Solina Beach and Nature Resort: Perfect Getaway to Gigantes Islands

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Solina Beach and Nature Resort Review

For such a long time, I have been wanting to revisit Carles in Iloilo to finally experience the beautiful Gigantes Islands. The last time I attempted to visit the island failed due to a bad weather condition, so when I got an invite for Las Islas Travel and Tours to explore the place, I said yes and immediately cleared my schedule for the trip.

Solina Beach and Nature Resort Review Blog
Solina Beach and Nature Resort Review Blog

The absence of internet and limited accommodation option were the major reasons why visiting this place was in my least priority. However, there’s a new hotel in the área that changed my perception in the place – the Solina Beach and Nature Resort (resort info).


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For such a small town, I never thought a luxury resort would rise up in this place – and I must say that the owners of the resort are not just taking a huge risk in building a huge resort with a premium feel – but they are also turning into a tourism game changer in the entire province. With such beautiful islands located near the resort, the place really needs a good accommodation option for those who demands a good and quality place to stay.

Beach Resort in Carles Iloilo near Gigantes Island
Beach Resort in Carles Iloilo near Gigantes Island

“As summer closely beckons, we want to show that Carles can compete with other popular tourist destinations in the Philippines,” said Solina co-owner Mr. Joseph Solis.

“I grew up in Carles and went to Manila for work, but my heart always belonged to Carles. Building this resort is my way of giving back to my hometown. This is the legacy I want to leave behind,” he added.

Room with a View in Iloilo
Room with a View in Iloilo

Solina Beach and Nature Resort (check rates here), officially opened its gates to the public, in time for summer. It is the first and only high-end beachfront accommodation in Carles Town – the jump-off point to the rising tourism destination Gigantes Group of Islands, “At Solina, we are bringing world-class accommodation and luxurious amenities to complement your rejuvenating Gigantes island hopping escapade.” Mr. Joseph Solis said.

Solina Beach Resort in Carles
Solina Beach Resort in Carles

Solina – from the names Lina and Solis – is the brainchild Mr. Solis, who hails from Carles Town. Aside from helping promote the Gigantes Group of Islands, Solina also aims to leave a mark on the community. He employs about 50 employees, 85% of which are purely Carlesanons with the goal of providing job opportunities to the locals for community development.

Pathway to the Beach
Pathway to the Beach

Hotel Location

Solina is located at Carles, Iloilo near the magnificent Gigantes and Sicogon Group of Islands, Solina Beach and Nature Resort. It is a gem yet to be discovered and a worthy addition to the country’s world-class tourist spots, as it offers the excitement of going on an adventure with the peaceful ambiance a resort can have.

Solina - Resot in Carles with Swimming Pool
Solina – Resot in Carles with Swimming Pool

The resort is an hour and a half away from Roxas City. It is also 10 to 15 minutes away from the town center and the Carles port.

Arrival Experience

Solina’s hotel manager personally welcomed us on our arrival. They gave us a cold towel and a green mango juice as a welcome drink. After getting our set of keys, the genial staff assisted me on my luggage and escorted us to our individual Kamalig with a golf cart. Kamalig is a unique type of tent accommodation similar to the one in African Safari places, but with a feel of luxury and utmost comfort.

Solina Resort Balay Villas
Solina Resort Balay Villas

Accommodation in Solina

Solina Beach and Nature Resort (discounted rates) boasts 7.8 hectares of land, housing eight duplex villas totaling to 16 rooms, eight pods good for two persons each, and 25 cabin tents that can accommodate couples and small groups of four to six. Each room at Solina has a private comfort room with hot and cold shower, complete vanity, and toiletry kits, and face and body towels.

Luxury Villa in Carles Iloilo
Luxury Villa in Carles Iloilo

The resort features various accommodation for different guests needs – from full-service villas for families, pods and glamping tents for big groups wanting to stage different activities.

Balay

Luxury Hotel Villas in Carles
Luxury Hotel Villas in Carles

Balay are villas divided into two types. First is Reyna which has 2 queen-sized beds while and a Hari, housing 1 king-sized bed and 1 daybed. All villas have split type air conditioning unit, a 32 Ultra HD curved TV with Cable Sattelite TV, Toilet and Bath and Hot and Cold Shower.

Higdaan

Higdaan Room with double bed
Higdaan Room with double bed
Inside Higdaan Room in Solina Resort
Inside Higdaan Room in Solina Resort

These are pods with two single beds, and considered to be the most affordable accommodation option in the resort.

Kamalig

The Kamalig are basically luxurious tents divided into three types. First is the Reyna type with a single bed, Duwa with two single bed and Apat with four single Beds. All Kamalig rooms have window type ACU, Toilet, and Bath with hot and cold shower and Small LCD TV with a veranda.

Bathroom inside Kamalig Tent Room
Bathroom inside Kamalig Tent Room

The Kamalig Experience

During my first night, I stayed at a Kamalig (tent room) # C19. By looking from afar, the Kamalig looks like an ordinary tent, but to my surprise, it was elevated.

Kamalig Veranda
Kamalig Veranda

Upon entering my room, the first thing I noticed was the room smells fresh and clean. Unlike other normal tent accommodation, the Kamalig room was actually huge and it even has an AC unit. What makes this tent-like accommodation different is that it’s equipped with a nice bathroom, complete with towels and toiletries.

I guess my favorite part of the room is the veranda, where I spent my idle time while completing my online tasks. I get to commune with nature as my accommodation is situated in the middle of a lush forest.

