Skip’s Beach Resort is a budget resort established by American Skip Ellsworth and his Filipino wife Belle. Located at Daanbantayan, Cebu, the resort offers the warmest accommodation to those who want a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Skip’s does not seek to be known as the most extravagant resort or aim to make money. The owners simply take pleasure in making their guests feel at home and relaxed, while meeting new friends along the way. The place is known for its affordability and hospitality. Rooms are between Php1,000 and Php1,600 (approximately $20 to $33) per night. All the well-maintained and comfortable rooms are fully air-conditioned and have cable television, private bathroom, and wireless Internet connection. Not only are their rates low, the resort also offers a lot of freebies. Guests get to enjoy free use of native-style boats, 10-speed bicycles, snorkeling equipment, fishing equipment, and a lot more.
For delicious and inexpensive home-cooked meals, Belle’s Restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The food is cooked by Belle herself with the use of the freshest seafood, meat and vegetables. The daily menu varies according to the best produce in the market. Guests may also request for their preferred dishes.
Aside from swimming, guests can do a lot of fun activities in the resort. They may try snorkeling, diving and island hopping. There are fishermen who can teach visitors how to fish and run small boats for a small fee. Visitors may also rent a motorcycle for only Php500 plus fuel fee (24-hour rental) and tour Daan Bantayan. The country roads and trails of the municipality lead to beautiful and safe villages. You will realize that the locals are very friendly and their simple lives are quite interesting. The resort owners and staff would gladly tour you around.
Skip’s is probably the most hospitable resort in Cebu as it warmly welcomes everyone from any walk of life. In fact, the freebies are not just for those who are staying at the resort. For instance, they provide free coffee and orientation about Daan Bantayan and Malapascua to any tourist who stops by the resort. Skip’s also allows free use of electricity for mobile phone and laptop charging, gazebo shelters, videoke machine, and lounge-bar-lobby-dining area with cable television and library to everyone even if they are not staying in the resort.
The most unbelievable freebie that the resort offers is the use of their campground. Those who are on a tight budget need not rent rooms because they can either set up their tents, sleep at their hammocks or stay at the four permanent shelters made of bamboo and nipa leaves. The cottages have split benches for sitting or sleeping. There are clean comfort rooms and cooking areas in the campground. All the tourists have to think about is their food, which they may buy from local fishermen or from the market.
Skip’s does not require a down payment for room reservations. Guests without reservations are always welcome. If a guest happens to arrive without reservations and the resort is fully-booked, the management will accompany them to another resort. In case there are no available resorts or hotels within the area, they will be taken back to Skip’s and the staff will try to accommodate the guest even if they put a mattress on the floor of their lobby. This may sound odd for others, but as written on their Web site, Skip is a very friendly guy, and he simply enjoys becoming friends with the people who visit his resort.
Skip Ellsworth worked as a private attorney, and then became the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Log Home Builders Association of North America (LHBAONA) before settling down in the Philippines. He spent half a century helping people achieve more socioeconomic freedom by teaching them how to build inexpensive log homes and cabins that are often mortgage-free. When he came to the Philippines, he didn’t want to leave anymore because he fell in love with the people and the culture. He considers Filipinos as the “friendliest and most hospitable people in the world,” as stated on their Web site. He even told one newspaper reporter these:
“During my first six minutes of living in the Philippines, I experienced more personal safety and freedom than I experienced in America during my previous 68 years.”
“My only complaint is as follows: I am so happy here that my face often hurts from smiling so much.”
“If you come to the Philippines for a visit, there is a good chance that you will want to retire immediately, move here now and live here forever.”
Skip died in 2008 and his wife, Belle continues his legacy as she runs the resort with the same kindness and warmth.
Skip’s Beach Resort and the people of Daan Bantayan await your visit! For inquiries and reservations, call them at (032) 437-3600, send an e-mail to [email protected] You may also visit www.skipsbeachresort.com