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“Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa”

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Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2012

We stayed at Kahuna (Pool suite # 1) last October 13 to 15' 2012. The suite is spacious for 4 to 5 people. It has a living room with day bed, a/c and tv, the master's bed room is really big with tv, ceiling fan, desk and a door with pool access. Between the master's bed room and living room is the bathroom (garden inspired). The suite has a private garden with chairs, table and a hammock for relaxation, it has a private gate just outside the living room entrance. It has 2 pool beds with umbrella for the exclusive use of suite guests, The room is overlooking the infinity pool and the beach. The sight of the surfers and sunset are priceless.
I love the infinity pool and pool bar. Pool towels are provided for every guest.
We availed of the 15 minutes tension released massage and foot and hand reflexology and i will rate their spa a perfect 10.(ask for yhen or jhen?)
Every fridays and saturdays their are band performances at their restaurant and i will also rate the band a perfect 10.
However, the following needs improvement:
1. "Not Available" menu in the restaurant - we ordered about 5 menu that were not available :(
The free breakfast was per plate and not buffet style like that of other hotels i've stayed. On our last day Beef Tapa was also not available. The clubhouse sandwich contains no eggs. The restaurant staff was not that attentive considering it was very pricey compared to the other restaurants in san juan area.
I love their cookies and cream iced coffee and cakes but comes sunday the cookies and cream was not available in the afternoon because the one whose in charge of making it is not in his area (according to the lady in the coffee shop)
2. I wish that they would add a bidet in the bathroom for guest convenience.
3. Having to lock two sliding doors before doing your thing in the bathroom is a bit of inconvenience too.
4. The location of the safe and fridge in the bathroom is also not helping. By the way the room safe was not working when we were there, we had to close it manually by using a key.

In all our stay was great - kudos to housekeeping personnel, guards and spa attendant yhen
staff in the restaurant needs improvement be more attentive.

For sure we are gonna come back soon :)

Room Tip: for more privacy choose the pool suite.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

Stayed at this resort from September 16th-19th with some of my family. For the first night I occupied room #18(2nd row from the pool) and then moved into the pool view suite the 2nd and 3rd night. The latter has a beautiful view of the ocean and at sunset, its breath taking! The rooms are clean, grounds are well kept. Great staff especially Rochelle ( spelling??) who was very patient with us despite our endless requests especially upon arrival. Jackie ( again, spelling??) checked us in with a great smile and assisted us happily with our needs. All of the staff were very polite, very friendly and always there willing to help anytime. Overall, food is good (we only ate there for breakfast and supper) but it can be a bit pricey. Take note, outside snacks and beverages NOT allowed. I'm a bit disappointed by this as we travel quite a bit to the Caribbean and all places we've been, snacks or beverages in small quantity are allowed as sometimes, you crave for something that resorts cannot offer . Kahuna should post this restrictions on their website. Bath towels could be a little 'whiter', I found them too dark for white. Overall, its a good experience. Thank you to all of the staff.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Staying here was one of the best travel experience i had starting from the staff, place and food. For a start, we were accommodated very well, we arrived early in the morning as we advised the night receptionist, so when we got there, we were given a room already as no one is occupying the reserved room that day, we were greeted very well. The staffs were all in smiles and friendly. The food is good though pricey. The rooms are cleaned except lots of insects as we stayed at the beach front rooms. Rates are not for tight budget person. Overall, good and well recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank avlisnerraw
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Stayed in this resort beach and stayed at the room facing the beach. The view was awesome. I had my private entrance to the pool. Services was great. Provides hot water for shower. Price reasonable. Spa was excellent.
Restaurant and food not so great.
Very poor wifi and no wired connections available either

Room Tip: Choose room facing the beach
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kent2009
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

My experience with Kahuna has been pleasant from the time i made reservations. Karen was very accommodating despite the thousands of questions I asked. Then I sent an email to confirm my bookings and requests for a special set up for my brother's and his gf's room. Immediately after, I received a response from their staff. Special mention to Glynis and Chrysanne. Upon check in, we were greeted by both and everybody else was pleasant. The rooms were lovely and the special set up i requested was carried out perfectly. There has been some glitches though, as the ceiling in one of our rooms began leaking during the heavy rains. And on our 2nd breakfast, the staff did not bother asking us how we wanted our eggs. But overall, we had a great stay. We even extended for another night, and were very sad to leave. As we left, my daughter said "i'm gonna miss this place".

Room Tip: Poolview room is more expensive. If you are to book a garden view room, request for the second row...
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank icallitjoycism
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Kahuna is the bomb! The infinity pool overlooks the surf beach. spent many hours in the pool watching the surf come up and when it's breaking perfectly, wander down on the beach, pick up the board of choice for like $2 and then paddle out. Rooms are excellent, clean and beautiful, staff really friendly and can't do enough and the beer is cheap and as super freezing cold as it needs to be. Good pool table, food ok at breakfast, lunch and dinner could improve a bit. General ambience excellent!

Room Tip: room 17 is the best!
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Justin S
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

We stayed in San Juan for 6 weeks and this was our favourite place for cold beers. My favourite drink in the Philippines is San Miguel Lemon and Kahuna serves them icy cold which is why we kept going back. If your going for lunch I recommend the buffalo wings and the buffalo chicken and blue cheese salad. Do NOT order the sashimi mine came out still frozen, grey and terrible. The nachos arent worth ordering either. Or the calamari. The restaurant overlooks the beach and you can watch people surfing all afternoon or play a couple of games of pool. The service is good and the staff were friendly. Friday and Saturday nights they have a live local band playing. We had alot of trouble trying to get a trike home. Kahuna wouldnt call one for us and if you dont have a couple of numbers of the trike drivers it can be a long wait for one to drive past - especially in the rain.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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kahunaadmin, General Manager at Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2012

Dear Travelling-gypsy-87

Warm greetings from Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa!

We sincerely thank you for finding the time to write your comments and for bringing this to our attention. It is of high regard that we review all positive and negative feed backs so we know what and where to improve on.

You may request our Front Office Receptionists to arrange you transportation in leaving the resort late in the evening. We hope you can visit us again in the near future as we are currently on the process of redoing our restaurant menu selections and recipes. As we always say, the success of our restaurant is built one meal at a time and your continued patronage is very important to us.

Sincerely,

Andy Burianyk
General Manager

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Address: National Highway, Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, Luzon 2514, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Ilocos Region > La Union Province > San Juan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in San Juan
Price Range: $113 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of the most privileged surf destination in San Juan, La Union. Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa is a boutique beach resort and spa with Balinese inspired cottages that peer out into the beach.The calming sounds of rolling waves are heard all around the resort for our guests to take pleasure in.The charming 31 rooms, Kahuna Bar and Restaurant, and day spa, face an ocean cove and sandy beach.The architecture resembles a fusion of Filipino and Balinese style beach house with white stucco walls and a native grass roofs. Luscious plant life enhances the estate. Well thought out decoration details and functionality guarantee our guests get stimulated throughout their stay. ... more   less 
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Kahuna Beach Hotel San Juan
Kahuna Beach Resort And Spa San Juan, La Union, Philippines

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