These are why I can't stop raving about Whispering Palms

March 21, 2013 Travel

Whenever I share details about Whispering Palms with my friends, I find it challenging to know where to begin because there are simply too many things to appreciate about this resort located in my mom's hometown, San Carlos City in Negros Occidental.

Anyway, here they are, listed in no particular order:

1) Too many photogenic sites

When I asked Stefan, the resort's manager/chef/receptionist, about his favorite spot in the resort, he replied, 'all of it.' And he's right—there are so many beautiful areas here.

For those who prefer not to lounge around, there are additional activities available, such as trekking, kayaking, and exercising.

It even has a mini zoo.

Even the gym looks so nice.  The machines do not intrude with the beauty of the resort.  

There's also an area for massages.  

2. Hammocks Everywhere

I love sleeping in hammocks and usually pack one whenever I go camping.

All rooms have hammocks available, and the management has made it easy to hang hammocks throughout the resort, with hooks on trees for this purpose.

3. Friendly Atmosphere

The owner, resort manager, dive master, and assistant are all German, and the majority of guests are also German. We were in the minority, with only a few Filipinos present, including myself, my travel companion, and a local television executive, who was with another Filipino based in Germany. Plus, the hotel staff. However, the resort's setup made it easy for everyone to interact and get acquainted.

At 4:00 PM, the resort hosts happy hour, where all guests gather at the bar. They have a good strategy to bring everyone together by offering beers at an affordable Php 50.00 each, creating a friendly atmosphere for everyone to get to know each other and chat.

When the dinner buffet is ready, guests are ushered to the dining hall, leading me to my next point:

4. Good food

I don't eat pork, but no worries. Even if it's a lechon buffet, there are so many other delicious choices. Stefan is a good chef. Another great thing about the buffet is that it is cheaper than most buffets in Metro Manila.

5. Nice and cheap

The rooms are very affordable. We got ours, a standard room, at Php 1,500.00 a night. It doesn't have air conditioning, but it is not really needed. Our room is nice and cool. The comfort room is also nice.

6. Free bike to go around the island

Before we went back to the city proper, we decided to borrow bikes from the resort and go around the island.

The resort has maps available, only in German, but they can be translated into English.

We decided to see more of Sipaway Island's coastlines, ports, and its Banyan Tree.

Whispering Palms is truly one of my best resort experiences. It is a place I'd love to revisit, and I usually don't enjoy going back to places I've already visited. Perhaps next time, we'll stay longer.

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  1. indeed a very nice resort. But I wonder how these German citizens own a land in the Philippines where they are not supposed to under Philippine laws. Unless these Germans are married to Filipinas.