There are many places that I have been to that I fall in love with. These places are the ones that are breath taking, memorable and most of all, beautiful. Recently, I have been to one of the most beautiful places in the country. And it's not in Boracay, nor in Palawan, nor in Cebu and Davao. It's in an island pretty close to Manila, around 30 minutes by plane, or 6 hours by car and boat. I have fell in love with this place, this sanctuary perched on a rock that emerges from a glistening sea. The place is Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa in Elephant Island, Marinduque.
Bellarocca is one of the newest luxury resorts in the Philippines. To reach Bellarocca conveniently, one can take a Zest Air flight to Marinduque. Once in the airport, one will be greeted with a friendly and over eager staff. They take you through an hour's drive to a port where speed boats await to jet you to their island. It's the beginning of an experience that you will never forget.
Bellarocca was dubbed as the Santorini of the Philippines. The Mediterranean inspired resort complex is built upon a rock island. With white structures dotting the landscape, it looks like a resort in Greece, elegant, refined and inspiring.
There are several accommodation options in Bellarocca, from hotel rooms, to casitas and villas. We initially booked for 3-bedroom casitas, but since they construction wasn't completed yet, we were upgraded to the villas.
I just simply love the views from our villas. The one taken below is from the Presidential Villa (which I will feature along with the other villas of Bellarocca). All villas have a breathtaking view of the glistening Sibuyan Sea and for some, the majestic Mt. Malindig.
Bellarocca has top notch service, though, some of their wait staff can be further trained. Most of them come from mainland Marinduque, and serving some of the most demanding clients may still be daunting to them. Nevertheless, most of them wore a brilliant smile, and offered their help to almost anything. We went around in golf carts (talk about being treated like a rock star). You just request for one, and the cart will take you anywhere in the resort.
Don't go to Bellarocca looking for a nice beach. There's this strip of coral sand in front of the pavillon though, and it is sufficient enough to satisfy your thirst for sand. The beach faces mainland Marinduque, so the views remain stunning.
Perhaps what I love about Bellarocca is its ability to make you forget about everything. It seems like you're far away from Manila, even the Philippines. I really didn't feel I was in the Philippines, because the last time I had a similar experience was abroad. Bellarocca's design makes it picture perfect, exuding the epitome of gorgeousness.
Beauty is definitely what paints Bellarocca's charm. It is a place where you can relax and just simply enjoy life. It is heaven for most of us who were there for 3 days. Luxury does have a price, and it's all worth it. It's a good thing they had a 40% off introductory promo, for us to forget how much we're spending.
Bellarocca, or beautiful rock, is one of the best resorts in the country. If you can afford it, you better put this secluded piece of heaven in your travel list. More on Bellarocca's villas, restaurant and our island hopping excursion in Marinduque and nearby Romblon in my next posts.
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