MDF Beach Resort

MDF Beach Resort

Santander-Barili-Toledo Road San Sebastian Samboan Bato, Samboan 6027 Philippines
Traveler (56)
family room direct on the beach cristal clear water
Room & Suite (7)
Dining (1)

View prices for your travel dates

Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Did you already book this hotel?

About

3.5
#1 of 1 special resort in Samboan
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Charming
Property amenities
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
16Reviews2Q+A3Room tips
Traveler rating
  • 7
  • 2
  • 0
  • 4
  • 3
Time of year
Traveler type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Sort by:
Detailed Reviews
Global684719 wrote a review Feb 2017
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The place is nice sitting beside the sea water. Very relaxing the host are very attentive to our needs. I will recommend this place who want to enjoy life to fullest yet with in the budget. Oh the foods are yummiest
Read more
Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
cw19 wrote a review Feb 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The owners and staff are so lovely and very helpful. There was a slight hiccup with our reservation made via Booking.com but the owners went above and beyond to accommodate us. They made us feel welcome and at home; we wish we could've stayed an extra night! Excellent value for money and a great base for exploring the surrounding areas (Inambakan falls, Oslob, Kawasan falls etc). You can arrange tours via MDF to all of the top attractions. The property is overlooking the sea, perfect for enjoying a few beers and watching the sun set. We loved playing with their lovely dogs Jaguar & Javi. If we find ourselves back in Santander we will definitely stay here again! Such a perfect place to chill out and relax. Thanks guys for such an enjoyable stay!
Read more
Date of stay: February 2017Trip 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 as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Marty M wrote a review Feb 2019
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
· Room horribly smelled. All resort does not show even little effort to make the place nice looking. Rat in the facility where is shared bathroom, everywhere 100 years old dust and most depressive place I ever experienced. We got there late at night and stayed till morning when we struggle with Russian owner to cancle following nights in this resort. According to him, there is nothing wrong and resort keeping high standards. What a joke. Best moment was when we left next day and had amazing stay near by in Watersport beach resort almost for same price !!! I would not recommend this place even to my worst enemy.
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 as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Trisha B wrote a review Apr 2017
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked MDF Resort for the budget friendly family room, clean surrounding, great photos and wonderful amenities offered online through booking.com. I was under the impression that given the number of families staying in the family room, they'd provide a private bathroom/toilet. I was very wrong. Here are the issues that I had to deal with:

1. When we got there, we were told that the bathroom/toilet was not attached to the room. Rather, we had to get out of our room and walk some distance to utilize the "shared" bathroom/toilet. Excuse me but I don't like "sharing" my toilet and bathroom with anyone that I don't know of. There was only one toilet to be shared with at least 12 people at that time. Imagine the agony of having to wait outside so that you can do your business. The toilet floor was always wet because there was a leakage on attached water jet hose. Even the bathroom hose and pipes had leaks somewhere. True enough that the toilet bowl was clean but the surrounding walls need a lot of remodelling and renovation. And what's with the dim light in the toilet? I honestly don't like to make nasty comments but MDF's shared toilet is more like a public toilet to me. Next time, please advertise your resort's amenities with honesty.

2. I love animals but your two dogs although tame are kind of annoying. You need to control them especially when you have paying guests that come in and out of your resort. I hate it when they try to stick their faces close to the table and your food or lie right under the table close to your feet while you're having lunch or dinner. Sorry but that's just appalling. We couldn't eat properly especially when at the back of our minds we anticipate that the dogs might bite us anytime should we step on them by mistake.

3. The place is really tired looking as opposed to the photos online.

Had I known that we will be greeted with a shared bathroom/toilet, I wouldn't have booked the place at all. There are far better places around the area and Oslob region with a competitive price. The reason why I booked this place is because of the ratings and reviews that the other people have given. Now that I've seen MDF, I kind of wonder whether those reviews are really from genuine guests or not.

