All 20 hectares of Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa are mountainous terrain, with its highest point at 114 meters above sea-level. To seasoned travelers, images of the picturesque island of Santorini in Greece will come into mind upon reaching the resort. Common to both are its rolling terrains and immaculate white buildings perched atop its cliffs: white structures that reflect the sun and contrast with the azure blue seas below.
Bellarocca (beautiful rock) is located on a small island-mountain off the south western coast of Marinduque and features 70 exclusive and stunningly appointed 40-80 sq.m. Hotel Rooms & Suites, 70 sq.m. Terrazas, 100 sq.m. Casas (opening 2012), 200 sq.m. Villas (with eternity pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis) and a 450 sq.m. Guesthouse. Balconies and verandahs offer breathtaking views of the Sibuyan Sea and the volcanic peaks of majestic Mt. Malindig.
Guests enjoy utmost privacy and intimacy while indulging in the resort’s complete aqua sports facilities, a grand spa and wellness center (2012), 9-hole golf course and other land-based recreational activities. Guests arrive at the island direct via private helicopters, chartered flights from Manila to Marinduque or, on-board exclusive luxury yachts.
Marinduque Island is a brief 35-minute flight south of Manila, Philippines and is known for the Moriones Festival, multi-tiered Bathala Caves, 17th century Spanish Cathedrals, Torrijos Loom Weavers, Butterfly Farms and medicinal Hot Springs found throughout the island.
Beautiful Rock: An Overview
Striving to reach a balance between man and nature, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa sets it just right. Its relentless beauty will surely catch the eye of the beholder – daylight over the horizon promises a near reflection of cerulean blue skies and water. Approaching the island, the surrounding foliage provides the stucco-white structures with a sense of serenity and calmness. Add to that a touch of wild colors—influenced by man and nature—courtesy of flowers that frame both the interior and exterior of this magnificent resort, this breathtaking backdrop goes hand in hand with world-class accommodations and amenities to rival the world’s best.
Geography and Location
Bellarocca is situated off an island in the southwest coast of the Marinduque province. Located between the southeastern portion of Luzon and Mindoro islands, Marinduque is flanked from four sides: North, South, Northeast and Southwest by the Tayabas Bay, Sibuyan Sea, Mompoy Bay and Tayabas Strait, respectively. Popular for the Moriones Festival, the province has a land area of 959.2 sq. km., including four major islets and seven minor ones. Characterized by seaside cliffs, valleys, hills and sparsely dotted plains across this heart-shaped region, therein lies even more impressively, the unexplored caves, hot springs, waterfalls and underwater flora and fauna.
Putong, Marinduque’s unique custom of welcoming and honoring guests, coupled with the quaint and laid-back ambiance is what greets you upon your arrival. The ceremony starts with a group of men and women serenading the honoree. This group called the mamumutong sing and dance in front of the guests, showering them with flowers and coins to wish them long life and as a sign of affection. The charming hospitality of the locals as well as the unhurried atmosphere guarantees the start of a truly memorable vacation.
Of course, no culture is without music and arts as shown by the Marinduquenos who are identified with the Moriones festival. This celebration is held during the Easter and involves a re-enactment of Christ’s passion and death. Moriones is derived from the word Morion, a type of open helmet used during the 16th and early 17th centuries, a part of the medieval roman armor. Thus, in addition, this festival is characterized by colorful roman costumes, painted masks and helmets and brightly colored tunics.
Aimed at integrating leisure resort operations with a holistic wellness facility, organic luxury, Bellarocca’s total of seventy (70) accommodations are designed with relaxation and discreet luxury in mind. Bellarocca offers fresh and modern accommodation spaces of fine proportion and are beautifully appointed in classic Mediterranean architecture fused with local cultural flavors and influences. Those with balconies and verandahs will enjoy the sweeping views of the Sibuyan Sea and the volcanic peaks of Mount Malindig.
- (21) Hotel Deluxe Rooms • (3) Hotel Junior Suites • (6) Hotel 1-Bedroom Suites • (7) 1-Bedroom Casas, (6) 2-Bedroom Casas, (6) 3-Bedroom Casas (casas opening December 2011) • (10) 2-Bedroom Terrazas • (3) 1-Bedroom Garden Villas • (1) 2-Bedroom Garden Villa • (2) 1-Bedroom Cliff Villa • (1) 2-Bedroom Cliff Villa • (1) 3-Bedroom Guest House
After exploring the pristine shores of the beach and gazing at the clear blue skies, discover the rest of what lies beneath the sparkling water that calls to you. Unwind and relax as Bellarocca indulges you with the finest facilities and amenities you could ever want. Each of the intimate and luxurious deluxe rooms, suites, casas, terrazas and villas offer:
- Beddings and pillow selection • Individually-controlled air-conditioning / individual climate control • Personal bar and refrigerator • Coffee and tea selections in the room • Drinking bottles of water in the room, replenished daily • Private balcony and/or garden with inspiring views • Jacuzzi and / or bath tub • All villas are equipped with its own private infinity pool that look out into the Sibuyan Sea • Complete range of bathroom amenities with all natural luxury, earth friendly products from—Molton Brown, L’Occitane, REN • LCD TV with DVD player and state-of-the-art home theater stereo system • satellite cable TV • iPod docks • Complimentary internet connectivity • Electronic safe deposit box
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