Antulang Beach Resort is simply a paradise. The rustic reception blended nicely with the forest feels, isolation, and stunning cliff-side vantage. It adds a high dose of exclusivity and comfort to your staycation.
The plumeria blossoms on its poolside gardens exude an inviting scent. You’ll definitely stay once you set your foot within the resort premises.
An infinity pool seats beside the cliff-side al fresco restaurant, commanding a view of endless sea. It creates a stunning backdrop for your photos.
If you are game for exciting trekking activities, try the cliff-side stairways and pathways that traverse the entire stretch of the property. You will be rewarded with a kilometer-long, white beach if you brave it.
Antulang Beach Resort Room Options
Depending on your budget, you have a variety of options to choose from. The cabana room is comfortable enough for two. It has flat-screen TV with international channels, two beds (one double and one single), en-suite toilet and bath, air conditioning unit, and a small patio.
The executive suite or pool villa has its own jacuzzi and private pool in addition to the standard amenities offered in cabana rooms.
For thrill seekers, the presidential suite may interest you. It seats on a huge boulder by the sea that offers a spectacular view of Antulang cliffs.
Things to do Within and Around the Resort
The resort has infinity pool to swim, vast fields to horseback ride, endless sea to kayak and snorkel, and stunning underwater community to scuba dive.
Other exciting activities include:
Tambobo Bay Cruise
The resort offers sunset cruise within Tambobo Bay, one of Siaton’s best-kept secrets. For only 4,000 pesos for 15 individuals, you can enjoy the tour around the stunning haven for yachts and stoops that hoist flags from around the world.
You can also customize the cruise to include a cozy dinner or cocktails.
Apo Island Tour
Apo Island is a marine sanctuary and a popular dive spot. It floats off the coast of Zamboaguita, but is politically under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Dauin. Vast coral conglomeration, gentle swimmers, and colorful forage circle its deep.
Antulang offers a boat ride to Apo Island. It cost 15,000 pesos for 30 individuals.
For smaller groups, you can do a DIY. Take a habal-habal to the highway, and then hop on a bus to Dumaguete. Alight at Malatapay junction, and then walk towards the bay where boats to Apo Island wait for passengers.
Turtle Island is a short boat ride away from the resort. You can also reach the land-tied island using a motorcycle. Talk to your habal-habal rider to arrange your visit.
Note that there is an on-going claim issues by the two adjacent local government units, so it faces closure sometimes.
Balanan Lake is one of the treasures of the Municipality of Siaton. It was formed when a mountain collapsed due to an earthquake. The rubble blocked the rivers and created a natural dam.
Enjoy a picnic on a floating cottages that you can maneuver using bamboo poles or ropes that connect the bank to the buoy in the middle of the lake.
Swimming pools are also available.
Antulang also offers Dolphin watching activities in partnership with Bais City Tourism.
About the Negative Reviews
Before getting to Antulang, we prepared for the worst. But honestly, when we got there, the resort did not disappoint. There were pleasant surprises. Though some areas are unmaintained, the entirety of our stay was pretty awesome.
Leaves on the pool
I read some reviews about dirt in the pool. During our visit, I found no dirt but floating leaves, and they are tolerable. The resort sits next to the sea and the breeze blows constantly. With plenty of trees around the pool area that provide guests a shade while swimming, leaves fall very often. No matter how frequently they are cleaned, they don’t completely disappear. And hello, I won’t mind picking them and putting them on the side when I encounter some.
Long waiting time for food orders
The in-house restaurant does not have pre-cooked meals. To make sure that they serve you fresh food, they prepare it after you order. They don’t want to disappoint their guests, so they will try their best to serve you what you have chosen from the menu, even if it means buying out-of-stock ingredients on the spot.
To avoid long waits, you can simply order your food an hour or two in advance. So, by the time that you are hungry, you can immediately feed your stomach.
Some facilities may appear outdated, but not to the point of disrepair. The resort owners may have deferred the upgrades, but as long as they don’t hinder my total experience, I can easily condone. Common areas are very usable though.
Overpriced room rates and food
The room rates are justified. You can get an even lower deal if you book via online channels.
Regarding food prices, I believe the published prices are okay. They are pretty generous with the servings too.
The 10% service charge, however, is a surprise. I didn’t see it somewhere in the menu or I just missed it. It would be better if they include the service charge on their published rates.
How to get there
Dumaguete is the primary gateway. To get to Dumaguete, you may take a flight from Manila, Cebu, or Davao. Ferry services are also available from Cebu, Siquijor, Tagbilaran, Dipolog, and Cagayan de Oro.
From Dumaguete City, take a Bayawan-bound bus, get off at Antulang junction, and then hire a habal-habal to the resort.
If you are coming from Apo Island, return to Malatapay, wait for a Bayawan-bound bus from the highway, and then alight at Antulang junction.
From Siaton town proper, board a Dumaguete-bound bus, and then get off at crossing Antulang.
How to Book
I normally book hotels in Agoda. Deals are constantly available during off-peak periods and they are more frequent on Fridays. For example, the cabana room starts at 2,870 a night on the resort’s website but we only got it for only 1,200 pesos in Agoda.
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