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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Cebu City, Cebu Island, Visayas

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Greta1990
Carpi, Italy
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“excellent view, good service, not value-for-money”
Reviewed 28 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017
6
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first off, we really appreciate the compassionate hostess christina who always tried her best to accomodate our needs within her delegated authority.

pros:
- the photos are accurate, the villa is luxurious in general, the pool is big and the view is unbeatable
- the sound system works really well, we always put on music to boost the vibe
- complimentary unlimited bottled water
- complimentary airport transfer, drop-off and pick-up to/from some locations

cons:
- i didn't really mind their "no food and drinks from outside" policy until i realized a local bar with live band charges php 55 for a beer whilst the villa charges php 90 for the exact same thing - what a rip-off. and there are only 2 beers (san miguel pilsner or light) to choose from, and no champagne / bubbly wine at all.
- i do understand the villa is trying to boast 24/7 exclusive service by putting 5-6 staff in the villa at all times, and the staff indeed tries to "hide" themselves behind the walls or in the storage room most of the time, but there is in fact no privacy when you consciously know there are 5-6 people around you. after all, you can't really enjoy the benefit of having a private pool. if privacy is a concern for you, look somewhere else.
- the complimentary breakfast is a joke. pathetic portions and cheap ingredients which do not live up to the "luxury" they try to boast.
- after we tried the pork ribs (which cost php 800), we lost faith in their food completely and decided to eat every meal outside.
- if they try to take you on a boat tour to the sand bar, don't fall for it. 45 mins drive to the pier and 1.5 hrs boat ride to see a strip of sand in the middle of the ocean, i mean, it's beautiful to look at but there's is absolutely nothing to do apart from taking photos. no fish. no beach (the sand bar is full of small pieces of corals u can't even walk on it barefooted). nothing to snorkel for. don't understand why they would recommend this to us. php 16k to rent the boat, and another php 2.5k for the ride to/from the pier (which we didn't find out until they put it on our bill the next day). complete waste of time and money.
- the shower is really weak and the water temperature fluctuates a lot.
- the neighbour's dog starts barking EVERY MORNING from 5-6 am and doesn't stop until 9-10 am. it's not the villa's fault and there's nothing they can do about it. but i certainly wouldn't pay usd 800 per night to be waken up by a barking dog if i knew that beforehand. consider yourself warned.

don't get me wrong, we are completely happy with the staff and the villa itself. it's just the management that needs improving. we don't mind paying more as long as it's worth the price, but there are just little things which made us feel ripped off and not getting what we paid for. if we ever come back to cebu, we will likely try out some other villas or resorts.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Arnel R
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“WOW!”
Reviewed 16 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

I'm not sure whether I loved the property or the level of service more. The staff treated us like VIP from the moment we were picked up from the airport until the second we left. The property is modern and spacious. The view is awesome. We were sad that our vacation had to end. We are already planning a trip back to Cebu in 2018 and Villa Busay will definitely be the place we'll be staying.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Water pressure in the shower
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Mar 2016
Thanks Arnel look forward to seeing you again Soon
Don't leave it to long before your return
Regards
Anthony
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BenKrumei...
Adelaide, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Awesome House”
Reviewed 29 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We were a group of 5 guys in Cebu for the first time and staying in this house we felt like a group of rock-stars. The house is simply awesome. The first thing I noticed walking into the house is the infinity pool, which has amazing views overlooking the city. The lounge/family/kitchen area adjoins the pool, with glass walls/doors which can open up completely allowing you to enjoy the fresh air (and Cebu humidity).

Upstairs are the bedrooms. The master bedroom is massive, with the biggest walk in robe I have ever seen. The other 3 bedrooms are also generously sized and all rooms contain their own en-suites. The upstairs area also contains a balcony overlooking the pool with a small bar.

The staff are excellent. They were a little late picking us up from the airport because they were stuck in the dreadful Cebu traffic, but after that there was little to fault. They are available 24/7 and happy to help with any request. The car and driver is very handy, as the house is a little bit out from the city. They are happy to do drop-offs and pick-ups at any time. We ate breakfast at the house each morning, and also had the wood-fired pizzas once for lunch. All were great, but not included in the cost and are charged at a restaurant-like rate.

I would happily recommend this house to anyone looking for a house in Cebu. While the house is not located in the city, the views from the hill and the included car/driver means that this is not a problem.

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Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed 23 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
6
people found this review helpful

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Liked best: We were just positively surpised by almost everything as we did not expect such a great exeperience.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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