We recently stayed at the Atmosphere Resort (August 21st-31st, 2012). We were met at the airport in Dumaguete by the staff. They collected our luggage and we were taken to the resort in a shuttle van. It was a short trip and the dirver was very accommodating in allowing us to stop for drinks and snacks. Once we arrived at the resort we were given an orientation and received our room assignment. Our room was one of the duplex units. It was beautiful, spacious and modern. The bed is a memory foam Tempurpedic type king-sized bed that was quite comfortable. The voltage is not US but items like our laptops and other devices that also support 220V outlets can be plugged in directly. We also used the standard voltage converter for other devices. The rooms are well furnished. Plenty of storage, adjustable A/C, refrigerator, phone, and television. They stock the refrigerator with a good variety of beverages and numerous snacks on the sidebar. There is a blow-dryer in the room but not a microwave. The rooms also have WiFi Internet access which while not speedy is very convenient. After settling in and setting our dive gear on the porch we went down to the restaurant area and were greeted by the kitchen staff. This area is under roof but open air. There is a great view of the shoreline, grounds and pool area. The restaurant was fabulous. They offer a full menu with a variety of cuisines. In addition to the full menu they have daily specials so that you can try some of the dishes with a bit of Philippine flavor. The staff was very attentive and the food preparation and presentation was excellent. After just a couple of days they knew our names and preferences. Our dive gear was transported by the grounds staff to the dive shop on site and assembled for easy access in an assigned spot. The dive briefing area is a great assembly spot and the divemasters provide information for your next dive(s). Our package included 3 boat dives per day and unlimited shore diving on those days. Once the briefing is complete we would walk to the boat and board it. Our gear was already there and assembled, ready for us to inspect and dive with. The boat was fast and smooth. Most of our dive sites were less than 15 minutes away. The boat staff is very attentive and you are assigned to a divemaster in groups of 4 or 5. The divemasters are very knowledgeable about the underwater life and by the end of your dive their slate will be filled with all kinds of fish and other creature names. The sealife is incredible and unique. Areas that appear like sand bars to get past are actually teeming with creatures on closer inspection. There is fantastic macro life here but there is also large creatures too. The furthest dive site is a location called Apo Island. This is their premium dive and they charge a bit more to go there. When I say a bit, it's actually about $7.00 US. This island is surrounded with varied dive sites. The corals here are more evident as are the currents. We did one dive where we dropped down to about 80 ft. and worked along the edge of the reef until we found the current at this point we ascended to about 50 ft. and found ourselves in a huge school of Bigeye Trevally. We swam with the fishes until they passed us and then we dropped back to the reef and finished with an encounter with a 4 ft. Bumphead Wrasse. Apo Island is definitely worth the small upcharge. Day after day we were shown new things and encountered exotic animals. There is a large assortment of nudibranchs here as well as several types of ghost pipefish and frogfish. The return from the dive day is quick and all of your gear is taken care of for you. We also took advantage of the on-property spa that offers all kinds of massages and treatment. The pool area is a good place to meet up after lunch and talk about all that you saw on your dives. Evening meals are superb and the desserts are worth every calorie. The staff is always watching over you and wanting to know if they could do something more for you. I can tell you that we loved this trip. We have done numerous dive trips and this was our favorite so far. The weather was great. In the low 80s F and the water temperature was 83-86 F.
A couple of things that you should know: 1) There are no night dives in this area. They are trying to protect and improve the reefs and feel this is one way to do it. 2) When you leave your room, if you take your room key, the electricity in the room is turned off (except for the refrigerator.) This is a bit of a problem if you are charging batteries or uploading or downloading. 3) The shower and bathtub are outside! It's not as bad as you might think. The backyard area is fenced with 12 foot high bamboo for privacy. It was a bit unnerving the first couple of showers but once we got used to it, it was fine. This also keeps the room from steaming up. 4) This time of year is their "rainy season". We did hear lightning but it never rained on us and the visibility was 100-150 ft consistently.
That's it! This was a very enjoyable trip and we will definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully situated within an old coconut plantation on Negros Island, Atmosphere enjoys a spectacular beach front location alongside the warm waters of the Philippine Sea. Our welcoming staff, infinity pools, fine dining restaurant and tasteful, well equipped accommodation provides a melting pot of delightful experiences, making your stay with us unforgettable. Step into our breathtaking underwater world, surrender to the Spa, join a yoga class, snorkel in Apo Island, explore with your family - or simply relax by the pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atmosphere Hotel Dauin
- Atmosphere Hotel Negros
- Atmosphere Resort Negros
- Atmosphere Resort Dauin, Dumaguete City, Philippines