Antulang Beach in Dumaguete is one of my favorite places in the Visayas. It is situated in Siit, Siaton, Dumaguete Negros Oriental - approximately an hour drive from the Dumaguete Airport.
The Antulang is not a typical beach resort with accessible shorelines. It is slightly suspended on top of the island tip, so you will need to descend through its lofty staircases to enjoy the beach below. It has a Mediterranean vibe like that of Positano Coast (Under the Tuscan Sun movie - does it ring a bell?). If you’re honeymooners or just "kinky acquaintances", making out in the obscure part of the beach is surely a sizzling (but romantic) experience. Just be watchful of creatures (read: sea snakes or whatever) that may lurk around with a different carnal agenda! haha
But who needs sea water when the resort has several pool complexes to boast; not to mention the infinity pool that really captures the "forever and beyond." Just like any panoramic views, it's humbling.
The food is great. At lunch time, it offers smorgasbord of delightful cuisines – seafoods extraordinaire (my fave from any Visayan sojourn) and other culinary delights. Plus there are nice, professional-looking (they wear the standard hotel service crew outfits) attendants to pamper you with all your needs… and wants if you’re the “prima donna” type. There are multi-level decks of cabanas for a themed dinners during peak seasons.
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The package also offer a tour at Apo Island through their own private yacht. A Mediterranean atmosphere, a yacht, it's definitely a high life for a day!
Apo Island is whimsical. There is a distinct rock formation along the shoreline (similar to Anawangin's) that leaves you nostalgic of an old epic adventure movie. You’ll instantly feel that you’ve seen it somewhere, from maybe an old Panday film or from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Apo Island, by the way, is one of the major diving spots in the country. If you’re lucky, you can get a free diving lesson (for the dummies) from in-house divers (if they’re less busy).
The package offer is slightly above the standard rate, if you’re accustomed to the typical Boracay getaway, but it surely is worth it. It’s double-delight when your company is paying for your leisure trip (as in my case... winks!). If you want a semi-exclusive, less congested vacation spot, I can guarantee that Antulang Beach Resort can give you that. It’s a different experience.
I know rainy days are coming, and my blog is slightly late for its theme, but what the heck, we’re in the Philippines, where there are only 2 distinct climates – hot and hotter. So it’s never too late.
For more information about Antulang Beach, you may visit their site at http://www.antulangbeachresortdumaguete.com/ppc/