Guimaras the idyllic island is known for its sweet mangoes and its natural wonders. For us, this 15-minute boat ride from Iloilo is our easy and fast escape from our hustle and bustle life.
We usually go to the unspoiled beaches of this island on long weekends spending 1 or 2 nights renting a cottage or sleeping in a tent. But now, it’s totally different from what we’re used to because we’re staying in a luxurious accommodation, the Andana Resort.
This resort located in a hidden cove southwest of Guimaras island just opened last December 2017 with classy suites, white sand shorelines, prestine waters, and extravant landscapes. This high-end resort has 70 rooms which includes the beach pod, pool side suite, sea view one bedroom suite, and presidential suite.
We chose to stay in a beach pod since we want the seaside view and the cuteness of the room. Since the pods are too small, 2 pods share a shower/toilet in between pods. Literally, beach pods are far from the pool and restaurants. So, whenever you want to access these amenities you have to call the front desk for the shuttle service and take flight of stairs. But if you wish to have an easy access to the resort’s amneties, then book the pool side suite.
The sea-side view outside the beach pod
This restaurant is located between the reception building and the pool area that serves American, Italian, and Filipino dishes with some twist.
I wasn’t able to take a photo of their famous ‘sinigang na baboy sa mangga’ since we were eager to taste it and already so hungry that time.
After our scrumptious dinner we headed to Danilo’s Beach Bar just a few steps down the second level after the pool. We had some cocktails in this bar overlooking the nighty serenity of the sea. We also had our buffet breakfast the next morning here. And that was one of the best breakfasts I had!
The resort’s beach offers many activities such as beach volleyball, kayaks, and the floating water park. The early morning stroll and swimming at the beach is already satisfying. The sound of the waves, the fresh salty air, and the scenery are just perfect for those looking for a relaxing getaway.
ANDANA RESORT (The Pool)
How to get here
If you are from Manila, the direct flight is to Iloilo because there’s no direct flight to Guimaras. From Iloilo airport, take a cab going to Ortiz Wharf, and take a 15-minute boat ride going to Jordan Wharf. After getting off the Jordan Wharf, choose a ride that you want to bring you to the resort. The Guimaras Tourism may assist you in choosing the kind of vehicle you want that suits your budget and comfort. There are SUVs, jeepneys, multicabs, tricycles, and single motorcyles could take you there at negotiable rates. Andana resort has vans that could pick you up from there for P1,000.00 (max of 8 persons). And we ended up getting the tricycle which cost us 600 pesos back and forth.
Weekdays- P 380.00
Pool and beach access plus snacks- P880.00
Beach Pod- P4, 880++
Poolside suite- P8,880 NETT
Seaview one-bedroom suite- P18,880++
Presidential Suite- P24,800+
Extra person rate- P1,800 NETT
Inclusions: OVERNIGHT STAY FOR 2 WITH BREAKFAST AND DISCOUNTED RATES AT THE WATER PARK.