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Badian Island Wellness Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Had a very enjoyable stay at Badian island resort. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Accommodation was incredible and it was a great place for couples. Only issue is if you want to get to moalboal but the hotel can arrange transport. Would stay again

My husband and I arrived here for the Chinese New Year for 5 days and it did not disappoint. We drove about 4 hours from Lapu Lapu in a private transfer organised by the hotel and were greeted with a friendly smile and welcoming at the dock to board a lille motorised boat to transfer us over to the Island. The Island and resort was visible from this starting point and only took a few minutes to arrive. The beautiful staff greeted us with flowers and refreshing drinks and led us straight to the reception to inform us of all the options available to us throughout our stay. We were taken to our room with a small tour of the resort. Our room was nestled in amongst beautiful landscaped and well laid out gardens and paths. The gardens and surroundings were tropical and offered lovely views of the water from around the resort. We stayed off the waterfront but our large balcony offered beautiful views of both garden and the water but still private and romantic. The family room we had was large and comfortable. We were welcomed into our room with a fruit platter and a beautiful flower bath. This was a beautiful and well received touch. The room also has a safe, mini bar, coffee and tea amenities and gowns with slippers. This Island resort Is so peaceful and relaxing despite the celebrations for new year we both were able to unwind and really take it slow soaking up the most of the spa. We both had a couples treatment of a massage and foot spa.The ladies were amazing and friendly Providing us with a well deserved indulgence. We also took advantage of being the only ones in the natural pool too that is privately nestled in among trees and overlooking the peaceful views of the water off the side of the island. These pools had 3 levels and tucked in underneath was a sauna and sitting area to enjoy and wash off. You do have to let the girls at the spa know an hour in advance that you want to use it so they can get it ready for you as its not on all the time. You can use it without telling them but its nicer when the waterfall is going and its pumped fresh from the sea. We did a few tours with the hotel and I highly recommend the Sardine run. I could have spent all day frolicking with the blankets of swirling fish around me. Its a half day tour they offer and your back just after lunch but I recommend you take snacks and water. They also take you snorkelling in a few spots around the area too. The Hotel has a pool and the restaurant is overlooking the poolside but also an amazing view of the gardens and water. The staff are always friendly professional and everything so clean and well presented. The flowers and attention to detail and presentation was a something I noticed early on and loved. They performed for us at dinner and lots of fun on the Chinese New Years Celebrations on the beach with fireworks dancing and beautiful buffet. The food is amazing at all meals and everything is at a very relaxed and slowed down pace which is what we needed and enjoyed. You can have lovely cocktails by the beach bar and they have an area for playing snooker and table tennis. You can get wi fi here as well in this zone. Our highlight of this stay was when we did the Whale sharks tour booked through the hotel. MASSIVE BUCKET LIST TICK. They staff were incredible and made the experience stress free and enjoyable. I was sad to leave and enjoyed everything the resort and the tours they offered gave us. Another great day spent out was when we went around to the other side of the island to coral reef and a little local guy looked after us and took us snorkelling right off the beach side in this amazing colourful reef. We had the entire place to ourselves for the whole afternoon.I highly highly recommend this place. At times you will hear music from the performances at dinner but most nights we were there amongst it all anyway because they were such a delight to watch. Its amazing how relaxed this place made my husband and I feel despite the New Years Celebrations we still felt like we had our own space and privacy.Some of the tour group that was there did make a bit of nice coming in and out at night but you would get that anywhere its not a resort fault.

Badian Island is pretty much the definition of what a tropical island holiday destination should be. In real life it is exactly what you are looking for. When we first arrived, we were warmly greeted by the staff. Check-in was quick and we stayed at the Pool Villa, under the all-inclusive package. Very nice room, relaxing and private. A huge private balcony for morning coffee. Indeed the views are beautiful. If evening entertainment is your thing then there are various events, music, local cultural shows etc around the pool or beach area. The spa is super rejuvenating and the treatment rooms were actually near the cliff and where you could see the different shapes of the mountains and appreciate the calmness of the sea. Though the hotel is really in need of renovation but everything is working great, the staffs are engaged to do their job excellent. I know,there might be better ones but this one is the best I have ever stayed at.. Looking forward to another visit next year.

