Choosing a good hotel in Cloud 9 or General Luna can be a challenge if you’ve never been to Siargao. That’s why I created this guide. To show you the best accommodation in these areas, so that you can quickly and easily find the perfect place for your stay.
Note: I selected the following hotels based on location, overall quality and value for money. I’ve also made sure that each has an overwhelming amount of positive reviews – so that they’re not just resorts that I like, but also places that other people were happy to stay at.
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About General Luna & Cloud 9
General Luna is a vibrant, bustling town on the southeast corner of Siargao island. It’s well-known as the surfing capital of the Philippines, thanks to the Cloud 9 wave you’ll find near the beach.
However, surfing is not all General Luna has to offer. The town also has a lively nightlife scene, and comes to life with laidback bars or more upbeat joints with DJs and live music. This is also where you’ll find the widest variety of accommodation, so you can have your pick of luxury beach resorts, rustic hostels, or homestays.
From General Luna, you can also easily book island-hopping trips to the nearby smaller islands of Guyam, Daku or Naked. With its accessibility, choice of accommodations and many activities, General Luna is a good place to be based if you’re new to Siargao.
Cloud 9 is one of the world’s most famous waves for surfing, found off a beach in General Luna. “Cloud 9” is also then used to refer to the district’s northeast point around the Cloud 9 boardwalk, where you can get stunning sunrise and sunset views, as well as watch experienced surfers taking on the Cloud 9 waves.
Every year between late September and early October, professional surfers come from all over the world to take on Cloud 9 waves for the Cloud 9 Surfing Cup. If you’re a surfing enthusiast and enjoy lively parties, it’s a good time to visit Siargao!
The Best Budget Hotels
These 4 places are easy on your wallet, while still providing good comfort and cleanliness. Starting rates for private rooms in these hotels range from ~928 PHP (~$18) to ~2,797 PHP (~$57).
Alpas Siargao is located just a 2-minute walk away from General Luna Beach, and is also close to the town’s restaurants, shops and bars. There, you can choose from beds in dorms or private rooms with private bathrooms, all housed within rustic wooden buildings.
The hotel has a bar, garden and common areas with hammocks, great for chilling out on a lazy afternoon or hanging out with friends.
Balay Hayahay is a cheap accommodation run by a friendly and welcoming family. It’s tucked away in a quieter street, but still a short motorbike ride to the General Luna town area.
The most unique accommodation here is cosy, photogenic private nipa huts that sleep two. They each have a small deck area where you can sit and chill. Otherwise if you’re on a tighter budget, the hotel also has comfortable beds in dorm rooms.
Eddie’s Beach Resort Siargao
For budget accommodation right by the sea, Eddie’s Beach Resort is a good place to consider. It’s right on the water’s edge, and just a short motorbike ride or leisurely 15-minute walk into town.
They have spacious bungalows that sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children. If your budget allows, consider staying in a beach bungalow. There you can wake up to the sound of waves just a few steps away from your door 🙂
Tres Islas Hostel
Tres Las Islas Hostel is located about a 6-minute motorbike ride away from Cloud 9, so it’s worth considering if being close to the surf is a priority to you. It is further away from the shops and restaurants in General Luna town though, so renting a motorbike is recommended.
They offer basic and affordable bunk beds in dorm rooms, or you can also get private rooms that sleep up to 4. There’s also a common kitchen where you can prepare your own food, to make your budget stretch even further.
The Best Mid-range Hotels
These 4 hotels have an excellent balance between value for money and modern comforts. Their starting rates range from ~3,402 PHP (~$67) to ~6,785 PHP (~$134).
La Luna Island Resort
La Luna is a mid-range hotel with a homey, laidback vibe, located roughly halfway between General Luna and Cloud 9, in an accessible location near the main road. It’s also just a short walk away from the beach.
The rooms are spacious, and some come with balconies where you can relax in a hammock. Thee also have an in-house restaurant that serves good food.
