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"Everything is perfect！nice staff and beautiful sunset view,we didn’t see whale shark but we enjoy there life!"
xiong - February 14, 2018
The restaurant had decent food and very nice staff.
Cherene | March 25, 2017
The thatch roof in the dining room is beautiful;
joseph | April 13, 2018
This hotel is very pretty.
Cherene | March 25, 2017
The location is perfect.
joseph | April 13, 2018
joseph | April 13, 2018
|Value for money||8.5|
|Distance to city center||3 km|
Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 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.
For those who wish to drive their own cars, Elysia Beach Resort has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the resort.
Elysia Beach Resort does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.
Johannes | January 21, 2019
Joseph | March 5, 2020
Kirsty | December 24, 2018
Well-positioned in Donsol Beachfront, Elysia Beach Resort is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Donsol. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Whale Sharks Interaction Center, Astillero of Donsol, Dancalan Beach give to this hotel a special charm.
At Elysia Beach Resort, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. To name a few of the hotel's facilities, there are 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, gift/souvenir shop, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.
The hotel features 15 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, free welcome drink, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, balcony/terrace. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including snorkeling, outdoor pool, garden, to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Elysia Beach Resort.
Kirsty | December 24, 2018
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 3-6 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Guests 7 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.
Elysia Beach Resort
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I miss my hammock already.”
Everything here was fantastically wonderful. We stayed for eight nights, which was clearly an uncommonly long stretch, with the staff giving us complimentary food/drinks/souvenirs and asking for hugs/pictures on our last day. This wasn't a surprise; the staff are great and largely responsible for the peaceful atmosphere of the resort. More than anything, at Elysia, you're paying a premium for peace; you're away from the dirty bustle of downtown, at a resort with only fifteen rooms that give a neighborly feel, watched by several security guards, and waited on by patient staff who are happy to help you with anything you need, but never push you into doing anything. After several hours roasting in the sun stalking buntanding, it's the best thing in the world to curl up in a hammock and watch the sunset from Elysia's gorgeous little beachfront-yard. The resort is also spotless, including toilets that are clean and actually flush, which is a huge deal in an otherwise poor area. The food was great and well-priced, although you can and should obviously hunt for bottled/canned drinks and snacks from local stands for a better value. Finally, my friends and I joked about knocking off a star for things that should obviously be ridiculous complaints to anyone going to Donsol--the Wifi is iffy at best; we were without power and water for half a day (Donsol-wide, though its common, and Elysia has a generator for the restaurant); the water pressure in the shower is minimal; they only offer complimentary soap (other essentials are easily purchased from Elysia or nearby local stands). If these sorts of things bother you, though, you really shouldn't be visiting Donsol!! Long story short, this was THE BEST PLACE I've ever stayed, and I really hope I have the opportunity to go back. I wandered around the other area resorts, and though they looked nice enough, nothing came close to Elysia.
Lovely hotel and fantastic stay ”
We stayed here in Donsol while seeing the Whale Sharks as part of the eco tour interaction. The hotel has an incredible location - close to the Eco Tour centre and right on the beach. The staff were very friendly and always there to help out. The local community was also very nice too - one tricycle driver waited two hours for us while we used the internet cafe in town! Just a note about Donsol, there are only two cash machines that don't always work so bring cash. However, Elysia Beach Resort does take credit card - which was fantastic for all our meals there. The wifi can be a little slow, but this is expected in the area, however, you will be so busy it is not needed. The food in the restaurant was fantastic. This was located right on the beach so had beautiful views. Breakfast was also great and had priceless views if sat on the outside benches! The pancakes are well recommended! The rooms were clean and good size, all with pool access. We really enjoyed our stay.Well recommended.
Great Location-Donsol's Best”
the stay was brilliant, even the weather was faultless. i did not appreciate that the town of donsol and the whale watching centre were quite a distance apart. so it was a relief to find the visitors/registration centre right close to the elysia beach hotel. this accommodation was faultless..there were no frills..like in house phone/tv but they were not missed as the purpose of visiting this place was to be outdoors not inside. the air con was welcome during the evening. the restaurant served everything you wanted and in an outdoor setting. i was impressed with how management had such tight security, there was 1 armed guard on duty in the day (great guy named james who helped out with other duties)and three at night, so while i did not feel any insecurity there, the management were taking no chances. there was always a trike out front to take you to the donsol township and so cheap (100peso). a small shop across the road sold general items. san miguel was only 35 peso per bottle so that was good value, considering the tourist location. i loved the village atmosphere and the locals are so dammed friendly.ide trips like to see the fire flies on the river were also good value.
