Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Resort Review: Pandan Beach Resort (Antique)

Date of Stay: January 26-27, 2016
RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ******
Rooms: *******
Condition and Cleanliness: *******
Staff Performance: ********
Room Comfort: *******
Food and Beverage: ******
Other Amenities: *****
Value for Money: ******

Pandan Beach Resort
Pandan Beach Resort
Pandan Beach Resort, a short drive from Pandan's tourist sites (Malumpati Spring, Bugang River, etc.), has 7 suites (PhP2,000-2,500/night) named after the 5 Antique (Culasi, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste and Tibiao) and 2 Aklan (Buruanga and Malay) towns that comprise the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park.  Outside each suite is a tastefully furnished sitting area. 
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All suites are furnished with all the modern conveniences hotel rooms in the city carry – airconditioning; combinations of queen, double and single beds; private bathrooms with hot and cold showers; and flat-screen cable TVs.  Some suites have refrigerators.
Sebaste Suite
Sebaste Suite
A sitting area outside the suites
A sitting area outside the suites
Marquesa’s Bistro Bar & Restaurant
Marquesa’s Bistro Bar & Restaurant
Marquesa’s Bistro Bar & Restaurant, its food and beverage outlet, offers an menu of Filipino and international dishes, prepared by house chef Leo de Guzman. The bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, beer, mixes and wines. The resort provides wi-fi internet access) here.  

Guests can opt to relax their tired muscles with a delightful and soothing massage at the gazebo, or make use of the business center, barbecue facilities and karaoke rooms.
The gazebo
The gazebo
Guests here are also allowed free use of the resort's equipment for darts, table tennis (ping-pong) and board games as well as skim boarding, paddle boating and beach volleyball at its private beach.  

The resort also offers laundry, pressing, babysitting/child service, express check-in/check out, ticket service, tour desk and room service plus sunset cruises on a 6-pax balsa (bamboo raft), van rentals and shuttle service to and from Kalibo and Caticlan (Malay) Airports, both in Aklan.
A garden setting
A garden setting
Regine tries out the cozy and colorful hammock
The colorful and cozy hammock
For those who want a laid-back vacation, the resort also offers 2-bedroom, hut-type accommodation, good for four people, plus dormitory-type, fan-cooled rooms that can accommodate families or groups of up to 6 to 10 people (PhP1,500/night). 

The resort also has an in-house audio and video system and an open social hall/function room (Dulangan Hall) that can hold up to 80 people, ideal for special events, seminars, small parties and team building activities.
The private beach area
The private beach area
Pandan Beach Resort: Brgy. Dionela, Pandan, Antique. Tel: (036) 278-9379.  Mobile numbers: (0922) 812-7906 and (0917) 580-9648.  E-mail: info@pandanbeachresort.com and pbrpandan@gmail.com.  Website: www.pandanbeachresort.com.
How To Get There: Pandan is located 123.7 kms. from San Jose de Buenavista, 35 kms. from Brgy. Lipata (Culasi), 30 kms. (a 45-min. drive) from Brgy. Caticlan (Malay, Aklan), 55 kms, (a 1.5-hr. drive) from Kalibo (Aklan), 65 kms. (a 1.75-hr. drive) from Dumaguit Port (Aklan) and 223 kms. from Iloilo City (Iloilo). About 3 kms. north of the town, a road forks, one to Libertad and the other to Kalibo (Aklan).

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