One of the chicest stays in the country is nestled in the unassuming countryside of Barangay Bibincahan, Sorsogon City – only an hour’s drive from Bicol International Airport. Siama Hotel is a boutique garden resort where nature meets style, offering a lush and luxe escape you won’t forget. Here are seven amazing reasons to book a stay at Sorsogon’s premier accommodation:
1. Secluded location
Tucked away amidst a 10-hectare coconut plantation in the outskirts of Sorsogon City, Siama Hotel guarantees a peaceful stay where you can unwind and recharge, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The property only has 30 guest rooms so it never gets too crowded. It’s the perfect place to calm the mind, body and soul.
2. Stylish design
Siama impresses at first sight with its modern tropical design. A passion project for top Filipino interior and furniture designer Milo Naval, its architecture is a contemporary interpretation of the bahay kubo or nipa hut with its open-air, shared spaces that invite the surrounding greenery in. The resort features minimalist furniture fashioned from wood and woven rattan. My favorite pieces of furnishings were those that used local materials, such as a floor lamp at the lobby covered in pili nut shells and a wall lamp made from baluko (pen shells) – a seafood specialty of Sorsogon – at the temporary dining area.
3. Elegant rooms
The beautiful interior design extends to the guest rooms themselves. One could be easily spend their entire day in the guest room, furnished with the understated elegance of Naval’s furniture. Fresh foliage from the garden placed in a blue-and-white Chinese vase add contrast amidst all the the soothing earth tones. We stayed in a Superior King Size Bed Room – with a nightly rate of ₱6,500 for two persons, inclusive of breakfast – on the second-level. The balcony had an exceptional view of the swimming pool and the surrounding garden. Find discounted rates and check room availability here!
4. Relaxing outdoor pool
A rectangular 25-meter lap pool is the centerpiece of the property, flanked by verdurous tree ferns and towering coconut trees. Hanging across its middle is the resort’s iconic Duyan, an oversized plastic rattan hammock, where guests can stretch out and sunbathe, looking up at the coconut fronds overhead and the blue skies beyond.
5. Lush & lively gardens
Foliage embraces the low-rise hotel buildings and the swimming pool. The lush gardens are beautiful in any weather, whether drenched in sunlight or trickling wet in gentle rain. I liked how the greenery wasn’t overly manicured and exuded a somewhat wild character. The greenery was also alive with resident native birds! While lounging at our room’s balcony or at the swimming spool, I frequently spotted black-naped oriole, yellow-vented bulbul, and white-collared kingfisher.
6. Sumptuous dishes
Accommodations are inclusive of complimentary breakfast. My favorite breakfast plate was the Pinoy Choice Breakfast with garlic pork steak, served with rice, egg, pandesal and fresh fruits of the day. For lunch and dinner, guests may order from a la carte menus. For an authentic taste of Bicolano cuisine, the knockout dish, in my opinion, was their Adobong Baluko sa Gata (₱785, serves 2-3 persons) – Sorsogon’s specialty shellfish cooked in coconut milk – from their Set Menu, which features specially prepared dishes that need to be ordered in advance.
7. Small pets are welcome!
Yes, your small-sized furbabies may stay with you at Siama. For bookings and reservations with pets, the hotel charges a pet fee of ₱1,000 per night per pet, and a cleaning fee of ₱500 per room with pets for the entirety of your stay. An additional pet security deposit of ₱2,000 in cash is required upon check-in, which will be refunded after clearance from the housekeeping department upon checking out.