A good, quiet resort on a nice beach, an alternative to Alona Beach
This is a very small resort, only 4 rooms in two buildings, semi-native style. The rooms are comfortable and clean. A decent breakfast was included in the price, but there is no restaurant or bar.
The resort is set back a bit from Doljo (Dole – ho) Beach, which has soft white sand, but some bands of washed up seagrass and the ubiquitous trash that plagues the Philippines. If you want pristine, the Belleview, at three times the price has the same sandy beach, but manicured daily.
Red Palm has a nice little swimming pool for a refreshing dip if the ocean isn’t in a good mood. The sand at the beach extends way out into the water with a shallow soft sandy bottom, great for kids. For serious swimming, you would have to wait high tide.
Transportation is a real issue here. It is well off the beaten path. Grabbing a van at the pier or taxi at the airport to get there isn’t a problem, but if you want to cruise around, renting a motorbike is the best option (around $10 a day, you can rent one right on the wharf). As for meals, the Bellevue is about the only option within walking distance. It’s open for walk-ins and has a terrific restaurant, though a bit pricey. Otherwise, hop on your motorbike and explore the myriad restaurants on Panglao Island. Alona Beach is about 15 or 20 minute ride for island hopping or night life. Or one can usually hire a motorbike ride from a local right out in front (habal-habal). There is a small Korean focused dive outfit right at Red Palm, but there are probably a better bets for most divers.
There always seems to be a few maintenance issues in small reasonably priced resorts like this, but nothing too annoying. Our room had a broken towel bar and burned out light bulb. The shower had hot water, though the shower head was semi-clogged, but the toilet flushed fine (always a nice feature). The mattress was very good on the double bed, but was worthless on the hard-as-a-rock single bed. There’s not much lighting, so reading at night is difficult. The flat screen TV had a big selection of cable channels.
Overall, this is quiet little beach resort is a decent alternative to the beehive of activity at Alona. We paid a little less than $40 US a night, so it’s a pretty good value. We enjoyed our stay.
Couples - Nov 5, 2016