Best hotel in the area”
We really enjoyed our stay at Elysia. We rate it 3-star rather than 4-star, because the rooms are very simple and no amenities provided - not even complimentary drinking water (but you can buy 1.5 liters across the road for 40 pesos). Also no WiFi in the room, unless you are in one of the rooms closest to the restaurant. All rooms are the same size, with 1 queen and 1 single bed - and not much else apart from a small TV connected to limited cable service, a small frig and a bathroom. The mattress on the bed is VERY soft - too soft for us (which is very unusual for the Philippines where the beds are generally too hard). And there was only 1 normal height pillow in the room, the others were too flat. Having said all that, everyone agrees this is the best quality hotel in the area (there is not much to choose from) and that is why they can charge higher than normal for this quality. However, we’re not complaining - we were happy to pay this price because it is a very small hotel - therefore very quiet. All rooms surround the pool and at most a 30 second walk to the beach. The restaurant overlooks the beach, has a limited but adequate menu for the 2 - 3 days most guests are likely to stay. The food comes out in very good time. Go to the hotel next door for another restaurant option. The hotel is at the quiet end of the beach, but still less than 10 minutes' walk to the Ecotourism Center where the whale shark watching is coordinated (or the hotel will call a motor-tricycle for you at a cost of about 20 pesos). It's best to register at the Center 1 day before your whale watching trip. We can't say enough about the friendliness and competence of the Elysia staff. They all speak and understand English very well, are relaxed and always smiling. They will help with organizing transport or whatever else you need. It was a pleasure to stay with them. If we ever go back to Donsol again, Elysia is the only place we would stay at - for sure. Definitely recommended.
Best place to stay in Donsol”
do not expect 5 star resorts in donsol. most are spartan and shabby. elysia beach resort is the best in the area. the resort is charming and well maintained. rooms are clean and comfortable. hot shower is availablle. people are pleasant and warm. location is just. 5 min walk to the tourism center. while food service is quite slow, food is tasty. i highly recommend elysia. when i go back, that is the only place i will stay in.
Great place to relax and enjoy the beach”
Elysia beach resort is a boutique 15 room resort located in a “of the beaten track” Philippine village. The rooms are basic and could in our opinion use a little more decorations and furniture, however outside the resort is perfect: a nice pool, perfect ocean view, hammocks between Palm trees, beach and a very nice restaurant. The restaurant is a la carte, we tried quite some different dishes and all we're very well prepared and delicious for around usd five for a main course. Staff was sincerely friendly and helpful. Some extra info: taxi from airport to Donsol is 1200 pesos, fun dive is a great diving school and whale shark sighting is unfortunately not always a guarantee. Keep the last one in mind before booking a trip…
The best hotel to swim with whale sharks!”
The best hotel to stay at when you are willing to swim with whale sharks. It is about 10-15min walk to Donsol visitor center where you can apply for whale shark interaction tour. There is a nice pool just in front of your room. The towels with Whale shark print were really cute. I liked them. Fruit shake was delicious. I drank it twice everyday lol I will surely visit Elysia Beach resort again!! Had great experience.
The best accommodations in Donsol”
i heavily researched donsol before going because i knew it was in a more remote location with rugged accommodations. elysia is, by far, the best place to stay in the area. the rooms were simple and clean without much thought to decor, but i really liked how minimalist and simple everything was - clean, white linens and sunshine. because there isn't much to do in donsol after whale shark interactions, it was key to stay in a place that was relaxing. elysia has an amazing beachfront. though the beach isn't that beautiful, the way that its set up is so appealing that the beach seems a lot nicer than it is. i loved the view. having dinner in the cabanas at sunset was so nice. the whole experience at donsol was really amazing, in large part due to elysia. the staff is so friendly and helpful. the food is okay, i would recommend the chicken adobo, but the bicol express and the other local dish i can't pronounce was good.
Lovely hotel and service with smile”
i stayed elysia for whale shark tour. the rooms designed like separate villas which are simple but stylish, spacious and perfectly clean, ocean view. the dining hall is breezy and serves amazing local food. i love it. the proprietors value low key guests so this is not the place for people out to party but for couples who want to go somewhere quiet and relax. do not go to donsol if you are looking for a luxury spa or five star hotel. however if you are in donsol to swim with the whale shark,.look no further than this hotel. it was great and the staff was the most friendly and professional than any other hotel that we have stayed. ofcourse highly recommended.
Excellent stay with perfect service”
We came to Donsol to see the whale shark, as most of people do. As for Donsol - it's a very pure village, that has absolutely nothing to offer, but whale sharks and fire bugs. But Elysia Beach Resort is an absolute stunning place with very nice atmosphere, where you want to stay more and more.
Perfect location for whale shark snorkeling”
I can say elysia resort is the best accommodation in donsol. The staff are so sweet and accommodatiing. The location is nice for the whale shark tour and access to beach. So Quiet, relax, cozy resort. It was a way from the busy. I would stay again next time if i ever come again, and definitly would recommend it to friends and family. I hope they will make family room for can fit 4-6 person in a room. the breakfast is nice, only thing is i wish they offered more dishes for vegiterian.
