"The host and staffs are wonderful, extremely nice and welcoming, the massage here is very good as well, they also have yoga class!!"
Vivian - March 18, 2019
Location rating score
Overall the resort is great and I will book again when going back.
Leonora | September 20, 2019
160 meters to the beach
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||8.8|
|Distance to city center||146.6 km|
|Nearest airport||Ormoc Airport (OMC)|
|Distance to airport||57.5 km|
Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.
Buena Vida Resort and Spa is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Buena Vida Resort and Spa has a car park that's close to the resort. Parking is available for an additional charge. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease.
Buena Vida Resort and Spa does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.
"You are free tu use the beach of their partner resort Ocean Vida, wich is very nice also."
March 1, 2020
"The gym, Soa and breakfast are both also great benefits of this lovely place."
January 11, 2019
"Very good breakfast with home made cookies wich are diferent every day."
March 1, 2020
Buena Vida Resort and Spa, located in Malapascua Island, Cebu, is a popular choice for travelers. The hotel lies 146.6 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
The facilities and services provided by Buena Vida Resort and Spa ensure a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.
In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service to please the most discerning guest. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including yoga room, fitness center, diving, spa, massage. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Cebu, make Buena Vida Resort and Spa your home away from home.
"Friendly, kind, helpful, professional The resort is more tha..."
December 28, 2019
Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Infant 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 3-4 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Guests 5 years and older are considered as adults
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Extra beds, if available, are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.
Buena Vida Resort and Spa
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We spent 5 days at Buena Vida. I could have stayed much much longer. Firstly, the rooms are great with the most wonderful private terrace (see picture). We were told to keep the fan on, if we spent time in the terrace and were provided with mosquito candles as well as a natural mosquito repellant. We did not need to use any protection and did not come across any mosquitos. A small gripe may be that the wifi really is poor, but you can use the excellent wifi at the sister hotel. There is a minibar with soft drinks (can not recall if it had beer). There are also some snacks. What really made the ambiance 5* for me was the wonderful gardens which were tended to very well - in such a hot country I really appreciate such effort. The hotel is set back from the beach but has it's sister hotel on the beach called Ocean Vida were you may use the sun loungers on the beach. So do not let the fact that the hotel is set back from the beach put you off! You are provided with beach towels. The feel at Buena Vida is holistic and super relaxed. We had massages every night of our stay, there are about 7 or so different types to suit all. The massage rooms are nice and fresh and the essential oils are great. Rose and all the staff are smiley and attentive - always at hand. Always reminding you to enjoy yourself and relax. We ate at the sister hotel most nights as it was one beach but did enjoy the one veggie meal we had at Buena Vida. Last but by no means the least, I will mention my favourite part the Yoga, we had every morning, with the most amazing, professional and skilled yoga teacher Lorenta! Wow Lorenta, you need to know that you are a real credit and asset to Buena Vida. Lorenta even changed her daily morning classes to 6 am as it was a little hot starting at 7 in April as April is during the Philippine summer heat. Do not miss the Yoga classes, beginner or advanced - you must go! Lorenta will ensure that even if you are quite new to Yoga, like my husband, you will be doing
Hello Nina - thanks for spending time to leave us this nice feedback and we are glad that you had been so happy during your stay. It's a pleasure for us taking care for our guests and see they feel comfortable in our facilities. Hope to see you another time in our SPA, yoga classes, chilling on your terrace or our beach. Thanks for your stay. Greetings from Buena Vida
A wonderful, relaxing place”
My boyfriend and I appreciated all the efforts of the staff to make our stay a most memorable and pleasant one. The rooms were very well thought out and gave you a nice homey feel. We were surprised with the little treat of biscuits with a note they hung on the doorknob at night. It was a treat to receive something with a personal touch. Our spa experience was so good that we went two times! The staff were very friendly, thoughtful, and courteous. We really appreciated all their help most especially since we had a little problem with our card not working. Overall, our visit to Buena Vida Resort and Spa was truly memorable. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone who wishes to visit Malapascua.
Hello Twany, thanks for sending us a big smile back with your detailed warm feedback. It's a pleasure for us hosting you and we hope we will meet again. All the best from Buena Vida Family and Greetings from Malapascua Island.
Humble, peaceful & magical atmosphere ”
Buena Vida is a very down to earth & relaxed little resort. It's has a very uncommercial vibe compared to a hotel concept with the emphasis on a yoga & massage theme wich is truly brought forward with an authentic & genuine feel. All the staff are incredibly friendly making you feel very welcome. The rooms & facilities are ideal for the location (remember your on a small low key tropical island). The breakfast area along with the open air yoga room are based in the backdrop of the resorts tropical & eclectic gardens. The large spa section with four private massage rooms is perfectly positioned away from the reception area giving it the perfect ambience & sensation of escape, also attached is an air conditioned mini gym (all brand new kit which includes a lifestyle multi gym station, two running machines, cross trainer, bike along with a mini dumbbell rack & adjustable bench). All in all Buena Vida is a great little humble & unpretentious resort that provides everything you need.
