We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Buaya Beach Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo Province 5019 Philippines
Expedia.com
Hotels.com
Orbitz.com
Travelocity
Booking.com
Prices above are provided by partners for one room, with variable occupancy rules as provided by the property, and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Traveler (50)
Pool & Beach (12)
Room & Suite (10)

About

#3 of 6 Specialty lodging in Carles
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Beach
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Concierge
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
Show more
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room types
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic

Location

Full view
Contact
Buaya Beach Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo Province 5019 Philippines
Getting there
Roxas City Airport59 kmSee all flights
Malay Airport153 kmSee all flights
See all nearby hotels
23Reviews2Q+A9Room tips
Traveler rating
  • 15
  • 8
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Time of year
Traveler type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Sort by:
Most Recent
adventurejunkie23 wrote a review Apr 2019
Singapore, Singapore87 contributions25 helpful votes
+1
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.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
KIMI4812 wrote a review Mar 2019
Quezon City, Philippines1056 contributions436 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.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2019
Value
Rooms
Service
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: The cottages on the hill top are very private.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Donna April M wrote a review Feb 2019
1 contribution
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.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2019
Rooms
Location
Service
Trip type: Traveled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
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.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2019
Location
Service
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Dave D wrote a review Jan 2019
Metro Manila, Philippines7 contributions7 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!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2019
Rooms
Cleanliness
Service
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: You can't go wrong with the beach front rooms!
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
macasaetchris wrote a review Jan 2019
Makati, Philippines557 contributions123 helpful votes
+1
Good: 1. Location - Far from the city, "private" island and rustic feel. Near Mt. Opao and Tumaquin islet. 2. Food - Limited but good! SCALLOPS! 3. Service - very accommodating 4. No Wifi - Yes! It's a good thing to disconnect sometimes! :) 5. Views! - start climbing Mt. Opao at 4:30 AM to be able to witness the sunrise! or if that's too early climb around 4 PM and witness the sunset! If trekking is not for you just sit down at the beach and witness the sunrise facing Tumaquin island. 6. Room - Fresh sheets, comfy bed and pillows, AC, hot water, coffee station, and clean bathroom. Not so good: Nothing... Budget luxury!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2019
Value
Rooms
Service
Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Try the rooms at hilltop or garden rooms A-C (beach front)
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
eastisbest wrote a review Dec 2018
Vancouver, Canada22 contributions12 helpful votes
We have nothing but amazing things to say about this resort and the area. Yes it is new and things are still being sorted out and figuring out how all things can be improved but it can only get better and it's already an excellent facility. The staff - WOW, the location - AMAZING, the peace and quiet - HEAVENLY. No wifi, no TV, no traffic, and small resort. This is perfect getaway as it is meant to be. The transportation to get here was seamless from AirSwift to bangka ride to the resort. Cannot thank enough Maya and her team of chef, servers and staff for making us feel at home. Being vegetarian, it is a challenge in 'meat heavy' Philippines and most resorts have a challenge adjusting (but it's getting better each year) but Maya and her team (specially Ryan, Aljay and Kim) adapted what is available in the menu and created wonderful dishes (even ordering tofu for us for the week) and we loved them all. This made the trip even more amazing and fruitful. We cannot wait to come back here and bring our friends. This is what an island resort should be. Keep up the great work and see you soon.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Ogie Natividad wrote a review Dec 2018
60 contributions62 helpful votes
1. Stayed in their beachfront room for 2 nights. 2. The room is spacious and clean: a) Bed is comfortable. b) Bathroom is okay. c) Not sure if the hot shower worked during our stay. d) Toilet has bidet. 3. Food in the restaurant is okay but very few options. The serving is not that substantial versus its price. 4. The place is clean and somehow very private since we stayed with only few guests as well. 5. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. 6. The place is really meant for relaxation. 7. Data/internet signal is available in the restaurant area (Globe network). 8. Overall, the stay is very nice. You can just lay around in the room and have the best view of the beach. 9. Only comment and suggestion is to have more transportation options going to Sicogon Island. Aside from the direct flight from Manila to Sicogon, the other options via land and sea travels were quite tiring and expensive. We've rented a private van and boat (vice versa) to save time and for convenience.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2018
Location
Service
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Beachfront room
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Khawen wrote a review Nov 2018
Philippines38 contributions
+1
We stayed here from Nov 24-27. I would recommend this resort to those who want to completely relax and unwind. Away from the city, no wifi, no tv, no fridge in the room, al fresco dining. The resort manager and all other staffs are all very friendly and accommodating. 😊 The only down side is there's only a handful of food choices and servings are small. I hope they'll add more food options. Ambiance is more homey compared to Huni Sicogon.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
TerrieClemente wrote a review Sep 2018
Los Angeles, California156 contributions133 helpful votes
Since retirement, my hubby and I have been traveling to different parts of the Philippines and neighboring Asian countries. At the Travel Expo in SMX, the Gigantes island in Iloilo City, caught our attention. Balay Kogon is the nearest accommodation, and after a thorough review, we decided to purchase our vouchers. It costs us 14,000 pesos for 3 nights for 2 pax with breakfast for 2 included. We took Philippine Airlines (PAL) 45 minutes flight from Manila to Roxas City. PAL flies only once a day while Cebu Pacific twice a day. Beginning October 2018, a new airport will be operational with AirSwift airlines. Then a van transfer (45 minutes) to the ferry boat (45 minutes). It costs 1800 pesos for the van one way and 2000 pesos for ferry boat one way. Cash only. We got the beachfront cottage. The bed was firm, beddings were replaced with fresh and clean linens everyday. Towels were thick and smells good. No closet but hangers can be requested. Shampoo and body wash were provided. Since we wanted to see the Gigantes island, we rented a boat (4000 pesos). We left at around 8:30 am after breakfast. We brought our own snorkeling gears and GoPro camera. We were taken to 3 different islands with a long sandbar. We enjoyed the warm and clear water. Had seafood (fresh grilled fish, calamari, and mini scallops) for lunch (own expense) at the last island where we snorkeled. The corals were beautiful and lots of colorful fish. We enjoyed the snorkeling because it was close to the shore. At night, there was Happy Hour with buy 1 get 1 free beer until 7pm. I would strongly recommend to my friends and relatives to visit Balay Kogon at Sicogon Island. Thanks to the warm and friendly accommodation of Jing Castalla (manager) and his team. Jing made our stay fun and he made sure that all our needs were met. Since we are Senior Citizens, he assigned us a beach front cottage that is easily accessible and requires less walking. He offered our meals taken to our room so we do not have to climb the stairs to the restaurant. I consider it a 5Star accommodation. Check out was a breeze. Our receipts were prepared in advance. All meals were accounted for. Btw, each meal for 2 pax costs around 600 pesos. NOTE: It is Cash Only so make sure you bring enough cash with you to pay for your room, meals, and transportation. Enjoy your stay at Balay Kogon
Read more
Date of stay: September 2018
Rooms
Service
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Beach front cottages are the best!
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
4 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Previous
LOCATION
PhilippinesVisayasPanay IslandIloilo ProvinceCarles
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
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 airport transportation?
Yes, Balay Kogon offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.