Dedon Island

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Siargao Island, Philippines

Not far from the legendary Cloud 9 surf break on the remote island of Siargao, lies Dedon Island, a luxury boutique-style retreat that nestles between mangrove forests, and the white sands and crystal clear waters of the sea.

A palm-fringed paradise in the Philippines, naturally sheltered from the tropical wilderness all around it, this enchanting resort portrays barefoot luxury at is best. The emphasis is on outdoor living and sustainability, and the resort cleverly blends traditional architecture, cutting edge design and the natural surroundings. To keep things simple, it’s all-inclusive.

Nine large and stylish thatched villas are dotted across manicured gardens within the four-acre property. Each has been built using recycled wood and features an open shower, large veranda and contemporary interiors.  The two storey deluxe villas are ideal for families.

Dining is a highlight at Dedon Island. There is no set menu, instead simple but delicious dishes are prepared according to the fresh produce of the day.

Dedon Island is a place to relax and rejuvenate. Laze by the pool or lounge around in quirky hanging pods scattered throughout the property. There’s an outdoor bar, a trampoline, which is a hit with children, and two pagodas, one in the mangroves and one in the sea. On some nights, the pool area is transformed into an enchanting open-air cinema. A massage at the outdoor spa pavilion is a must. You can also have a cooking lesson from the resident chef.

More strenuous activities might include a motorcycle taxi ride to one of the small fishing villages, a visit to Cloud 9 or a surf lesson. The Island is also renowned for deep-sea fishing as it is close one of the world’s deepest trenches.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Siargao Island into a greater Philippines and Asian holiday. Take a look at Siargao Dive Adventures as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Dedon Island Information

Location & Getting There

Dedon Island is located at the southeastern tip of Siargao Island, around the corner from the Philippine Deep and surfing wave, Cloud 9. It is a 1 hour flight from Cebu or a 3 hour flight from Manila followed by a 30 minute drive from Siargao Airport.

Accommodation

Comprising of 9 villas, the Dedon Island Resort is well-furnished with local materials and craftsmanship, surrounded by natural mangroves and sea waters. The villas comprise of spacious verandas, windows and integration of stones and wood. The Deluxe Villas are two- storey high, featuring an all-glass front with spectacular ocean views. With raised walkways, the villas offer a balance between traditional and modern luxury. The Deluxe villas feature their own private porch, lounging niches and its private en suite bathroom. Come sunset, relax in the Swingrest hanging lounger by Daniel Pouzet, one of the first products to be created in the Outdoor Living Lab, and admire the view.

Facilities

-Dining: 1 Outdoor Bar, 1 Restaurant
-Library
-Children’s village including trampolines and swings
-Pool
-Billiard area
-Spa and Massage centre
-Pavillions
-Dining and games pavilion
-Reception Lounge
-Pagodas
-Open air cinema

Activities

As the Dedon Island Pagoda is located near the shores, guests can easily enjoy a range of water activities such as paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking or swimming. Guests can also explore the mangroves and salt water ecosystems or marvel at the rock formations of Magpupungko located north of the picturesque fishing village of Pilar. Guests can indulge in the serenity of the waves of the oceans crashing, while standing at the wooden watch tower that overlooks the legendary Cloud 9. Besides the coastline, guests can also take a scenic drive down the roads to the organic farm which produces fresh fruits and vegetables.

Children

Children are welcomed. There is a children's village which comprises of elevated woven domes with enclose trampolines. There are also swings, high chairs and specially designed children’s furniture by co-designer Daniel Pouzet that are available.

Dedon Island Price Guide

4 out of 5

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Dedon Island Testimonials

Hi Shyra,

A very Happy New Year, from a very wet and wind swept UK!……we got back from Dedon on New Year’s Eve as the clock struck midnight!…I did a very quick turnaround and caught a plane on the morning of the 2nd….!

Did we love Dedon!…..I think that would have been an understatement!….it was everything we hoped for and more….the weather was a bit mixed but it couldn’t have mattered less it was the most beautiful resort, extremely comfortable and beautifully run. Matt and Morag couldn’t have been more welcoming and every whim was catered for. They had a brilliant chef in Ashley and Shaun who ran the entertainment was great……so all in all we had a fabulous time.

With love.

