Hotel Review: Anika Island Resort

It is considered one of Sta Fe’s newest resort. A friend suggested this to me and looking at their website , it looks very promising. And it was.

The rooms are made from ship containers(recycled?), very tastefully done. Too bad I was not able to take some pictures of it but I was able to take some shots of the rooms view.

20130519-145638.jpgThe view from the balcony of their Garden View Rooms. The rooms were not that big. Good enough for 2 people but the balcony is very spacious with your own table with chairs and a nice couch.  Each room has its own faucet at the foot of the stairs where you can wash your feet before alighting your balcony.

20130519-145646.jpgLess than a minute walk to the beach.

The resort also offered free pick up to and from the Sta. Fe Wharf. Just give them a call or a text message when you get to Hagnaya Wharf.

The place was very well maintained and peaceful. No loud noises.

They also have their own restaurant, fresh catch are delivered everyday. Majority of the food were good. Their “Bistik” Tagalog needs a little bit of improvement, meat was chewy. The Halo Halo was terrible though. I hope they can improved it.

The staff were very polite and attentive.

All in all, I highly recommend staying at Anika’s. I’m sure you will greatly enjoy your stay at Bantayan Island.

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Chillin @ Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island is an island located in the Visayan SeaPhilippines. It is situated to the west of the northern end of Cebu Island, across the Tañon Strait. As per the 2010 census, Bantayan has a total population of 136,960.

The very first time I set foot on this beautiful island was more or less 15 years ago when a dear friend, a local of this island invited me for the weekend.

Fast forward in time, I have visited this island around 3 times already but I have never get tired of visiting this place.

After the trip to Bohol with the family, its now time for me time with T. This time we head out to Bantayan Island. A beautiful island to escape from the bustling city and hectic life.

From Cebu , we took a bus ( 3-4 hours ) to Hagnaya. You can take the bus at North Bus Terminal near SM City Cebu. Aircon type bus , as of this writing is 150 pesos per person. Bus usually leaves every 20 minutes .  We arrived in Hagnaya Wharf before 10:30 am, so we got our ticket for the 10:30 ferry (170 pesos/person) and had brunch at one of the food stall. There is also an additional Terminal fee 10 pesos/person.

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Leaving the Hagnaya Wharf.

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Bantayan Island !!!

20130517-102831.jpgSta. Fe Port from the Resort.

20130517-102856.jpgBaked scallops for appetizer.

20130517-102908.jpgPlaying with iPhone’s Panoramic feature.

20130517-102932.jpgStrolling around. A small Bangka and Sta. Fe Wharf

20130517-102923.jpgDusk in the Island

20130517-102948.jpgAnother Panaromic View

We stayed there  for 2 days doing nothing but relaxing in the beach. We were too lazy to venture out , except for the first night where we went out for dinner in Sta. Fe town proper.

Sta.Fe was definitely was not what I remembered it to be. There were definitely more choices of places to eat and drink.

Peace and quiet, a really great place to just relax. Bantayan Island definitely offered it. I just wish that it will stay that way.

On our third day, sad to say we have to leave and say good bye to this beautiful island. I hope to see next time and hopefully with the family.

20130517-102956.jpgSee you soon Bantayan.

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For more information about the island visit WowBantayan.