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Reviewed 3 February 2020

Flower Island was exactly the retreat we wanted and needed. There was a taifun going through the Philippines but luckily the only effect on us was that it was cloudy.
The island itself has plenty to offer for some laid back days in luxury (light house, massage temple, walking paths, pearl farm excursion, water sports, relaxed cocktail bar etc.)
The food can also be vegetarian and vegan on demand and was delicious every day.
On the Pearl Farm tour don't forget to go snorkelling at the coral garden!

The communication in advance could improve concerning that it takes a long time for answers via e-mail and then some information was contradictory. Eventually everything worked out except for one transfer from a bus station to the Taytay pier. There we took a taxi after waiting for too long and discovered afterwards that nobody would have picked us up anyways.

Prepare for some huge flora and fauna on the island! It was amazing to see so many exotic plants and animals. Accordingly one has to be cautious with food and scents (e.g. massage oil) inside the rooms as it may attract ants and similar right inside your suitcase.

The staff was incredibly nice and friendly and once we were there also extremely helpful.

Date of stay: December 2019
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1  Thank HektorP
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Reviewed 31 January 2020 via mobile

This was our last stop on our Philippines vacation and no doubt it was the best place. Truly an amazing stay far away from everything sorrounded by beautiful scenery and friendly staff. Wifi is available at the bar for does in need of an online fix.

Our cottage was right at the beach (no 11) and was spacious and looked newly renovated with a great "outdoor" bathroom. From the balcony we could relax in our hammock and rocking chair overlooking the beautiful blue sea. Note there is no AC but a fan can be provided and that was sufficient during the night.

The beach and sea is amazing and heavinly blue - right for a postcard. Snorkeling is really good here and we saw stingrays, baby black tip reef shark, dragon fish, needle fish and many other colorful fish. On a picnic to another island we also snorkled at coral garden no1 which had a lot of the same things to see but the corals were more colourful and amazing and the reef was much bigger to explore. We also spotted turtles.

Food is offered as a buffet which was simple but enjoyable. Quality instead of quantity. For dinner it would be nice if they offered a seafood and fresh fish bbq which would be our only real recommended improvement. A small but nice snack menu is offered during the day.

This place comes with our highest recommendation.

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Traveled on business
2  Thank klitgaardj
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Reviewed 16 April 2019 via mobile

Will write as top 10 positives and then top 10 negatives.

1. Remoteness
2. Tranquility
3. Friendliness of staff
4. Beautiful private island with crystal clear waters that host turtles, stingrays, plenary of fish and coral reef.
5. Great massages at a good price
6. Spectacular tower with 360 views of sea and islands, all the latter appearing unoccupied, which in itself makes you feel more remote and removed from everyday life.
7. Was literally barefoot for 5 days.
8. One amazing freshly cooked lunch and fantastic snorkelling after a visit to the pearl farm.
9. The overall island is kept in pristine condition
10. 10. No children on the island!

10 negatives
1. Bathroom in serious need of an update.. A mouldy shower that lacked hot water and with a shower head that reached to my navel. The overall bathroom was like a grotty hostel. For ยฃ250 per night Iโ€™d expect something more up to standard (not something for ยฃ25 per night!)
2. Canned vegetables, meat stews and hot soups at mealtimes?! (In 33 degree heat!) the food is so basic. Youโ€™re screwed if youโ€™re a vegetarian or vegan! (It was a buffet style service, but VERY ltd in choice.
3. No water or any beverage of any description in the rooms, or even a fridge for that matter!
4. For an eco friendly island I was saddened to see barrel after barrel of oil leave the island on the last day whilst sunbathing on the beach. The stench of it was disgusting.
5. I have to write about the food again!.. we enjoyed an incredible fresh meal on the pearl farm trip (owned by flower island and picnic supplied by the latter)... why on earth cannot the amazing fresh mango salad and fresh tuna be also served on Flower island. Itโ€™s simple and easy. Instead of deep fried frozen prawns and pork chops! (Obviously the latter was frozen as we never saw a pig!)
6. Breakfast.. wow. How awful. Porridge or soggy cornflakes with warm whole milk from a carton, or a full fry up as an alternative!.. oh and concentrated fruit juice. Is it so hard to have freshly squeezed mango or orange juice??.. and a fresh yogurt?.. and maybe an option of alternative egg, rather than fried?! (Geez, I sound like Iโ€™m whinging, but itโ€™s just so easy to provide simple healthy food!)

To be fair, I canโ€™t get to 10 on the negatives and there is no point in being petty for the sake of it. Overall we enjoyed the ease of and relaxed nature of our stay, but still only give it 3 out of 5 stars as food and accommodation are the bedrock of any decent resort and these were major drawbacks... such a shame..

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
5  Thank Warwicklord
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Reviewed 14 April 2019 via mobile

This place is just absolutely breathtaking. The Island itself is georgeous. The staff is phenomal and the food is great! I recommend booking tours as well. Aside from the pearl farm they offer other tours which are AMAZING. Weโ€™ll be back!

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank MonsieurdelaVega
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Reviewed 13 April 2019

We had 4 nights here. it is a lovely island and you can snorkel off the beach - with turtles, fish, coral and stingrays. There is also a day trip to a pearl farm and an even better coral reef that is worth doing. the location is remote - it is a 4000 peso speed boat ride each way from Taytay so getting there is quite expensive. The island has a hill that is worth climbing for the view - especially at sunset

The main disappointment were the meals- you cant eat anywhere else and each meal is 800 peso per person + drinks (about 16 USD) We were even charged for a cup of tea after dinner. The food was limited and often cold, which given there were no more than 10 of us on the island was quite surprising.

Our other frustration was that there was no water in the rooms (and so no making your own cup of tea or coffee) - they had a ban on plastic bottles but didn't leave jugs of water and glasses in the room - you had to ask EVERY day for this. The staff were lovely but not proactive in any way. They wold benefit from a good on site manager

That aside - it is peaceful, no children are allowed, the water quality is good, and the huts perfectly adequate and located right on the beach. if you are a diver, they are all set up for you.

I read on trip advisor it is a 3 star hotel - this seems right, though it charges more like a 4 star, especially once you add meals and transfers

Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Rod4178
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