Category Archives: Where to Stay

Oceanside Bar and Grill at Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin

Relax at Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin

Each resort has a particular characteristic that appeals to guests in general. Some resorts have it all, so to speak, from inhouse store outlets to numerous restaurants, like in Boracay Regency. Some resorts are huge. Some resorts are moderately-sized with sufficient cottages, like the Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin, but still give you more value for your vacation money. In the subsequent story and the photos below, we’ll endeavor to tell you why. Continue reading

Beach from Sea Breeze Cafe, Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa

Paradise in Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa

Who needs a nice hotel when in Boracay? Seriously, who needs to stay indoors when visiting one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Sun and sand, sea and dive, and practically anything outdoor that can be done under the tropical sun should be the concern when in the beautiful island Boracay. A nice hotel is an unnecessary expense because you SHOULD be out most of the time. You’d need only a basic place to stay for a short nap. Then go out again. Be a mermaid in the open sea for crying out loud. Just. Go. Out. Still, in case you’re looking for a place to stay in paradise, try the Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa. Continue reading

Over the Sea Cottages at Stilts (Calatagan, Batangas)

Sunset at Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

We’ve seen flamingos, with their long, slender legs sticking out high above the water. In the Philippine setting, because we haven’t seen flamingos in this side of the equator, we’ve seen herons, their long, slender legs similarly sticking out ricefield paddies, their white bodies reflected by the calm waters. Replace the heron, or the pink flamingos, with white cottages that glow orange-red with the glorious sunset, and you have the Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort. Continue reading

Eternity Pool at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

Luxurious Refuge at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

It’s amazing how a lot of resorts and destinations in Mactan Island — conveniently located just beside, and connected by two bridges from, the main island of Cebu — are hidden from plain sight. We won’t be surprised if a lot of our readers, even those living in Mactan and Cebu, haven’t heard of Crimson Resort & Spa. We certainly didn’t know Crimson Resort existed, not until Doc Aldrin brought us there. Navigating the narrow roads of Mactan made us realize why Crimson Resort should be labeled a hidden paradise. Continue reading

Casa Vyzantina (front) and Casa San Miguel (back) at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan

Trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan)

Some people love new things. Others love the old. People go to places usually based their preference. Imagine a place that is relatively new, and currently being expanded, that features something really old. At Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan), you’ll find old Philippine houses painstakingly relocated and preserved, or rebuilt and reconstructed. Continue reading

Reception area of Cocoon Boutique Hotel

Cocoon Boutique Hotel (Quezon City)

There’s the story about how an ugly, slow caterpillar transforms into a beautiful, graceful butterfly. We know how the story goes. We know how the caterpillar eats its heart out in an eat-all-you-can vegetarian buffet, then “sleeps” inside “somewhere” (or “something”), while it is magically transformed into a butterfly. And if the process of this transformation is called metamorphosis, what’s the name of that “somewhere” where the metamorphosis happens? Continue reading

Swimming pool at Palm Beach Resort, Batangas

Palm Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

The drive is long. The road from Manila to San Juan, Batangas, through the SLEX and Star Tollway, may be smooth, thankfully, but it’s still a long drive. And it’s not surprising to doubt if, at the final stretch through that quiet cemetery, the narrow and unpaved road leads anywhere good. But there it waits, that oasis of serenity called Palm Beach Resort. Continue reading

Restaurant by the beach at Virgin Beach Resort, Batangas

Virgin Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

For a hungry stomach on a road trip to the well-known stretch of beach in Laiya, Batangas, there’s one important thing to remember — it’s difficult to find a good place to eat in San Juan or along the entire stretch up to the main row of beach resorts. The first pick, and it turned out great (thank you, food gods), is the Virgin Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas). Continue reading