Had Bellarocca stayed at a lower price range, and not been touted as a Santorini, the trip would have been great! But because of its published rates and hyped marketing, expectations were created that there was no way they could've lived up to.
What I liked:
Service was at its Filipino best! Amazing! Views from the windows; privacy and sense of seclusion (if you're into that. If not, you'd find the place boring.) Short plane ride (40min), short ride to the dock of 40 mins in a comfortable van, and short boat ride of about 15mins to the resort. Van and boat rides provided by the resort for free. Decent speakers along with the TV, along with free DVDs from their library.
What was disappointing:
Room appointments- stayed at the 2BR Terraza which had 2 balconies to enjoy the majestic view from, but not a single outdoor furniture?!
Food quality- fruit platter for breakfast had 6 thin slices watermelon! This is the Philippines, where fruits abound.
Water activities- snorkelling was a waste of time bec of very little fish and damaged corals
I wouldn't have been as disappointed if my expectations hadn't been set so high, because it is a nice place; just not worth what they think they're worth.
Go to the sulfur spring in the main island and have a good detox soak, but do it in the morning before the crowds come; just ask them to arrange for a tricycle (P500 charge) instead of the van (P5000). Entrance fee is P25. It's very clean.
Tips: ask for the driver of the van to stop by the grocery at Buenavista town so you can buy water, snacks, beer since ZestAir has a luggage allowance of 10kg and the resort only gives 2 small bottles of water daily as comp.
At the Marinduque airport, stay at Mhelet's eatery after checking in for fresh air as the departure area can be quite warm.
Best tip: go on a promo deal, and don't even think Santorini. Then it'll become a great holiday!
- 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