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Club Tara Resort

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Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Mindoro 847 00 Philippines
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#1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Socorro
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ejgrav wrote a review Feb 2020
Luzon, Philippines14 contributions
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If you are looking for a place to relax, breathe in fresh air, find some quiet and just bask in the glory of nature, Club Tara might just be the place for you. Pros: - Location is beautiful ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Just as you see in the pictures) - Relatively cheaper than other bungalow-type resorts. - Away from the crowd - Peace and quiet - Bungalow accommodation is 👌 - Very clean room. Freshly washed sheets and curtains. With Hot shower and Blower. - Free Bottled water every day - Free use of kayaks, paddle boards to roam around the coves - Friendly and approachable staff Cons: - Limited menu, but nonetheless decent to good-tasting food (No desserts) - No in-house shops/or "sari-sari" stores - No intercoms to main lobby - Since it's a secluded island resort, rates for tours are more expensive - Minimal to no signal/data (for Globe/Sun Cellular networks) - WiFi has inconsistent signals Recommendations: - Get the water Bungalow. Ive read some reviews with complaints on their bungalow units. We got #5, and it was ok for our 4 days 3 nights stay. Wifi is reachable from the lobby. - They do allow outside food/drinks, so better buy food for snacks/desserts on Dapa Island before riding the boat to Club Tara. - Must try food: Sinigang na baboy, chicken BBQ, Spring rolls, Mango shake, watermelon shake. - Bring your own toiletries (They only provide starter pack sachet shampoo and a small bar of soap. No toothbrushes, No toothpastes, No facial wash; and as I've mentioned, No sari-sari stores, so in case you haven't packed those things yet, better buy them at Dapa) - Arrange with Club Tara your boat ride from Dapa to the resort. Boatmen wanted to charge us P3500 for the trip, but we were able to get it at P3k. We learned that if you arrange it with Club Tara, it only costs P2500. - Bring extra cash (which we failed to do). No credit card wiring at Club Tara so your money cards won't be of value. Fortunately, Club Tara has a PayPal account. So all the extra hotel charges like food services can be payable via PayPal (although plus additional 3% of the total bill). Tours, massages, transpo, extra expenses while on tour (like food, rent of swimming gears, etc.) can only be payable via cash so this was where all our cash went. - Bring your own swimming gears - Bring your Bluetooth speakers to listen to while enjoying the view and just chilling on the Jacuzzi. - Get your cameras ready for IG worthy photos! *Club Tara is Faaar From General Luna. So getting the tour packages on that area will cost a fortune (talk about P4000 to P4500 per person). What you can do is get a different accommodation for the General Luna tours. Then you can transfer to Club Tara and do the Sohoton/Bucas Grande tours since it's very near those areas already. *As I've said, if your agenda is to just CHILL, get your siesta fix, bask in the sun, slow down time.. Club Tara is the place to be. Overall, my wife and I were happy guests. Although the hotel management and amenities still do have a huge room for improvement.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Leeloo Dallas wrote a review Feb 2020
Portland, Oregon1 contribution
Ok so this place is gorgeous. That should be known. If it wasn't such a unique and amazing spot, I'd probably give the place 1 or 2 stars. The resort itself is fairly run down. The staff are kind and accommodating though. I feel like this is an issue of neglagent owners. We rented a water cottage and first got #1 on the end. The wifi doesn't work in the room, the floors are death trap slippery, and the insta famous bath tub isn't working. The water heater stopped working so I could only get it Luke warm and the Jets shot out a bunch of brown stuff. Then the drain didn't work and the staff had to come in and manually bail the water out into the sink with a bucket. We spoke to the staff about it, they were accommodating and switched our room. That day it rained pretty heavily and an entire colony of ants moved into our room while we were taking a nap. They carried their eggs in and were all over the walls and curtains and floor. The staff tried cleaning it up and eventually settled on moving us a second time. We've got 3 more nights here so we'll see how it goes. Maybe these are circumstantial issues but we got the feeling that they put out a lot of fires because of poor and outdated infrastructure. Other things to be aware of: the resort is only accessable by boat and it costs a minimum of P1500 ($30) one way to leave, depending on where you're going. The resort has food but it doesn't have other amenities or snacks so make sure you have everything you need before arriving. We got a cottage closer to the wifi but it still barely works in the room. The wifi is passable when you're in the dining area but that's it. On a positive note, they have kayaks and paddle boards that are free to use which we explored the lagoon with and had an amazing time. We saw tons of fruit bats and a bunch of tropical fish and you can see a cluster of giant clams right off the restaurant deck. The water is as blue as it looks in the pictures, the food isn't expensive, and there's a very sweet resort dog named Bonga.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sylvie wrote a review Jan 2020
General Luna, Philippines110 contributions58 helpful votes
Location 5 stars - if the weather is good this spot is paradise. There are kayaks and paddle boards free to use as you want. Exploring the lagoon and nearby coral beach is fun and beautiful. Water is clear for snorkelling. Lots of fish and the reef is okay. Room with Jacuzzi 4 stars - i would of given 5 stars however there is no free water in the room or even a kettle to boil the tap water. This did bug me as the resort is expensive per night. There is a hair dryer and fridge in the room. The jacuzzi was nice to use, we filled it ourselves as we didnt want to bother the staff. The bed is comfy and spacious. We hung our own mozzie net up. The room is spacious and cool with A/C. The deck was lovely to chill out on. Food was nice but simple at an extra charge, but considering how far away the resort is you cant really blame them for charging. Free water at the table if you sat long enough. Vegetarian options are minimal but nice. If youre vegan youre in trouble. Bring snacks! In short Pros - big comfy bed Hair dryer Fridge Jacuzzi is nice Hot water in bathroom Location is unbeatable Free kayaks and paddle boards Nice space in rooms and outside Great snorkelling and swimming Cons - No kettle or water in rooms. Staff werent the best in terms of attention, sometimes taking up to 45 mins to bring a beer. They seemed friendly in the morning but by evening they seemed tired and unattentive. Playing really heavy music at dinner was also a bit strange for a "romantic" location! Side note: The boat trip from dapa to tara is 2hrs. Renting a private boat will cost more but the journey sea depending is smoother, not so rough with less people on the boat. Wear earphones if possible to help with noise.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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QuirkyPhotographer wrote a review Jan 2020
Cebu City, Philippines27 contributions2 helpful votes
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I have seen a lot of bad reviews with this hotel from others which I totally respect. But for me I gave it excellent score as a whole package. I was not expecting luxury, I got what I wanted and that is to see and be with nature again and relax. This is what Club Tara Resort gave me, the rooms and other things are a bonus already. The service was not bad and, the food was also okay, the rooms was nice and to top it all amazing views you get inside your villa while in your Jacuzzi with your glass of wine. :) It is not a perfect resort but still for me I think it offered the basic needs I wanted. The location as well is perfect for those who love diving, island hopping and being able to go to beaches without any people.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Денис wrote a review Nov 2019
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Very comfortable place. Friendly staff. Girls on the reception are very beautiful and smiling. When I be sure that they will be there, I will necessarily come again. I fell in love with this paradise. My mail: denianuka@gmail.com
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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US$35 - US$127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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club tara hotel surigao city
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PhilippinesMindoroOriental Mindoro ProvinceSocorro
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Club Tara Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Club Tara Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a poolside bar.
What food & drink options are available at Club Tara Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a poolside bar, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Club Tara Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Club Tara Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.