Saturday, May 14, 2011

Raymen Beach Resort

Raymen's Air-Conditioned Rooms
Raymen Beach Resort is located at Alubihod Cove, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Province.  At present, there are four resorts located along Alubihod Cove but so far, Raymen Beach Resort is the most developed and the most visited resort in this area.  An advance reservation is needed especially if you're planning to stay during peak seasons like summer.  Reservation can be done through telephone with no advance payment required.

We stayed at Raymen Beach Resort for two nights staying in their air-conditioned room which is good for 4 persons.  The room was provided with two double-sized beds, a small cabinet for our belongings and a bathroom.  Nothing fancy about the room and the beddings and towels provided were old and may already be considered for disposal. 

There's a corkage fee for foods brought outside but they are not really strict in inspecting the visitors' baggage.  Anyway, even if you don't bring food, they have a restaurant inside with a lot of menu to choose from.  I really liked their adobong pusit (squid cooked in vinegar and soy sauce), the squid is so fresh and tender ... yummy.  It will save you time if you'll just order in advance and tell them the time you want your food served.

Fresh catch direct from the local fishermen.
There is also a common grill area provided and some guests have brought their own cooking utensils.  They cooked rice and noodles using charcoal.  If you wake up early, around 5:00 in the morning, you can wait for local fishermen on the beach unloading their catch for the day so you can buy fresh fish at a cheaper price.

The easiest way to cook the fish.  No utensils needed.

The beach front along Alubihod cove is just a short span (less than a kilometer) with rock formations on both ends.  The water is calm and clear with fine (not as fine as that of Boracay though) and cream colored sand.  Just perfect for swimming both for the young and the "young once".

A view of Raymen's beach front taken at their sundeck.

Raymen beach front at dusk.

Overall, we had enjoyed our stay at Raymen Beach Resort, we enjoyed the beach and the fresh seafoods.

How to get there?

From Iloilo City, you can reach Raymen Beach Resort by taking a 15 minutes ride in a passenger pumpboat from Ortiz Wharf to Jordan Wharf which costs 14 pesos per person.  From Jordan Wharf you can ride a jeepney going to Nueva Valencia town which costs 30 pesos per head and from there, take a tricycle ride going to Raymen Beach Resort which costs 10 pesos per person.  From Jordan Wharf to Raymen Beach Resort, it will take you about 45 to 60 minutes of land travel.

If you travel by group you may opt to rent the service of a mini jeepney from Jordan Wharf going to Raymen Beach Resort.  We took this option and we paid 400 pesos for the service.  We also asked the driver to come back for us two days after.

If you have an extra budget and you want to skip the land travel, you may also opt to rent the service of a pump boat from Jordan Wharf going straight to Raymen Beach Resort.  It would take you about an hour to reach the resort at a price starting at 2000 pesos.

For more information, see their leaflets here or contact them at 0918-5207271/(033)3960252/3960383.

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