October 19 to 24, 2016
✿ Manila to Kalibo via Airasia. Plane left on time and landed in Kalibo 18 minutes ahead of schedule.
✿ Pagdating ng Kalibo, went straight to the van terminal just in front of the airport going to Caticlan. Fare was P200 per person, P250 if including the boat fare (boat fare by the way is only P25 if you buy directly at the port). The van was ok, though we were thinking of going to Kalibo bayan and ride a bus from there next time. Bus ride should be a lot more comfortable compared to the van especially if the van capacity is full, and cheaper at P111 per person.
✿ Arrived at Caticlan port after about an hour and 45 minutes. Fees per person: Environmental fee at P100, Terminal fee at P25, Boat fare at P25. Then tricycle fare going to Station 3 at P15 per person.
✿ For our first 2 nights, we stayed at Anahaw Suites at about P1,900 per night through Airbnb. Ours was a one-bedroom with complete room essentials including a kitchen where we can cook. After settling our things and a quick rest, we went to the Bukid Talipapa and bought food. We got liempo for lunch, shrimps and crabs for dinner, and tocino and eggs for breakfast. We also dropped by the Budget mart to get water, bread, and other stuff. Just stayed in the room for the rest of the day.
✿ Due to typhoon Lawin, it was raining on and off, so we just went to the talipapa to buy pasalubong – ref magnets, bracelets, and more ref magnets. Went back to the room, pahinga uli, then went to Diniwid beach and Station 1 in the afternoon, yay wala ng ulan. We just walked all the way from Station 3 to Diniwid and back, whew! Ang layo pala, but surprisingly I did not get that tired, wow!
✿ Habal ride to Puka beach at P120 per way. Bought puka shells, pearl earrings and necklace here, and took pictures.Same habal driver just waited for us and hinatid nya kami pabalik to Station 1 so we may swim. Went back to our room so we may have our lunch, and to get ready to check out.
✿ Fairways and Bluewater. We waited for their shuttle at D’mall going to the resort. They require P3k deposit upon check in, and refundable upon check out. The place is huge. They have free shuttle service should you want to go to the different areas of the resort like the pool, restaurant, and the beach. We enjoyed the beach – the view, shallow, calm, and lukewarm, just how I like it. I almost lost my shades buti na lang clear water, Bob found it. The pools were also a plus, clean with awesome view overlooking the beach.
✿ Buffet breakfast. For me, choices were limited, Bob enjoyed the continental breakfast area due to the variety of dips and dressings. Had a quick dip at the infinity pool, then prepped for check out.
✿ Mandala Spa and Villas. Awesome. We stayed at Villa #3 for two nights. We were welcomed with the relaxing scent of incense, calming music, rose petas and gumamela romantically placed almost everywhere. Picture perfect in all angles. Feeling magazine shots lahat ng pictures. And THE bathroom… sooo wow. Love the huge tub, outdoor shower, peppermint organic soap, shampoo, conditioner. Love every bit of the villa. I can stay inside here for years, basta may food 😜
✿ And so, we just stayed in the room on our first day, had dinner inside the room, our fave garlic buttered shrimps. Their calamansi drink was also very refreshing.
✿ Breakfast at Prana restaurant. I had the omelette with mushrooms, while Bob had poached eggs with salmon. The orange marmalade was soo good. Ang sarap din papakin ng muscovado sugar yummy 🙃
✿ Went to Station 1 to swim, then went back to Mandala for lunch. Stayed again in the room and waited for my Cleopatra milk bath. It was an experience, the milk and the coconut oil, with rose petals and pandan leaves 😍😍😍
✿ Breakfast again at Prana restaurant. Then, did an ocular on the pool villa. It has its own private pool and a very nice view. Nikko, our guide told us that the owner of pool villa was the architect who designed Mandala and had it as his payment. The owner naman lives in the grand villa and rents it via Airbnb whenever he is not here. Cool.
✿ Mandala also has daily complimentary yoga. Try ko sana but the guests having yoga were so serious so I backed out. Kala ko joke lang haha. Just had some pics pretending to do yoga 🙃🙃🙃
✿ Went back to the room to get ready for check out. Oh I love Mandala, I don’t wanna leave…
✿ Instead of riding the van going to Kalibo, we tried the bus. True enough, the ride was more comfortable, and cheaper @P111 only per person. Si kuya kasabay namin sa bus was very kind at sinabay nya kami going to the Metro Gaisano mall. We bought food for pasalaubong, then ate at Ted’s, mas mura ang food sa Ted’s Kalibo compared to their Metro Manila branches.
✿ We paid P80 for the tric ride from bayan to the airport. Terminal fee was P200 per person. Our trip back to Manila was through Airaasia uli and the aircraft left early so we landed in Manila like 30 min ahead of schedule. Good job Airasia!