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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.