After that scathing review of Hannah's Beach Resort, I feel the need to maintain the yin-yang balance, at least as far as resorts on Pagudpud are concerned. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, or in this case a few hundred meters down the road from Hannah's, lies Kapuluan Vista Resort.
Photo by JB Macatulad
Now THIS is the resort you want to be checked in to. Tasteful and cozy interiors coupled with reasonable prices would be enough to make you forget about the horror that is Hannah's. We were lucky enough to meet Mike, a career surfer who several years ago left Southern California and relocated here with his family. He personally attends to his guests needs and even though we weren't even checked in to one of the rooms in the resort he still took the time to accommodate all our needs and made sure that we were well looked after.
The food is simply fabulous, and I particularly like that each entree was served with a generous helping of organic salad that they grow from their own backyard. Food is prepared from scratch though, so it might take a while for the food to be served specially if you dine in large groups, as we did. But once the food arrives, you'll find it's well worth the wait. The dinakdakan is a must-try, as is Alma's Margarita. If you like to spice things up a bit ask for a little of Mike's Hot Sauce, which they make themselves. The food here was so much better here that we would go through the trouble of walking the distance to this resort. Needless to say, we never ate at Hannah's again during our entire stay.
Photo by JB Macatulad
Since it's a rather small resort you'd have to book way in advance to make sure you have reservations. My sister-in-law said that a friend tried to book for Holy Week in December but as early as then it was already fully booked. But with that comes the assurance that you're getting quality food, service and accommodations that you wouldn't mind spending your hard-earned money on. By the way, did I mention that wifi is free?
If you're looking for a place to stay in Pagudpud, this is certainly the place I'd recommend. Here's a link to their site: http://www.tjhawaii.com/kvr/index.htm