Why Palmas Del Mar is The Best Resort in Bacolod
Aris Mape | Jul 19, 2016
Mediterranean pool (Taken with Huawei Mate S)
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 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 from Casa Noble. After dinner, she said goodbye and asked me to pamper myself in the pool.
Dinner by the pool (Taken with Huawei Mate S)
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.
All photos taken with Huawei Mate S
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.
Iberian Junior Suite (Taken with Huawei Mate S)
Island Premiere (Taken with Huawei Mate S)
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.
Costa Del Sol (Taken with Huawei Mate S)
Marbella (Taken with Huawei Mate S)
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 wanted to pamper me in every way they could so I would walk away happy. I was impressed. Truly a Travelers’ Choice.
More About Palmas Del Mar
Check more photos and info on Palmas Del Mar on my blog. You can also check the hotel reviews for Palmas here. My blog, D'yan lang, was the People's Choice for Travel and Places Category in the 2015 Bloggys Philippine Blogging Awards. It advocates mobile photography and local travel.
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