Monday, September 30, 2013

Resort Review: Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin

Location and Reception 

This resort is just a 10-minute drive from the airport (see map for relative location). The grounds of the resort are quite lovely, with a well-tended lawn in between the nipa hut-rooms, and swaying coconut trees dotting the grounds.

The reception area features an interesting ceiling installation made entirely of halved coconut husks, prompting our guide to exclaim, "Ilang bahay kaya ang hindi nabunutan dahil dyan?"

There's also a proud photo display of celebrities who have stayed in Bahay Bakasyunan. They also included the celebrity's room number, so you can say you can stay something like,"I stayed in Christian Bautista's room!" 


Bamboo bungalows  line one side of the resort while newer A-frame cottages, line the other.  

The "Cluster A" rooms are the ones with the best ocean views from the mini porch, and they are nearest to the pool area. I stayed in Room 120,  which was right beside the mini Day Spa.

It's a deluxe room,  with walls made of rattan, and it had a single bed and a double bed, with the usual hotel amenities -- cable TV, telephone, and hot /cold shower.

There are several wifi networks scattered throughout the resort, and their different passwords are thoughtfully provided on the room's desk.

The nearest network to my room was the one at the Mini-Day Spa, and though it worked fine, it was a tad slow.

If you're a light sleeper, there's a good chance you'll get roused from sleep by the unholy crowing of the roosters in the wee hours of the morning. While I usually don't appreciate waking abruptly at 3 am, this time I actually welcomed this, as we had a 5am call time for our White Island adventure.


We ate here twice. First was for lunch, which was served al fresco on a long table facing the ocean. They served surol (native chicken in coconut milk, with oregano, and chili),  squid, fish, shrimp and vegetables. 

We ate the buffet breakfast one morning -- pretty basic fare -- eggs, longganisa, fried fish, rice and fruits for dessert. I didn't like that their orange juice is powdered, but I did love their sikwate (hot chocolate).


There's a cute mini Day Spa located in a hut, and there are basic  gym equipment also inside a hut. A pool table is also available at the game room.


The hotel can fix up a tour for you, which include Katibawasan Falls, the hot and cold springs, and other top Camiguin sights. 

They can also facilitate an island hopping tour which includes White Island and Mantigue. But if you would rather go at it on your own, you motorbikes and bicycles for hire are available too.

To check the room rates and make other inquiries, here are the contact details of Bahay Bakasyunan:

Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin
Tel. No.: +63 (88) 387-0131
Mobile: +63 (917) 721-2798

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