Wow, what can I say… the place was perfect for our group of 3 families and it exceeded all our expectations.
We were a group of 13 (6 adults, 7 kids) and we ended up booking both the villas, so we had the entire place to ourselves. We were there for 5 days and 4 nights and it was a perfect getaway from our usually busy lives.
Both villas are very well designed and between the villas, there is the restaurant/bar that is a convenient and welcoming place to hang out.
The staff is amazing and went above and beyond to make sure our group had a great time. Pickup from the airport was smooth and it was a mini-adventure (a good one) to get to the villa. Once we got on the boat, which is very nice, we were served sandwiches, beer, and juice.
Rooms were well designed, airy and had great views. Staff is what made the whole experience out of this world.
Boat Crew: Each day that we were there, we would leave after breakfast, island hop, go snorkeling and so exquisite beaches. Lunch would be on the boat. The boat crew was amazing and the guide (goes by Big Boy) was amazing and took great care of the weaker swimmers so they were able to enjoy all the amazing activities.
Restaurant Crew: Also amazing. All meals were freshly prepared and delicious. Dinner each night was a different there - island party with a bonfire on the beach, karaoke party, and so on. Each evening after we came back from a boat tour, we would have drinks and appetizers by the sunset bar before dinner. The only problem we had was that they ran out of all white wine, I guess we were drinking like fish while on the amazing island :)
Other crew: attentive to all our needs and made us feel extra special the entire stay there. They helped set up all our activities, managed permits to small and big lagoons, set up great massage in the gazebo by the sea, etc.
All in all, this was one of the best experiences we have had in southeast Asia…. Natural beauty, hospitality and luxury, and a decent price. Highly recommended and we will be sure to send all our friends there.
Villa Margerita was a highlight of our Philippines holiday. The house is a wonderful mix of Philippine charm, home comforts, privacy and space. The location idyllic. We had several wonderful nights going to sleep to the sound of the ocean just out the door, sauntering down to the cafe for a lovely breakfast looking out over the beach, days spent exploring gorgeous locations, with the advice and help of the lovely host and staff, coming home to a massage onsite, a shower, dinner and drinks with great company, before the few steps to bed to enjoy the ocean's soft lull as we drifted back to sleep. We were close enough to town to easily enjoy all on offer, but far enough away to soak up the peace of the location. Our host and his staff could not have done more to make our stay the great experience it was, not only providing us with excellent service but just as often great company too. When we return to Port Barton, Villa Margerita is where we will happily stay.