BEST AREAS TO STAY in Siargao's Favorite Town - General Luna
Siargao is a beautiful tropical island known as the surfing capital of the Philippines.
There is one main tourist area in Siargao which is General Luna Town and 90% of hotels, beachfront resorts and hostels are located here.
This makes planning where to stay in Siargao straightforward since General Luna offers a broad appeal to many travelers with loads of accommodation options. But General Luna town is big so we will break it down into the best areas to stay and recommend cheaper accommodation options as well as hotels and resorts in each area.
General Luna’s popularity has grown due to it being home to Cloud 9, a world class surf break meters away from a palm fringed beach.
The largest concentration of resorts, hotels, hostels and loads of restaurants are about 3 kilometers away from Cloud 9.
Just keep in mind that Cloud 9 isn’t actually the heart of town.
Best Areas Where To Stay in General Luna
Here is a quick breakdown of General Luna’s favourite areas to have your accommodation:
1. Cloud 9 (Catangnan) in General Luna
The area around Cloud 9 is what you would expect from a surf destination. It is a cool part of town and is rather laid back. There is a good selection of places to stay. The area near Cloud 9 is a combination of accommodation styles including guest houses, hostels, hotels and resorts. Restaurants, bars and beach cafes are within walking distance.
2. General Luna Town Proper
The town proper is somewhere near Bravo Beach Resort Siargao**. This is where all the action happens. There are loads of beach front resorts, hotels and hostels. Have your accommodation here if planning fun nights out, want restaurants close by and basically want to be in the middle of it all.
**Bravo Beach Resort Siargao is one of the best options out there if planning a surfing holiday. They offer 3, 5 or 7 day packages that include unlimited surf lessons with private instructor, island hopping tour and a massage. Bravo resort offers the best deal out there.
3. The Resort Area in General Luna
This area is between Cloud 9 and the town proper and in a way is isolated and the quiet part of town. It has mostly beachfront resorts. There are a few restaurants and bars but nothing too extreme. Beside resorts there are a few cheap places to stay.
Malinao is perfect for those looking to spend their days facing the ocean in total privacy. It is a peaceful location yet still close to town for a great night out. Malinao is dedicated to some of the island’s most luxurious resorts but still there are some cheaper options.
** Check out Nay Palad Hideaway for the most luxurious resort in the Philippines.
Our Top Picks in Siargao, General Luna | Check out these Resorts, Hotels & Hostels
Each listing is a top pick in its category of Luxury, Mid Range and Budget.
Mango Tree Siargao (luxury): A great choice for couples, families or groups since each unit can accommodate a minimum of 4 people and up to 8. Both outdoors and interior are designed to make guest feel at home. With an outdoor infinity pool, barbeque area, lounge and garden you can enjoy and take full advantage of the facilities at this stunning property. And don’t worry about preparing your breakfast, the hosts offer an a la carte breakfast each day.
Bulan Villas Siargao (mid range): Located in a quiet part of General Luna, yet close enough to Cloud 9 surf break and to all the restaurants in town. This resort offers accommodation in the form of wooden Asian style villas surrounding a pool and garden. Guest can enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, an onsite bar and restaurant and sun terrace. Beside the villas, this property also offers standard rooms, ideal for those on a budget but want to base themselves in a luxurious resort.
Sinag Hostel (budget): The location, ambience and most importantly the hosts have all contributed to making this one of the best hostels around. The second that you set foot in Sinag you will feel a welcoming vibe. The hosts are the best and will even ask you to join them for a morning surf or a night out. Guest have the facility of a kitchenette and can chill out and get to know other travelers in the lounge area. This property offers double or quadruple rooms and bunk beds. Sinag Hostel is a top budget pick for any traveler/s that want to make new friends and have a unique experience in Siargao
Area|Cloud 9 (Catangnan) | Hotels near Cloud 9 Siargao
If you’re thinking of taking surf lessons opt to stay somewhere near Cloud 9 surf beach. Having your accommodation nearby will give you a head-start where you can start off the day with a class while the sun is rising over the horizon. I can tell you that getting here early morning is a magical experience since the beach gets busier during the day. And why not have a healthy breakfast on the beach at one of the hip cafes.
Here are the best hotels near Cloud 9 Siargao.
Hiraya Surf Hostel (budget): Hiraya is a social hostel where you will meet with like minded travelers and Cloud 9 beach is just 200 meters away. With its pool, chill out area and laid back attitude you will immediately be immersed in Siargao’s island life. Hiraya Surf Hostel is one of the best rated hostel and offer A/C private rooms and bunk beds.
Kawayan Siargao Resort (mid range): It is easy to see why this is one of the best resorts in the area. Kawayan Siargao Resort has all its rooms facing the pool and chill out area. With an onsite restaurant, rooms with satellite TV, kettle and seating area where to relax. When a property offers such amenities it is bound to be one of the best in the area.
