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Friday, February 27, 2015

Siama Hotel: An Eco Resort in the Heart of Sorsogon




It was a trip that should have taken less than two hours. With another twist of fate, our trip turned out to be 12 long hours from Manila to Sorsogon. On the day of our fight, the skies were clear and our spirits were high. I suddenly remembered telling my sister the day before our short vacation that I had that "bad" feeling about our flight. I hated the idea that my gut was right. Shortly before landing, the captain of our plane said that due to poor visibility, he could not land the aircraft. He was going to give it one more go but somehow, we felt that something extreme could happen if we kept on trying. The weather in Legazpi could get pretty erratic on occasions.  We tried to fly in twice but to no avail. The plane descended and within a few minutes, the pilot pulled the plane back up again. There was panic in our eyes but we were all composed nonetheless. With much relief, we were diverted back to Manila. This must be normal for pilots but I had never experienced this in my history of travel. Without hesitation, we eventually did a never ending roadtrip to a hidden retreat in Sorsogon called "Siama Hotel". Our butts were sore and unhappy but the whole journey was worth it. It was invigorating to see this side of the Philippines.
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Designed by acclaimed designer Milo Naval, Siama Resort has given us another reason to visit Sorsogon (aside from the famous butanding or whale shark). The whole resort was inspired by the traditional "Nipa Hut". The woven rattan pieces, airy lobby and huge slabs of acacia make this beautiful property a design haven in the middle of the forest.








We reached the hotel a little after 9 PM. There was a sudden downpour, giving Siama a relaxing rainforest atmosphere. The staff received and greeted us with smiles and the usual refreshing drink. It was all we needed after an exhausting road trip from Manila.

The Reception area.






The Dining area where most of the guests commune.








The Rooms - Spacious. Modern. Filipino. Back to basics. Since the hotel wants you to detach from the modern world even for a few days, there is no television or Wi-Fi in room (but have 3G or LTE anyway). 

The Family Suite is connected to another room (for kids).


Wondeful view of the pool.


The Superior Room. 

Muji-meets-Filipino vibe.

If you are with a group, you can pick the bunk bed good for 6. There's actually a pull-out bed for other guests.


Here's our room. If you were wondering if people more than 6 feet tall could fit here, I would say pick another room. 


Amenities:

The 25-meter lap pool is the center of the hotel. Who wouldn't want to swim in this modern pool in the middle of this lush forest?





Siama Hotel at night.



Outdoor Spa, anyone? They have temporarily moved the spa treatments to the rooms now because of the previous typhoons though. 

Another dining hall for events.

Food.

The hotel always prepares the food based on the number of guests. Naturally, it would be as if you are dining in someone else's beautiful home. I must say we were not disappointed with all the dishes they prepared for us. 

My favorite was this Maja Blanca.  Another one, please?
Sidetrips:

1) Swimming with the Butanding (Whalesharks). One of the most surreal experiences I have had in a long time while traveling. We saw four majestic whale sharks during this trip. ADVICE: The hotel is around one hour from Donsol so it would be best do leave early if you want to swim with these gentle giants.






2) Go to Barcelona Town for the old churches and ruins.

3) Subic Beach - If you want to relax by the beach, this white sand beach is one hour away from the hotel.

4) Pilar Town - There's a beautiful Sandbar called Panumbangan in this sleepy town. 

5) Bulusan Volcano Natural Park - You can trek to Mount Bulusan or relax in the beautiful Lake Bulusan. 


Our recent trip has certainly made me love the Philippines more. Sorsogon has this charm that makes me want to visit it one more time. Of course, there's no better accommodation here than Siama Hotel- an eco-resort that will set Sorsogan as the best jumping-off point for swimming with the gentle giants.

Thanks again to the whole staff of Siama for the wonderful service! You'll be seeing us again.

Siama Hotel
Sitio San Lorenzo, Bibincahan, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
For reservations, please call: 09178616497 (Globe); 09989828101 (Smart)
Email: siama.hotel@gmail.com
www.siamahotel.com

HOW TO GET TO SIAMA HOTEL

Flying via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific to Legazpi. 
Hotel's private shuttle can pick you up from the Leagzpi Airport.

Roadtrip to Siama Hotel.
Bus Lines Isarog and Penafrancia travel directly to Sorsogon. It may be a long 10 hour ride but there are scenic routes along the way. Of course, you can always take your own car and drive yourself.

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Drew Watts said...

This is a gorgeous resort. I am in love with each and everything that this resort has. We are recently planning the family trip to LA so it will be great if we could find such pretty resort and LA event venues for our parent’s anniversary party. Hoping to find one soon.