Perfect seaside getaway”
We stayed two nights at the Elysia Beach Resort and were amazed to find such a gem in the province. The rooms were very tastefully decorated and comfortable. The grounds were well kept and had hammocks, beach beds, cabanas and benches so it was easy to find a spot to curl up in with a good book or just to sit and have a drink. The pool was clean and very inviting - we enjoyed having daily swims and just lounging by the pool. Since there are only 15 rooms in the entire resort, it had that boutique feel to it which was perfect for what we wanted. The staff were nothing short of amazing. Unobtrusive, yet always on hand when you needed something. The drinks are very reasonably priced and they have a good selection considering that you are in the middle of a province. Our favorite dishes were the fried chicken, kinunot, calamari and the bicol express. A huge plus for us was that the resort was quiet and peaceful without the ubiquitous videoke machine that seems to plague almost every other provincial resort in the Philippines. We enjoyed our stay so much that we will be going back again in a few months!
This was our second stay at Elysia, and we are in love with the place! The rooms are very basic, but you got what you need. It is the place itself that we really like.. Beautiful gardens, very friendly staff, peaceful and quiet. After spending the morning out on the ocean searching for the Whale Sharks, we could not think of a better place to come back to. Having a nice lunch in beautiful surroundings, reading a book outside your room - Listening to the waves of the ocean. Elysia is simply the best choice in Donsol if you would like some time off, not worrying about anything - just enjoy :)
Swim with the Whale Sharks”
Elysia Beach Hotel is a great place to stay in Donsol Bay. The rooms are bright & clean with a pool, hammocks beside the sea & a bar & restaurant. It's only a 5 minute walk or a minute by trike to the tourist center & dive shops for day trips. If you visit at the right time of year you should see the whale sharks. I saw 9 over 3 mornings - it was an incredible experience! The diving at nearby San Miguel was great too.
lovely hotel and service superb but food expensive”
elysia resort was the best in donsol. lay out is good lots of lights at night and the pool is amazing. we had a great time . everything is clean especialy the rooms.sizes is okay for 4 fax.the bar cafe is nice but the food is not fantastic for the price. the only problem is they dont accept major credit card. maybe the management should look in to this since its hard to bring cash when you travel.staff are so polite including the security guard. you certainly can sleep well.
We had a wonderful 5 days at Elysia. Location is beautiful, with a nice beach and garden. Just a small walk away is the village Pang Pang, wich we loved. Donsol is also very nice, be sure to visit that. Divng with the whale sharks is amazing. The room had the best view! (Nr.1), and was clean and functional. We missed shampoo in the bathroom. We had dinner there most nights, and breakfast every morning. We hope to stay there again!
Excellent Beachfront Resort but...”
My stay in Elysia Beach Resort is one of the best experiences that I had in Sorsogon. Relaxation is easy since location gives a feel of being away from the city. Staff are genuinely nice but the real highlight is their food. We ordered Sinigang and Grilled Tuna twice 'coz we really loved it. I liked the clean room although there is no kettle and ref inside. Very smart move indeed because some guests will just buy food/coffee in their restaurant. I'm alright with the prices of the main dishes. But I think P50-P70 for a cup of coffee is expensive. They offer trips that are very expensive as well. So if you are planning to have whale shark interaction, just go straight to the Eco Tourism Office to avoid their expensive rates.
A place to return to!”
We loved the way the hotel was designed, room had enough space and was very clean, staff was very friendly and attentive to details (especially to your special orders, i.e. double milk for coffee - repeated the next day with no need to ask for it again). One thing is that we had to ask for the ashtray each time, but it is easy to improve. The hotel is right on the beachfront and 5 min walking distance from the tourist center, where the whale shark trip begins. The food at the restaurant was good and the prices reasonable. Transfer price to airport is peso (c.$50) for the van, so consider sharing the car with others to make it cheaper. We would definately choose this hotel again and recommend it for Donsol visitors.
Lovely resort with excellent service”
For its' price, the resort looks amazing and the ambiance is very relaxing. The rooms were simple and very clean. The staff was the best thing about the hotel. They were so friendly and accommodating. Every time you pass them by the greet you with a warm smile and they are very gracious and polite. Though we did not get to see any whale sharks because of the weather, we had a very pleasant stay thanks to Elsyia Beach Resort and the Donsol Eco Tour.
Nicest hotel in Donsol; walk to Whale Shark spot”
i went to donsol specifically to see the famous whale sharks. since they were not in season then, i made plans to return with friends. i checked each hotel in donsol, and this was by far the nicest, most upscale option. new, clean, with a beach and very friendly staff. the scuba boat came up to the beach at the hotel and picked us up, and we went out diving. the hotel helped me with a mistake i made with my reservation, which could have cost me money; after the hotel cheerfully helped with it, it was fixed!