Casa Bianca Siargao (mid range/high): Exactly what you would expect on an island. A beautiful property surrounded with a tropical garden. Casa Bianca Siargao offers rooms with a balcony facing the pretty garden. This accommodation in General Luna is less than 1 km from Cloud 9 and around 500 from General Luna Beach.
Area|General Luna Town Proper
The vibrant streets in town offer all that you could imagine.
Loads and loads of cool cafes serving healthy/vegan and light food crafted to perfection. Amazing local grills, hip bars, chill out bars on the beach and that summery, surfy vibe. The town is a combination of high end accommodations including hotels and resorts and cheaper stays like hostels and guesthouses. For those on a budget I recommend you stay somewhere in the town proper since you will find cheap accommodation and a number of cheap local eateries and grills all serving quality food.
This is a reason many travelers choose this area to base themselves and find accommodation here.
Romantic Beach Villas: Boasting a large infinity pool and sun terrace facing the ocean, I guess you won’t even want to leave the property. But then again, with a list of activities provided by the villa you will definitely be enticed to get out and explore what Siargao offers. Romantic Beach Villas is located just a short walk away from restaurants, bars and beach bars making it an ideal choice for nighttime fun.
House Buko Garden: This will be your (tropical) home away from home. House Buko Garden is rented out as an entire property. With a kitchenette, fridge and stovetop guest are able to prepare their own meals. And being completely detached and surrounded with a garden, you will get total privacy. Close by is Kermit Restaurant, one of our favourite Italian restaurants in Siargao. I would highly recommend this stay for anyone on an extended trip on Siargao.
Isla Cabana Resort: Probably the nicest resort in the area and boasting its own private beach. This 4 star resort features a pool and sun terrace overlooking the ocean. This resort offers various options ranging from standard double room, villas that look onto the garden and a villa with own private pool facing onto the ocean.
General Luna Resort Area
The resort area in General Luna is somewhere between Cloud 9 and the town proper. There isn’t an actual name to this part of General Luna but it is mostly resorts, hence the title. This is a quiet part of General Luna. However, you will still find a decent amount of restaurants and bars nearby and cheaper options like hostels. In any case, with tricycles all the time passing by you could easily get into town with a Euro or 2.
Kalinaw Resort: Kalinaw is a luxurious accommodation and one of the best resorts in Siargao. Set in a remote part of General Luna amidst a tropical landscape and facing the ocean. It is right in the middle of Cloud 9 and the town proper is less than 1 km away. With its own private beach, infinity pool, onsite restaurant and a list of activities offered by the resort. Minimalist design blended with local architecture and surrounded in tropical landscape make for a picture perfect setting.
Kaimana Resort Siargao: Set in this tranquil part of General Luna, Kaimana Resort is a boutique style resort just across the road from the beach. Guests can enjoy the shared lounge and garden. Kaimana Resort Siargao has an onsite bar and restaurant making it perfect to relax after a day surfing or exploring Siargao. Every room has its own fridge and kettle where you can enjoy your own early morning brewed cup of coffee on your front porch.
Siargao Residency: This is a great accommodation in General Luna for families or a group of friends who want their own private little retreat on Siargao. With an equipped kitchen guest can enjoy their own meals or have an evening meal in the barbeque area while socializing with other in the shared lounge. The friendly hosts taking care of this group of holiday homes in General Luna will take care of you and any requests to make your stay the best you could imagine.
Malinao is an isolated part of General Luna just 5 minutes out of town. For those wanting somewhere peaceful but want to be close enough to the bustling action in General Luna, then Malinao should be on your list.
Sandy Feet Siargao (luxury): Set amidst palm trees, a beautiful garden and facing the ocean, this resort offers private villas set in one of General Luna’s isolated areas. All units at Sandy Feet come equipped with kitchenette, satellite TV and A/C. With ample space surrounding the villas guest can either enjoy their terrace or lounge and dine in the garden while looking onto the ocean. This property is a great choice for those who want their own private space yet still get all the amenities that a resort offers.
Nay Palad Hideaway (luxury++): Nay Palad Hideaway is rated one of the most luxurious resorts in all the Philippines. And just so happens to be located on the coconut island Siargao. With its large pool, Balinese style huts and villas with private pools and its minimalist yet classy design is a picture perfect setting. Guests are treated to an all inclusive stay not just at the resort but also outdoors. Day trips on their private deluxe boat, day tours, island hopping, trips through mangroves. And once you get back you can head over to the spa for a massage and a well crafted evening meal without fetching out your wallet. This is a place I would highly recommend to anyone that doesn’t mind splurging for such luxury.
Drift Siargao (budget): One of the coolest accommodation concepts that we came across. We just had to stop and take a look. Drift Siargao is a handful of tiny brightly colored rooms amidst tall swaying palm trees. The room itself is enough for 2 guests, either bunk or double bed and space for luggage. A shared bathroom is located within the tropical trees. Just walk outside your little room find a place to chill out or hang a hammock between two palms. You just have to see this place to realize how amazingly cool it is.
Other Siargao Guides
We have written a series of guides for Siargao on these topics.