We stayed at Balinghai in November 2011. Overall the hotel was what we were looking for - isolated, private and relaxing, however the experience could have been that much better were a few things different.
First the rooms were lovely, we were in the bat house and although not my original first choice, we could not have been happier. The rooms are very private and all seemed to have their own balcony where your morning tea and coffee are served as well as any meals you order which you do not eat on the beach. Our room (I assume they all do) had a small fridge which was fully stocked with non-alcoholic drinks which were not outrageously priced. Both our terrace and the view from our room was out over the ocean, lovely. All the rooms have their own private staircases from the top and down to the beach/bar/restaurant which was wonderful as you didn't have to see anyone else all day if you didn't want to. The beach consists of two small coves with sun loungers and a bar/restaurant which seemed to be open from around 8-8 every day. The cove is great and the beach well maintained AND if you book any boats they pick you up from the beach.
The hotel is located approximately 20 minute tricycle ride from Station 2/3 - or 100 pesos taxi fare. We were told to never pay over 20 pesos and were successful in negociating down but NEVER was less than 50 pesos. You can not walk down the beach from the hotel nor can you walk down the road as the traffic is crazy and there isn't much of a shoulder, the tricycle was easy and not expensive.
When we arrived we had booked to have an airport transfer. Our flight ended up getting cancelled and our destination airport for the next flight changed. Luckily Balinghai outsourced our transfer to an actual travel company (the name escapes me - Southern something) and they were amazing! Everything was organized for us and they even held the last ferry of the night so we could get across and then had a airconditioned vehicle to the hotel. On our way out we booked an airport transfer again, thinking this tour company was normal and, well, it wasn't. We paid the equivalent of 30USD for the transfer which was on a rainy day in an open tricycle to the boat, etc. Basically it was something we could have done ourselves for a fraction of the cost. We felt if the hotel was going to charge us so much they could have at least provided a closed vehicle on a rainy/humid day - it was worth it to get to the hotel, not so much to get to Caticlan airport.
While at Balinghai some things to keep in mind. We would have gone into town sooner to buy snacks. The food at the hotel while competitvely priced with restaurants in town was not very good (it was ok but not good) and they were frequently out of things, wine, soda water, coconuts, some items on the menu, etc. Additionally, if you plan to snorkel do not rely on the hotels equipment which consisted of 2 masks (one with mildew) and 1 snorkel tube - we unfortunately made that mistake. If you plan to do any laying in the sun to work on your tan be advised that only 2 of the sun loungers were lay down. We also found it a bit unfortunate to come down to the beach on at least 2 different mornings to find non-hotel guests all over the beach (lovely but quite small). One day the boat was pulled up onto the beach right next to the principle cove having dropped its passengers for the day to use the loungers and the bar/restaurant. The second time a boat had dropped off 5 people and moored itself in the water of the cove for a few hours. It wouldn't have been so bad but as I said, we chose Balinghai for the peace and relaxation, the boats passengers were a bit loud a crazy - with european men chasing, literally, the philippeno women they brought with them. Dropping off of passengers is not permitted on other hotel beaches, I don't think it sound be at Balinghai either. The beach, although lovely and they probably want the business for the bar/restaurant but was disconcerting when you are paying for the peace, relaxation and privacy.
We enjoyed our time at Balinghai, we didn't love it but would stay there again.
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