We spent the night at the Phaidon Beach Resort. To get there, turn off the main highway and go about seven kilometers in the direction of Libertad. The road is rough, but scenic. We stayed in the cheapest available accommodation at Phaidon, one of the air-con cottages shown above. The cottage cost P2,400 including a basic breakfast. The resort was very beautiful. The design, landscaping and maintenance of Phaidon was top-notch, exquisite really, but some minor quibbles; the cottage itself was pretty, but the the bedding was very skimpy. The dim lighting made reading difficult. This is a common problem in Philippine hotels. Maybe they think all guests are honeymooners! In the future we’re going to bring our own reading light when we travel with our own vehicle.
I have one more complaint or perhaps it’s a suggestion. It’s an issue which we have seen at other resorts with air conditioned cottages. The windows in the cottages are sealed, so when they are vacant they get no fresh air and the rooms end up being damp and musty. There are no screens so you can’t turn off the air-con and open the windows, so you are forced into turning on the air con even if you’d prefer to open the windows and enjoy the sea breezes, saving the resort owner money and being a bit more “green”.
We were delighted with our dinner at Phaidon. Some resorts gouge captive guests on meal prices, but our dinner at Phaidon was excellent and reasonably priced. Carol had beef kaldereta (a Philippine beef stew or ragout) and Bob a German-style meatloaf.
In the morning we had breakfast at Phaidon, also excellent. After checking out we resumed our journey. We returned to the main highway at Pandan and headed toward Caticlan.
Phaidon may arrange outings to various destinations such as Igpasungaw Falls and the Bugang River, snorkeling at Mararison Island and perhaps other destinations.