Hotel Review: Siargao Bleu Spa and Resort, Siargao


The island of Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines, has been getting many social media coverage as of late. It is about time that I come for a visit. After a short 45-minute flight from Cebu, I found myself in a van with compliments of Siargao Bleu Resort, one of the few high-end resorts in the General Luna strip.

Disclosure: I contacted them a few months in advanced, and I was given a media rate to stay for 3 nights in exchange for a review on my blog.

First Things First - The WIFI
One thing you have to note in this island is that wifi is not the best. I opted not to bring a mofi (mobile wifi) so believe me when I say that it was a struggle to even send work emails. Fret not though. Come here for a vacation and not for work unless your work requires surfing or beaching! If you end up at Siargao Bleu, its wifi is at its strongest signal in the early morning in the lobby area.

The Rooms
Siargao Bleu is known for its iconic picture of villas by a man-made lagoon, where guests can also kayak for free. The villas are called as the Floating Cottages on their website, but they really do not float. Other cheaper options are their terrace and garden view room, which is where I stayed. One of the things that I look out for when staying at an island resort are bugs/insects. Siargao Bleu had minimal crawling or flying species, which usually get in through the sliding doors. Ironically, on our last night, our shower head in their large bathroom with twin beds broke and their personnel, who I believe is one of their interns, could not fix it, so we were transferred to a nearby room with a queen bed. I prefer the room with the queen bed, specifically because it had a plush comforter that the twin beds did not have.



Breakfast
The complimentary breakfast menu is categorized under two meal sets- American and Filipino. I was able to mix and match from the menu, such as garlic rice and poached eggs, and stuck to that combo for the rest of my stay primarily because I could not eat the red meats. Two of the must orders during breakfast are the mango shake and ginger tea. I was also able to munch on some flavorful deep fried cheese sticks on my first day but were not served thereafter. Their breakfast hours between 6 to 10 am is perfect after an early morning surf at Cloud 9, which is a less than 10-minute motorbike ride.



Massage 
Each reservation is provided with a complimentary 1-hour massage at their second-floor spa. At 750 PHP, I found the massage to be underwhelming, especially since there is another massage place a stone throw away from the resort that gave me the best massage I’ve ever had the night prior. 



Tours/Activities
As expected for a resort, Siargoa Bleu’s tour prices are quite steep. The front desk staff was kind enough to give us an idea of how much these tours would cost if we hired our own boatman and/or driver. Examples of packaged activities are surfing lessons, island hopping, and day trips to Magpupungko Beach and Sohoton Cave. My travel buddy and I ended up doing all these activities not through Siargao Bleu so read more about it on my other post, Frolicking in Siargao in 3 days!


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