Sleep was calling, but I decided it could wait. The scene outside was hard to turn down, especially when a quick dip in the pool felt necessary. So, it was—a quick dip in the pool. The night was quiet, except the water spitting out of the angel fountains and from the mouth of another statue at one end of the pool. The torches burned fiercely. Their reflection danced in the water. The next thing I knew, I was dreaming of Mediterranean vacations and the next episode of Game of Thrones. My home for the night: Palmas Del Mar.
The first day of my Negros tour was a great teaser. Karmele and Mickoi took me to an organic farm for lunch and we toured around the sprawling May’s Garden before driving past sugarcane fields for some tapas in Silay. Guilty having spent all the time eating, we finally decided to call it a day, and they dropped me off the resort.
The resort’s entrance has a big banner that announced they were TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice for two years. Interesting—although I didn’t have much expectation because Bacolod isn’t known for beach resorts anyway.
The resort manager, Bob, welcomed me and asked why I was staying only for one night. Their staff, Beauty, assisted me in checking-in and led me to the poolside for dinner. She was adorable. We had a good chat about my tour, about Bacolod and Cebu, and how the food tasted. I was stuffed with two days’ worth of food, but Beauty had so much PR she was able to make me finish a slab of pork and baby back ribs. After dinner, she said goodbye and asked me to pamper myself in the pool.
What a Good Sleep!
And then suddenly, it was Day 2. I woke up past 9 AM and requested to have breakfast served in my room. Pinoy breakfast it was. Tapsilog, fresh milk, and complimentary fruits. I ate while the TV played some program. (I didn’t care what it was, I just wanted “company”.)
My room was one of the Junior Suites on the second floor. It has two single beds, a sofa bed, a television, toilet and bath, and a balcony facing the island pool. The room also faces the Mediterranean pool, which makes it a good spot when staying at Palmas.
After breakfast, Beauty toured me around the resort. She showed me the rooms and she went through her sales talk, what name they call each room, how many guests can fit, whether each door leads to pool or the garden or another room. Aaaaah, and the artistas who stayed in each room. I said I’d mess up all those names, so she gave me a brochure.
In all fairness, the resort has lovely, well-maintained rooms. I even thought that the best views in the resort are not the ones by the poolside or the resort grounds, but right inside the fresh, bright suites and cabanas.
By noon, I decided to check out and get back on the road. It was one of the best resort stays I had, not only because of the place, the rooms and amenities, but because of the customer service. I felt everyone at Palmas–from the manager to the hotel staff and the concessionaire folks–wanted to pamper me in every way they could so I would walk away happy. I was impressed. Truly a Travelers’ Choice.
Where is Palmas Del Mar?
The resort is located on the west side of Bacolod facing the Guimaras Strait. It’s about 30 to 45 minutes away from the Bacolod-Silay Airport, and about 10 minutes from downtown Bacolod.
Spread on five acres of land, Palmas del Mar Resort has more than 60 stylish and well-designed rooms, 3 swimming pools, air-conditioned halls and function rooms. It’s a favorite location for conferences and events, and it boasts itself as one of the country’s top hotels for families for two years (2015 and 2016) based on TripAdvisor customer reviews.
- Scenic location with great sunset views
- Three swimming pools (a five-lane lap pool; an island pool; a Mediterranean pool).
- Has kiddie pools and two jacuzzis.
- Room types include garden rooms, suites, and cabanas of different themes and sizes.
- Spacious grounds for weddings and parties, and corporate events
- Overall condition of the resort is good.
- Wi-Fi connection can be slower than average
- Not in downtown Bacolod, but accessible by taxi and private car
Contact the resort for inquiries on accommodation options and promos.
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More photos of this resort here
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