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If this is your first time in this site, welcome. It has been my dream that my province, Marinduque, Philippines becomes a world tourist destination not only during Easter Week but also whole year round. You can help me achieve my dream by telling your friends about this site. The photo above is your own private beach at The Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort. The sand is not as white as Boracay, but it is only a few steps from your front yard and away from the mayhem and crowds of Boracay. Please do not forget to read the latest national, international, and technology news in this site . I have posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes on this site also. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringement of your copyrights. Cheers!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa( formerly Elephant Island)
Newly Completed Bellarocca Resort as viewed from the Mainland
My wife and I have just spent five months in Marinduque and now enjoying spring time here in Northern California. Boac was getting hot and humid and my wife and I decided not to attend the 2009 Moriones Festival Activities. The last few months while we were in Marinduque, several of our friends here in US and Canada ( members of Marinduque International, Inc) have been inquiring about the new resort, Bellarocca (formerly Elephant Island) in Lipata, Buenavista. So, we called the department of tourism at the governor's office. They gave us the telephone numbers and E-mail of the sales manager of the resort in Makati, Manila. I have the complete information on the resort, including promo rates, status of building and sales kit. From the description of the amenities, buildings, and personnel, I will agree that indeed it is either a 5 star or 6 star resort. I based this on International Interval(II) ratings of resorts. ( we have been members of II for the last 15 years). The cheapest hotel room is $252 per night single or double occupancy. The most expensive is $792 per night for a 3 bedroom villa with its own swimming pool.
The ordinary Filipino or American tourist indeed can not afford this luxurious rate. This rate will include the use of the golf course scheduled for completion, October, 2009. Food is not included in this promo rate ( 40% discount) effective only up to October, 2009. The restaurant menu and dishes range from 500 to 2000 pesos per dish and special meals could be arrange ahead and may be served in your suite( vegetarian and kosher dishes).
Locals are not allowed in the resort. A few of our balikbayan friends wanted to visit the resort just for the day for sightseeing purposes only, but were not allowed to enter the resort or use the restaurant for lunch. Reservations are arranged in Manila including transportation from the airport to the island ( private van, speed boat or yacht from Cawit Port). Since the soft opening last February, tourists from Japan, Korean and rich Filipinos from Manila( actors and businessmen) have been enjoying the amenities of this luxurious resort, managed by Genesis. For detailed information, visit the newly constructed website:
If you need additional details, I have the complete promo rates, building description etc.. of the resort. The resort is compared to or patterned after Santorini Island in Greece. It is just too bad that locals are not allowed to visit the resort on a daily basis. Some day if I win the lottery, I will stay there for a month or if the resort becomes a member of Interval International( as rumored), I will definitely exchange two weeks of my vacation time from our home resort, The Ridge at Lake Tahoe, Nevada