Friday, 21 July 2017

Hotel and Inn Review: Bakhaw Bed and Breakfast (Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte)

Date of Stay: July 21-24, 2017

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ********
Rooms: ******
Condition and Cleanliness: *******
Staff Performance: ********
Room Comfort: ******
Food and Beverage: ********
Other Amenities: *******
Value for Money: ******

Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast 

The business-friendly, 3-star Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast, just across the road from Sayak Airport (IAO, 200 m. away) which serves Siargao Island (making it an ideal accommodation for jetsetters), has 16 well-appointed, airconditioned rooms with cable TV, desk, coffee/tea maker and a private bathroom with hot and cold shower and complimentary toiletries. 
Bakhaw means “mangrove” in the local language.
Family Room

Complimentary breakfast (6 – 10 AM) is available for all guests. Bakhaw CafĂ©, its in-house restaurant, serves international and Filipino dishes and can seat up to 40 diners. It has a limited hour front desk (open daily, 6 AM – midnight), meeting room for business travelers, designated smoking areas and free parking spaces.  To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.
Al fresco dining area

The B&B also has a small but lush and interesting garden with several tables and chairs where one can lounge. It offers free airport transfers, daily housekeeping, laundry service and room service (during limited hours). This small hotel is a great base for exploring the extensive mangroves of Del Carmen in the western part of Siargao. They also offer tour packages to several beaches and surfing destinations in Siargao and Taktak Falls tours in Sta. Monica.
Front Desk

The B&B, seemingly a residence converted into a hotel, looks already old but it was clean and, most of all, it is near the airport.  Our 4-bed family room (room 12) had some maintenance issues.  The ceiling leaked during a heavy downpour and the bathroom didn’t drain properly (the slope was wrong). There was also a lack of convenience outlets for charging our gadgets.  The Cignal cable service, though not the hotel’s fault, was non-existent.   The free wifi, available only in the lobby, is very poor to pretty much non-existent. However, the ladies at the front desk and restaurant were efficient, charming and helpful. 
Bakhaw Cafe

The hotel is located 14.4 kms./9 mi. (16-min. drive) from the San Isidro Municipal Hall, 15 km./9.3 mi. (19-min. drive) from Dapa Public Market,  23.4 km./14.5 mi. (32-min. drive) from Magpupungko Beach, 29.3 km./18.2 mi. (36-min. drive) from Gen. Luna Pier, 29.1 km./18.1 mi. (42-min. drive) from Doot Beach, 29.4 km./18.3 mi. (36-min. drive) from Gen. Luna Beach and 31.7 km./19.7 mi. (42-min. drive) from Cloud 9 Beach.

Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast: Brgy. Sayak, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte. Tel: +44 20 3027 6614 and (+632) 750-1501. Call center:  (+632) 662-1111. Geolocation: 9.856886, 126.017677.

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