Sitio Pasinay Barangay Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan, Philippines
The website directions are very poor so we missed turnoff and ended up 20 miles down the road before we realized the error. The map link shows Olongapo which is useless. As is the case with most resorts in the Philippines the low tourist volumes force the resorts to charge too much just to try to stay in business and the willing tourist ends up paying too much for the value received. In the case of Montemar we paid for a 4 star room and received a 2-3 star experience. In Thailand the same amount would have resulted in a 4-5 star experience. This makes no sense as the labor costs in Thailand are higher. Can only be because of low volume of tourists here compared to Thailand...or ......greed on part of local resort owners???
3/5 Standard of room
2/5 Quality of food
1/5 Value for Money
Montemar Beach Club Hotel is located approximately 2.5 hours from Manila. Go via the North Diversion, take the San Fernando exit along Olongapo-Gapan Expressway and go as far as the junction of Mt. Samat, turn right and follow the signs to the hotel. OR you get to the hotel by sea. An air-conditioned ferry swiftly and conveniently takes you across the Manila Bay to the port of Orion, Bataan in approximately 55 mins. A Montemar van picks up the guests for a short 35 minute ride to the resort. (Reservations for this service are requested). The 3rd option is to take the helicopter from the airport. It takes approximately 25 minutes from Manila. (This too needs to be reserved ahead of your arrival)