Stay away! Goaded by the good reviews here, I decided to jump in and booked 2 rooms for the 6 of us (2 adults + 4 kids aged 5-11) for 10 nights for the Chinese New Year season. I have very little positive things to say about the resort, except that the staff were really amazing, and they were completely sincere in trying to make your stay wonderful. But the state of the resort hamstrings their effort. I have been told that the resort is 36 years old and owned by a German. The rooms cost us about US$300 a room night. With 2 rooms, we were running US$600 a night ( So here goes nothing: Rooms / bathrooms • No TV • No Wifi (only available in public places like the only restaurant, beach & reception area) • I was told this is the intention of the owner to create an atmosphere for couples. Really? Can you please move with the times? We need cable TV & wifi EVERYWHERE! • State of the rooms – aged, tired, floor boards sink and creak, air con is old, noisy & leaking water, all built-in furniture (wardrobe, cabinet for mini bar) are old, creaky and feel like they are about to fall apart. Safes are not working. • On our 8th night, termite eggs were falling onto the bed and floor of one of the rooms. We were not sure what the millions of black granules were on the white sheets, but they look disgusting. Reception said they are gecko eggs. Housekeeping says they are termite eggs. Regardless, the eggs were continually falling from the ceiling onto the bed. Eventually, the only solution given to us was to move the bed further away from where they were falling. Any respectable hotel will offer another room at once and get staff to help move things to a new room. • The centre of the bedroom ceiling is a ceiling design made of wood squares and translucent plastic. The ceiling lights shine from behind. You can see dead insects and now I know, piles of termite eggs resting on the translucent plastic. • Bathroom – our bathroom floods after a shower. I have mentioned this and then complained about it countless times, but it is yet to be fixed. There is water beneath the tiles that oozes out every time you step on the tiles. Outdoor bathtub is never properly cleaned out. I have to wash and rub the tub before my kids can get into it. On some nights, we have no hot water. • A few lights are broken but no one comes around to check. I have to call housekeeping to remind them, and eventually complain to the front office to get someone to fix the light bulbs. • The rooms tell me the resort is only worth US$150 a room night. Actually less. Food • There is only 1 restaurant for the entire resort. Food is actually worse than the restaurants in town but cost at least 4x more. • Let’s talk about breakfast. When I am on holiday, I love to wake up, looking forward to a great breakfast spread. The breakfast spread here is sad. And almost demoralising. o The only cereals they serve is Coco Krunch. I am sure they can do better than that. What about muesli and oatmeal? If a small kiosk in town can provide those as breakfast options, why can’t this resort? I am sure the German owner does not eat Koko Krunch for breakfast. o Bread. If after 36 years in this business and charging such prices for a room, you are still serving just white toast, it is a joke. Please teach your kitchen staff to make croissants and proper bread! If not, there is a French creperie in Moalboal that sells croissants and pain au chocolat. Perhaps you can get them to supply your breakfast bake goods. o Yogurt. None served. Again, several small shops in Moalboal sells yogurt and lassi drinks. They have yogurt. They make their own yogurt. Why don’t you? o Fruits – good. Egg station – standard good. Fruit juices – good. • The same menu from this restaurant is for the pool, beach, lunch & dinner. The food is so unsatisfying that we are willing to take the 15-min boat to the mainland, then a 35-mins very bumpy jeepney ride to Moalboal to have a great seafood dinner and back again. And we’d spend less than a dinner in the resort and feel way more satisfied. We did this for about 7-8 nights. And I’d skip lunch altogether because the sandwiches (BLT & Club Sandwich) are not tasty. o My feedback is not unique. I have spoken to other guests and they were disappointed by the F&B offering too. • Overall, as an island resort that is about 15 mins by boat away from the mainland is not reason enough to not work on your F&B in 36 years. And absolutely not worth the US$300 a room night charge. Beach / pool • Beach o Small sad strip of beach. Not as glorious as shown on the website. Should have known. o Beach chairs are old. Showers are old. o Good thing is paddle boards, canoes, life vests and shoes are provided FOC. But all adult sizes, and nothing for kids. Judging by the number of kids in the resort, they should have taken into account of the needs of children in the resort. After 36 years. • Pool o Old, broken down. Area where there is a waterfall / water cascade, the area is really broken down. o Pool towels provided here are old, over-used, tatty and just outright gross. o Littered with cigarette butts, plastic bottles, ring tabs, etc in the sand Dive centre • My eldest took her OW license there. It cost 25,200 pesos versus 18,000 pesos in Moalboal • But since the course starts in the morning, and the time and money taken to go into Moalboal, we decided to let her take the course there. • The dive coach is very nice and we also did whale shark swimming with them. • We did enjoy the trip with them and find it was well-planned. Transport to anywhere • The resort only provides a boat from the resort to the mainland. If you need a tricycle or jeepney (and you WILL need that to get to anywhere), they will call one for you but say that it is up to you to negotiate with price with the driver. Where is my power of negotiation when I am already at the jetty, and the tricycle/jeepney is THE ONLY land transport available at the jetty? Really? Negotiate? The price was at first 800 pesos one way, and we finally got it down to 400-500 pesos. • It is ridiculous that the resort leaves you to your own devices, when the F&B offering is so poor and atrociously expensive. • And they even have a sign at the jetty saying external F&B cannot be brought into the resort. I fail to see how the resort is providing a variety of beers, snacks, crisps, cookies, chocolates, yogurt, etc. We have to buy from 7-11 almost every day. As far as I can see, the resort needs an overhaul to really make the US$300 room night charge worth it. Rooms need to be completely renovated. The internal plumbing system needs an overhaul. Someone needs to come in and check on every single room after housekeeping cleans the room (this is standard hotel practice where a Housekeeping Supervisor checks all the key points in the room & bathroom). F&B needs a complete overhaul too. Please get an expert to rework your menu and how your kitchen prepares the food. If you do not wish to make these improvements, then you can only charge US$120-150 a room night. Even then, I do not want to be in a room where termite eggs fall onto me and a bathroom is always flooded.

