A Review of Anika Island Resort, our home in Bantayan Island

Monday, 15 May 2017

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Anika Island Resort is one of the best choices when looking for accommodation in Bantayan Island. It is beautiful and well-maintained, the staff are friendly, and, best of all, it is affordable.

Every time we travel, seldom do we really care much about accommodation since we'll be out and about most of the time. As long as we have the basics (i.e. clean bed and toilet, strong water supply and air-con unit), we are OK.

Anika Island Resort

Anika Island Resort Review


Thus, it's always such a big bonus whenever we stumble upon accommodations that offer much more than the basics for a price that is reasonable. Such is Anika Island Resort, a charming little beachfront property nestled in Sta. Fe town in Bantayan Island, Cebu.

Anika Island Resort
Beach front
Upon entering the property, we couldn't help but notice how well-maintained it looked. Its rooms also carry a cargo container design, giving the lodges a distinctive look. It was such a good deviation from the usual architecture commonly seen in seaside resorts.

Anika Island Resort
Cargo container rooms

Choosing a room


Depending on how large your group is, you may choose to get an Ocean View Room, Sunrise View Room, Garden View Room, Sunset Pool Side, Beach Villa or Courtyard Room. Since there were just the two of us, we booked a Courtyard Room, which is the smallest.

Anika Island Resort
Comfortable bed

Anika Island Resort
Clean toilet

The room is small, just enough to fit us, but it looked comfortable and homey. The queen-size bed had fresh sheets and the toilet was clean.

Anika Island Resort
Welcome gift
The room did not have an electric kettle though so we had to ask for hot water at the restaurant when we wanted to have coffee.

Things to do at Anika Island Resort


At Anika Island Resort, you can just relax and spend a lazy day at the beach. They have a well-maintained beachfront with fine, cream-colored sand. The aquamarine water is inviting so a dip is definitely in order.

Anika Island Resort
Early morning walk along the beach

Anika Island Resort

If you wish to explore the town of Sta. Fe, you may arrange an island-hopping or a familiarization tour at the resort's reception.

Dining at Anika Island Resort


Dining at Anika Island Resort is also another experience courtesy of Chloe Cafe. The restaurant offers Filipino, American and Italian dishes. When we first ordered here, we were expecting food to be just enough for two. To our surprise, each dish can feed three hungry people well.

Anika Island Resort
Chloe Cafe

Anika Island Resort
Inside Chloe Cafe
What's good about it is that food is reasonably-priced without compromising taste and quality. Try their fish tinola, fish kilawin, and grilled meats and seafood. I particularly enjoyed the fish tinola. It's one whole red snapper cooked in a broth flavored with spring onions, spicy green chilies and ginger. The soup was flavorful and invigorating, a good cure if you are sluggish or hung over.

Anika Island Resort
Grilled pork

Anika Island Resort
Pancit canton
Anika Island Resort
Fish tinola
The experience, of course, would never be complete without their ever hospitable and helpful staff.

The next time our friends ask us for a recommendation on where to stay in Bantayan Island, we would definitely tell them to get Anika Island Resort.

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3 comments

  1. Visit the Philippines soon! You'll enjoy it here. Lots of beautiful places to see.

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  2. The place is beautiful! You should definitely push through with your plan.

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