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Solarium
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Private beach
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Filipino, German

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Dulo Malungay Street Sto. Nino, Sablayan, Mindoro 5104 Philippines
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McGuire Field62 kmSee all flights
Ninoy Aquino Intl Airport186 kmSee all flights
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Elena G wrote a review May 2022
bulkington11 contributions8 helpful votes
We returned to Gustav's to dive at Apo Reef, as a 4 divers family with one Junior Advanced Open Water and the rest experienced divers. We took a 2 day one night trip with Gustav's crew and boat, which was absolutely fantastic. The dive masters are amazing and they made the experience equally brilliant for our mixed group. The cook on the boat looked after us and the meals were just perfect for the whole duration. Diving was beyond expectations - we took 6 unforgettable dives and wished we had more time! The beach at Gustav's is an added bonus to the Apo diving and much worth attention on its own. Pandan island is 10 minute by boat in front of the resort and offers excellent snorkelling, several diving sites and a different beach experience. Staff at Gustav's is the best and helped us with all transportation needs, information and all else - including getting us help in a sticky situation! Thank you crew and staff at Gustav's and see you soon again!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Henrik L wrote a review Mar 2020
Finland12 contributions3 helpful votes
We had an amazing Apo reef trip with tons of reef sharks, barracuda tornado and a hammerhead! The resort itself is very nice. Fan bungalows are tidy and comfortable and the beach is long, empty and perfect for swimming. The staff is professional and Gustav is hearthwarmingly kind.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bah881 wrote a review Dec 2019
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan262 contributions136 helpful votes
Stayed in the AC bungalow (for 2200 pesos) for 2 nights. The bungalow is bit further from the beach but the AC worked fine and the beds were good for sleep. However, toilet paper was missing and the overall quality of mor expensive AC bungalows could be improved. The food is plenty and overall tasteful, however, nearby restaurant at El Paraiso serves better food for lower price. The resort ACCEPTS only CASH in Philippine Pesos. Wi-fi is good but is working only in restaurant. Nearby beach is black sand, but it is extremely clean and picturesque. We took the liveaboard trip (2D1N) that was 15000 PHP for a diver (6 dives) and 5000 PHP for a snorkeler. There were four of us (3 divers and 1 snorkeler) on the boat together with a crew of 2 dive-master, 1 captain, 1 cook (food was provided at the boat and at the evening you can get a few bottles of San Miguel) and 2 supporting staff. Yes, I agree with the previous reviews that the dive-masters were not super experienced, but they were attentive for our need underwater. I liked shark airport (saw 10 sharks) and the Japanese WW2 wreck dive sties. so I think that the APO reef is slightly inferior to the comparable dive sites of Sipadan, Komodo and Raja Ampat where I previously dived. So do not expect to see lots of coral gardens and reef (it is somehow less preserved and suprising destroyed in some places) but the fish was plentiful. Overall: I can recommed the GUSTAV resort and their trips. However, I think that both the resort and the trips could be improved considering that it is quite expensive.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Olivier T wrote a review Nov 2019
Ucel, France79 contributions49 helpful votes
People working there are very laid back. I had to come few times to be sure that I was on the next trip. I had a dive computer to sale and they told me the owner was not interested, but in fact she was, because she asked me later. They were just too lazy to ask her the first time I came. Too bad for them, I sold it a good price to Sablayan divers... Then we wanted to do camping on the Apo island. They first said no, but we insisted because it saw in the reviews that it was possible.In fact, we found out that the camping equipment was a mess and that they were just lazy to fix it. I noticed some pieces of regulators here and there not assembled. The day before we went to the 2 days trip, some "dive masters" came to buy alcool in my accommodation. The next day, obviously, one of them was not ready on time because he was still drank. This is the same guy that customers had problems because of bad dive management the next day... This day, the 2 groups were diving toghether on a beautiful dive spot. A lot of pelagic fish and turtle everywhere. We spend the first 20 mn looking all this life, and for some reasons we dont know, the 2 "dive masters" decided to kick agains the current in a deep area and were there was obviously nothing to see. They did not care that their customers could not follow because the stream was too strong. All the life was on our back... After this dive, I was mad because of the bad dive management that cheated the dive. I told them. And I was right... Instead of resting on the boat after this exhausting dive. They decided to go on the island. There was just a small canoe to bring us there and they did not want to go with the big one. The same dive master did not know how to row, so some of us decided to swim. A little bit later, one of the customers had a problem. There was some symptoms of deco sickness. To make it short, we had to handle the situation because the "dive masters" and all the local people looked panicked and obviously had no clue about what to do. As a dive master and the other French woman that was instructors, we were shocked about the lack of knowledge to handle the situation. They did not know what to do. Luckily for the American woman, and his British compagnon, we did the first aid and organised the first aid and the evacuation of the island to the hospital with the coast guards and their speedboat. About the diving, we did 2 to 6 that were good, the others were poor in fish and coral. I dont think Apo reef is world class anymore...
