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Buaya Beach Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo Province 5019 Philippines
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#3 of 5 Specialty lodging in Carles
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Buaya Beach Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo Province 5019 Philippines
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Malay Airport153 kmSee all flights
Roxas City Airport59 kmSee all flights
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adventurejunkie23 wrote a review Apr 2019
Singapore, Singapore87 contributions25 helpful votes
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We truly loved the place. It doesn’t have any wifi or mobile connection, so it’s the best place to get disconnected and enjoy our own company. The staff are lovely. The resort employed mostly the locals who got the necessary training in hotel management, which is part of their plan to give back to the community. (The island has been closed off to outside development until recently when the developer of commendable reputation in the Philippines came). They’re all lovely and it’s a good taste for us to have an exposure on how pure island life is. Kudos to the management of the resort for handling this really well. The beach front is tops. The room and amenities are comfortable and no complaints. We love everything about the resort (took the beach front room). We will definitely be back. Update: the island recently was closed indefinitely, but the resort I heard remains open. Please check the news before booking.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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KIMI4812 wrote a review Mar 2019
Quezon City, Philippines1056 contributions432 helpful votes
We have always travelled to Cebu, Boracay, Coron and Bohol. Last weekend though we chose to explore Sicogon, We spent a day and an overnight at Balay Kogon and it was a very idyllic weekend with the entire family. Nestled on a beautiful white sand cove, Balay Kogon is a row of huts along the beach. There were two suites on top of the hill and we were booked there with a nice wooden verandah overlooking the sea and a good view of the ocean below and the faraway islands in the horizon. To cap our vacation was dinner on the beach amidst candles on the sand. The food was quite extraordinarily unforgettable. ....Chicken Binakol a soup stew of chicken cooked with coconut meat. Our oysters steamed to perfection was just caught fresh that afternoon and while in the past I can only eat 2 or 3, that night I cant help myself for a hearty servings of 6 to 8 huge fresh oysters. Balay Kogon landscaping is so admirable. Trees abound everywhere and plants are well placed within the resort. All endemic species and arranged in a very natural way, it gives a feeling of peace and warmth to the soul. I loved the Balete tree near the dining area. Sitting on one of the branches, one can feel the cool wind and appreciate the swishing of the green leaves to and fro. Truly unforgettable stay at Balay Kogon.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Donna April M wrote a review Feb 2019
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Our family stayed there for 2 nights. Since we flew in thru Airswift, we checked in at about 9am and the resort was able to give us rooms early. The rooms were excelllent - it was well-planned, with a bidet and good shower. The bed was good also and came with 2 fluffy pillows and a couch pillow. No cabinets though, just some hangers. No tv inside the room, 3G signal for most areas of the resort. Balay Kogon has its own beach - but it experiences really low tide from morning to until 9am. Anyway, you can walk to Tumaquin island or other islet within 5-10mins. Some guests also like to walk on the low tide area to look for shells (though im not sure if they can bring it home). Staff service is excellent, very comparable with the services at the (much more) expensive El Nido Resorts. During our Gigantes tour (they can arrange the tour upon request), the staff sent us off with a rattan box filled with the resort’s beach towels and water - free of charge. The boatmen were very nice and helpful. The food should be improved.The food price is similar to mall price but the quality (and quantity) are not at par with resorts/hotels with similar price points. Although, baked scallops at php200 for 20 pieces is a steal. Overall, we had a great stay. If you want quiet and much needed RnR, go for Balay Kogon.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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RoloRolo wrote a review Jan 2019
RoloRolo17 contributions7 helpful votes
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Balay Kogon. We had an ocean view from our room, the room was air conditioned, and the bathroom was very comfortable. It seemed odd that they provided certain small comforts like cotton balls and q-tips, but they had no place for us to unpack (no drawers, and only 3 hangers to share between my husband and me.) Their dining air is open air and has a relaxing feel. I enjoyed their menu, particularly the baked scallops with garlic and cheese. The only TV on the property is in the dining area, which is fine with me as it allowed me to unplug but still get my news once a day. It's true they don't have wi-fi. The one thing I found odd was that they required cash for everything (snorkel gear, tours, Coke) but had no change. Tourists are often going to come with big bills, and we need a way to break them (especially as a hotel vs a street vendor). I agree with other reviews that noted the rockiness of the beach. The beach itself is fine, but if you try to wade over to Tumaquin Island (which is possible) you will cut your feet on coral and rocks. It's impossible to walk there barefoot. I would highly recommend bringing your flip flops or surf shoes. The left side of the beach is much softer and whiter. Snorkeling in front of the property, you will see starfish, small fish, urchins and coral. In terms of getting there, we arrived to Estancia and took a private boat to the island per the hotel's instructions. The trip is 1 hour from Estancia. It turns out that the private boat was ~$35, very pricey for PI. What the hotel did not tell us was that there was a public boat option available to us for 50 pesos ($1.) Granted, it leaves/departs Estancia once per day, so probably would not have worked for us on the way there, but we decided to take it on the way back. It would have been nice if the hotel had provided us options, so make sure you ask them if you are looking for budget options. Overall we had a very enjoyable time and would definitely return.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Dave D wrote a review Jan 2019
Metro Manila, Philippines7 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed here last weekend for 4 nights and (almost) 5 days. We booked the beachfront cottage. No TV, no Wifi, no LTE signal (just 3G or E on our phones so crappy for data). If your idea for a vacation is getting off the grid, have a nice cabana with a nice bed and fluffy pillows with a sliding door which opens up to a wonderful view of a clean, not too busy beach - this is the place for you! From check in to check out, the staff was wonderful - mabait, maasikaso. They're mostly locals who live on the island. I've read on previous reviews that the food serving size was too small - but from our experience eating breakfast, a few lunches and dinners, it really depends on what you order. The danggit breakie for one was overflowing, the scallops with garlic and cheese was value for money (no comparison to what you could get from Gigantes, though, of course), and the kinilaw na tanigue was a decent size and quite yummy! The manager Jing was very hands-on and really tries to get to know the guests and make them feel welcome and he makes sure eveyone's stay is truly memorable. What can I say? It was a truly wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: January 2019
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PRICE RANGE
US$117 - US$120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesVisayasPanay IslandIloilo ProvinceCarles
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balay Kogon
Which popular attractions are close to Balay Kogon?
Nearby attractions include Sicogon Island (0.01 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Balay Kogon?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Balay Kogon?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Balay Kogon?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Balay Kogon have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Balay Kogon offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.