While researching about Camiguin, I also considered staying at this resort but was put off by the resort owner’s rude replies on TripAdvisor (I’m fine with an owner setting the record straight, but not with one insulting a reviewer). Nevertheless, I decided to give its restaurant a try since it’s supposed to be one of the best in the island.
I came here for lunch. I made an effort of going here because on my 2 days at Action Geckos, I did not like the food I had for my dinner and breakfast as mentioned on my review of Action Geckos’ restaurant.
Secret Cove’s restaurant is on its main building. It is right by the beach.
Though the restaurant was small, its bar is well-stocked and they claimed on their website that they have the best-stocked bar in the whole province.
I was the only diner when I came here, though I did meet some Caucasian guests on their way to dive when I arrived.
Here’s what I ordered:
Chicken Cordon Bleu Php 290
Date Square Php 70
Bottled Water Php 35
The staff asked me if I was willing to wait since cooking time for the Chicken Cordon Bleu is an hour. I said yes.
Despite the one hour wait, I found it undercooked. Well, the chicken was already cooked but when I cut it up, the center was very cold. It obviously came straight from the freezer and was not thawed properly. Too bad as it tasted good. Good thing the potatoes were well-seasoned and cooked just right.
On Secret Cove’s website, they proudly shared an Inflight Magazine writer’s praise for their triple decker mango cheesecake. I ordered this upon arrival but when it was time to serve the food, the staff told me that it wasn’t available. She recommended their Date Squares, which was good but not extraordinary.
For those interested in checking in here, here’s how its accommodations look like (lower left photo in the following collage). This is to the right of the main building/restaurant. It looked freshly painted and with new roofing, but it still looked bleak to me.
In front of the main buildings are bamboo cottages, hammocks, and plastic chairs. Though the loungers and chairs looked new, the hammocks, bamboos, and the cottages’ thatched roofs were in dire need of an upgrade.
Like Action Geckos’ beachfront, Secret Cove’s also has black sand. Too bad it was such a cloudy day when I was there.
Secret Cove Beach Resort is in Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin. Visit their official website for more information.
Chicken Cordon Bleu is delicious if done properly. Waiting an hour for something that was frozen is ridiculous! What on earth were they doing for an hour and still serve you cold chicken?? Likewise, the potatoes look better than the chicken here. That was a poorly presented dish all around. Wow, after the owner being rude to you and then being served food for which you had to wait a very long time, you were very generous in your review of it. I used to be a cook and I know that you could have cooked a fresh cordon bleu within that time frame. Great job, as always. Thanks so much.