Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Resort Review: Punta Bulata Resort and Spa

Just 2 ½ hours from Bacolod City is a tranquil resort with white sand beaches and clear calm waters. This is Punta Bulata Resort and Spa.

White sand beach

I went there last year for the first time with my boyfriend and we had such a great time.

The trip south of Negros is beautiful. On the way there you pass endless sugar cane fields and lots of greenery. At some point along the zigzag road in Cauayan approaching the resort is a series of hills and cliffs with a fantastic view overlooking the sea and a few islands nearby.

Upon arriving at the resort, we were greeted by a warm and friendly staff. They made us feel at home right away!
Clear and clean waters

We arrived mid-day and after a delicious lunch, we took an afternoon nap or ‘siesta’. The place is so relaxing and beautiful that it calms and soothes you. I felt like all my cares and concerns were so far away and I only had this idyllic beach resort to enjoy.

Later in the afternoon, we took a dip in the resort’s swimming pool and enjoyed our snack and cocktails while watching the beautiful sunset.

The resort swimming pool

The beautiful sunset

In the evening, I tried their resort spa services. I had a 1-hour body massage which was a combination of traditional Filipino hilot therapy and Swedish massage with a few stretching. The spa also has a sauna and hot tub.

That was a great way to end the day and I slept soundly in our cottage. Punta Bulata has hotel rooms that are well designed with an asian inspired theme. Their cottages and villages have native and Filipino themes.

The hotel rooms

The next day we went to the nearby Danjugan island where we went snorkeling. We also visited the marine sanctuary where there were a multitude of reef fishes and corals. We had good visibility. The area is also great for diving. Danjugan island is a marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary. It is surrounded by coral reefs and has 5 lagoons.

One of the blue lagoons

Danjugan Island

If you plan to visit this beautiful resort and beach destination, spend at least 2 nights and 3 days at Punta Bulata White Beach Resort and Spa. Any less would just be too short.

How to get there:

By Private Car

Punta Bulata is located in Barangay Elihan, Cauayan Municipality, Negros Occidental, Philippines, bordering Sipalay City. It is 158 km. south of Bacolod City. Getting to the resort by car takes approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. There are several road signs by the highway that will guide you there. From the city center (Provincial Capitol Building) of Bacolod, travel southwards, taking the national highway. A few meters after the 154 km. marker by the road, make a right turn into a side road. Travel 4 km. down this road until you reach Punta Bulata Resort.

(please note that the 4km side road is unpaved. Small cars are capable of taking this road but it is still recommended that you take an AUV, van, or SUV for a more comfortable ride.)

By Public Bus
Ceres Liner has several trips throughout the day that may take you southbound towards Punta Bulata. Take the bus headed to Hinobaan or Bayawan. Busses depart every 30 minutes from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm from the Ceres Lines Bus Terminal in Bacolod City. There is only one air-conditioned bus which departs at 4:00 pm. You must get off at Barangay Road., Cartagena since the bus cannot take you directly to the resort. Board a tricycle and ask the tricycle driver to take you to Punta Bulata Resort.

From Manila or Cebu
There are 3 major airlines that have multiple daily flights from Manila or Cebu to Bacolod City. Click to access their respective websites:

Philippine Airlines
Cebu Pacific
Air Philippines

For more info, visit Punta Bulata's website, click here.

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