The best feature of Tamarind Tree Resort I would say is its proximity to the beautiful beaches around Padre Burgos. It is a mere 10-15 minutes boat ride from the beachfront of the resort in Barangay Basiao to Dampalitan and Borawan Beach. It affords its visitors pleasant scenery and the beachfront is well-maintained and painstakingly swept and combed every morning. Unfortunately the beach itself isn’t that nice a place for swimming or relaxing, and becomes a mud-flat at low tide.
The room rates were a bit pricey for what it affords you. The hilltop nipa hut we stayed in was very small and at Php1200 excluding the service charge was a bit expensive for a fan room like this. I have stayed in air-conditioned rooms in many resorts in the Philippines and even in the city proper that charge half the price they offer. The good thing about it though is that you can be assured of privacy and safety. The whole premise of the resort is fenced and it has a 24-hour guard on duty. It has also its own pool and a wide yard for functions like team-building and weddings.
The food is good but I would say is a bit expensive compared with the food at Villa Anita, another resort in Padre Burgos where we also stayed. Lunch and dinner is Php180 per plate while breakfast is Php120 per plate without coffee. It was convenient though to eat in the resort as there aren’t many choices of place to eat even in the town proper of Padre Burgos, unless you are keen on eating at the local carinderia. We tried this on the first day we got to the town – having Bicol express and adobo at Decena Eatery for Php30 per serving is what you call worth the price. This is also where we met some of the local councilors who gave us many tips on how to get around the area and who suggested to us to try Villa Anita next time since it is nicer and way cheaper.
THE RESORT’S YARD
But I was satisfied with the hefty grilled fish and a siding of adobong pusit that they served for dinner. Although it wasn’t the case during breakfast when Charlie and I just shared the same size of grilled fish and tocino and still paid Php120 each. It would be nice though to try their food at least once especially at night when all you want to do is just relax and enjoy the night. The dining hall lacks ambiance (like a school mess hall according to Charlie), however the view overlooking the water against the mountains of Lipata Island is pleasant enough.
It wasn’t a quiet night for us though because of the blaring sound of the videoke from the adjacent bar. Well, if you can’t beat them join them, so we decided to just check it out. The guard however dissuaded us and told us it wasn’t a “wholesome” bar. It had just sprouted there a week ago and the owner of the resort hadn’t heard about it yet. Well, I really don’t mind the noise and everything but I was expecting a quiet and peaceful environment based from the reviews of the other guests.
On the whole, our stay at the resort was pleasant enough. The staff were accommodating and it is clean and comfortable. They offer boat rental packages for island-hopping, sail boats and kayaks, and a tour guide is available for trekking as well. It’s a good one-stop destination in the area and provides guests everything they need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. I guess it’s a place for those who don’t mind paying extra for some comfort and conveniences.
Bits and Info
- No bringing of your own food (a fine of Php200 per day)
- Alcohol is not allowed ( Charlie had a beer though bought from the resort)
- The toilet is outside
- Mosquitoes could be a problem at night ( an enormous mosquito net is provided though for fan rooms)
- The resort is located at Barangay Basiao, Padre Burgos Quezon.The rates, boat rental packages, how to get there instructions and other details can be found in its official website.
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