An Unplanned Stay at the San Antonio Resort

Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), is considered one of the strongest tropical cyclones that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, most particularly the Visayas Region of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. I was in Tacloban City just days before the typhoon hit the country. If I had stayed a few days longer, I would have experience first hand the wrath it brought to many of our people.

Capiz is one of the four provinces in Panay Island that was greatly affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Fortunately, there were no reported casualties in the province after the storm. And when I was planning a 10-day trip around Panay, I learned that the Provincial Capiz Tourism and Cultural Arts Office (PTCAO) started a "voluntourism" campaign dubbed as Tindog Capiz. This campaign aims to hasten the rehabilitation of the province by inviting tourists who are willing to make sense of their vacation to serve and help others.

Needless to say, I signed up for the program and included it in my itinerary. I did not book any accommodation before I arrived in Roxas City, the capital of Capiz, since I really had no idea what was in store for me or how many days I would be there. When I arrived in the city, the PTCAO officer informed me that they have partner hotels that offer discounts to tourists who sign up for the voluntourism campaign. Among them is San Antonio Resort, where I chose to stay.

San Antonio Resort
San Antonio Resort

The hotel is situated along Baybay beach three kilometers from the Roxas proper and has a quiet and exclusive location. The 7-hectare resort also boasted of a scenic sunset view that further caught my interest. A perfect getaway from the stress of living in the city.

Garden Suite
Toilet and BathGarden
Garden Suite

I was in awe upon entering the Garden Suite. The room was enormous. The cast of the movie Step-Up can all fit in and have a dance showdown. The furnishings are not quite modern but the rooms still stood elegantly. The suite also has a lounge area and a private garden that can be seen through the huge glass window walls. The toilet and bath (T&B) featured a bath tub with hot and cold water. I definitely made the right choice. Most of the rooms were occupied when I stayed in San Antonio Resort. So I did not have the opportunity to see the other rooms.

Fun ParkBowling Alley

The resort has several amenities including an infinity pool (top left) overlooking the lagoon (top right). Guests can enjoy light snacks and drinks at the Pool bar situated just across the pool. Other activities include kayaking and boating in the lagoon. Families can also have their younger kids play in the Fun Park (bottom left) or spend quality time at the Bowling and Entertainment Center (bottom right).

San Antonio Resort

San Antonio Resort also have venues to meet your social and business functions. Lakehouse 1 and 2 can accommodate a total of 400 guests. The Pool Area can accommodate 300 guests and can cater outdoor parties. There are also smaller rooms which can be tailored to your specific needs. Except for the Pool Area, all rooms are fully air-conditioned and equipped with audio visual equipment.

I enjoyed my three-day stay in San Antonio Resort. I was not able to witness a nice sunset view since the weather was a bit gloomy during my stay. I would definitely stay here when I get back in Capiz.

San Antonio Resort
Baybay Beach, Roxas City
Capiz, Philippines 5800
Tel No: (+63) 36 6216638
Fax No: (+63) 36 6217266
Mobile Nos: (+63) 908 8838736 | (+63) 927 6563477

Manila Office
Tel Nos : (+63) 2 6969401 | (+63) 2 2160615
Mobile No: (+63) 917 3263486

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