Resort Review: Bluewater Sumilon Island Discovery Day 1

Waves almost kissing the lens of my camera
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Bluewater Sumilon Island Discovery Day 1

Getting There

The King of Sinulog is off to the Southeastern tip of Cebu to experience Bluewater Sumilon Island Discovery on the 24-hectare coral island of Sumilon a few minutes away from the municipality of Bancogon in Oslob, a town famous for whale shark watching. About three to four hours away from Cebu South Bus Terminal, the pier to Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort could be reached via bus or private transfers arranged with the hotel.

Sign by the highway - Bluewater Sumilon Island Discovery Day 1
Sign by the highway – Bluewater Sumilon Island Discovery Day 1

Coming from Cebu City, the access way to Bluewater’s waiting lounge is visible from the highway with its blue signage on the left side of the road. A clear landmark is a red and white cell site tower on the right side of the road. For those taking the Ceres bus liner, you can tell the bus ticketer to drop you off at Bancogon which is a few meters after the whale shark center. We arrived just in time for the last trip to Sumilon before 4:30 in the afternoon. The boat trip to the island took not more than 10 minutes.

Waiting and Receiving

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After confirming our booking with the reception staff, we were handed standard registration slips with our welcome drinks, Iced Lemongrass Tea, which was indeed refreshing after a long commute. The boat crew was also very helpful with the bags of the guests.

Waiting and receiving lounge
Waiting and receiving lounge
The pier to Sumilon Island
The pier to Sumilon Island
Sumilon Island from the lounge
Sumilon Island from the Resort lounge
The waiting lounge from another angle
The waiting lounge from another angle
The accessway to the boat
The accessway to the boat
Boat schedule available online
Boat schedule available online
First picture taken by a French lady
First picture taken by a French lady
The coral island of Sumilon
The coral island of Sumilon

What I admired most was the punctuality with regards to following the time allotted on the boat schedule. By the way, the boat schedule could be downloaded from the hotel website. And yes, if you are an in-house guest, you can ride the boat anytime for free as long as you stick with the schedule. Just make sure to be back at the pier before the last trip if ever you plan on sight-seeing in Oslob proper or else you’ll have to pay for a special trip.

Arrival and Room Accommodation

Upon arriving on the island, we were greeted with smiles and handed some ice-cold towels to wipe off the sweat from our haggard faces. We were then escorted to our room. With 27 different types of rooms scattered on the island, we were fortunate to get Deluxe Room #5, which is only a few steps away from the restaurant and pool.

Ice-cold face towels upon arrival
Ice-cold face towels upon arrival
Our deluxe room with a private veranda
Our deluxe room with a private veranda
Mini living room with TV and work space
Mini living room with TV and work space
Comfortable twin sharing beds
Comfortable twin sharing beds
Ready to eat fresh fruits upon arrival
Ready to eat fresh fruits upon arrival
Signature King of Sinulog pose
Signature King of Sinulog pose

And at that instant, our complimentary tropical fruit tray arrives, ready to be devoured at once. Checking out the room, it was indeed very spacious complete with state of the art amenities. We believe it could hold a party of 20 people.

Shower area with bamboo clothes drying frame
Shower area with bamboo clothes drying frame
Toilet, sink and cabinet with ironing equipment
Toilet, sink and cabinet with ironing equipment
Scenic view outside Deluxe Room 5
Scenic view outside Deluxe Room 5

The bathroom was also outstanding! My favorite part about our room was that we had our own private veranda with a view of the ocean. Priced at PHP17,000 a night, this room could accommodate 4 to 6 people with extra charge while standard breakfast offerings are available only for two persons.

Sandbar and Sunset

Seeing that it was almost 5:30 in the afternoon, we rushed out to the western side of the island to catch the sunset. What a glorious sight to behold! Sea, sand, sun with varying colors of orange, pink, purple and red with mountains as a dark backdrop make it a perfect subject for an oil painting.

Concrete pathway to the sand bar
Concrete pathway to the sand bar
Mesmerizing sunset at the sand bar
Mesmerizing sunset at the sand bar
Lush forests and undergrowths
Lush forests and undergrowths
Accessway from the sandbar to the resort
Accessway from the sandbar to the resort
Waves almost kissing the lens of my camera
Waves almost kissing the lens of my camera

You can’t help but take a souvenir shot of this natural phenomenon. In addition, there’s a secret to the sandbar in which only the locals know. It’s that it is an ever-changing sandbar that shifts and transforms primarily due to the tides and the season.

Dinner at Pavilion Restaurant

We had a romantic setting by the pool under a bamboo-framed shade which was perfect for couples like us, I tagged along my cousin with me by the way. Laughs. The Pavilion is known for serving a delectable fare of local and international cuisine.

The Pavilion Restaurant at night
The Pavilion Restaurant at night
The octagonal Pavilion Restaurant
The octagonal Pavilion Restaurant

We had the 5-Course set dinner at Php970 per person. For our appetizer, we had breaded prawns with sweet chili sauce. For soup, we had cream of corn. For our vegetables, we had the green salad with sesame balsamic vinaigrette.

Romantic spot for dinner
Romantic spot for dinner
Appetizer, soup and salad
Appetizer, soup and salad

For our main course, we had a combination of grilled tenderloin steak with pepper sauce and grilled tanguigue with malunggay pesto served with mashed potato and mixed buttered vegetables. Last but not the least was mango cheesecake for dessert.

Main course
Main course
Dessert
Dessert

What I loved about our dinner was on how artistically the food was presented and served just at the right time and sequence.  The tenderloin steak was my favorite because of its juiciness and sauce on the side variation.

The King of Sinulog with cousin Ken
The King of Sinulog with cousin Ken

The uncommon malunggay pesto sauce was surprisingly good and I also loved the sweet, sour and spicy goodness of the balsamic vinaigrette paired with our greens. Our server was also very knowledgeable with the food he served to us as if he was the one who prepared all of them. Keep up the good work, Madz!

Waking up at 5 in the morning
Waking up at 5 in the morning
Glorious sunrise at Bluewater Sumilon
Glorious sunrise at Bluewater Sumilon

Breakfast Buffet

From cereals to do-it-yourself salads, to cold cuts and imported cheeses, to croissants, pancakes and local bread, to the noodle section, to the omelet section and to the typical Filipino viand favorites and the local tsokolate and puto combos, the breakfast spread has indeed a wide variety of food choices.

Breakfast buffet spread
Breakfast buffet spread
Juice bar, cereals, fruits and morning snacks
Juice bar, cereals, fruits and morning snacks
Filipino hot tsokolate with puto
Filipino hot tsokolate with puto
Bread section, salad bar, cold cuts, pancakes and omelet section
Bread section, salad bar, cold cuts, pancakes and omelet section
Pancakes and noodles
Pancakes and noodles
My breakfast plate
My breakfast plate
Omelet
Omelet

Certainly, mornings at The Pavilion Restaurant will make you feel like it’s your birthday every single day. Service was also prompt and professional, with special gastronomic requests prepared with love by the master chef of egg and noodle dishes.

The sun striking through at Pavilion Restaurant
The sun striking through at Pavilion Restaurant

You can’t help but appreciate also the well-thought of design of the restaurant. With high octagonal “nipa” thatched roofing and open-air construction, it boasts of a spectacular panoramic view of the ocean and mainland Cebu.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort (check rates)
Contact Details
Address: Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu 6025, Philippines
Tel 63 32 318 3129 or 318 9098
Mobile No: (63) 917 631 7512
Email: sumilon@bluewater.com.ph
Website: www.bluewater.com.ph

Next: Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Review Day 2

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