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“Interesting -- beach and zoo resort!”
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Baybayon Ni Agalon
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Baybayon ni Agalon is a nice beach resort. Me and my family stayed only for 1 night to spend and celebrate my father's birthday. July 2016.

Place: Overall, this is an interesting resort. My father said that this resort has already improved and got better since he last visited the place. Well, this was my first time to visit the place, and I can say that this place is good for vacation, fun, and relaxation.

Staff: Staffs were nice and attended to your needs well. They have enough staffs for the resort and they are available to cater your needs. The staff assigned to the zoo were nice and kind too.

Room: The room was clean, overall and with proper ventilation. The room we had was a family room and located at the 2F just in front where some animals are located.
The room had AC, minifridge, huge closet, security vault, water heater with mugs, 2 complimentary drinking bottled water, tea/coffee/sugar, TV, bedside table with lampshade, wide bathroom with hot/cold shower, bathtub, and lavatory.

Pool: The pool is wide enough. Overall, they have a nice pool with "mushroom shed" and seats were you can stay and relax while you are on the waters. They have a good/creative structure of the pool. Depth: 4 ft to 6 ft.

Beach: The beach was nice though it was rocky. But rocks were soft so it's fine to take a dip at the beach.

Food: We have not tried their food, because we just brought our own food. I think food and beverages are not that expensive. (TIP: you can bring your own F&B -- no corkage fee)

Other amenities:
Zoo: They have lots of fish ponds and some cottages were located near the ponds. They also have snakes, fish spa, iguanas -- which were freed from cages and can walk everywhere (don't worry they are harmless), talking parrots, etc. TIP: you have to carry the albino snake -- it's free and it's very exciting. I tried and the snake was so heavy (20kg), but it was exciting though. You must also try the fish spa which costs 20 per 10 mins.
WiFi: Their free WiFi had a great connection.

***Value for money: The price is right. Not that expensive.
***Location: Resort is just less than 30 minutes from Ormoc City.

YOU SHOULD TRY THIS RESORT.

Room Tip: 2F on the same bldg where the reception area is located -- beach front where you can see the beach/m...
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

Baybayon Ni Agalon Resort Hotel, I stayed there for 3 nights and I really like the ambience that they’ve put together with the wide green garden (I can say it was well-maintained), the beach, the pool with the view of the coconuts. It gives you this relaxing summer vibe.

Accessibility: The Resort is situated in Albuera, Leyte. It’s a 10-15 minute drive from the city of Ormoc. So if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Agalon Resort Hotel is perfect for that.

Room: It was very cozy. Full-on air-conditioning. The 3-in-1 coffee and Tea was a good touch to it aside from providing one free bottled water. I love the fact that you could always go out and breathe in the overwhelming beauty of its surroundings.

The food: You can budget around 200-300 per meal since a la carte good for 2 persons.

Service: The staff, specially the front desk was very friendly.

Noticeably, the resort is a go-to place for the typical Filipino family going out for the weekend. Monday was lot quieter, more serene, and you could fully enjoy a nice afternoon coffee while experiencing a glorious view of the sunset.

Overall, I would recommend this resort hotel for those who are having a wedding reception, honeymoon, birthdays and anniversaries, business conventions.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Dear Happy Guest, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our hotel to other travelers. I’m sure our entire hotel staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. Take care! :-)

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Reviewed 9 April 2015

We went here for a day trip only and just stayed for lunch. This was the second time someone had brought me here, the first being a number of years ago. This place is a rocky beachfront with nice gardens and pools. Gets visitors who rent tables etc for lunch and day trips. Accommodation is available but we did not stay overnight.

For me it would be a great place if I was deaf or I could deal with multiple music sources playing bad music from all angles. A place like this, would be better with no music; far more relaxing because the gardens and pools are nice.

There are some animals, I saw a snake, a bird that can say a few words, an ostrich and/or emu (2), and some lizards in a pond which were interesting. Also of interest was the fish spa where you place your feet in a fish pond and they eat off all the gunk on your feet - that was the highlight of the stay.

As we were leaving they did have the snake out of the wire cage draped over a few shoulders (And at that point I could not wait to leave as someone decided it was a nightclub and started playing very loud thumping musac).

....I should note I do have noise issues and perhaps the Philippines is not the place for me. 90% of Filipinos must live in each others laps and would be subject to constant noise, so I can't see the appeal of going to a nice place and spoil it with noise they get at home.

Room Tip: If you prefer a quiet place then this is not for you
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  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

My family and I (about 9 of us all together) visited the Resort in July 2014.

DISGUSTING PLACE.

The rooms and service actually seemed quite nice. 'Seemed'. Being the keyword here. I will jump straight into the problem, and then tick off the lesser problems as I go.

The first night that we spent there(my partner and I were sharing a room on the ground floor), I was using the shower(About 9pm) after a long day in the Village. I hop out of the shower and look up to see SOMEONE LOOKING INTO MY ROOM. There was no frosted glass. No curtains. Just someone full on staring at me. I had probably been standing for about 30 seconds before I looked up. Of course they promptly ran away.

So we notify front desk of the situation. There was a guy at the desk(we spoke to him in Filipino). What does he do? NOTHING. No apologies, nothing to say that he is going to do anything about it. Does not even offer to go look around there. In all honesty - I believe it was him. As the Public do not have any access(apparently) to the Resort.

