After touring Siquijor the whole day—from Baha Bar in Maite to the falls in Lazi and the beach in Maria—we decided to call it a day and rest. We know most tourists stay in the busy resorts in San Juan. But, not wanting to go mainstream, we decided to book at the secluded Kalachuchi Beach Resort on the eastern side of Siquijor.
It was almost 6 PM when we arrived. Jessica welcomed us and facilitated our check in. Marcel, the Swiss owner of the resort, also spent some time to chat with us. Cool guy. He’s been in the Philippines for about three decades, lived for some time in Puerto Galera until he and Rolf, the other owner, found this quiet spot in Siquijor.
Kalachuchi Beach Resort is located in the peaceful and laidback town of Enrique Villanueva. It’s easy to see why the Swiss owners fell in love with this place—off the beaten path and far from the overhyped beaches in San Juan—and developed 2.5 hectares of what used to be a forest into a sprawling property. Now, the resort prides itself as a tranquil destination for relaxation, and one of the top-rated accommodations in Siquijor.
It’s Swimming Time
One of the attractions at Kalachuchi is the peculiarly shaped swimming pool. The design of the resort adopts the natural landscape of the area, even the pool has to give way to the big boulders of cave rocks in the area. Soon, just beside the large rock, a poolside bar will be built to add more fun to the resort experience.
Beside the pool is an open-air lounge, bar, and restaurant from which you can get a good view of the beach and the green surroundings. Guests checking in are also entertained in this area before they’re led to the gorgeous villas also named after flowers. There’s Bird of Paradise, Sampaguita, Orchi, and Gumamela. Because that was lean season, we were lucky to have our accommodation upgraded from Bird of Paradise to the Morning Glory room, which is a few steps away from the restaurant and the pool.
The Posh Villas
First impression? Wow. I wanted to take home a unit. First, I love the use of amber-colored hardwood. It gives a natural yet modern ambiance to the whole place. The fixtures are first class. The intelligent use of living space makes the villa ideal for couples and even for family or groups. It’s the kind of place I want to wake up to every morning in the company of a cup of coffee, the blooming garden, and the birds chirping from the trees.
The Morning Glory Villa
36 square meters garden
14 square meter balcony
30 square meter bed & living room
10 square meter second floor
7 square meter toilet and bathroom
2 queen size beds
P3,800/night; good for 1-2 persons.
Note: Php800 pesos addt’l charge for third person unless 12yrs. old and below.
And the food? It’s commendable. We had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant, and I definitely loved their chicken cooked in coconut milk with lemongrass, eggplant, kangkong, and the mango-curry flavor that added the sweet tasty kick. For dessert, I recommend a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. And for breakfast, you can’t go wrong with a wide choice of omelettes.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Siquijor Pier, take a tricycle to Kalachuchi Beach Resort. The trip will take about 40 minutes. Fare costs P35 per person, but may be as high as P250 if you’ll rent the tricycle. If you’re coming from Larena Pier, tricycle fare costs P10 for ordinary and about P100 for private rental. Contact the resort if you want a shuttle service arranged.
• Cash payment only; no credit/debit cards.
• Deposit is required before checking in: 10% during the low season (July 1-October 15), 20% during the peak season (October 16-June 30). Deposit is not refundable.
• Rate per night exclusive of 12% VAT.
• No WiFi and since on an Island, there are occasional brown-outs.
• Check in: 2 PM – 7 PM; Check out: 6 AM-12 PM
• The reception and restaurant opens at 8 AM and closes at 8 PM.
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