S

Dedon Island, December 2013

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Dedon Island Resort - Paddle Boardng in Mangroves
Kieran paddle boarding amongst the mangroves

The Philippines boasts over 7,000 heavenly islands, so picking the perfect one is not a task we take lightly! If we had to pick one on which to spend an unforgettable beach holiday, we would head straight to Siargao Island and relax in Dedon Island, an amazing resort!

Originally, Dedon started off as a furniture company, creating highly desirable, quality outdoor furniture. And what better way to showcase their unique products than by building a resort decked entirely with their creations? The setting on Siargao Island is unique, with a legendary surf break, a mix of beach and mangrove landscapes and so many activities that it is impossible to not enjoy yourselves! Lightfoot Travel’s Kieran spent some time in this fantastic haven and we have to admit, our jealousy levels reached new highs.

Siargao Island is one of the lesser known destinations in the Philippines. How do you get there?

First you fly to the island of Cebu, and then it’s a direct one-hour flight to Siargao on Cebu Pacific Airlines. From there it’s a 40-minute ride to Dedon Island in the resort’s private jeepney that has been decked out in Dedon furniture. Alternatively, you can take a 4-wheel drive, but we highly recommend the jeepney – a very cool experience and a great welcome to the resort!

I keep hearing the term “all inclusive” used to describe Dedon. What exactly is included?

While you’re at Dedon, you really don’t have to worry about payments for anything, as virtually everything is included in the initial cost. The nightly rate includes all food, beverages, water sports (including motorised water sports which is rare!), and all excursions. The only exceptions to this are champagne, scuba diving and deep sea fishing. It’s really nice to not have to think about added charges at all during the stay, and makes the experience that much more relaxing. The kitchen is open to all guests, and if you want a drink or anything from the fridge during the day, you can just walk in and take things as you please. It’s an incredibly open and inviting place.

 

Can you describe the look and feel of the resort?

The nine villas are all designed with traditional Filipino elements, using only local materials and craftsmanship. The villa interiors are relatively simple, with lots of wood and white linens. The one and two bedroom villas are spacious with huge bathrooms, and they feature beautiful beds with wood carved headboards. Each villa is kitted out in Dedon furniture, and has a veranda with a comfy Dedon swing – the perfect spot to spend lazy afternoons reading and napping.

What is the food like?

The Chef comes and speaks to each guest upon arrival, and finds out what they like and don’t like, can and can’t eat. The food is then then tailored around individual requirements and tastes. Each meal is served family style (amongst each group), and the Chef often serves up traditional Filipino dishes with a modern twist. While there I had things like tuna steak, lobster, chicken adobo, a full crab, and they even made the famous Filipino lechon, or spit roast pig, which was the highlight for me! Another great feature is that you can eat wherever you want around the resort. There is the main restaurant, but if you want to eat out on the lawn, the beach or in your room, they will create a different dining experience for you.

Which other beach destinations such as Bali and Phuket often a direct flight away, why opt for less convenient Siargao?

Guests who are looking to get away from the crowds and go somewhere a bit more off-the-beaten-track should definitely opt for Siargao. It’s much less known and gives you a completely different experience. The staff are fantastic, it’s incredibly family friendly, and there are just so many activities you can do that make it that much more amazing. Because there are only nine villas, it’s also quite an intimate experience. I went stand up paddle boarding with the Chef for example. The General Manager has a dog, Ernie, who is really lovely and great for kids. Ernie is also known to go stand up paddle boarding, and can be seen around the resort doing various activities and just hanging out during the day. The place has a much homier feel than a big resort, and you end up getting to know the other guests and interacting with them a bit more simply because there are only nine villas. Also, if you’re at all interested in surfing, the Cloud 9 surf break is one of the world’s top 50 breaks, and is just 20 minutes from the resort. It’s a big break though with different sections for experienced and beginner surfers, and Dedon takes kids there for surf lessons. Another interesting point is that Siargao Island has a different weather system to the rest of the Philippines, so it enjoys good weather when the rest of the country is in rainy season (ideal time to go is March till October).

What were your top three memories from Dedon?

  1. Stand up paddle boarding in the mangroves
  2. Going for a speedboat ride out to nearby Naked Island for a private picnic on the sandbank
  3. Heading to the top of the pagoda at the back of the resort, and having sundowners overlooking the mangroves
  4. And I have to add a fourth – Ernie the dog!
The famed Cloud 9 break
The famed Cloud 9 break

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