SO DISGUSTING!

We end up going around to see how they could possibly look into the room... You have to go through a utility room to get out the back. This door was wide open and unlocked, as well as the other door to this area was also unlocked and open. Suspicious. There is a chair pushed up against the wall to our room, so that they could look in.

What. The. Hell.

So I write them a letter(good use that will do) and lodge it with the front desk. I ask to speak to the manager the next day.

The next day. I am advised that the Manager is out and will not be at the hotel until about 2pm. That's fine. I rock up at 2pm - still no manager. She went home and wont be back 'til after the weekend.

What kind of establishment are these people running?

On the Monday, I again ask to see the manager. (It has been about 3 days since the incident and I have yet to receive an apology, or in fact a discount. I had been moved to a different room the next day though.) I'm told that there is actually no manager but they have a 'supervisor'. This Supervisor never contacted me the whole time I was at the resort, infact, blatantly ignored my every attempt to contact her. And when I did manager to catch her(I caught her walking around one time). I asked her what they're going to do about my situation, she just let me know that they're 'Looking into it' and my letter has been sent on.

So the staff at this Resort take absolutely no responsibility for anything untoward that may happen to it's guests. They do not offer any sort of apology, and in fact, they do not want to speak to you at all.

Could not believe what was going on here. I know that I can't compare it to our service standards in Australia, but I at least expected something from a place that was frankly OVER PRICED.

Now, to the other problems.

Pool: The pool is lined with ornamental rocks which are SHARP. One of our family members slipped over on them, because stepping on them was painful, and ended up with a large gash on his arm. We received no medical assistance from the staff even though there was blood everywhere.

Restaurant: Sub-par food. Even though they are aware that people are staying for the week(Westerners). There was no toast, no burgers, no breakfast food, no mangoes, no pineapples and they only had some drinks on the menu available. The food that we did get was disgusting, oily, tasteless. The glasses that we received were still dirty and smelt like ocean water. Hanging out in the Albuera Village and getting food from the markets is a much better option.

Rooms: Absolutely no pressure in the showers. We would sitting on the edge of the bath tab with the faucet dripping over us to try and get clean. Sometimes the rooms were not even made up for the day. So we ended up running out of toilet paper pretty quick. ALSO. I picked up a piece of soup from the sink and the so called 'marble blocks' that surrounded the water spout fell apart!!

Service: There are SO many staff working here, it's unbelievable that you can't even get good service. (No less that 5 people to make up your rooms) When we ordered drinks from the bar (Ice tea, coke, water etc) It took around 20 minutes to get anything. We repeatedly observed staff just standing around on their phones, laughing, talking and generally not moving for the whole day. Do not bother trying to negotiate on the price if there is a problem.

That is about it. The problems I faced on the first Day basically ruined the rest of the stay. Unfortunately we could not stay in our Families houses as there was so many of us, but sleeping on the floor, surrounded by mosquitoes and no Air conditioning would have been much more preferable to this place.

My advice is to go to Sabin Resort.

-Jess

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

The atmosphere in this Hotel is very relax yet very accommodating, aside from the early closing of the restaurant, the food is great and the rooms are big, the mattresses are big and thick not common to remote locations it nestled in. the staffs are really friendly and service very good.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Address: Malitbog Brg, Albuera, Leyte Province 6542, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Leyte Island > Leyte Province > Albuera
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Albuera
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baybayon ni Agalon is a scenic picnic resort located in Malitbog, Albuera, Leyte, only 28.9 km from Ormoc City, the capital of Ormoc in the province of Leyte, Philippines. Set against a backdrop of misty mountains and tropical seacoast, Baybayon ni Agalon offers unique accommodations where nature-lovers can bask in unspoiled beauty while remaining close to the city. With pebble stones for the beach, the waters are clear and inviting for swimming. There is also a large swimming pool for those who prefer not to swim in the beach. Baybayon ni Agalon has a sprawling lawn which is nicely landscaped and suitable for sunny family picnics. A good number of beautifully thatched-straw-roof kiosks are spread evenly for shade and seating. Just near the entrance and by the swimming pool, there is a large fresh water koi pond with kiosk islands. A restaurant serves mostly Filipino cuisine, but guests can also bring in food without incurring any corkage. Children will find the outdoor trampoline and playground most appealing. Not far away, a mini-zoo with exotic birds like Mynas, Peacocks, Guinea Fowls, Ostriches, etc. and reptiles such as an Albino Burmese Python will surely satisfy their insatiable curiosity. A fish spa pedicure tank is also present in the resort and offers a unique treatment. Gara rufa fish, also called doctor fish, nibble fish, kangal fish, and bonefish (in New England) is a species of fish that lives and breeds in the pools of some Turkish river systems and hot springs. In modern times, they have been integrated as a spa treatment, where they feed on the dead skin of patients (exfoliation). There are at present twenty three (23) rooms that make up a mini hotel to cater those who would like for an overnight or an extended stay. The rooms are made up of twenty (20 deluxe rooms), two (2) family rooms, and one (1) tree house. Occasionally, function/conference rooms are converted to dormitories making for an instant hostel. Lastly, Baybayon ni Agalon is owned, managed and operated by the Iñaki Larrazabal Enterprises. ... more   less 

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