The only thing that made our stay a bit bearable is the fact that their two staff (Belle and JR) are such wonderful, accommodating people.
Read more
Date of stay: April 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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 as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Zicccarkm wrote a review Jan 2019
Chicago, Illinois
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Pros: Unsafe Construction/No WiFi/Extremely Expensive on Property
- Near Lilo-an (10 minutes by scooter) where we enjoyed the best meal(s) of our month tour in the Philippines called Felice Ristorante Italiano

Cons:
- A large portion of the floor caved in while we were sleeping inside of the building where we were staying (see photos). The rest of the structure was never checked and the owners dismissed the incident as ‘common in the Philippines’.
- They are erecting an additional building on the compound so construction noise was constant. Loud music and karaoke blared through large speakers well past 1am.
-WiFi never worked properly, the room itself smelled like mold, the bathroom was never cleaned, the shower drain didn’t work, and the garbage was overflowing and never removed.
-My husband and I felt terrible for the malnourished monkey they kept as a pet which was attached to the construction site by a short chain.
-Owners treatment of staff is deplorable, they are treated poorly, aggressively bossed around and yelled at in front of guests.
-Our building decor included dozens of seductive looking photos of the owner along the walls which made for a laugh (exp: her sucking on an ice cream cone) but felt quite awkward.
-The listing suggests a great location for every attraction, meaning it isn’t actually close to one specific attraction. Once on the property, they charge aggressively high prices for food/drinks and motorbike rental as they know you have no other options. If you bring your own food or drinks, they impose a charge of 100 pesos per person.
-The listing on booking stated that a credit card will be charged 50% 7 days prior, then the additional 50% on check in. They do not actually accept cards of any kind, but demand cash payment in full upon arrival (a challenge for us as cash is difficult and expensive to access in this region).
-The listing says ‘beachfront’ property, but there is NO beach. You must hire transport to visit a beach.
-This property was recently removed from Airbnb based on the quantity and variety of complaints.
-Also, be cautious of the owner. Reluctantly, she partially refunded our stay after the floor caved in because we did not feel safe sleeping in that building. She then spread lies of thievery and “internet hacking”, and threatened the involvment of the police and her gangster husband as intimidation not to leave a bad review.

Basically, there are plenty of better places to stay that are a better value and much more convenient/closer to the main attractions of the area. It’s sad to see unethical actions of these people going against everything the Philippines are trying to build for tourism.
Read more
Date of stay: January 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 as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Mehylander wrote a review Nov 2018
Morgantown, West Virginia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Well first of all through Airbnb, they advertised that they were located right there with the whale sharks when in fact they are actually on the other side of the island. I made the reservation with the belief that I would be right there and was very disappointed. I got the email with the directions and was noted to drive between 12 and 2 in which I did. When I got to the establishment nobody answered the buzzer. I waited 20 minutes before I just walked in through the gate. Music was blaring from somewhere and there was nobody at the office. I went and sat down at the tables by the water for another 20 minutes before we actually found the housekeeper. She pointed me to my room with no check in no key no rules or anything. This was to be the Japanese room by the water. Upon climbing the stairs to the room i did a brief inspection. Nothing really fancy about it other than you could see the sunset from this side of the island.

Anyway at this point I needed to make my morning reservation for the whale sharks so I started to leave and realized that one the latch on the door was broken and two there was never any key given. So here I was to stay in a room that anyone can walk into at anytime and my personal effects could not even be secure, plus I was on the other side of the island and not where I wanted to be in the first place. Upon leaving I did ask the housekeeper about food and she stated that she needed to be informed at least an hour in advance because she had to prepare it and it was all frozen. No keep in mind that still I did not see another soul at the establishment.

Outside the gate I was able to flag down a motor bike to get me to Olsob so that I can book my experience with the whale sharks. It took 45 minutes to get back around to the other side of the island where the Sharks were. I finally decided that I would not be safe at this establishment that had now guest only one staff and a owner that did not want to show to greet his guests. I found a place where the whale sharks were and went back to get my suitcase of effects that I left at the room. I felt it would be ok with the lock on it at least. When I got there the owner was just sitting there by the stands smoking a cigarette. He didn't even ask who I was until I was leaving with my case. I had instructed the motorbike to wait for me at the gate. The man walked up to me still puffing on his smoke and then asked my name. I told him and he said then I guess your leaving early and I told him yes because it took me 45 minutes to get to the whale sharks when he plainly advertised that the resort was in Olsob where the sharks were. He actually tried to argue with me and said on no it only take me 20 minutes. But that was not the point. They did not advertise properly.

