Although travel has been put on hold for much of the past year, the global vaccine rollout and gradual easing of travel restrictions have left many eager globetrotters optimistic for better days ahead. While mass international leisure travel into the Philippines may still be a few months away, Cebu is currently in the process of slowly relaxing its restrictions for domestic travelers to the province—a move that has been much welcomed by the hospitality and tourism industry.
If you’re planning a future trip to Cebu, why not consider picking Bantayan Island as your holiday destination? It’s not as crowded as some of the other tourism hotspots in the region, which means you won’t have to jostle with as many fellow visitors; boasts plenty of gorgeous white-sand beaches that overlook azure waters; and offers a plethora of excellent accommodation options to choose from, including Jelly’s Haven Resort: an attractive, blissful and relaxing retreat in Santa Fe.
Read on to find out why a stay at Jelly’s Haven Resort will make your Cebu vacation dreams come true.
1. Instagram-worthy beach amenities
Anyone who comes to Cebu for vacation knows to make a beeline for the beach. At Jelly’s Haven Resort, you’ll be treated to a sprawling beachfront that gives you easy access to powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. What’s more, instead of the standard white beach furniture, you’ll find bright-yellow deck chairs that you can sprawl out on while gazing out at the breathtaking ocean view; as well as colorful bean bags beneath equally vibrant umbrellas that are perfect for hanging out with friends over a couple of drinks. Couple that all with the eye-catching decorations and you’ve got yourself perhaps the most Instagram-worthy beachfront on the island.
2. Comfy rooms to suit different group sizes
Whether you prefer to come as a couple, on a solo adventure, with your entire family or as part of a group of friends, Jelly’s Haven Resort has comfortable, well-appointed and homey rooms to suit your desired configuration. The standard Superior Room is perfect for two people; the Deluxe Room is good for four guests; and those traveling with family members or in a large group can opt for the Barkada Room, which can fit up to 10 at once. If you’re here for a special occasion, you can opt to shell out for the luxurious Jelly’s Grand Suite, which comes with a king-sized bed; basket of fruits and bottle of wine upon check-in; and a spacious balcony with a hammock, dining table and view of the beach.
3. Fun activities for all ages
With plenty of activities on offer at the resort, you’ll never run out of things to do during your stay. Those who want to get their endorphins going can pick from a range of options, including kayaking, beach volleyball, paddle boarding and beach biking. The resort can also help to arrange for island-hopping tours during the day, should you wish to explore the neighbouring locales; and can also set up a bonfire that you and your traveling compatriots can gather around in the evenings. Kids can scamper about in the teepee play tent or cruise around on giant inflatables; while those who want to work on their beach body can visit the well-equipped fitness centre, which features state-of-the-art equipment.
4. Mouth-watering dining offerings
A highlight of any vacation–especially for Filipinos who love to eat–is being able to sample a wide variety of delicious food. Jelly’s Haven Resort includes an on-site full-service restaurant, bar lounge and 24-hour room service, so you’ll definitely be fed well during your stay. Be sure to sample the sumptuous seafood dishes that the resort is lauded for, including steamed fish topped with aromatic herbs and lemon wedges; juicy prawns fried in a piquant sauce; perfectly charred squid; and succulent lobster. In need of a thirst-quenching beverage? Simply drop by the bar and request for a tropical fruit juice or smoothie or, if you’re in the mood for something stronger, go for a cheeky cocktail.
5. The perfect base to explore Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island is home to some truly picturesque sights, and Jelly’s Haven Resort provides the ideal spot from which to embark on your adventures and explorations. For starters, you can make your way to the gorgeous Sandira Beach, which is only a 2km drive away from Jelly’s Haven Resort. The beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most charming sights on the island. Further afield, you can also explore the Mangrove Eco Park, where you can check out the lush mangrove forest by meandering along a series of boardwalks. The resort also offers a convenient pick-up and drop-off service between the hotel and the Sante Fe Port.
This article is published in partnership with Jelly’s Haven Resort.