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Greg, Lerma, thank you for a wonderful stay at Sandcastles. You guys have a truly special place over there. Best wishes and best of luck for the future!

Alexandre Terrien

Hi, my name is Nic I went on your tour from Boracay to Antique on 8 May with two friends (Ruby and Allena). I just wanted to say thanks for organising a great tour! We all had a great time and I will definitely recommend it to my friends who visit the Philippines.Thanks again!

Nic

Hi Greg, just wanted to say thanks to you and your crew for providing our students with a great Busuanga adventure last week. Despite the rain, the kids have had nothing but great things to say about their experience for sure………..Your staff did a great job of nurturing our kids through a variety of new and interesting activities. They showed great patience and care and Rita and I appreciated their help very much. Certainly the highlight was the interaction with the Cheey students. I think it proved to be a great experience for kids from both schools. I know some of our kids are interested in writing some letters to the Cheey students. Perhaps you could send me an address to write to. Thanks.I look forward to returning to Busuanga Island soon for an adult style trip including cycling, kayaking, camping and a few cold beers.

Thanks again Greg.

Have a great day,
Mike

Hi Viveca, this email is long overdue and finally, I have the chance to really take time to write you. Thank you for making our stay at Sandcastles a truly memorable one. We all had a great time and the whole staff made sure that we were very comfortable. The whole family has agreed that Sandcastles will be our home in Boracay, our home away from home and we just hope that you do not get sick and tired of us. Once again, maraming maraming salamat! More power to you and to your staff. Keep up the good work!Milette Vega(May 30, 2010)

We got back to Bris to be plunged into work and our son coming home and this is the first chance we have had to thank you all for a wonderful stay at Sandcastles.That first night during Easter where everyone seemed to have come for a beach party was amazing – the beautiful colours of the sails of sailing boats interweaving through each other to the beach; the appearance of more and more lights as the sun set until, with dark, the whole of White Beach seemed to be a glow of light. Music emanating from various bands and singers and people all promenading along the beach or finding places at the varied and inviting little restaurants. We just walked along both ways from Sandcastles drinking in the excitement of people and light and music and delicious smells wafting across from the restaurants. We didn’t even take any photos as we thought this state of activity would remain for all of Easter. We just wanted to take in all around us and not worry about any documentation of it. Each day there were less people and less lights and I guess White Beach returned to normality. Gone was the tumult of sailing ships and masses of people walking up and down the little sand strip between the hotels and the beach. We were so glad we had experienced both extremes.

We both want to thank you all for making our holiday so memorable. Especially talking to you, Greg, about the political situation was so insightful and helpful for us to understand this complex country. Your vast experience gave us many glimpses into what must be happening behind the scenes – very hard to glean this information from Oz. We have heard of the corruption, but, of course, no real details and the Moslem problem in Mindanao, but, again, no real history or insight. What you told us was invaluable and we came home and have read more about the situation. And, of course, thanks to your lovely wife, Viveca, for talking to her and her helping us understand the life of the Philippines.

Just perfect to be able to stroll onto the beach from Sandcastles to swim or sit under a palm tree and watch the colourful boats and kite surfers or just relax. Then, at night, just walk along until you either heard some music you liked to eat by or some style of food that attracted and just sit on the beach informally and enjoy the lights and music all around you.

Thank you for coming down yourself and bringing the chef to talk to us about his Thai cooking – we really enjoyed those meals, even more for having them explained to us first.

What a lovely staff you have! – all the girls were so pleasant and friendly and helpful – again, please thank them all from us. And we loved our accomodation – just right and perfect – we often sat on the veranda and had a cup of tea – what a great idea to have tea or coffee available all the time – it makes a huge difference to the quality of life, especially for tea drinkers like us!

Just a few photos of our enjoyable stay.

Please keep in contact,

Mike and Marilyn

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