Romantic Beach Villas
Romantic Beach Villas is a mid-range beachfront property, which is still conveniently near the General Luna town center. The hotel has charming villas modeled after nipa huts, with views of either the garden or the sea.
The highlight of the hotel is its infinity pool, with great views looking out towards the ocean. Color-changing lights illuminate the pool at night, adding a fun ambiance 🙂
Apsaras Tribe – Siargao
Just a 3-minute drive away from Cloud 9 is Apsaras Tribe, a relatively new, mid-range property with modern rooms built from containers. There, you can choose from spacious and clean rooms with views of the garden, pool, or ocean.
The hotel opens right onto the beach front, where movie nights are held every night. For those who want to go surfing, surf boards are also available for rent there.
Greenhouse Siargao is a small, laidback hotel located in a quiet area between Cloud 9 and General Luna, just steps away from the ocean.
They have only 5 wooden bungalows, which sleep up to 5. Being an eco-friendly accommodation, the hotel doesn’t have air-conditioning so that’s something to keep in mind. There’s also an in-house café that serves fresh, organic meals, and they can cater to special dietary requirements.
The Best Luxury Hotels
These 4 resorts are some of the best options to consider when you’re looking for a luxury experience. Their starting rates range from ~6,465 PHP (~$127) to ~127,840 PHP (~$1,339) per night.
Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa
Siargao Bleu is the only luxury spa resort on Siargao island, located just a 5-10 minute walk away from the Cloud 9 beach. There, you can choose from comfortable rooms overlooking the gardens, or floating villas where you can step out directly to the resort’s large pool.
The highlight of a stay there though, is the service you can expect from the resort. There are on-call butlers who can help you with anything you may need, from special meal requests, booking excursions, or simply finding a surfboard for you.
Isla Cabana Resort
Isla Cabana Resort offers luxury accommodation on the east shore of General Luna. The resort has many charming, nipa hut-inspired villas. Some villas are located directly on the sandy beachfront, and some have their own private jacuzzi looking out to sea.
The restaurant has an in-house restaurant that serves Western and Asian cuisine, a gym, and a beach bar. The highlight though is the infinity pool overlooking the ocean, perfect for your vacation Instagram shots 🙂
Retreat Siargao Resort
Retreat Siargao Resort is a luxury hotel in Malinao, the quieter area of General Luna, with its own private beachfront. There, you’ll find a series of very spacious sea-facing suites with separate living areas, and a large pool you can cool off in on a hot day, surrounded by palm trees.
The hotel’s in-house restaurant has an interesting fusion concept. If you’re up for a change from Filipino cuisine, you can find dishes with Korean & Japanese influences there.
Nay Palad Hideaway
Nay Palad Hideaway is an all-inclusive luxury resort tucked away in Malinao, a calmer and quieter corner of General Luna. The resort offers different villa types, the most luxurious of which is the Perlah Villa. It spans almost 3,000 square feet, with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an outdoor terrace, private pool, and quirky tree platform.
There’s plenty to do at Nay Palad, from simply relaxing at the infinity pool, yoga sessions at a floating yoga pavilion, or playing beach volleyball. There’s also a Children’s Village with trampolines, swing and treehouse for the little ones, and an outdoor cinema the whole family can enjoy.
General Luna has a great range of accommodation across different budgets and building styles, that still give you access to the town’s shops and restaurants. Whether you go for cheap, rustic nipa huts or ultra luxurious villas, you’ll get good pictures for Instagram and a good night’s sleep as well 🙂
From the hotels listed above, the best affordable option is Alpas Siargao, for centrally located accommodation on a budget. A good mid-range option is Apsaras Tribe Siargao, for modern, comfortable rooms near the Cloud 9 area. The best luxury option is Nay Palad Hideaway, for a truly private and relaxing getaway for the whole family.
Hope this helps you find the perfect stay in Siargao. Happy beach bumming!