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Nagl family wrote a review Jun 2019
Manila, Philippines8 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed 5 days at Gustav's place and Gustav and his staff made sure that everything was memorable. It is a beautiful lush tropical resort. Pandan island trips are easily arranged by Gustav. Good massage available, excellent local food. It was paradise
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: My personal choice is a double bed bungalow close to the sea.
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Carmenchu_oti wrote a review May 2019
23 contributions3 helpful votes
Very good quality - price My friend and I were there for 5 days. We did an awesome live aboard with them. Really good experience. Stuffs are really nice (at Gustav’s and also at the boat) and good master divers. It is important to highlight that there were 3 master divers for 6 divers. At Gustav’s every is quiet and calm. Simple and nice cottages in front of the beach. Great atmosphere.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Gustav G, Manager at Gustav's Place Beach Resort
Responded 24 May 2019
Thanks so much for your Rating. i hope we see you soon all best for youand best regards Gustavs Place Team
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Liza K wrote a review May 2019
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We had a wonderful stay at gustavs place. The Bungalow was simple, but clean and comfy. Nice breakfast bist one main, fruits and unlimited coffe, tea, water and juice for 200 PHP available. For dinner they serve good buffet. Also we came for the Apo reef Diving which was truly amazing. Wonderful dive Crew at the boat and young, experienced local dive masters who all together made it an unforgettable experience. We would definitely come back!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Gustav G, Manager at Gustav's Place Beach Resort
Responded 24 May 2019
thanks so much for your Rating and coming to Gustavs Place. i hope, we see you soon B regards
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Katherinealex2000 wrote a review Apr 2019
4 contributions4 helpful votes
Gustav’s place is in a lovely setting and the staff try to be as helpful as possible, but their information can be inaccurate and this lead me to spending a lot more money than needed. When I arrived at Gustav’s I enquired about getting back to the airport in a couple of days time as I had a flight at 8.30 in the morning. I was told this was not a problem and that they could organise a tricycle for me to the bus station where I could get a bus or van that would get me there on time. The next day I went on an overnight diving trip to Apo Reef. When I came back I enquired again about getting to the airport the next day, only to be told that it was not possible and that I needed to go to San Jose that night, so that I would be near the airport. This meant that last minute I had to book accommodation in San Jose and all that was left was an expensive place. I had already paid for my stay there and asked if I could get my money back for that night. The answer was no, which I would have understood if the excuse had been because I had paid it all already, but they said no because I had not checked out before going on the diving trip, but the reason why I had not checked out is because I had been told by the exact same staff that it would be alright for me to go to the airport the next morning. There was a group of us heading to San Jose that night, so we asked them to get us a tricycle to the bus station. They said that as there was a group of us they could ask the bus to stop off on the way to collect us from Gustov’s and that it would be the same price. No bus showed up at the specified time and we waited about half an hour before ringing Gustov’s. They arranged for the bus to come, but it ended up being a private van, meaning that it cost more, but by this time it was too late for us to get to the bus station in time to get the bus. Luckily there was a group of us, so we ended up taking this private van as we could split the cost between us. Due to the misinformation I ended up spending a lot more money than I should have. Other than this the staff were lovely and did really try to help where they could. They facilities at the property were great, although the WiFi did cut out regularly.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: The fun in the room was really strong, so was enough for me to keep cool at night, so I did not...
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Nicole Obias wrote a review Jan 2019
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The place is very beautiful specially the sceneries. Beach and sunsets... life! It is nice finding this place where you can just go and relax. The sky has changed from orange to a hundred shades of pink to a dark navy blue... thank you, GP! ❤️
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Gustav G, Manager at Gustav's Place Beach Resort
Responded 24 May 2019
thanks so much! all the best and B regards
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Robert H wrote a review Jan 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia349 contributions139 helpful votes
It is just beautiful. The beach resort is on a lonely stretch of beach where you can also see the mountains. Lots of trees and beautiful sunsets. I stayed in a nipa hut, which was inexpensive but very comfortable and spacious. The food is excellent too.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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PRICE RANGE
US$12 - US$19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesMindoroOccidental Mindoro ProvinceSablayan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gustav's Place Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Gustav's Place Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Pandan Island (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gustav's Place Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Gustav's Place Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gustav's Place Beach Resort?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
Does Gustav's Place Beach Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Gustav's Place Beach Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Gustav's Place Beach Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gustav's Place Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Filipino.