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East Coast White Sand Resort & Recreation Center
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Reviewed April 4, 2015

After 10 months of travelling we wanted a retreat to take it easy before returning to the UK. We had a great time at East Coast. The two pools are clean and a fair size. The private beach is amazing and affords good swimmimg with little grass etc. The food is a highlight, there are plenty of Philippine traditional options. We googled imaged searched the names of the traditional fayres and we ate really well and the breakfast is good too.

The best bit about this place is the friendly helpful staff who went out of their way to ensure we had a great time. The resort is about 6k out of town but trikes are chep 20 php each way. There isn't much in Anda but its charming nonetheless. If you are lookimg for a good value relaxing quiet resort this the place for you.

You should go there!

Stayed: April 2015, traveled as a couple
Thank Ruuningcraghopper
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Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Relaxing and quiet-just what we wanted! There was some light construction going on next door but it still wasn't very disruptive. Absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean and easy access to the white sand beaches and caves. Also snorkeling right there! Saw a fantastic variety of coral and sea life. The food was good (stick with south east asian cuisine, the western dishes were iffy) and relatively cheap. The staff was very friendly and helpful and often went the extra mile, for instance, sending us off with freshly cut mangoes for our ears morning departure of 6 am. Rooms were extremely clean and well kept. Few downsides: boat and snorkeling gear advertised were broken, some items around the resort in disrepair. Overall though a great place to relax and escape! Would stay here again!

Stayed: February 2015
Thank Sarah T
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Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately it rained quite a lot when we were here but it was still a great place. The location is beautiful and the staff fantastic- all really happy and work hard to help. Particularly good were the manager (I can't remember his name,sorry!) and the boy in charge of housekeeping- they both were exceptionally good. We had a dinner out on the cliff on the last night which was very special.

A few minor things could be improved (just for feedback-we think it was great):

- the entrance driveway is a bit shabby and unkempt which doesn't give a great impression when you arrive- the rest of the grounds are lovely

- there needs to be more variety of soft drinks and alcohol- there was no diet coke,they ran out of wine and there weren't any spirits at all really apart from a dusty old bottle of white rum they dug out for me. People like to drink on holiday and I don't drink beer so it ended up being a bit too dry for my liking ;)

- the food was excellent generally (loved the shrimp although no shells please when frying!). However, the pasta dishes were terrible and it's such a shame because apart from that the kitchen is very good. They should just take the pasta dishes off the menu really

- there should be a poster / sign explaining you need to pay for the pool table as we didn't realise we were being charged until the bill arrived

- no European dance music in the restaurant! We had to ask them to turn it off,it was terrible

These are all minor things intended as constructive feedback but overall we had a really wonderful stay and the staff were uniformly fantastic.

Stayed: January 2015, traveled as a couple
Thank gapyahgirl5
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Reviewed January 7, 2015

The first thing you need to remember about Anda is that it is a two hour drive from the main ferry and airport at Tagbilaran. The ferry took two hours and cost us 800pp per person return from Cebu - plus 100pp per checked in bag and 25pp port fee at Cebu and another 15pp fee at Tagliraban. We didn't try the hotel's offer of a pick up service so I can't comment on that, but there are plenty of drivers waiting at the ferry port. The drivers' 'standard' rate card price is around 3500pp, but we quickly negotiated a 2500pp ride (tip - don't try this with the first ones, go for the guys closer to the back). If you've ever driven along Pacific Coast Highway 1 in California this journey is a mini version of that, with great views of the sea all the way. Chances are your driver won't know where the resort is though, so once you fork right onto the Anda road look out after about a mile on your right for a sign to East Coast White Sand. If you are staying for more than a few days remember there are no shops of any note within walking distance - so stock up on cigarettes. This is a small resort made for the simple pleasures in life...white sandy beaches, clear blue seas, birdsong, sunrises, and sunsets. If you're looking for anything more try elsewhere - but if that's what you are seeking you've found it here. For sun seekers the southerly aspect is perfect. The six smaller rooms all look out over the larger of two pools, beyond which is the ocean. Inside, the beds are firmly comfortable with good pillows and a single top sheet - all you need in this climate of course. There's a good clean bathroom with an electric shower in a solid glass corner enclosure. TV is provided with 20 or so channels and the aircon is efficient. There's no fridge, but you'll get a kettle and coffee sachets which are replaced daily by friendly and courteous room staff who take pride in their work when cleaning. Breakfast is simple but wholesome. The dinner menu selection is decent enough (they take orders around 4.30pm for the evening) but don't be surprised if some options aren't available - my wife isn't a meat eater so when all the seafood was off one night she was stuck with pasta in a tomato sauce which tasted suspiciously like ketchup. I loved the Korean beef on my first night, but having tried it again two nights later it seems quality can be variable. Price-wise for food and drinks we stayed three nights, ate well, made good use of the beer fridge in the restaurant, and had a bill at the end of just 3300pp. To see the sights we booked ourselves on the 4.20pm ferry to return to Cebu and rented a car and driver from Bohol Car Rentals. This cost us 3500pp (cheaper than the resort could do) and after an 11am pick up we took the road to the chocolate hills and tarsiers and from there back to Tagbilaran. The rate was for a full day though, so if you want to get away earlier you could see and do a lot more. A great stay overall, despite the weather not being too kind to us on one day of the trip.

Room Tip: All are good - no bad choices
  • Stayed: January 2015, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank JohnBownas
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Reviewed December 19, 2014

My bf and I are usually splurging on hotels, so by the end of our trip we decided to save a few bucks and stay at this place. Upon first arrival you are not dramatically impressed. BUT once you settle in and get the feel of the place you realize what a wonderful treat it actually is. The location is perfect, the beach is one of a kind with exploring opportunities, the view from your own private villa (family room) is spectacular and you get a flat screen tv with a comfortable bed and cleat bathrooms. The lapu lapu is their signature dish and wont disappoint, we loved the incorportation of the lemongrass. The only single complaint i would have is the decor of the rooms. Strip it of the tacky curtains, the plastic outdoor furniture and you can easily have yourself a 3-4 star resort. The actual building and architecture is wonderful, with a few changes and a designers eye this place can easily become a $150-$200 resort. but for now, we were happy that we got to experience this hidden luxury for such a cheap price!

Room Tip: Choose the family room, it has better views and costs slightly extra!
  • Stayed: December 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lena D
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