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#3 of 16 hotels in Malapascua Island
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Buena Vida Resort and Spa opened in February 2015 and is under Swiss/Philippine management. We offer 12 beautiful rooms with huge and lovely designed living terraces which are integrated in a beautiful Tropical garden - located at the second row of the beach. Escape into a world of total comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a tropical spa experience; you deserve it! Our friendly staff will pamper you, renewing your mind, body, and soul. Relax your mind during a massage or just let your thoughts travel while enjoying the Jacuzzi under the tropical sky. We are offering Yoga lessons twice a day (for registered participants). Yoga is the practice that aims to join the mind, body and spirit. Our guests can use all beach chairs and sun beds from our second resort Ocean Vida Beach and Dive resort which is located right on the beach a 3-5 min walk away from Buena Vida. Also Sea Explorers dive shop is connected and dives can be booked in advanced with discounted rates. We hope to welcome you one day in Buena Vida.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
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Yoga classes
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Private balcony
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English, French, Filipino, German
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Philippe D wrote a review Mar 2020
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions18 helpful votes
2nd time we are visiting Malapascua and this time decided to stay at Buena Vida due to their ties with Sea Explorers for the diving (which we also recommend...). We are very surprised on our arrival to see the overall resort layout; feels like home clearly and having been in MPascua before never thought the island has such spot to offer. It is indeed 150m away from the beach and the dive centers, but it does not matter much. At the end it's extremely calm, extremely neat, service is impeccable and Alex and her team at the front desk are always available to help. We truly enjoyed the quality of the bedding, the cleanliness of the premises. We must also indicate here the quality and variety of the breakfast buffet, along with the Italian restaurant on site which will be a separate review. Once again, in comparison to places we have been before in Malapascua, this one is clearly above the expected standards and we will come back there without thinking where we should go or how much it costs. As simple as that...
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from oceanvidamalapascua, Gérant at Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hello Philippe! First of all we want to thank you for choosing Ocean Vida Resort for your stay in Malapascua as well as for taking the time to leave us this nice comment! We are delighted to learn that you particularly appreciated the professionalism and kindness of our team as well as the quality of the food and breakfast! We make it a point of honor to offer our guests the best service they deserve! We hope to see you again soon! All the best from Malapascua and Greetings from the Buena Vida Family
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Kraft wrote a review Feb 2020
19 contributions1 helpful vote
It’s really amazing hotel with amazing staff and serves. Room look much much better when on the web site pictures. Very good healthy breakfast, yoga classes, massages. I think it’s the best place in this Island. You will enjoying this place!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 5 Feb 2020
Hello Lara! Thank you very much for choosing Buena Vida resort during your stay in Malapascua and for taking the time to leave this nice review here! We are thrilled that you loved your experience. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. All the best from Malapascua and Greetings from the Buena Vida Family!
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Esther wrote a review Dec 2019
24 contributions1 helpful vote
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The resort is just about 5 minutes walk from the beach. Everywhere inside resort allowed you to have tropical touch and feel. The room I stayed was with hammock in the balcony, I love it! <3 All the staff are super pure and nice, they are willing to help you out in any aspect! I had sea sick after diving, one of the staff walked from resort to the beach (where I was taking rest) with balm with him, trying to reduce my illness. Moreover, they leave greeting notes in the room every single day after cleaning. They are just so warmhearted! I had Spa every single day during my stay, they suggested different treatments based on my condition and my preference. The Spa rooms are very well decorated with dimmed lights, pleasant smell and relaxing music. Masseurs are very well trained too! Breakfast was good as well, love their small croissant. They do make-to-order other than buffet breakfast. Everything was so pleasant and memorable, the only minor issue was the wifi, I barely could connect, but that's a good thing on the other hand, this made me completely blended into such good environment!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Room Tip: Quick access to the beach, restaurants but still quiet inside resort, super good choice to escape...
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Response from oceanvidamalapascua, Gérant at Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Responded 11 Dec 2019
Hello Esther ! Thank you very much for staying with us and for leaving this great and complete feedback ! We are happy to read that we reached all your expectations and we are reading your review with a big smile ! We place a lot of importance on customer service, and always do our best to satisfy them to the highest degree ! About the wifi, it's very difficult to get a good connexion here on the island so sometimes it's going slow. We apologize about that ! But as you told in your review it's a good way to fully enjoy the atmosphere of Malapascua ! We hope to see you again ! All the best from Malapascua and Greetings from the Buena Vida Family !
