My hardworking wife decided that we should take advantage of our first anniversary to get away and spend some quality time together. I was peripherally involved in the planning of this, although my input was limited to answering questions about what sort of place I wanted to go and what I wanted to do when we got there.
I have to confess that the drive all the way from Santa Rosa to Donsol was quite tiring, but I would do it again since the welcome we received upon arrival made up for the tired and aching back and shoulders. The front of house is a simple desk fronting the car park, but this means that no guests are missed even if arriving in the dark. We were checked in most efficiently and shown to our room, which was a simple affair comprising a large bed in a simply decorated room and a bathroom, but this was more than adequate for our needs.
The hotel is set a few metres back from the beach, with a small expanse of grass separating the hotel from the beach proper, this has a few chairs and hammocks for the guests to use. The rooms themselves are arranged in an open rectangle around the pool, the open side being the sea view, elegantly simple, no fuss.
We met the restaurant staff on the night of our arrival, all were most excellent and attentive to our desires, the food is good, I would recommend the Bicol Express, nice and spicy. Throughout our stay everyone was friendly and helpful, arranging our whale shark trip and my scuba diving through the hotel's associated dive and tour shop, which is located a short walk back towards town.
We only saw the one whale shark, despite there having been 9 sightings the day before, but this is the luck of the draw, I was happy that I got to see one, so was Kat. I also managed 3 dives the next day and so left a very happy person.
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