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Reviewed February 12, 2012

Stayed at Mangenguey Island from Jan 30th & left on Feb 2nd. If you are looking for downtime with the luxe of what nature has to offer including a scrumptuous meal each time, this is the ultimate place to be. Yes, it is remote, rustic but the beauty, the charm, the total hospitality of Richard, Helena and all the staff that made our stay memorable. I also miss the mascot of the island, Pandac. We wish you well and thanks for the memories!

Rosemarie & Kola
Canada

Room Tip: We stayed on the 2nd floor of the main house which is overlooking the sea. You listen to the waves & the breeze which lulls you to sleep.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rosemarie P
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

The island is usually visited by young couples from Europe, Asia and US. Richard (the owner) says that the hotel is self-filtering, because "his guests are always intelligent and polite". We spent evenings together with other visitors havings a dinner, drinking, playing board games, pool and talking. If you dont like international communication - don't go. If you don't like virgin nature (including insects) or want night life and party - don't go. But if you are ready to live on a desert island in peace and harmony with yourself and others - this is an excellent choice. We spent 5 nights on the island and it was not enough.
The service and bar provided by beautiful hostess Sakila was great. We were sick for one day and she hepled a lot. Helena's cuisine was special and sometimes even too much for me. Richard organizes walking trips around the island - it was interesting, he's a great company.
You can use kayaks, fins, snorkel for free. The sea and reef are amazing. The main beach has sun from dawn till dusk. The island itself is gorgeous. I've seen many beaches but this one is really awesome. You can swim around to visit another beaches and to see rocks or walk through the island's forest and climb to view points. Richard and Helena pay a big attention to saving the island and its nature untouched, and that is why Mangengey is just perfect. You dont feel yourself like in 5 stars hotel. It is more like in your friend's house, somewhere in tropical paradise. We talked about our perception with other guests and compared it to El Nido, Coron or Boracay top hotels and we agreed that Mangengey is just the best place in the Philippines!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank smaksmak
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

My Bf then proposed to me on the boardwalk of the island and it looked like a scene out of a movie !

Room Tip: in front of the boardwalk
Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
1  Thank Mehrnaz M
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

If you are going for the out-of-the-way very relaxing experience, no mass tourism and good food this is the place to go but there are a few things that are good to know about the island and especially about the couple who run it.

Apart from staying at the main house the rest of the accomodation is rather roustic in a very-close-to-nature kind of way. This is not luxery but considering price and not having to deal with too many other tourists that's ok.

Big draw back is the mentality applied. When you arrive you get handed a piece of paper that talks about how the owners "have chosen to share" the island with you. That is very much how you are treated, more like having been invited than someone actually paying to stay. Additionally you are handed a waiver which is much too strict and clearly shows signs of being written by a non-professional.

The owner couple, Helena and Richard (especially Helena), are perfectionists which you can tell by design etc. The flip side is that questions and comments are usually treated as (negative) criticism which is an attitude you get rather fed up with. If you have an opinion on something it is usually disregarded if it doesn't match with the "religion" of the owners.

Compared with local food, the meals are great (warning for massive amounts of garlic). Prices on drinks and especially excursions are much too high compared with other resorts.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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22  Thank Christian021
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

I visited Mangenguey back in 2010 with 5 friends for 3 nights and we had a wonderful time. We left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The highlight of the trip perhaps was our hosts, Richard and Helena, who truly care about their guests and their needs. As they run the island, they will make a real effort to cater to any requests that you may have.

Activities around the island are limited, but if you're ok spending your days snorkeling, fishing, hiking, and ending with tasty cocktails, then this is for you. I'd recommend going with a small group of friends as the days are long, and you will probably want company.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Jonathan L
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