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Leahil01 wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom78 contributions38 helpful votes
This hotel is exactly as all the other comments have said. Cute, boutique. It’s 5 minute walk from the beach. The rooms are lovely and the little details make the difference, ie mosquito spray, a torch, little hand written notes. Hand made cookies left on the door in the evening. Breakfast left for you on your porch. Honestly a really nice hotel to stay. The spa is also one of the best!! We had a massage every day! The only one small thing I would say which needs to be improved is the cleanliness. Sometimes my feet were dirtier after leaving the shower as the floor wasn’t the cleanest and the sink, but that wouldn’t stop me recommending. They just need to clean a bit better :-)
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from oceanvidamalapascua, Gérant at Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Responded 28 Nov 2019
Hello Jacquelyn, Thank you very much for staying with us and taking the time to leave your impressions! Your feedback is very appreciated! We are happy to read that we reached all your expectations! We apologize about the cleanliness, we take your advice into account! It was a real pleasure to have both of you as guests! We hope to see you again soon! All the best from Malapascua and greetings from the Buena Vida Family !
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romtas wrote a review Nov 2019
Wilfersdorf, Austria167 contributions76 helpful votes
In July 2019, my stay at BUena Vida was less relaxing than in former years. There were noisy (!!!!) building sites around/ near the hotel and this noise was highly enervating - so it was certainly NOT very inviting.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Response from oceanvidamalapascua, Gérant at Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Responded 10 Nov 2019
Hello Romtas, Thank you for staying with us and leaving your feedback. We really apologize about the constructions around our resort. During the low season, some resorts take the opportunity to make renovations or new constructions. Fortunately it does not happen often. Know that the buildings are finished now and that the calm is back ! We hope that this incident hasn't diminished your confidence in our establishment and we will be pleased to welcome you again soon ! All the best from Malapascua and Greetings from The Buena Vida Family !
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Jacquelyn S wrote a review Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China13 contributions25 helpful votes
We loved our stay at Buena Vida. It is a beautifully styled hotel with lots of small touches which really add impact to your stay. For example each night they left some cake and a hand written poem on our door. So lovely. The breakfast was also great with amazing hand made bread and hot food. We both got a massage which was delightful and worth every penny. The spa is one of the nicest I have ever been in and a surprising find on an island as remote as Malapascua! The only criticism I would have is on our first night there was incredibly loud music near by which kept us awake until 2am. We asked if they had any ear plugs which they didn't. If this music will happen again I would suggest guests to take ear plugs and the resort to have some for guests to use!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from oceanvidamalapascua, Gérant at Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Responded 28 Oct 2019
Hello Jacquelyn, Thank you very much for staying with us and taking the time to leave your impressions! Your feedback is very appreciated! We are happy to read that we reached all your expectations! We really apologize about the loud music. As you know, there are parties every Saturday on the island (They always change place). At this time, the party was near our Resort. We take your advice into account and will provide ear plugs to our guests! We hope to see you again! All the best from Malapascua and greetings from The Buena Vida Family !
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Joseph Khem Ant... R wrote a review Sep 2019
Cebu City, Philippines82 contributions68 helpful votes
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I have been to different places in the Philippines, but this is the place where I experienced the best massage in my entire life(so far). The breakfast(chef's choice) is amazing, its like it is the only meal you will need for the day. The food during our candlelit dinner is delizioso(mixed seafood is our main course)! The bed is comfortable, the A/C is freakin cold(we love it). The whole place is relaxing/quiet and rejuvenating, the staff are very accommodating and attentive. Check-in and check-out is fast and smooth. Ok, I will stop here. One last word, I would definitely recommend this place.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from oceanvidamalapascua, Gérant at Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Responded 11 Sep 2019
Hello Joseph ! Thank you very much for being our guests and for your detailed warming feedback to our facilities you experienced. We are reading your feedback with a big smile :) We count ourselves lucky for customers like you and hope to stand on your vacation destination list again. All the best and sunny greetings from Buena Vida Family.