Hello Christian, satisfying reading your lines after your voting here. We are super happy to see we could serve everything to make your vacations the best times. Was a pleasure for us. Please come visit us again. Greetings from Buena Vida and Malapascua
Great stay at Buena Vida”
We stayed at Buena Vida from 23 to 29 December 2016, at first sight we thought we had to fight with mosquitos because of the trees and plants in the garden but instead we did experience no problems and the location was very pleasant because there was always a nice wind blowing on our terrace located at 1st floor in the corner side of the building facing the yoga terrace.They have free yoga sessions for hotel customers every day at 7am and 5pm, I didn't try but my wife did and she liked very much. I preferred to enjoy the SPA were you can have very relaxing massages at great price and enjoy herbs the` after, or use the Jacuzzi. There is also a gym but I didn't use it, I really wanted to relax and this is the best place to do it. Breakfast was good, you can have 3 kind of fresh juices, omelettes or eggs cooked in several ways, pancakes with inside banana or mango, muesli, fruits, milk, coffee, bacon, toasts, the`, and other things I forgot now. They are building a restaurant anyway they already serve some vegetarian meals for lunch or dinner, we tried once and we really enjoyed :) besides there is always relaxing music in the hall. the staff was really nice and supporting always! They also surprised me with a birthday cake on my birthday :). If we come back to Malapascua we will come back to Buena Vida.
We are super happy to read your detailed feedback and your rating that you spend great vacations in our resort. We are also glad that you spend time in our yoga and SPA facilities. Hope to see you another time, thanks for your visit! Greetings from Buena Vida resort
I wish that I could back there right now, as it was the most pleasant stay during our holidays. Its a marvellous place. The garden, the breakfast, the yoga, the staff.... everything makes you feel comfortable, relaxed and in peace. Malapascua can get very hot and after diving and exploring there is not so much to do, so having a nice place to relax is a must. Buena Vida Resort is without any doubt the best place for this. You can either chill in your hammock, do yoga or get one of those incredible massages they offer. I can only say thank you for all the staff there for making our stay the highlight of our travels and for taking such good care of us. Special mention to the great Yoga teacher Lorenza who added a special touch to this already great experience (Thank you!!). Finally I also have to add that the breakfast buffet was my favourite in the Philippines with healthy options and delicious juices. I hope I can go back soon!
Hola Violeta! Fabulous : ) We were so happy to host you during your stay on our island and we can see that it was such a good time for you. We really hope to see you again in our Buena Vida resort. Thanks for your visit and leaving this comment for our next visitors. Sunny Greetings from Malapascua and the team!
Our Best Ever Travel Experience in The Philippines!”
I had the pleasure and privilege to spend my girlfriend's birthday at Buena Vida Resort & Spa and I have no words to clearly express my gratitude and thankfulness with Lorenza and all the Staff. They were very accommodating, kind, friendly and never got a "No" or "Maybe" as an answer. They made my girlfriend feel at home (Colombia) The room was lovely decorated with Flowers, Balloons, Fabulous Smell, and Clean. We had a romantic tour around the island waiting for the sunset. After it the best massage I have ever received so far (I normally have massages twice a month), and the best was yet to come, they exclusively cooked Colombian food (Bandeja Paisa) and even reserved the Jacuzzi just for us. Wow! I love this place and we will go back soon! Thank you so much!!!! I Love You Guys!
Dear Enrique, we have to thank you for being our wonderful guests. It was a big exciting pleasure for us organizing your stay and especially your girlfriends birthday. Happy being in your memories now for the future. Amazing feedback, we feel thrown back. Thanks for trusting in us and hopefully returning quickly. Warm greetings from the Buena Vida Family.
I stayed with my sister for one night at Buena Vida recently. I had arranged to be picked up from Cebu City at 4am as we wanted to have an early start because of our very limited time. I was very disappointed when nobody showed up at the appointed time. We had to wait for two hours before somebody showed up. The drive was smooth though and the driver was very corteous and polite. The 30min boat ride was also smooth, boat crew were fine. When we arrived at the resort, we were offered free massage which more than made up for the agonizing delay, by the way. Massage at Buena Vida's Spa is one of the best I have experienced. I very much recommend the Aroma Oil Massage. The room we were in is nice and clean. It had all the basic amenities we needed. The location is quiet nice as we were tucked away towards the village, very quiet and private but not too far from Bounty Beach where all the restaurants, Scuba shops are located.Over-all, I would definitely recommend this resort.
