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5 Best Hotels in Bantayan Island, Cebu 2024 (Local and Real Guest Recommendations)

CEBU INSIDER carefully curated the best hotels in Bantayan Island based on factors like real guests' reviews, location, beach access, internet, price, cleanliness, and staff.
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Bantayan Island is home to the most beautiful white sand beaches in Cebu. As a popular tourist attraction in the Philippines, finding the best hotels in Bantayan Island is not hard.

CEBU INSIDER carefully curates hotel recommendations based on our experience and the most important factors:

  • Location. Is it accessible to basic services?
  • Beach access. How far is it from the beach?
  • Internet. Is it fast enough to get work done?
  • Price. Is it competitive and reasonable?
  • Cleanliness. Is it clean, orderly, and well-maintained?
  • Staff. Is the staff courteous, polite, and accommodating?

I also want to point out that real guest reviews were highly taken into account when creating these recommendations. Combining all these criteria, here are the best accommodation in Bantayan Island, Cebu:

1. SMAK’s Hotel7.5/109.3/10Check room rates!
2. Amihan Beach Cabanas7.1/108.8./10Check room rates!
3. Pearl of Santa Fe8.3/109.1/10Check room rates!
4. The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas and Suites7.5/108.6/10Check room rates!
5. Anika Island Resort4.2/108.2/10Check room rates!

1. SMAK’s Hotel – Best Budget Hotel in Bantayan Island

SMAK’s Hotel is a small typical tropical island hotel located in the middle of Poblacion Santa Fe. The rooms are new and squeaky clean, plus they have all the facilities you need to make some work.

There are so many things to love about this hotel. Everything you need is within walking distance—bars, restaurants, eateries, pharmacies, and convenience stores. The nearest beaches are Kota Beach and Sugar Beach, which are a 3-minute walk away.

Some of SMAK’s Hotels’ in-house facilities include a restaurant, a bar, a garden, and free private parking for scooters. The hotel also has a shared kitchen, shared lounge/terrace, and balcony for select rooms.

Inside the rooms are fluffy pillows and blankets, a clean toilet and bathroom, a narrow work desk, a flat-screen TV, an aircon, a safe vault, and a closet.  If I’m being nitpicky, the microfiber towels are a big disappointment for me.

We personally LOVED our 3D2N stay at SMAK’s Hotel recently for so many reasons worth pointing out. First, the husband and wife owners are very hands-on with the operations of their hotel. They are very generous and helpful. We had a sort of scooter bike with my sister and the wife was so thoughtful to take care of us. Second, the staff members are very polite and accommodating. Claire was an awesome front desk attendant. Hands down!

SMAK’s Hotel also offers a whole day all-inclusive island tour in Bantayan Island for 5,300 PHP (~100 PHP) for 2 people. The tour includes trips to Virgin Island, Baigad Lagoon, and Hilantagaan Island on a private boat and lots of food.

Wi-Fi Rating: 7.5/10

2. Amihan Beach Cabanas – Best Beachfront Hotel in Bantayan Island

Amihan Beach Cabanas is one of the most popular hotels in Santa Fe. Staying at Amihan Beach Cabanas is literally like having a white sand beach in your backyard, and I think that’s the best thing about it. The beach garden has beach pillows and tables and chairs so guests can enjoy lounging by Kota Beach while watching the sunset.

In-house facilities include a restaurant, bar, and shared lounge. The rooms have air conditioning, a work desk, a terrace with a sea view, a toilet and bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and a fridge.

Amihan Beach Cabanas is located in Poblacion Santa Fe, so everything is within walking distance—bars, restaurants, eateries, pharmacies, and more. Sugar Beach and Bobel Beach are a 5-minute and 10-minute walk away, respectively.

Wi-Fi Rating: 7.1/10

3. Pearl of Santa Fe – Beachfront Apartment in Bantayan Island

If you are looking for house rentals in Bantayan Island for group accommodation, Pearl of Santa Fe is a perfect place to rent. This cliffside apartment has direct access to the beach and can accommodate up to 10 people.

The entire apartment has 3 separate bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a living room. The property features a garden, hut with sea view, barbeque area, and billiards. Guests may also do activities like fishing, kayaking, and cycling.

Wi-Fi Rating: 8.3/10

4. The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas and Suites

The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas and Suites sits in front of Kota Beach, one of the best beaches in Bantayan Island, and nearby Amihan Beach Cabanas. It offers a unique tropical island experience with its bamboo beach villas, plus a private beach, a restaurant, and a bar into the bargain.

Although made of bamboo, all rooms of The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas and Suites have air conditioning with a thatched roof and a balcony with a calming view of the sea view. Inside are a ref, a safe vault, a flat-screen TV, and a desk, among many others.

Wi-Fi Rating: 7.5/10

5. Anika Island Resort

Located a few meters from Santa Fe Port, Anika Island Resort features two outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant, and a beachfront. All Anika Island Resort rooms have air conditioning, a wardrobe, and a private bathroom and toilet. Select rooms have a ref, a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and a balcony with a view of the garden and the sea.

Anika Island Resort is pretty spacious and family-friendly. They can arrange activities for you like snorkeling, cycling, and hiking.

Wi-Fi Rating: 4.1/10

That’s a wrap for our list of the Best Hotels in Bantayan Island, Cebu!

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