Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I N   A L B A Y

Bacacay is no longer the sleepy municipality of Albay that it used to be with the presence of its world-class resort hotels. The beautiful sunrise at a beachfront of any spot in the town is splendid. I've tried seeing it myself one morning this year. The golden seashore was a real spectacle of silhouettes that rival other breathtaking seascape wonders.

At Dorotea Resort & Spa, I had the chance to appreciate the rest of Bacacay. The newly-opened resort hotel is owned and run by former local radio personality Doctor Joey Betito who has also transformed his establishment into a wellness hub where soothing massages are available and well-being products are displayed for patronage.

For my "I Love Albay!" Blog Series Tour's third day, I chose the resort-hotel as my overnight destination.

A Landscape Standout In White

The resort hotel sticks out of the farming and forest landscape of the town as it was designed to exude modern simplicity with its pristine white castle-like structure. It aims to promote reliable wellness in the province of Albay. Therapists are available for a Swedish Massage that costs no more than P500. Focusing on hand movements that produce effleurage (long and gliding strokes along the body to relax and reduce tension and stress levels for increased blood circulation), petrissage (simple kneading that smoothens out any lumps or impure substances from one's muscle for good mobility), tapotement (gentle pounding of the body used at the end of a massage session to help a guest wake up from sleepiness), vibration (rhythmic and rapid shaking of the body for the neck and shoulders) and friction, the massage is a must-try.

Elegant Rooms With Views of Mayon

The best feature of Dorotea Resort & Spa is its minimalist-oriented rooms that have a splendid view of the massive Mayon Volcano. Waking up from my bed was a delight seeing the majestic sight from my window. The abundance of coconut trees added to the soothing morning ritual. My overnight accommodation was inclusive of a free breakfast meal which I had by the poolside.

Its room rates are affordable to think that the expensive Misibis Bay Resort is just a boat away. The Standard Angeline Room (good for 2 guests) is available for P1,800 per night. The Queen Aaliyah Rooms (up to a maximum of 4 guests) are available at P2,800 each per night while its Suite Ashley (good for 5-8 guests) can set you back no more than P3,500 per night. All fully-air conditioned rooms are inclusive of free breakfast meals, access to the pool and jacuzzi, plus access to LED HD-colored TV with cable programming and Wi-fi. Children aged no more than 12-years old are free of charge when sharing with adults, provided that no extra bed is required. An additional person in a room (inclusive of breakfast) costs P600.

I particularly enjoyed viewing my digital camera shots of Albay on the television set as it was compatible with the room's TV system.

Jacuzzi Time

The night before, I had a pleasant dip at the pool-adjacent jacuzzi. The experience was memorable because of the colorful underwater lights that accentuated the pool area. The contrast of the clear star-studded sky was a real bonus before I hit the comfortable bed. Both the pool and resort bar were open even during the wee hours.

Getting There

It takes less than an hour to reach Bacacay from Legazpi City if you'll be coming from the airport like I did. A pickup service can be arranged with the resort-hotel if you prefer it from boarding an SUV at the Legazpi grand terminal for P40 per head. The latter will entail the hiring of a tricycle from the SUV terminal once you get to Barangay Cajugotan where Dorotea Resort & Spa is. Be aware that when the clock hits 8:00pm, only the habal-habal can be rented to ply the long and winding routes of the barangay.

Dorotea Resort & Spa
Location: Barangay Cajugotan, Bacacay, Albay
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Mobile: 0917-882-1509 and 0998-863-5568

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  1. Are they also offering day rates like, there's no need to pay for rooms? Umbrella or canopy may do for a family consisting of 8 person.? And much the rent for that? Thanks.. looking forward for a response

    1. Entrance for daytime visit is free although a rental of the umbrella-type stay by the pool costs P100. Daytrip access to pool and jacuzzi and restroom costs P175 for adults and P75 for kids (kindly inquire with Dorotea the specific age limit for this, but most probably it's up to 12). You can get a massage package for P499. Room rates include 24-hour access to the pool and jacuzzi by the way.

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    1. Business Class rooms' rates range between P1,500 and P2,000.
      Executive Rooms -- between P4k+ and P6K+

  3. Hello, can I ask for a contact number for inquiry? the contact numbers posted are not available. thank you

    1. You may try 0917-882-1509 or 0998-863-5568.


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