On our first day in Surigao City, we stayed  at Almont Beach Resort in Brgy. Lipata, just 10-15 minutes away from the city proper. I love Almont Beach Resort's location despite not being in the middle of the bustling city. Well, that's the whole point of this vacation -- to unwind and detach myself from the chaotic city life. A sweet bonus was a nice view of the Surigao Strait, and its accommodating staff who would always give us a warm smile and greet us wherever and whenever we see them. 

From the city proper, you can hire a tricycle or a motorbike/habal-habal to take you to Almont Beach Resort. However, the most convenient way to go there is, of course, through private transfers that the resort can easily arrange. 

We stayed at a suite on our first night. Located at the third floor, the suite was spacious, clean and sleek. The  king-sized beds with plush pillows and crisp clean sheets were luring us to sleep! It was so homey! 
The suites at Almont Beach Resort cost around Php 6,100. This already includes airport transfers from Surigao City, breakfast for two and use of the resort's facilities. If you have questions on bookings/reservations, you may get in touch with Almont Beach Resort's manager, Mr. Edgar Cervantes at You may also reach him through 09228599403

The Suite

After we had fixed our stuff inside the suite, we went out to check our very own veranda (all suites and junior suites at Almont Beach Resort have a veranda). There, we saw a panoramic view of the sea, the nearby Basul Island, and a glimpse of the historic Limasawa in Southern Leyte. The view alone from the veranda was invigorating. We just wanted to lounge there and sniff fresh air. 

Our Suite's Veranda

A view of Basul Island from our veranda
Almont also has its own exclusive beach where you can just play with water and enjoy fun activities like kayaking and snorkeling. The sand isn't Boracay-like, but it will surely entice you to have a dip.

A view of the beach from Cafe Maharlika's alfresco dining
Standard amenities like coffee- and tea-making facilities and an assortment of beverages from the mini bar are available. 

After enjoying a cup of coffee at the veranda,  we went down to Almont Beach Resort's lone restaurant -- Cafe Maharlika. It offers a melange of Filipino and international specialties that are not too fancy, rather, very homey. I was so happy to see some of my favorites on the menu! How I wish my favorite Adobo Rice and Hinalang (from Bluewater Maribago and Panglao) were also available here!

The stairway to Cafe Maharlika

We had set lunch by the veranda of Cafe Maharlika (so sorry, we couldn't get enough of the stunning sea view!). The staff were so attentive and prompt. The moment we came in, we were led to a table at the alfresco area, they took our orders and in less than 15 minutes, our food arrived fresh from the kitchen! The staff would also fill our goblets even without asking them to. 

Dining alfresco at Cafe Maharlika
Our set lunch includes a fish soup, potato salad, crispy fried chicken, grilled fish and a dessert.

The fish soup tastes like something in between sinigang and nilaga. What I like about Surigao's seafood is that they are all served fresh! Not even a single fishy aftertaste. The soup came in piping hot perfect to warm our starving tummies.

The potato salad has a rich sweet-sour  taste enough to tickle our palates. I enjoyed my plateful of this treat that I even got some from hubby's plate. And for the main course, the grilled fish was again, so fresh! It's so divine that we finished it in an instant! The crispy fried chicken is served golden brown and resembles my mom's classic old-time favorite fried chicken. 

The dessert was a slice of delectable chocolate cake -- a perfect sweet ending.

Up next, our tour of Surigao City!
More of Almont Beach Resort on our third night in Surigao City.
Almont Beach Resort
Lipata, Surigao City, Philippines
Tel : (63 86) 826-7544 to 46
Telefax : (63 86) 826-7547
Email :
Website :

Rm. 704 Cityland Herrera Tower
Rufino corner Valero Streets
Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Tel : (63 2) 817 5751 or 887 1348


  1. ugh! i missed this when we were there a few months back. well ang steep din naman ng accommodations kaya malamang hindi pa rin. haha. parang ang relaxing ng feel diyan :)

  2. wow ang ganda! sa isang guesthouse lang ako nagstay sa surigao, hehe

  3. @blissfulguro super relaxing. it doesn't have a powdery beach but the place is serene! @chyng hindi ka na umikot sa surigao?


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