Get cozy in these homes away from home
Manila, Philippines – It has to be called a day after a dip in the ocean or an extreme adventure in the mountains, so for the last lap of our Bicol tour, let me list the most comfortable and relaxing places where you can stay as staycationista or traveler on break.
Unpopular opinion: regular hotels are overrated. If you want to feel at home away from home, the following accommodations will be more to your liking.
Residencia Del Hamor Waterfront, Sorsogon
One of Bicol’s newest attractions, having only opened in 2021, the Mediterranean style Seafront of the Residence del Hamor in San Sebastian, Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon totally gives us the Santorini vibe!
Its breathtaking views will surely make you fall in love with the place. The sleek, uncluttered architecture echoes that of the famous Greek destination, and its white sand and crystal-clear waters make everything even more beautiful.
Like Santorini, the place is perfect for staycations and intimate occasions such as weddings, proposals, and other private celebrations.
If you want to add spice to your small vacation, you can kayak, dive, snorkel and take advantage of their day trip packages, which include an island hopping.
You can also relax in their newly opened spa, available for guests who check in and out by reservation.
Meanwhile, the real Residence Del Hamor is another destination worthy of your attention, located on the foothills of Mount Bulusan in Casiguran, Sorsogon. Facing the waterfront, this private sanctuary is surrounded by lush vegetation and rich vegetation.
Hotel Casita Aurora Bed and Breakfast
With many warm reviews from guests over the years, Casita Aurora is a beautiful place to stay during your stay in Bicol. This is a family run Bed & Breakfast located in the Old Albay area of the town of Legazpi.
From the outside, you will immediately feel that ancestral vibe, which was the exact inspiration of the owners – “old Filipino houses in a more genteel time”.
Recycled rooms throughout the house are balanced with modern amenities, such as T&B (hot and cold shower), air conditioning, cable TV and wifi. Your stay also comes with a complimentary breakfast to ensure you start your day off right and feel great.
For those probinsya feels, there is a garden as well as a rooftop with an amazing view of the Mayon Volcano.
Its location makes way for many other amenities, being within walking distance of Albay Cathedral, City Hall, the Provincial Capitol, restaurants, and convenience stores. It’s also easily accessible by public transport, so you don’t have to worry about jumping from there to your next destination.
The owners are friendly and accommodating, so you’ll come as guests and leave as friends, as they like to describe it.
Hotel Catanduanes Midtown Hostel
If you are in Catanduanes and looking for a place to stay, don’t worry because the Catanduanes Midtown Inn is located right in the heart of the town of Virac.
It’s a hotel, but it doesn’t look like one, thanks to the historic, nostalgic vibe of the white and brown architecture. You are guaranteed a good first impression: peaceful, comfortable and quiet.
There is a café and a restaurant with wifi, a minibar, a roof garden and a reception hall. When you think it couldn’t be more comfortable, there is also a spa center where you can enjoy specialized massage, hot stone massage, facials and body treatments.
Of course, the island experience wouldn’t be complete without a visit. Catanduanes Midtown Inn also offers tour packages and a guide to accompany you on your adventure.
Search Ticao Island Resort
As featured in my previous stories, Ticao is an island in Masbate City accessible by boat from the mainland.
Ticao Island Resort in Sitio Tacdugan, San Jacinto, Ticao, offers the pleasures of the beach and a secluded getaway. One can go fishing with the local fishermen, as well as go scuba diving as this is the designated dive area to see whale sharks and manta rays. There are also scuba diving courses for those who want to learn.
Day trips are available for those wishing to explore the northern and southern parts of Ticao. You can visit the Firefly River at night and catch shrimp and crabs along the way. You can also try a motorbike tour and go pony riding and kayaking around the resort for free.
Your stay includes unlimited brewed coffee, tea, and purified drinking water available at the restaurant.
CWC, Camarines Sur
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a cabin? Make that dream come true with a stay at the CWC in Camarines Sur.
Better known as CamSur Watersports Complex, CWC is the premier world-class watersports complex in the Philippines and Asia. With amenities like the clubhouse restaurant and bar serving Asian and Western flavors, a swimming pool, free skate park, cabana rentals, and reliable wifi, you have it all in one place.
The six-hectare attraction within the Provincial Capitol complex in Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur prides itself on its six-point ski lift system which can be experienced all year round. You can enjoy the water by trying ski lift, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, waterskiing and wakeskating with free use of basic beginner equipment. You can also go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and playing in the water park.
CWC is an excellent location for events such as competitions, company outings, product launches, marketing events, special occasions and staycations.
For that promised cabin experience, the rooms are just a short walk from the complex. Available for small and large groups, you can choose from the following accommodations: Ecovillage, Governor’s Mansion, Cabins, Containers, and Luxury Villas and Suites. The Tiki Hut, Cabin, Lodging, Log Cabin (Small & Medium), and Private Villa are all equipped with TVs, air conditioning, hot/cold showers, restaurant access, access in the living room, access to the swimming pool and wifi.
Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel Resort Reviews, Camarines Nord
Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel Resort is located in Brgy. Bagasbas, Daet, North Camarines.
Bagasbas is a lovely place with accommodating staff, great amenities, and a cozy vibe. Located by the sea, your stay is accompanied by the relaxing sound of the waves and the salty scent of the ocean.
Food is available courtesy of Catherine Restaurant, which serves seafood dishes, meat dishes, Italian pasta, traditional Filipino rice dishes, Bicolano dishes and the famous boodle fight.
The resort also offers Roberto’s Sports Bar and Grill, which has private KTV rooms for video lovers, an outdoor lounge where local bands perform, and drinks such as cocktails, smoothies, and shakes.
Rooms have affordable rates, cable TV, refrigerator, hot and cold tub, and complimentary bath and personal care products. You can choose between the standard and deluxe trailer, the seaside trailer, the deluxe room, the family room and the family suite.
Ideal for events and conferences, the place is equipped with reception rooms, a projector and an LCD screen and free wifi.
Whether on vacation or business, relax and unwind with a massage or foot spa during your stay. There is also a basketball court, surfing lessons, kitesurfing and paragliding for the active.
If you ever decide to take a tour of the island, arrangements can be made for a 30 minute boat ride from the port of Vinzon to the neighboring island of Calaguas.
Whether you prefer a laid-back getaway to the beach or an extreme climb in the mountains, Bicol has no shortage of beautiful destinations.
As tourism is in full swing amid the pandemic, pay attention to the latest IATF Alert Levels and Travel Advisories for tourist entry rules and requirements by province to make the most of your trip and the many wonders of the region.
Let me end this series with a reminder to enjoy life and find the work-life balance you deserve. Life is too good, so explore, get out and invest in experiences whenever you can! – Rappler.com
Maria Leonor Euna Regaspi is an intern at Rappler in the Life & Style and Entertainment section.