Luxurious island life

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Friday, March 27, 2015


GRANDIOSE is too weak a word to describe a luxury resort off Island Garden City of Samal.

The Island Buenavista is a quaint islet that's previously an exclusive estate, but the owners decided to open it for the sun-worshippers who want to experience a solitary island life that is away from the toxic commercial trappings of some populated beaches nearby.

The islet, known by other name "Small Ligid," is about one and a half hour ride from Davao City and can be reached by boat setting off from Anamarina Resort in Brgy. Balet, Samal.

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During the familiarization tour recently, lucky I was to be invited over along with other Davao media guests and bloggers.

From my perch at the docking area, the view of the Buenavista from afar will keep your mind pre-occupied how this islet looks like. 

Getting closer, the shoreline is easily noticeable. Not the typical getaway destination, I told myself.

For an islet that holds this much beauty, luxurious is indeed fitting.

Upon alighting from the boat, most of us then quickly pulled out mobile phones and cameras and claimed a spot for selfies. I was no exception.

Then, we were taken to the enormous pavillion before setting off on a tour around Buenavista.

We sneaked into some of the accommodation facilities: family villa, executive suite, island suites, and beach huts.
For those who wish to while the afternoon away, staying at the Balinese-inspired beach hut is a good choice.

"These Balinese-inspired huts promise true intimate and comforting luxury right beside the beach. Take advantage of the prevailing breeze and view, yet are sufficiently far apart and cleverly designed to ensure complete privacy," said the briefer.

Next, we hied off to the gazebo on stilts that's hidden behind a big rock formation and a canopy of mangroves. There, afford yourself some quiet time alone while gazing either at the corals below or at the bigger island right across.

If you're there for some adventure, you can go snorkelling or diving, and if you're lucky enough, you may find yourself right in the midst of a school of fish.

Hemmed in by crystal blue water, the 4-hectare Buenavista is clothed in fine white sand that is comparable to that of the prime beach resorts in the country.
The only catch is that the cost of going there is not a joke. An overnight stay is priced at P90,000 for a group of 10 but you get to exclusively own the island. Given the luxurious feel, why not?

There's no wonder why it's named The Island Buenavista, a Spanish word which means "good view."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 27, 2015.

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