Its a tiny but lovely island with spectacular vistas accessible by a 30 minute flight aboard Asian Spirit and an hour's drive from the airport to the seaport! Bellarocca can however get a bit boring if you are looking to party or explore, in depth, the local culture and cuisine. Its no Boracay or Phuket. Its more of a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city----to retreat to nature or have a private romantic getaway.
My friends and I stayed in the hotel. The rooms were huge and each had a small sitting area, a private balcony, lots of closet space, and super comfy beds! Sadly, they do not offer laundry service and their satellite cable TV was pathetic---few channels had clear sound and picture. They have one main restaurant. The few other dining places around the island still get their food from that one main kitchen so there's not much of a choice. The food options are hit or miss---some yummy, others blah but the portions are generous! The dining staff can also set up private dining areas per request. My friends and I had a lovely quiet dinner by the beach with soft lights, a starry sky, exclusive use of the pools and 2 waiters to take care of our needs. Unfortunately, there are only 2 common pool areas. An infinity pool by the beach and a lap pool at the hotel, both 4-5 ft deep only. Some of the villas have their own private cliff-side infinity pools. The beach is nothing to brag about---the sand is coarse--almost painful underfoot, and the shoreline is short and narrow. Cebu and Boracay are still the better options. Water sport options are varied and safe. The instructors are pleasant and capable. The resort also has a well-equipped gym, a small game room and a fabulous, must-try spa that is the epitome of a relaxing tropical paradise. There are only 4 beds so book early. The massage therapists have gifted hands! They have a small gift shop that oddly enough sells insanely overpriced *imported* boutique items. Very little of the local stuff that guests may want to take home as souvenirs. Over-all, the resort staff is eager to please guests but they still seem rough around the edges in terms of professionalism. Still, I'd love to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa in Marinduque is distinct from the other upscale, luxury resorts of its category anywhere in the country. All 20 hectares of Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa is mountainous terrain, with its highest point at 114 meters above sea-level. To many seasoned travellers, the images of the picturesque island of Santorini in Greece come to mind upon approaching the resort. Common to both are its rolling terrain and immaculate white buildings perched atop its cliffs: white structures that reflect the sun and contrast with the azure blue sea below. Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa is located on a small mountain island of the southern coast of Marinduque and offers 69 luxurious deluxe suites, casas, terrazas and private villas (with individual Jacuzzis and infinity pools). Guests relax in utmost privacy while enjoying the resort's complete aqua sports facilities, a full spa and wellness facility, a 9-hole golf course and other land-based recreational activities. Guests arrive on the island direct via commercial flights (SEAIR or Zest Air), private helicopters, chartered flights from Manila to Marinduque or onboard an exclusive luxury yacht. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bellarocca Island Hotel Marinduque