Hello Christianne! We are truly happy that we could find a good compensation due to your arrival on the island to make you smile and happy in our facilities. Thank you very much for your stay and your time placing your feedback and rate. We hope to welcome you again. Greetings from Buena Vida Family and Malapascua.
A gem of a hotel in Malapascua Island!”
Buena Vida was breathtaking - from the rooms to the lobby and everything in between. An absolute paradise. The spa is an excellent way to treat yourself, with superb massages from trained professionals. The entire staff is friendly and hospitable, going above and beyond to ensure you have a pleasant stay. The location is also great, only a few minutes walk to the beach or market where you can discover delicious Filipino meals. I could not have chosen more perfect accomodations. I highly recommend staying at Buena Vida Resort and Spa!
Thank you very much Raechel for taking time writing down your nice explained feedback. We are very happy to read you enjoyed our SPA a lot, as we have of course a very big interest that our customers feel very comfortable and treated well. We count ourselves lucky for customers like you and it's our big pleasure and motivation every day to make you a pleasant stay. We look forward to welcoming you hopefully soon again. Warm regards from Buena Vida Family!
Warm & Welcoming”
Had an amazing time at Buena Vida. Everything down to its rooms, location, customer service, spa, food and ambiance was perfect. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. The spa treatments was amazing and relaxing. Breakfast was simple and healthy (the vegan pancakes are so good). The Yoga was so great especially in the hut they did it in. They made us feel at home, safe and thought of everything we would need. Loved it at the Buena Vida resort and would recommend to everyone.
Dear Charlene, thank you very much for sending us a big smile reading your "warming" feedback. Very happy to see you spend great time and had good vacations. Thank you for your stay, please come and visit us again, would be a pleasure for us. All the best from Buena Vida Family!
Best Place to stay in Malapascua”
We absolutely loved this place! We had a beautiful and perfectly clean room on the second floor with a wonderful view of the garden. It is perfectly located near all the restaurants and the beach. Although the beach in front of the ocean vida(sister hotel) is full of boats parked in front and the beach is covered in seaweed. However staff from buena vida drove us to the North Beach which is super nice! Breakfast is delicious and healthy and every night we a little treat was waiting for us in our room. The jacuzzi is wonderful option if you want to skip the beach. The most outstanding though is the staff! Lorenza teaches a wonderful yoga class and is always there to help you. Manali at the reception always welcomes you with a smile and is prompt to help you! Rechelle did my nails a Christine a wonderful massage! Thanks buena vida for a wonderful stay!
Dear Marina! Reading your warming feedback gives us again a big smile back thinking about your stay. Thank you very much for your smile too and enjoying Malapascua Island during your vacations. Hope we will meet another time, would be a BIG pleasure for us hosting you again. Greetings and all the best from Buena Vida Family!
Above and beyond expectations ”
The staff at Buena Vida consistently go above and beyond expectations to make sure guests have an amazing time while on malapascua island. They were more than gracious to guide us to the locations we wanted to go to as well as make sure our transit to and from the hotel went smoothly without any issues. In particular, I am so grateful for Lorenza and Fabienne's help in making our trip so memorable and smooth.
Reading this comment and feedback treats the team and us very well. Thank you for giving us such a nice feedback - we are more than happy that you had great vacations here at Buena Vida and the island. Let us know when you come back and it's a pleasure organizing the trip for you again. Greetings from Malapascua
A little sanctuary of indulgence...”
Buena Vida completely exceeded my expectations. The rooms were tastefully decorated with an amazing outdoor space complete with hammock, beanbag & cushioned seating. I indulged in a massage that did not disappoint. The staff were friendly, helpful & small touches like flowers in the room & small treats hung on the door with sweet messages certainly made me feel special. It is worth noting that the hotel is a very short walk away from the beach via a small alleyway which at night is unlit. But once you've met he locals you'll soon realise that you are completely safe so this was not a worry. I would highly recommend Buena Vida, it is an oasis of serenity, complete with jacuzzi tub...
