I was very lucky to have stumbled onto La Estancia Busuanga. It was a great find - a secret gem of a place.
I was in constant communication with Boots (owner) via email. All my questions were answered as promptly as she could. You can also communicate via SMS if you need answers urgently.
We did the Coron Island hopping tour on the very day of arrival at 8am. The van transfer and boat hire went very well. We asked our driver for a change room coz we weren't in our swim gear, he took us to another hotel. I hired two towels there (we are a family of 4). Mang Cornelio looked after our luggage while we toured around Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon. BYO snorkel and reef shoes. The boat captain cooked a mean BBQ lunch for us. Truly a treat! The tour itself is stunning.
The van ride to the resort was two hours. When we arrived, I was very impressed with the design and make of the resort. Our room (top floor with balcony) was modern and we could JUST get 3G on our balcony. The recreation room was soo rich in detail - from games, to books, to the sculptures. Sunrises are unforgettable at La Estancia. I was concerned about the food as we don't have any other option to dine outside the resort. But there was no need to worry, the filipino dishes were delicious. If you are a foreigner, I would suggest you try all the food that are served. Talk to the staff.
With La Estancia - you are in a secluded family run resort. It is very quiet. No TV. No bars. No karaoke. It is perfect if you want to simply - UNPLUG.
The gorgeous islands are unforgettable. You must visit Black Island, Pass Island and Pamalican at the very least. Boat hire prices are reasonable, cheap when shared with other resort guests. The included lunch in any of the island tours is an experience in itself.
The negatives: There is none but for one. The beach front is not for swimming as it has the occasional jelly fish. Not the fault of the property at all, as they are conservationists. There is the pool if you want a dip. Otherwise, you will be out in the islands all day anyway! So I managed to forgive this negative.
In La Estancia, take the time to talk to the staff and tell them what you need. They are very happy to help. There are many more great things about this property. I haven't written about the complimentary hilltop BBQ yet! I shall return indeed...
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