My motorbike ride roared through the narrow ascending road hugging the side of the hills. It’s always exciting to step on a new island. In this case, my feet, finally grounded on Tablas Island, the largest of the three mjor islands in Romblon province. I flew into the island via PAL and landed in Tugdon airport. My motorbike is taking me to Aglicay Beach Resort in the neighboring town of Alcantara. My eyes were constantly peeled as I absorb the idyllic landscape of this island countryside. We got off the main road and saw a sign “4km to Aglicay Resort”. I’m glad where I’m staying is only less than half an hour from the airport. As the motorbike took its twist and turns entering the distant baranggay of Comod-on, my senses were captivated by the road side view. The ocean vista opening up its glorious view and the cove just ahead. Stunning white sand beach before us hugged by verdant hills. This is going to be an exciting escape, I thought. Aglicay Beach Resort, my home for a couple of nights in Tablas, Romblon.
Aglicay Beach Resort
The sprawling 20-hectare Aglicay Beach Resort is owned by amiable couple Guillermo and Glenda Martinez. A property they purchased from their relative while they were working for 36 years in the USA. The lush and quiet cove with waters rich in marine life was originally planned as a retirement home. But after clearing the area, building access roads and adding facilities, they decided to share the place by initially opening it to friends. More resort facilities were built by 2004 and it quietly opened to the public by 2006. By 2007, it became a full service resort having been accredited by Department of Tourism (DOT).
Home at the Serene Cove
Almost a decade since it opened to the public, Aglicay Beach Resort didn’t seem to have lost a bit of its charm. The whole area, already vast in itself, is clean and impeccably maintained. The beach area has little to no sign of litter, the manicured garden and bermuda grass areas were healthy green and flourishing. I was welcomed warmly by Jean, the person in charge at that time at their small open air restaurant which doubles as the reception and also a small store.
Aglicay Beach Resort has 10 rooms divided in two sections – the beachside rooms and the hillside rooms. I had a beach side room and boy was it big. It can fit at least 3–5 people inside. The rooms are concrete but airy. It is nothing fancy but comfortable and well-kept through the years. There may be room for upgrades but I had a good night’s sleep in my three day stay here which is important factor for me to any stay. Airconditioning was working fine and water pressure was quite strong. I like that I could already see the beach when I leave the room and conveniently a few steps away to the restaurant.
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Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.