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The Whippy Gold Star : VIDAR FAMILY RESORT, TUBURAN, CEBU

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udonthani

sometimes, not very often, in the budget accommodation sphere, something extra special comes up that is so good and such good value for money that a mere recommendation is not enough and only the award of a much-coveted Gold Star will suffice.

 

so far, only two have been awarded, for firstly, WACCABA HAUS, an apartelle type place in Santa Fe, Bantayan, and SAILOR'S CABIN, the apartment resort in Balamban (both Cebu).

 

today another lodge joins this dizzy company :

 

VIDAR FAMILY RESORT, TUBURAN

 

situated on the west side of Cebu island, four km north of Tuburan town, this resort has several fan only en suite cabins to rent. For 500 pesos, you get a double room plus a bunk above that could conceivably fit several small children, though the 500 price is only good for 3 and after that extra charges are incurred per person.

 

one larger two storey house with no limit on the number of people is available for 1500. You could probably sleep up to 20 people in this.

 

none of these are airconditioned, but aircon is not necessary on this particular resort as it is cooled by breezes coming in from the sea. We found it unecessary to put the fan on at night in mid November. Aircon would have been a complete waste of money.

 

the resort has a small shallow swimming pool that is nevertheless big enough to swim in. It costs 50 pesos per person per day to use this if you rent the 500 peso rooms, free if you rent the 1500 house.

 

the cabins all have bathrooms with warm shower, porches and a sink outside to do your laundry.

 

no food is available but every cabin has its own barbecue, which we used every night, buying pork and chicken from the market in town. Hot hanging rice is freely available nearby up until about 8pm when most people think about going to bed around here.

 

refridgeration is something of an issue as only the 1500 house comes with a refridgerator, but a large videoke place with outdoor seating and fairy lights situated 1km to the north on the highway (left turn out of the resort) sells tubes of ice for 1 peso together with ice cold San Miguel Grandes for 60 and Tanduay Ice for 35. It's easy to get beers, ice and have a barbecue and an evening swim party by the pool at night.

 

situated right by the sea, at high tide it is a sandy beach suitable to swim in, at low tide it morphs into a scenic mangrove area fine for walking.

 

it's 4km north of Tuburan town on the left. It's advisable to come in the daytime as there is no lit sign and it might be difficult to find it at night.

 

staff very friendly, rooms are cleaned and linen changed every day.

 

strong Globe and Smart signal on the site so internet access should be good.

 

this is a genuinely refreshing place to spend a day or three or even more in the province and has to be stayed in to be appreciated.

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bronco

Can you post some photos of the resort please? I will be doing some travelling in Cebu in Jan,so i am hoping to explore the west side,as i want to visit Ronda.

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For Real

Best kept secrets are better left best kept secrets, or they get spoiled. Travelling reps don't spend a lot of time in the region coz their overnite budget is not covered by whats available (this one is well in budget BTW) :scratch_head:

 

Seriously...its good to hear about

Thanks

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Boy, Whippy...you really pulled out all the stops for this girl. You must be serious. :scratch_head:

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Jess Bartone
Boy, Whippy...you really pulled out all the stops for this girl. You must be serious.

 

It'll pass when she seeks commitment.

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udonthani

Best kept secrets are better left best kept secrets, or they get spoiled. Travelling reps don't spend a lot of time in the region coz their overnite budget is not covered by whats available (this one is well in budget BTW) :thumbsup:

 

Seriously...its good to hear about

Thanks

 

don't over-estimate the power of this forum. Even specialist travel forums like the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree have a very negligible effect when people post positive or negative reviews, as a regular there for years, I know this for a fact. Trip Advisor is the only site I know of where reviews really can make a noticeable difference.

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Paul
Can you post some photos of the resort please? I will be doing some travelling in Cebu in Jan,so i am hoping to explore the west side,as i want to visit Ronda.

 

Tuburan is on the north western side of the island. Ronda, on the other hand, is a considerable distance south, while still on the west side of the island.

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Nangulo

Yeah, Tuburan is quite a distance north of Cebu City, depending on which way you travel. Taking the Transcental to Toledo and then north, possibly 2 1/2 hours. Taking the east coast to Tabuelan, then south to Tuburan, 3 1/2 hours from the city. Tuburan has at least one pension house downtown and there's an ATM there, as well, although it only allows 5000 pesos withdrawal per day. Tuburan is pretty remote, but not all that small. Several beach resorts dot the coast from Tuburan north past Tabuelan.

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udonthani

yes, this one is only one of several resorts on the same stretch, I didn't have time to look at them all.

 

I did a circular route for this tour, starting and finishing in Compostela. So it was Compostela to Consolacion, over the back roads to onto the Transcentral to Balamban, then south to Toledo. That's about 60km.

 

then after 3 nights there, Toledo up to Tuburan (in driving rain) roughly another 55km. Then the return leg, Tuburan-Compostela over the northern pass (via Sogod), that's 75km. Each leg took roughly 2.5 hours on a 100cc Honda Dream including short rest break.

 

though I don't know a great deal about it at all, Tuburan is a town not without interest. I got the impression that in the past, it perhaps used to be more important than it is now, based on the impressive size of the central church and the almost disused wharf and port which perhaps in days gone by saw more traffic - it seems Tabuelan has taken over, you can get a ferry from there to Esperanza in Negros. A lad who was at the barbecue party we held at the Vidar resort by the pool and who I gave a lift back to his place afterwards as he would have had to walk otherwise, mentioned the 'old town', an area about 1km north of where the town center is today as we passed it on the bike.

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