Now I canceled through Airbnb and they had a no refund policy if canceled within 5 days or your stay. So they get my money whether I like it or not. I contacted Airbnb to try to resolve the issue and explained that i felt unsafe and that they advertised incorrectly. I explained the latch and the experience but unfortunate I did not take any pictures as proof. Well because the add says it has a lock there is nothing to go by because I did not take the pictures. I am not sure if the Airbnb guy looked the place up on google maps or not but one thing he has to realize is in this country (not the US) every km is done at only 40 kph. Not very fast so it takes a while to get around. In any-case, because of my long term with Airbnb and the fact I travel often internationally, they did decide to refund my money for the room at least. I Had to decide to write a review here where it does not mater what kind of lies or bull crap the owner will try to say to cover up the facts. Here I have an excellent track record with well over 200 reviews. I will not mis inform any of my readers. I feel it is important to let people know so that they don't have a bad experience or something were to happen.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
wohacre wrote a review Mar 2017
Mandaue, Philippines
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We found this place from booking.com and we were thrilled that it offered several amenities like xbox, videoke, etc. at such a competitive price. We were disappointed to find out though that the family room we got did not have its own bathroom or toilet. We had to share a single toilet and bathroom with the rest of the resort. We were just fortunate that they were not busy then.

This place boasts of a beach-front. Indeed it faces the sea but it is does NOT have a beach.

The staff though were very hospitable and attentive to our needs.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Mae3Mae wrote a review Mar 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've stayed with my friend for 3 nights and 4 days. We were welcomed by the owners and their crew. It was not hard to find the area as you will notice it from the bus with their colorful flags.

We were alone first then other guest came on the afternoon. The area is near the port going to different areas like Dumaguete, you can find more details just google it.

The owners and the crew were amazing, they've helped us with our trip- suggested activities to do and how to avoid to get overcharged with the tours and such. Rentable motorcycles, they have that one too. The area has places you can snorkel even right in front of their hotel though the ferry passes by from time to time but it wasn't a problem.

All in all- I had a good stay and did not want to leave. Their hospitality towards us, the experienced we've have and the memories. Salamat po!

-M
Read more
Date of stay: March 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: best views, near oslob, good people, amazing food,
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Valter G wrote a review Feb 2020
Cebu City, Philippines
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Very unpleasant people , dirty place ... the room always full of dust, the bathroom old and didn't work properly, the breakfast very dirty.., i had to escape from the place absolutely no no no it is unacceptable that existing resort like that
Read more
Date of stay: November 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 as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Shareeq S wrote a review May 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the best places we've ever stayed on my trips so far. It's private (the front gate is locked at all times), the japanese room is nothing short of amazing (perfect for couples), and belle, CJ and jorgen were simply amazing to hang out with. We had nothing but happiness and satisfaction throughout our entire stay here and it was really heartbreaking to leave. Thank you all so much! Will definitely come back here and recommend to my friends and family.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Japanese room is really recommended for couples
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Shareeq S wrote a tip May 2017
6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Japanese room is really recommended for couples"
Read full review
Mae3Mae wrote a tip Mar 2017
3 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"best views, near oslob, good people, amazing food,"
Read full review
Vikas S wrote a tip Feb 2017
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India30 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are great guys!!!"
Read full review
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Samboan area.
PRICE RANGE
₱993 - ₱1,168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesVisayasCebu IslandSamboan
Prices are the average nightly price provided by our partners and may not include all taxes and fees. Taxes and fees that are shown are estimates only. Please see our partners for more details.
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

MDF BEACH RESORT - Specialty Resort Reviews & Price Comparison (Samboan, Philippines) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about MDF Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to MDF Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Aguinid Falls (3.9 km) and Binalayan Hidden Waterfalls (5.1 km).