Hotels and Resorts

San Antonio, Zambales: Island-Hopping with Capones Vista Beach Resort

Posted on May 2, 2015

Capones Beach Vista Resort in Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales provides a convenient jumping-off point to Capones and Camara islands offshore. These islands were one of the first destinations in the Philippines when I started traveling a lot in 2008 (check out my blog entry from seven years ago). In spite of its popularity, it was good to see the islands retain its rustic atmosphere through the years, and not succumb to tourism overdevelopment that has befallen other tourist spotsRead More

San Narciso, Zambales: Learn to Surf at Crystal Beach Resort

Posted on February 27, 2015

I’ve been to Crystal Beach Resort a few times before and even blogged about one of my summertime visits. I like how the  resort hasn’t been over-developed, retaining a rustic, low-key vibe, despite its rise in popularity. Its sparkling gray sands, which I’ve long presumed gave the beach its name, provides not only a wonderful place to beach-camp, but also relatively safe and enjoyable breaks for beginner and intermediate surfers. The in-house Quicksilver Surf School offers lessons for both noviceRead More

Luljetta’s Place: A Superb Spa Getaway from Metro Manila

Posted on February 18, 2015

[Author’s Note: This blog review was originally posted in February 2015, and updated in July 2017] Located within the sprawling Loreland Farm Resort, 4 km from the city center of Antipolo, Luljetta’s Place Hanging Gardens & Garden Suites is situated along a mountainside with impressive views overlooking grassy hills and, in the distance, Laguna de Bay and the Metro Manila skyline.  Set in garden terraces filled with flowering plants and linked by a maze of stairs, their amenities include two small infinityRead More

Anino Retreat: Best Beach Resort on Cuyo Island

Posted on December 10, 2014

Anino Retreat (formerly Quijano Windsurfing Retreat) is the best beach resort on Cuyo Island, Palawan. The beach resort is located only a few kilometers from Cuyo Airport (serviced by twice weekly flights from Puerto Princesa) or 20-minutes by tricycle from Cuyo Port. I enjoyed a two-night complimentary stay at this seaside hideaway during my stay on the island. Built on a verdant hillside along the quieter eastern coast of the island, this secluded beachside retreat consists of only three native-style bungalows overlooking the 400-meterRead More

Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte: Bayud Beach Resort

Posted on October 12, 2014

During the 7th Siargao International Gamefishing Tournament from April 24 to 28, 2014 organized by One Corporate Grand Tours, I stayed at Bayud Beach Resort, a private enclave located along a deserted stretch of coastline at the town of General Luna. Located far away from the town center within a quiet seaside village, the resort’s location obviously has its pros and cons. While its remoteness makes it a bit inconvenient to visit town or catch public transportation, it lends toRead More

Melaka, Malaysia: A’famosa Resort – One-Stop Holiday Destination for Family Fun! [SP]

Posted on December 30, 2013

Feeding endangered Malayan tigers at Safari Wonderland in A’famosa Resort, Melaka, Malaysia! Named after the famous 16th century Portuguese fortification in the World Heritage-listed city of Melaka, A’Famosa Resort is surrounded by rolling hills and lush countryside and is rated one of the region’s foremost leisure and holiday destinations. Established in 1992, this expansive real estate development has been dedicated to becoming the one-stop destination for leisure and business for over the past twenty years. A sprawling integrated resort, A’famosaRead More