Thank you Dee for choosing our place to spend your vacations. We are happy that we can read you had good times in Buena Vida and the island. Maybe you come and visit us again - would be a pleasure for us. Greetings from Malapascua
The Best in the Island”
Staff: All of them are friendly and very welcoming. They treat their guests as friends whether they are locals or foreign,unlike on the other hotel where we stayed the next day. Hi Ate Lorenza and the rest of the staffs thank you for the warm welcome and for providing us the best service. We'll surely be back and stay there at Buena Vida again. Kudos for you guys! Stay that way😊 Location: Yes it is not in front of the beach but it is just like a minute or two away from the beach. Cleanliness: Everything is perfect. No nasty things inside the rooms. Rooms are well maintained. I love the garden and the hammock on the balcony. Oh also the cute puppies roaming around the garden. 😊❤️
Hello Myra, thanks for leaving your impressions and emotions in the feedback. We are happy that you had a great stay in our place, was a pleasure for us hosting you. Hope to see you again, Greetings from the Buena Vida resort and the island.
nice and cozy resort”
The resort is closed to the beach, it just talks 2 mins walk. quiet, nice, and cozy.. the other beach-front resorts are too noise due to the live band in the restaurants. for myself, i prefer Buena vida as it is far away from the noise music. i can enjoy the quiet and relaxing holiday. but the massage service is always full, we can't book it.
Hello Yi, thank you very much for leaving your feedback after your visit with us. We are very sorry you could not make a massage with us, hopefully you come and visit us again to get our full Buena Vida package. Greetings from Buena Vida Family.
Wonderful hotel with a relaxed charme”
Very much enjoyed or stay at the Buena Vida Resort and Spa. Had a very relaxing massage, a cosy room and very helpful staff. Would have loved to stay longer!!
Hello Bjoern! Thanks for leaving a feedback for your stay in our Buena Vida resort. We are happy to see you had a good time! Greetings from Malapascua!
Lovely garden oasis”
Buena Vida is a great hideaway just off the beach, where you can recharge in your own space. The rooms have huge, beautiful verandahs, and the yoga studio is surrounded by trees. I had a massage in the spa and loved it. The staff are super friendly. Only downside is the room is a little small. Recommended
Hello Esther, thank you very much taking time for your detailed feedback and high rating. We’re so happy you loved our facilities. Sorry, but impossible to make our rooms bigger (they are already 20m²) but we really hope to see you again! Thanks for your visit - all the best and warm greetings from Buena Vida Family!
Staff were super friendly. Location was perfect to the all the nearest restaurants and bars. We loved the massage we opted for it was amazing! Breakfast was beautifully made too. The Oats with frozen bananas especially was the best! Oh and also fresh mango to finish it with. Thank you Buena Vida Family for the most comfortable and beautiful stay, we would love to return soon.
Thank you Sarah for being our guests and for your detailed lovely feedback to our resort. We count ourselves lucky for customers like you and hope the next welcome will not take too long. Very happy you title up your personal highlights at our breakfast - we either can't resit in the mornings. All the best and sunny greetings from Malapascua. BALIK BALIK - Buena Vida Family
Stayed here for 5 nights and had a wonderful stay. The room was clean and when you left your room it was promptly cleaned every day. Warm shower and quiet AC. The breakfast was buffet. The staff was helpful with whatever you needed and the massage was amazing, overall a great experience. My husband had massages at other places on the island and definitely said Bueno Vida was by far the best. It's not on the ocean, if thats what you are looking for, though is connected with Ocean Vida Resort and you can stay there at the beach and run up a tab at the restaurant and bar. The mosquitos weren't bad, and I expected them to be bad, as you are in the jungle. I would recommend the Bueno Vida and really enjoyed the vibe there.
Dear Gwen! With smiling faces we read your detailed feedback, thanks that you took time to write down all your experience with us. Happy to see we made you happy during your stay at Malapascua Island. Hopefully we get another chance to host you. Warm greetings back to you, all the best from Buena Vida Family!
Best resort ever had”
this resort is complete, especially when you have the rooms with the big balconies. It feels luxury and they thought about every detail. The buildings are perfectly finished and this for Philippine standards. it is the top of the top in Philippines for this price. I recommend this place to everybody. Best on the island malapascua. And the distance from the beach is absolutely perfect unless you want a sea view. The breakfast can use a little more variation but again, the quality of it is perfect. The staff is 100% ready for you and super friendly. They even know when you arrived, when you leave ( even the chef in the kitchen knows) They have a good organization. I appreciate that kind of places a lot.
Hello Marloes! Kind regards for your warming feedback to our stuff and our facilities. We are happy you had great times on the island and enjoyed your vacations as best as possible. Greetings from Buena Vida team, hope to see you soon!
Calm, relaxing environment, friendly staff and excellent value for money.”
We had access to facilities at Ocean Vida including comfortable sun loungers. We took advantage of the spa which was excellent value. Rooms were clean and the decor was great. Excellent value! A must if your staying on Malapascua!
Hello Daniel, Thank you very much for the awesome review and rate. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and visit us again, thanks for enjoying your vacations with us. Greetings and all the best from Buena Vida Family.