Negros Occidental is home to some of the most gorgeous views in the Philippines. Experience Negrense hospitality at its best with these digs.
There are few gems that still remain peaceful, even after revealing themselves on the radar. Finding a place that is (and will remain) tranquil is tough, and much as we’d like to keep this one our secret, we’re going to be nice, and share this tip: Punta Bulata Resort & Spa. Sitting on twenty hectares of tropical land hedged by the Sulu Sea, Punta Bulata is the boutique resort that doubles as a tiny bit of paradise.
The tranquil atmosphere borrows from the surrounding landscapes, so if you like pastel-colored skies, white sand beaches, and the luxury of having paradisical islands close by, this destination is only a three-hour drive from Bacolod City. The resort offers a range of accommodations that include cabanas, casitas, and cottages, so you can have your pick.
Punta Bulata is the boutique resort that double as a tiny bit of paradise.
It’s tough to find a bad meal in these parts. Not only is the region famed for their rich cuisines, it’s hands down one of the best places to go out.
Portiko Café and Lounge
From the group behind Terrase Bistro and Bugana Beach and Dive Resort, comes a café and lounge that’s been making waves in the Land of Smiles with local Negrense specials done right with an extra zing. Portiko opened early this year, about the same time Chef Nico de Asis Millanes satisfied cravings at Madrid Fusión Manila with Bukidnon black pig morcon with Pateros duck eggs. Their signature dish, Kinilaw ala Victor, adds salted egg to this local ceviche. Other best sellers include the sizzling cansi steak, where sour bone marrow soup soaks in its rich flavor atop a sizzling cast iron plate. Portiko’s modern and cozy space welcomes guests to sit back and enjoy everything on its menu and full bar list. Those keen on celebrating sobriety over notoriety can battle it out on Trivia Nights, reach for the popcorn bin during Movie Nights, or hit the dance floor on Salsa Nights. At Portiko, there’s everything for everyone and a little bit more.
When we think of all the culinary talent found in Bacolod City, we’ve had Chef Nico de Asis Millanes on our radar for quite some time now. After training under renowned Chef Alain Ducasse at La Cour Jardin in Paris, Chef Nico wasted no time honing his culinary craft in his own kitchen. The menu in Terrase Bistro exemplifies Chef Nico’s approach to French bistro classics with the abundant produce grown in Bacolod. A few bestsellers include: the Wagyu Côte de Boeuf using Kitayama beef from Bukidnon; a highly original Carbonara using squid meat noodles, eggyolk and parmesan; and the Flounder Meunière with locally sourced flounder, brown butter and sherry vinegar.
Rapha Valley is magical—it’s the kind of place you go to eat a salad made out of flowers, and no, that wasn’t a metaphor. Located in the highlands of Don Salvador Benedicto, Rapha Valley is a well-deserved retreat into wellness on a quaint hotel and farm that serves only the most wholesome and organic food.
Founded by Dr. Jo, a medical doctor who has since shifted his focus into healthy cooking, visitors can enjoy an intimate food experience with a staff that helps them understand exactly what goes into their meals. As for accommodations, there are several comfortable casitas that lend to the romantic atmosphere the environment provides—guests can enjoy the view of the mountain from the windows of their rooms, along with the luxury of fresh air and gentle breeze. Rapha Valley is the place you need when you start to need a break. Just warning you: You might not want to leave.
Rapha Valley is a well-deserved retreat into wellness.
Danjugan Island is not a resort, if one is looking for something built for one’s comfort. But to say that it is rich in wildlife is an understatement. The entire place is built so that its presence does not interfere with nature. From its surrounding reefs to its thick limestone forests, to its five lagoons. Animals come and go, and plants grow wild, all undisturbed. It’s this uncushioned closeness to the wild that makes the island the best classroom one could hope for.