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Sumilon Island: Just the Tip

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While the comforts Bluewater Sumilon affords are draws in itself, the surrounding possibilities make it an essential pit stop to a smorgasbord of delights.

Even those who’ve sought out most of the myriad of tropical wonders around these 7,000+ islands would agree – there are few that could rival the Central Visayas quadrant that includes the islands of Cebu, Negros, Bohol, and Siquijor. With each of the islands some two hours or so away from each other, it’s a perfect springboard for holidays certain to leave a lasting mark on those fortunate enough to embark on it.

Sumilon Island is the ideal Central Visayas adventure springboard

Sumilon Island is the ideal Central Visayas adventure springboard

Bluewater Sumilon's staff ensures that the warm welcome endures throughout your stay

Bluewater Sumilon’s staff ensures that the warm welcome endures throughout your stay

And Sumilon Island, just off the southeastern tip of Cebu, has established itself as a go-to island escape for the more discerning lot. I’ve been blessed enough by my travels to have experienced all Bluewater Resorts properties. And though Maribago, and Panglao have their own allure, Bluewater Sumilon holds the title of my favorite. All three pride themselves in offering the distinct warmth of Filipino hospitality (its authenticity unmistakable in the genuine smiles that inundate during your entire stay), but the combination of being tucked away in a small island peppered with all the resort comforts your whims might require, and the seclusion amidst understated luxury, makes Bluewater Sumilon a must-visit whenever you find yourself in the region.

 

Glamping Re-imagined

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Not to be overly dramatic, but the view of the southern Cebu mountain range as the backdrop of the island waters’ hues always tug on a sense of gratefulness in my soul. It’s a vista you can enjoy while  nside Bluewater Sumilon’s deluxe rooms – and a panorama to breathe in once you step out.

And while the luxurious comforts of the rooms and villas can soothe even the most travel weary, their re-imagined Glamping experience allows guests to soak in an even more organic island life charm.

New glamping tents breathe in a new vibe to Bluewater Sumilon's island life

New glamping tents breathe in a new vibe to Bluewater Sumilon’s island life

Soak in recurring pastel sunsets right outside your room

Soak in recurring pastel sunsets right outside your room

Breakfast under the canopy of young trees, white sand and aquamarine waters in full view. Camp assistants preparing sumptuous full board meals (your choice of a buffet or picnic setup) – and making sure you have everything you want and need. And at night, with a bonfire area available to spark the night into one you won’t soon forget, you can sing around the fire, bust out your trusty speakers, or just look up the stars and revel in the stillness that surrounds. All these, and full access to the entire resort allows you to indulge yourself with everything Bluewater has to offer, while having a ready retreat where you can embrace the charm of island living.

Picnic lunches by the beach - who says no?

Picnic lunches by the beach – who says no?

 

 

Treasure Trove

As alluded to earlier, you can spend months exploring this Central Visayas quadrant of islands—the vibrant university town of Dumaguete, the stunning dive sites of Apo Island, and the beaches, rivers, and lagoons of Bohol and Siquijor.

But even just keeping within southern Cebu, you’re already afforded with plenty of activities and destinations to fill the week. The unforgettable awe of swimming with the whale sharks of Oslob is just some 15 minutes away. Aguinid Falls – about half an hour west – lets you sample canyoneering with its multi-tiered cascades. Further north is the stunning Kawasan Falls, and next town sits the meditative aqueous gems of Moalboal. Cebu is such a treasure trove, it would be a challenge to consume all it can delight you with in a single trip.

Aguinid Falls is a fun pit stop, especially when you got the squad in tow

Swimming with Oslob's whale sharks never fails to inspire awe

Swimming with Oslob’s whale sharks never fails to inspire awe

A jaunt to Sumilon Island facilitates the stealing of happy hours – embodying the fact that sometimes, even just the tip suffices.

 

Expat Tips

  • It is easier to get to Sumilon Island if you fly to Dumaguete, as it will only entail a 40-minute boat ride to reach the island from the Negros town instead of the four-plus hours it takes if you come from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
  • Due to weather constraints, Bluewater Sumilon’s Glamping experience is only available from March to September. Its five glamping tents are equipped with air conditioning and its own mini bar. Camping assistants are also included.
  • If you just wish to sample the resort offerings, you can avail of their day tour package at just PhP2,000 per person on weekdays, and PhP2,500 on weekends and holidays. The package includes boat transfers, lunch buffet, and access to the lagoon, beach, and swimming pools.

 

Here’s a short vid on our recent Bluewater Sumilon experience, shot entirely with Supremo 4K Plus

For more information, call (0917) 631-7512 or (0998) 964-1879; or email sumilon@bluewater.com.ph; or visit www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph

 

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By TIMOTHY JAY IBAY