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Reviewed 27 February 2020

This small resort is literally cut out of the jungle. It fronts on to beautifully clear water and can be blissfully relaxing and quiet. However, it's small size can mean that if other guests are loud and boisterous, everyone can hear it. The rooms were spacious and quite comfortable. Please do note that there is no television, so if families are traveling, bringing electronics may be necessary. Our room had a beautiful view of the water and was a pleasure to wake up to every morning. The resort has one small restaurant--there is nothing else around for miles, so this is really the only option. Guests can order all meals in advance and SHOULD! Service is not particularly fast. We waited over an hour for dinner when not ordering in advance. There is a small sand beach with kayaks to use and the water is sealed off from the larger body of water to prevent jellyfish from entering. There are piers and structures built over the water with hammocks and furniture for reading. Also, be aware that wifi is only near the main check-in structure, and there is no wifi in the rooms. It is possible to book day trips for island-hopping (highly recommended-the Philippines at its best) and to Coron. The resort will also bring in masseuses (for a fee) who will do a massage in the room. I would stay here again, but not for more than 3-4 days.

Date of stay: February 2020
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Thank Cynthia H
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Reviewed 13 February 2020 via mobile

Amazing hidden gem with a reposed beauty that is paradise, it could easily pass for 4 stars! Warm friendly and efficient service all around are over the top! The stunning natural beauty of this diamond in the rough was brought in from outside displayed in the ornate and unique creative decor encompassing what the island and culture offers. Verdant mountaintop and seafront views are breathtaking and unforgettable made special with a barbeque to welcome guests. Well kept and impeccably clean place.
A true and stunning gem! We will be back soon...
Mark ( Canada)

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank Georgina K
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Reviewed 7 February 2020

While it's a bit of a trek (90 minutes van ride from the Busuanga airport), it's well worth it. We stayed for four days, three nights and had a wonderful time, taking a much-needed respite from urban life.

Accomodations were beautiful. While the water pressure and temperature were variable at times, we enjoyed our room. Should power go down, the resort has a back-up generator. Our balcony view was amazing, and I would wake up each morning before sunset to catch the peace + tranquility of this resort.

Food was spot on with room service available. Mar was excellent in coordinating and communicating with us on any bonfires and buffets that were scheduled. One such dinner buffet was out on the pier while another location was set amidst lit trees. It took our breath away, and we felt incredibly blessed to be dining in such beautiful surroundings.

The staff was great. Lando, our tour guide, also carved the beautiful woodwork found around the hotel along with the room keys. My husband and Albert shared a bond talking about their love of tattoos.

As earlier reviews mention, this resort may not be ideal for elderly or disabled persons. My 83-year old mom came with us, and while she was not able to go all the way down to the beach, she said that she really enjoyed staying at the resort. Thanks to the warm, friendly and accommodating staff who made her feel right at home, she enjoyed meals at the restaurant or on her balcony overlooking the sea.

Another item of note is that Wi-Fi is only available at the reception area beside the pool. So for those glued to their devices, you will have to hang out there to surf the web.

We hope to visit again and experience the warm ties of friendship with the staff along with the peace + calm of the resort.

Room tip: The Elite Family Rooms were large and comfortable with gorgeous balcony views.
Date of stay: January 2020
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Thank csedore
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Reviewed 3 February 2020

The transport from airport to resort is 1 1/2 hours of fairly rough roads and the final bit is unsealed - better on a empty stomach.
La Estancia is awesome - the people so friendly welcoming and helpful. This is the perfect place for couples - romantic and peaceful.
Views are excellent from all over the resort and rooms.
Facilities are just the best - rooms spacious and clean - balconies so good especially at night.
pool excellent, beach and swimming excellent.
Food exceptional.
Love this place - will come back.

Room tip: all rooms have views
Date of stay: January 2020
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1  Thank markwI6918VT
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Reviewed 29 November 2019 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 days from November 22-26, and had the most wonderful time. From the moment we arrived everything was well organized and we were greeted by all their friendly staff. Nanay Auring and Mhar were very helpful and ensured that all our needs were tended.

Pros:
1. The room is spacious and the interiors are so nice and homey. The view from the room is purely amazing - the ocean, the pier, the sunset!
2. Very close to Black Island and Dibutonay Island (25mins). We availed their tour offer and we appreciated how they prepared everything. No hassle!
3. We had a bonfire and bbq night at their hilltop for free! I just hoped that they had chicken bbq option since I indicated that I am allergic to pork. But my bf enjoyed very much so nothing to complain there.
4. Facilities are well-maintained and there are lots of activities to keep you entertained - they have a mini library, chess board, tv lounge area, sunbeds at the ocean front, swimming pool, hammocks, kayaks.
5. Good food selection in their restaurant. My favorite was the red snapper and lapu-lapu. They also have wines!

Cons:
1. The location is quite far from the airport (1hr) and from Coron town (1hr 30mins). Going to La Estancia can be quite expensive. We availed their van service for Php4.5k going to Coron town and back to the resort for a day, and Php3k for airport transfer on our last day. We were not advised that on top of these rates, vat was still not included.
2. Bring cash in pesos, dollars or euros. They don’t accept credit cards, but they do accept paypal.
3. Swimming in their oceanfront can be dangerous due to presence of jellyfish. Although a net was provided, you still can’t be sure.

Overall, this is a beautiful paradise where you can relax and enjoy the serenity!

Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank Melanie J
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