This boutique resort on the southeastern tip of Siargao island faces a spectacular white-sand beach and does deliver its brochure's promise of "barefoot luxury".
The thatched roof, wooden villas are all detached, with ocean views or garden views, and all with private porch. Each villa, surrounded by trees and shrubberies, is set at a distance from other structures, for the utmost privacy. De luxe villas have glass front facades that make full use of the ocean view. The thatched roofs are designed to have a high pitch, allowing for good ventilation. The master's bed are embellished with handcarving, with the resort big on using the skills of local artisans. The bathroom is bigger than the bedroom itself, with a rainshower in the center of the room, the floor fringed by pebbles, the room allowing you a view of the garden while showering. Bridges connect the resort's open air pavilions and the main dining room has a view of the full sweep of the beach.
The menu consists mainly of Filipino food, using fresh ingredients from the local market and Dedon's own organic farm.
At Dedon, you can explore centuries old mangroves by kayak, island hop, snorkel, waterski, knee board, go deep sea fishing, surf—Siargao, after all is the international surfing capital of the Philippines— and explore the majestic Sohoton Coves. If you are intent on a quiet afternoon, enjoy the infinity pool with a view of the beach, or head to the resort's walkway on stilts along the thick mangroves set within the resort’s own backyard to get to the five-tiered pagoda for a better view of the mangroves or to birdwatch. Or, just enjoy the white-sand beach, which at low tide, exposes a pristine sandbar.
Dedon Island Resort is run by the Dedon Group, a luxury outdoor furniture brand based in Cebu. Designers Jean-Marie Massaud and Daniel Pouset are behind the resort’s design.
Dedon Island Resort charges per head, per night, with a fixed rate including all food and drink, massages, outings, excursions and activities (except diving and deep-sea fishing). Peak season rates are from $640 per person per night based on minimum double occupancy and $576 per person per night based on minimum double occupancy during lean season. Rates may change so please contact the resort. Visit www.dedonisland.com, or call tel +63917 701 7820.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller February to March 2014. Updated November 2015