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Atina T wrote a review Jun 2019
Seattle, Washington9 contributions2 helpful votes
From the very beginning when we made our reservations the staff at Buena Vida answered all our questions in a very timely manner. I never had to wait more than a day for any reply. They helped to arrange all of our airport transport from Cebu to Maya Port then from Maya Port to Malapascua. There was a little confusion at the port, but that was due to the national coast guard not communicating to the passengers. When we arrived at Malapascua, the staff at Ocean Vida (Buena Vida's sister resort) welcomed us and brought our bags to Buena Vida while we checked in with the dive company Sea Explorers. We were then shown to Buena Vida and welcomed very warmly. Our room was lovely with a private outdoor sitting area. The grounds were quite beautiful with a a spa, wading pool/jacuzzi, yoga shala and exercise room. My husband and I took advantage of daily massages. Each morning we had a very delicious and filling Filipino breakfast, which we needed to power us through a full day of diving. The service was always friendly and helpful. The following staff members at Buena Vida were particularly great. Freeda always had a smile on her face and was always happy. Lorenza could solve any issue or problem and was so helpful when our bags got misplaced at the airport. Giziel went out of her way to make sure all of our airport transfers went smoothly so we didn't have to worry about anything. While Buena Vida is on a beautiful island with world class diving, amazing amenities and lovely accommodations, it's the people that make it truly worth visiting. Every night we were presented with homemade baked good hung on our door with a sweet and inspiring note attached wishing us a good night sleep and a wonderful tomorrow. If I could, I would go back tomorrow!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms are equally great.
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Responded 9 Aug 2019
Hello Atina. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us this great comment ! Your feedback is really appreciated. It was a real pleasure to have you with us ! We are happy that we reached all your expectations and We hope to see you again! Warm regards and greetings from Buena Vida Family.
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Veronika F wrote a review May 2019
Nitra Region, Slovakia12 contributions8 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay at Buena Vida. Spacious room and terrace overlooking the garden, the most precious reception room and delicious breakfast. However, the main reason of our visit was the free yoga classes, which we were told after arrival that only one class is free and its organised if at least two guests are interested. Unfortunately, there was noone interested in yoga during our stay, so my boyfriend was forced to do yoga with me every morning, which he had enjoy in the end:) Yoga teacher was the nicest person we met at the hotel, very nice lady who invited us for a night yoga on the beach - the most memorable night of our stay in Malapascua. The resort was fully booked and I have tried to contact the resort on Facebook if theres any availibility. I was surprised by getting no answer at all and when I booked it (suddenly there was one room left on Agoda) and showed up at the hotel the girl who was showing us around said "sorry we are busy". That was like the first thing she said when we entered the place. Girl I dont care if you are busy or not, Im a client who paid more than enough to get a simple one sentence long answer. Besides this bad experience all other reception employees and staff were super super nice!!! Over all we really enjoyed our stay and hopefuly will come back.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from FabienneandSven, Inhaber at Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Responded 16 May 2019
Dear Veronika, we are happy you joined the morning classes with us and your boyfriend as you write enjoyed too. Like usually there were enough registrations for our candle light beach yoga - so you could join there too. During high season we are usually fully booked, seems like you had a lucky moment when we had a cancelation with Agoda and one accommodation was free again. Thanks for your stay and enjoying the Yoga classes with us. All the best from Buena Vida Family!
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Rohit G wrote a review Apr 2019
Pune, India24 contributions4 helpful votes
I had terrible experience at this resort, me n my wife went to their breakfast place at 7am but to my surprise nothing was ready,if you claim yourself as three star property then you should follow your timings. Instead of sitting their and wasting our time I thought I'll ask them how to unlock the locker as it was malfunctioning n my wallet was locked in it. So I went n asked one of the guys who had explained all resort facilities when I had arrived and had also told me that in case of any problem please come and talk to me. So I decided to go and talk to him but he started shouting on me n said sirrrrrr go and talk to girl on reception desk. It was really very insulting for me. After some time we came back for breakfast at their unhygienic dining place, as the menu was very limited we ordered an omelet with some chillies n cheese in it. I really don't understand what was so funny in it . I found their waiter n waitress making fun of me n saying he wants chillies in his omelette. They thought I do not understand the difference between chilli n cheese so the waitress again came to me n asked do u want chilli or cheese in your omelette. I again told her that I want some chillies as I like it spicy.but still they kept looking at me n laughing . I didnt want to create scene Infront of other resort guests so I went to reception n complained about waiter n waitress but I was told we will look into it but I wanted some immediate action, so I demanded to speak to the manager but guess what she was late to work n didn't reach even when I was about to leave at 9am. I also requested to speak to the resort owner but she was busy with yoga class. I was told that she will contact me through email but I didn't receive any email from her side. This proves that they are very unprofessional n I will request you guys to stay away from this property.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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US$74 - US$88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesVisayasCebu IslandMalapascua Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Buena Vida Resort and Spa?
Nearby attractions include Bounty Beach (0.2 km) and Logon Church (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Buena Vida Resort and Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Buena Vida Resort and Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Buena Vida Resort and Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Buena Vida Resort and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ocean Vida, The Craic House, and Oscar's Bar and Restaurant Malapascua.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Buena Vida Resort and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Buena Vida Resort and Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Buena Vida Resort and Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Buena Vida Resort and Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Filipino.