Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort Review
Buffet Breakfast at The Pavilion
We finished drinking at about 1AM and woke up at 7AM with a hangover and stomachs growling in hunger only to realize that this is our last meal at the resort and that we’ll surely be missing this.
Arriving at the Pavilion, the chef on duty yesterday might have overheard my feedback on why there was no bacon on the buffet because the first thing I saw on the breakfast spread was a big rectangular dish of premium bacon!
Happy kids. Not to mention that they also have fried dried squid which is a Filipino favorite and also tocino (sweetened pork). The arroz caldo was also perfect for my hangover.
Fish Feeding and Kayaking at the Lagoon
We were given leftover sliced bread as fish fodder. I believe the fishes at the lagoon were also starving seeing how they all competed against the bits of bread.
Thankfully, they are not piranhas! We then rowed a 2-seater kayak up to the far side of the lagoon and it was truly majestic as if we were right at the Amazon River.
Paddling back to the starting point, we tried to pick up speed as if we are racing against the Philippine Dragonboat Team. Averaging about 15 miles an hour, we almost toppled over! It was really fun though. We then relaxed for a few minutes on the hammocks before snorkeling.
Snorkeling at Marine Sanctuary
Since the marine sanctuary was located at the other side of the island, we took a shuttle ride to the sandbar, the nearest entry point to the snorkel area. I forgot that I brought my Lumix camera with me and I needed to leave it somewhere dry. Rather than going back to our rooms, I trusted one of the Bluewater security staff with which he gladly obliged.
We then walked about 150 meters before we decided to take a peek underwater. Because it was still morning, the sea was calm and the tide was low. Good thing, we brought an underwater camera with us to capture our moments with the marine species. Heading back, we stopped to get my Lumix and thanked the guys. Before going back to our rooms, we went to the Pavilion Restaurant for a second round of breakfast. Alright!
Ocular Inspection at other Accommodations
Together with Miss Evianne, the assistant resort operation manager, we checked out the other available room accommodations. We got to see their two-bedroom villa with a published rate of PHP 38,000 a night consisting of two honeymoon villas and one family villa. They also have ten premier deluxe rooms at PHP 18,000 a night.
The deluxe room where we were staying had a total of fourteen rooms. We also asked her if she ever gets tired of working on the island. Her response was a definite no. She takes time off her busy schedule to admire the scenery and breathe in the fresh sea breeze. Though, she warns her staff to not get carried away by the lazy laid-back island vibe which will surely affect their daily productivity and customer service delivery.
For a perfect staycation ender, we got to try their guest-favorite massage overlooking the sea. Their therapists were clearly well-trained professionals and constantly checked on us to see if the pressure was just right.
They knew where our stress points were and slowly but gently caressed away all our bodily aches and pains brought about by the strenuous yet fun island activities we went through. For PHP 1,500 and a span of 60 minutes, you’ll have a soothing experience that will surely relax your mind, body and soul. Definitely, a must-try!
It’s sad to know that we were going home but we have to go back and face reality. After a quick room check, we bid our goodbyes and expressed our deepest gratitude to Miss Evianne and the entire staff for taking care of us. With a group picture and my wound bandage as souvenir, paired with a box of freshly-baked chocolate-chip cookies as a parting Christmas gift, we ride off to the sandbar where our boat was waiting.
Seeing the big waves approach and shower us, it seems as if we just woke up from a good dream. Arriving at their waiting lounge, I would just like to comment that the hospitality does not end at the island since we were still given attention with all our inquiries on how to get to our next destination. It was here that I was informed of two other Bluewater Resorts in the Visayas, one in Maribago and the other in Panglao. I can’t wait to experience what’s in store with the other resorts, rest assured, it would be at par or better yet, more outstanding, given our great experience here.
OVERALL, Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort (check rates) is a perfect place for an island getaway. If you want to embrace the charm of island living, find a place to relax and get your mind off of things or go for a romantic honeymoon, indulge yourself to Filipino hospitality at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. Later!
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort (check rates)
Address: Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu 6025, Philippines
Tel 63 32 318 3129 or 318 9098
Mobile No: (63) 917 631 7512