Isla Vista needs a lot of improvement

Since i don’t want to make another write-up, i thought of just copying my review on TripAdvisor (again). XD I posted my pictures there too. 😀

isla vista

We traveled as a big group: 4 families. we booked the Courtyard which houses 4 rooms (each with T&B) plus a common living/dining area and kitchen. Sound great right? Well, not exactly.

Courtyard looks and feels dated. The kitchen tiles confirms it. There isn’t even a proper metal sink. Just a tiled hole on a concrete countertop slab. The furniture are structurally sound but it’s pretty obvious that it’s just a mash-up of anything and everything available to the resort and stuck inside it. Even the TV didn’t have enough cable channels to entertain us. The cables were everywhere too! And those jallousie windows? Forget about trying to close them. It ain’t gonna work. There’s a garden on the side fronting the beach where you can grill food. The garden was left to just keep growing and it was just really untidy.

We got Room #1 and the displeasure continues. It was a pretty dimly lit room and it was not the romantic kind. Paint peeling from water-logged walls. Seems like the renovation/improvement was done hastily or on a budget. Really thin coats of yellow paint on doors. Even saw old termite tubes on the walls. The T&B were below average.

On the plus side, though, service from the bar was average. Staff weren’t as warm as in other places we’ve stayed in but were generally in a better mood than what others on TripAdvisor met. And they have this cute dog who just lies down there and wants to be petted.:)

Getting to Potipot Island via boat is PHP 400 and you can just call (or schedule) when you want to go back to the resort. The beach on the resort is not private property so no lifeguards. Never mind the white sand on Potipot. Just enjoy the waters on the resort and it’ll be just as fun. The water is really clear and sand very fine. Wish they had some lights in the area (like Panglao) so people could just lounge around the beach at night. They already have some tents and benches, might as well put some lights there and serve them to guests there right?

All in all, the ‘conveniences’ of the shared living room/dining area and kitchen did not make up for the feeling that you’re in some place cheap (which it isn’t!). Perhaps if you’re on the newer building/rooms, your story might be different than ours. YMMV.

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