My Bed inside Kamalig Room
My Bed inside Kamalig Room

The Balay Experience

On my second and third night, I stayed at Villa 4A, from a rugged luxury tent, this room was completely a perfect treat.
My room has a high ceiling, spacious terrace with a view of Guinticgan Beach.

Inside Balay Villa
Inside Balay Villa
Closet and Safe Box
Closet and Safe Box
Snack Bar
Snack Bar
Coffee Making Facility
Coffee Making Facility
Solina Toiletries
Solina Toiletries

It has access to a free WIFI and cable TV channels. The villa has a private entrance and a beautiful veranda with sea view. The Villa has a bigger room space and the bathroom is also bigger. I love their hot and cold shower too. The rooms here are excellent – lots of space inside the room, plenty of furniture, a large jewelry and laptop safe box, decent sinks/shower area and separate toilet cubicle.

My Gastronomic Experience in Solina’s Angga Restaurant

I got to savor on classic Ilonggo dishes and the freshest seafood at Angga Restaurant. This restaurant has the perfect view of the pool and the sea which makes the whole dining experience a memorable one.

Tocino Breakfast at Angga Restauran
Tocino Breakfast at Angga Restauran
Continental Breakfast at Angga Restaurant
Continental Breakfast at Angga Restaurant

For breakfast, my personal favorite is their Daing na Bangus, Tocino and Ilonggo Breakfast – a plate with fish tocino and crispy flat dried fish.

Sinigang sa Batuan
Sinigang sa Batuan
Bangus Sisig
Bangus Sisig
Kinilaw na Hipon
Kinilaw na Hipon
Lechon Kawali
Lechon Kawali

For lunch and dinner, I had the Sinigang sa Batuan, Bangus Sisig, Seafood Platter, Chicken Inasal, Laswa, KBL and pinakbet.
Soon to rise is a beachside tower bar with a commanding view deck called Dalayanon, where guests can order sumptuous grilled seafood dishes and other delicacies and alcoholic beverages.

Resort Facilities

At present, resort amenities include a stylish swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a kiddie pool as well as an 8- day tour cabanas for family and barkada picnics and get-togethers. As mentioned on my dining experience, there is a full-service restaurant called Angga serving Filipino and International dishes for every budget type.

Solina Beach and Nature Resort Swimming Pool
Solina Beach and Nature Resort Swimming Pool
Poolside of Solina Beach Resort
Poolside of Solina Beach Resort

The resort also offers laundry service. In case you wanted to roam around the área and breath some fresh air, there’s a free use of bike for all guests of the resort.

Solina Resort Aviary
Solina Resort Aviary
Solina Mango Farm
Solina Mango Farm
Bonfire Place for Team Building
Bonfire Place for Team Building

But that’s not just it, Solina also has a small aviary and an eco-friendly bonfire place for a group who wants to do additional activities while in the resort. In the pipeline, there’s a gym, spa, and clinic.

How to get there

Roxas City Airport
Roxas City Airport

By Air

From Manila, you can book a domestic flight going to Roxas City via Philippines Airlines, CebGo, and Cebu Pacific. Flight duration takes about an hour to get to Roxas Airport. The second option would be booking a flight going to Iloilo Airport, via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia.

By Land

When you arrive in Roxas City, take a bus going to Estancia. Travel time takes about one and half hour, then alight in Balasan. From there, you can ride a tricycle going to Carles.

If you alight in Iloilo City, (Ceres Bus Terminal located in Tagbak) have buses that offer direct trips to Carles. Another option is traveling from Kalibo, Aklan, where travel time takes 4 hours.

Overall Review

The setting is very pleasant – with the restaurant, bar, deck, and pool facing onto the sea. Solina Beach and Nature Resort offer impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate the weary traveler. The staff was very accommodating and the restaurant serves one of the best Ilonggo dishes to date. Top-notch features of the property include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, wheelchair accessible, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests.

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Travel Bloggers in Solina Beach and Nature Resort

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Full Information

Solina Beach and Nature Resort (Book now)
Address: Brgy. Guinticgan, Carles, Iloilo, Philippines
Contact Details: (Globe) 0917-110-8344 | (Smart) 0920-949-0557.
Email Address: [email protected]

For Bookings, you may also email [email protected] or call (Globe) +63995 335 7310 (Smart) +63999 430 0133.

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  1. I am glad that you had a good experience at solina, it actually sounds perfect from how you described it. I have quite the opposite experience. I have travelled far and wide, and so far Solina was a complete nightmare… upon arriving, the receiving area and concierge was so hot, everybody was easily irritated and just plain uncomfortable especially with kids. Finally when we got to our rooms, the AC wasn’t on yet and was so hot inside, when we turned on the AC, it barely even works! to make things worse, the room smelled like somebody just made the biggest dump! Like literally, it smelled like sewer in the villa, their most expensive room! When we complained they said they will fix it, came back a few hours later, it was still the same.we had to call their attention again, then on the 2nd time, the smell went away, by this time we were getting ready to sleep, and was already very tired since we travelled over 3 hours to get there. I thought everything was good, only to wake up a few hours later to the same horrendous smell! This went on till the next day,would come and go without us using the room as we stayed mostly in other villas since we occupied 4 of them. We requested to transfer but were told that transferring is the “last resort”! We paid so much and got the worse service! We were also told by their maintainance people that there is a problem with their sewer system and it can’t be fixed! So we were left to suffer the stench! This is just the tip of the iceberg… I don’t even wanna start with the billing! Double charging! Extra charges! Enourmous fees! Never coming back! I will tell all my friends and family as well.

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