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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful location mixed with quality accommodation and friendly, helpful service made for a wonderful first trip to the Philippines. Good restaurant and Spa facilities topped off the visit. Much for all ages but very relaxing and peaceful setting with lovely gardens and pools beside the beach.

Stayed: December 2017, traveled with family
Thank Nonapama
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

Dear Nonapama,

Thank you for taking time to write us a review. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time with us. We highly appreciate your remarkable comments on our amenities and services. Your review encourages us to continue to give our best and help other travelers in finding a great place to stay for their next holiday.

We hope to welcoming you again! :)

Best regards,

Vida Homes Condo Resort Team

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

Stayed here a couple of times now and will definitely return.
Our pool view apartment actually had reasonable views of the sea, and was extremely well fitted out. It really did feel like our home for the time we were there.
Likely because the apartments are so spacious and comfortable, the communal areas are quiet and not over-run. Some times it felt like we had the resort to ourselves.
An in-house restaurant would be nice, but the option to have food delivered to your room (or to the pool bar) from the neighboring dive resort makes up for this.
Which brings me to the next highlight. Whilst Vida homes is not itself a dive resort, it has an association with Pura Vida resort and Sea Explorers dive centre, both located 30 metres along the beach. The dive centre is top class (see my other review), and the Pura Vida bar and restaurant is a great place to go. Socialise at the bar with other divers or eat dinner at a private table on the beach (Best steak I have had in Philippines).

Room Tip: 2 bed units have better sea views. Upstairs units have more privacy on the balcony. The downstairs unit balconies open into the garden.
  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mark S
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

Hi Mark,

Thank you very much for taking time to write us a review. We are delighted to read the remarkable comments regarding our amenities, services and food. On behalf of the management and staff, we highly appreciate sharing your experience with us. Your review helps us to continue to give our best and help other travelers to find a great place to stay for their next holiday.

We hope to welcome you again. :)

Best regards,

Vida Homes Condo Resort Team

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

I went to the Philippines for one week of R&R for a little Scuba diving while I was working in Japan. I booked at Mike’s scuba resort just down the street and then moved after the first day to VIDA homes, wow wow wow! I just walked up the beach saw this fantastic property that was manicured to perfection and ask if they had any rooms available they showed me a couple and I was blown away at the quality. The Resort is owned by a Swiss guy (Chris) who is lived in the Philippines for 35 years he takes excellent care of his employees they are on it 100% ,friendly, warm and the property is to die for. European quality in a very remote and quiet location. I rented a one bedroom unit with kitchen and I cooked every night and bought food at the local market and Dumaguete. The pool is fantastic the beach water is warm and easy to Swim in, you can eat dinner at their sister resort Pura VIDA can book all the scuba diving in and spa treatment, One minute walk up the beach, right next-door. Also you can have food delivered to your room from that restaurant. Every night I went to the spa and got a massage for only 30 bucks it was amazing. Check out my picture this is quality quality quality in the middle of nowhere what a relaxing week I had. Most of all love love love the staff and the people so friendly so happy so helpful!!!!

Stayed: November 2017, traveled solo
Thank pavideo
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

Dear Paul,

Many thanks to your remarkable review. We highly appreciate your awesome comments on our amenities, services and food. On behalf of the management and staff, we are grateful for sharing your experience. We believe that what you shared will encourage us more to give our best and help other travelers to find a great place to stay for their next holiday.

Looking forward to welcome you again! :)

Best regards,

Vida Homes Condo Resort Team

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Vida Homes is modern, beautifully maintained condos mere steps away from immaculate grounds and swimming pools (yes pools plural). The staff were very friendly and helpful, and made us feel valued and welcomed from the first day. We had trouble with our luggage (a day late due to issues with a late United flight in the US), and they, together with Philippine Airlines, handled the issue for us; our luggage magically appeared at the resort only a day late with no effort on our part! The morning breakfast was great and became a fixture. The dive shop is staffed with exceptionally qualified and friendly instructors and we have been transformed into enthusiasts; can't wait to get back and get diving again. I honestly cannot imagine anything being done better!
Diving and scuba, markets, relaxing in the pools (nice swim-up bar :-)), spa, ...... Very near the highway so trips to the city & elsewhere are easy. Go !!

  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
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Thank randlemclean
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are pleased to hear that you feel valued and welcomed from the first day of your stay. Thank you for your appreciation to Vida Homes staff as well as the dive center. I am so thrilled to share this with them; your review encourages us to give our best always to help create a memory that will last a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you again to our little paradise.

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We stayed for a week in July with Kids Sea Camp. The diving is amazing! Don't miss the whale sharks! We did both diving and snorkeling with them....the snorkeling won hands down with my kids! Fantastic experience! The owner is Swiss and has lived there for 30 years. He's an interesting guy..definitely ask him about his Mustang sunk down at 100 feet directly in front of the resort. They've put in an artificial reef in front of the resort consisting of the Mustang, a Jeep, and a myriad of wine bottles encased in concrete blocks. Lots of interesting critters have made their homes there. Although the muck diving in Dauin is top notch, the diving at Apo Island was our favorite! The island has the longest established sanctuary in the Philippines, and it shows! Wow! Fantastic hard corals and biodiversity. Turtle Town is to die for! Dozens of big green sea turtles in less than 40 feet of water. Seemed like there was a new one every few feet either doing turtle yoga or taking a snooze amongst the stellar coral. The dive operation run by Biggs is truly valet. The crew is the happiest that I've come across in 20 plus years of diving. They simply can't do enough for you! Biggs will do anything in her power to make your stay the best that she can. She is an amazing lady! The resort is beautiful with the landscaping a feast for the eyes. We loved seeing the gardeners trimming the lawn with hedge clippers. Tried to get my daughters excited about the idea of pink ones, but they were not interested. The transportation to the resort, to the Cabilao Sea Explorers property and back to the airport was seamless. Sea Explorers has operatives that take care of you from the moment you step off the plane until you step back on the plane. For those of you who are worried about safety due to the issues in the south of the Philippines, don't! We never felt the least bit vulnerable. The Philippino people are absolutely lovely! The resort condos are gorgeous and spacious with beautiful patios! The swim-up bar and pool is a great place to cool off. Only wish that there was more of a beach. For us, we were diving most of the time, so it wasn't a deal breaker. The summer months are the rainy season, but we only had a few light showers while we slept. Bring study materials for the mountain school, extra dinero for the $20 hour long massages and tip, tip, tip! A little really means a lot here!

  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Thank divingmommy11
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Vida H, Manager at Vida Homes Condo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Hi Divingmommy,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It was awesome to receive such kind words from you. We are overjoyed to hear that you had a fantastic experience during your stay with us. Thank you for your appreciation to the owner, to Ma'am Bigs as well as to Vida Homes and Sea Explorers. We will continue to give our very best to always help create a memory that will last a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you again to our little paradise.

Best regards,

Vida Homes Team

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