Locals play loud music all night on the island. Motorboats go fishing around the island till sunrise. Villas are old and conditioners too. Conditioners work very loud. I even heard a conditioner from heighbours villa. Sometimes there was no hot water. Prices for food are 2 times higher than in moalboal. Do not recommend this hotel.

We visited shortly before CNY for 5 nights and found a true little paradise. Beautiful villas, well equipped and nicely maintained. Friendly and very helpful staff who were always there when needed but never too close. A small dive base with outstanding service. Some truly caring dive guides (Dennis and Jonjon) who know their spots and found me the most awesome motives for the UW picture hunt. All in all exactly the right place to switch off and wind down.....especially since there is no TV and the Wi-Fi basically non existent. The first day was a little odd without all the usual information but then we really liked and enjoyed it. We will be back soon !

Never knew that Russian celebrate Christmas at a different time. It was a great experience together with the show provided. Rooms were really authentic but the AC should be replaced is quite old. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic stay

From the first look this looks like a paradize for winter vacation. They have everything a great tropical island resort should have - Spacious Villas, Massage service, Poolside Bar, even a X'mas Buffet with Roasted suckling pigs. However, when it goes to the first night, then I started to hear very heavy bass music. It is so loud that I can't sleep. also, the bed has fleas that bites me all over. When I complained the noizy situation to the hotel reception, their reaction is just " there is nothing I can do, they are neighbors and now is Christmas time. The whole thing is that we are staying there for 5 nights and each night I can not sleep. I feel the hotel could have done something to improve.

My most memorable Christmas celebration!! It took me back in time where Christmas was so meaningful and it was joyous celebration! A play was presented on how Jesus was born in a manger where the 3 kings arrive. The rooms was very romantic and cozy but quite old. Food was fantastic but quite pricey of course it was Christmas. Hahaha. Overall it was fantastic stay.

It's a beautiful private place but food and drinks are a bit pricey. The place is clean and staffers are very courteous and friendly. The rooms are spacious, good for 3 people. We stayed at the junior suite and can fit around 4 people. Suite has balcony. The rooms are clean. Sleep quality is ok, good to wake up early to see the sun rise. The size of the bathroom is good. The beach front is small but just enough for kayaking, paddeling and sunbathing.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Badian Island Wellness Resort places you next to Zaragosa Port and Zaragosa Beach. This 42-room, 5-star resort has a private beach, a marina, and a full-service spa. 3 hole Golf Course and Badian Island are also close to this Badian resort.


Free full breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception, or savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 42 air-conditioned accommodations feature balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Sofa beds, minibars, and electric kettles are other standard amenities.

Property features

Badian Island Wellness Resort features a private beach, a marina, and a full-service spa. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for PHP 2900 per vehicle one way. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a health club.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 193 reviews