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Isla Hayahay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Calape
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Initially my wife, 2yr old daughter and I just went to the Isla for lunch. However they no longer take walk in diners so we decided to stay a night. The reviews that we read prior to travelling from Tagbilaran to Calape were spot on.

Yes it is very remote, but once there (and if youre not looking for noisy nightlife) it is a very relaxing and hospitable place. All the staff have been well trained and are very accommodatiing, courteous and friendly. Meal service is fantastic with all food delivered at the same time....unless you have starters and the like.

The reviews about the food are correct. We tried the clam chowder, chicken curry, spare ribs, fish cakes and various other goodies. All were of a very high standard. It was also great to see that the beer is served cold... not lukewarm like some more expensive resorts.

Paul the owner is a hive of information and very easy to talk with.

They have lots of water based activities that you can partake in, unfortunately I couldnt due to an injury and having to keep the wound dry. Pity as the water is very clean and clear when compared to Alona beach on Panglou. Snorkling kit is avaialble for rent, as are kayaks. They can also organise island hopping and diving trips if needed. Suffice to say nothing to hard for them to organise for you.

The rooms are ok. Nothing flash but clean and tidy. The bathroom/shower and CR is huge! Quite a surprise compared to other resorts....you could nearly fit a bed in the shower its that big. Good water pressure and ample supply of hot and cold water. AC works ok and not too noisy but I would have like to be able to decrease the temp a little. Unfortunately the temp knob was missing.

Would I recommend this place to friends? Most definitely....but not to those who want to party. It is more of a quiet getaway for couples of perhaps a family with a toddler. If thats you then yes its worth the trip out there.

Rates for rooms are around 1850 peso per 24hrs....not the usual 2pm and out by 1200hrs the next day. Thats a nice touch and appreciated.

I would like to return once my leg has healed as the water around the area has a fantastic visibility and worth exploring. Paul says its great for snorkling and there are some massive giant clams in the area.

For those who are planning to go there...you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

If you are looking for a peaceful, beautiful, relaxing setting for your holiday than you can not get much better than Isla Hayahay. Isla Hayahay is remote and isolated but if you have children who want to snorkel it is right on the beach (although it is not the best beach in The Philippines). It is also a very romantic setting for couples who wish to relax and do not a lot for a few days! Activities centre around watersports but the owners, Paul and Ara offer 3 night deals which include island hopping, the Chocolate Hills and The Philippine Tarsier etc. I would strongly advise booking these with Paul and Ara or else you run the risk of paying triple the price if you do it alone. The food is some of the best we had during our whole trip and the portions are very generous! The rooms are large, clean and fresh and the bathrooms are huge! The staff are incredibly friendly. I am giving this resort a 5 because of the reasons stated above, however, we found it to be slighly too isolated (a slight error in our planning and totally our own fault) and when we told Paul and Ara that we had made a mistake they did everthing they could to help us find our way to Panglao Island (which is where we wanted to be) and didn't charge us for the rest of our booking. Therefore if you are looking for a tranquil getaway you will love Isla Hayahay.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank michellevenn
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Before I start praising this place I just wanna mention that it is remote and isolated. If you're looking for restaurants and shops - go to Panglao. Isla Hayahay has high western standards and offers total relaxation, really friendly staff and owners, accompanied with a brilliant home restaurant (Pumpkin soup highly recommended). Outside this place you can have a nice walk in the village and even catch a chat with it's super friendly residents. We also took the resort's day trip to see the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier monkeys which was very nice. You can definitely skip the mini-zoo. The animals are in very small cages and hassled every two seconds and they looks miserable. The Simply Butterflies really worth every penny. Thanks Paul & Ara.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ofir P
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Loved the food and staff: Ellen, Emma, Elizabeth, Don-Don, Warren.

Six - eight year old retreat. Quiet, with excellent staff - unobtrusive, attentive, observant, helpful, shy, barefoot, smiling, and cute.

Food is served family style on platters, BYO wine, they will chill it ahead of time. Tell them ahead them what time you would like each meal served. Plenty of Seafood & Filipino dishes, but will accommodate Western palates. Good Coffee. Bar is small.

Good wi-fi, especially close to the main building.

Nice landscaping, mature trees, well-maintained grounds. Big bathrooms with good hot water.

Hayahay beach is not the most beautiful (wear swimming shoes) - no pool either - but the Island Hopping was outstanding and where the swimming fun is, anyway!

Serene Loboc River Cruise is highly recommended for the children singing & dancing at the halfway point.

Wanted to buy a souvenir shirt or something ... don't believe they have any.

Can't wait to come back. Book early as they only have about 9 rooms & have a high occupancy rate. Booking is via a human, the hands-on owner, by email, not a computerized reservation system.

Come here for a quiet vacation in a natural setting, not for nightlife or tourist trappings.

Cash is 6% cheaper: PhP, USD, Euros . No Amex.

Leave a tip at the end - it will be deserved and pooled by all staff.

5 stars for value, staff, food, & excursions.

Rick Schofield
Port Ewen, NY

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

What a delightful small resort... who needs a pool when the water is at your doorstep.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, the gastronomy has to be a highlight... a different dish every meal which could compete with the best gourmet chefs... truly Ara and her team are fantastic..just adorable surroundings... simple , tasteful , adequate , not flash but a huge bathroom.... we were a bit concerned too about our 23 year old daughter who might get bored but not at all ... just enough time to go explore the country with their full one day tour included and the island hopping day was just so pleasant too. We wish we had an extra day .
I would suggest it is not where we would take young children as most people who go there want to get away from all the bigger/more commercial type resorts...We appreciated everything and everybody, even the driver was so friendly. I enjoyed taking walks in the surrounding neighbourhood and the locals were so welcoming as well. A little paradise!.... beware of the roosters though: they don't know they are not supposed to crow at 3.00 am......

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1  Thank Emeline
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Address: Barangay Lomboy, Pangangan Island, Calape, Philippines
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Region: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Bohol Island > Calape
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Calape
Price Range: RM114 - RM280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Isla Hayahay 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Isla Hayahay Beach Resort & Restaurant is situated on the peaceful Pangangan Island, Calape, Bohol. Pangangan Island is designated as a marine conservation area, and is an ideal location for snorkeling, diving and ecological adventure. ... more   less 
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