(SPOT.ph) As the summer months approach and restrictions are lifted, we’re eyeing more ways to make up for lost time at the beach. Even if we know we’re really city dwellers at heart, it still doesn’t hurt to fantasize about living the island life. A good compromise? Staying on one that’s close enough to the city so you can come and go as you please.
Malapascua Island has always been one of Cebu’s top island destinations. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even sign up for an experience to swim with thresher sharks. And no, this isn’t some kind of fish-feeding photo-op you’ve seen on Instagram. It’s the real thing—just ask seasoned divers.
If that’s not enough to pique your curiosity, then maybe a week-long stay at this beautiful Mediterranean-themed resort might do the trick.
Also read: The SPOT.ph Guide to Malapascua Island
Island Living by Way of Italy at This Malapascua Resort
Blanco Beach Resort is the typical story of falling in love with the island. As early as 2006, its owners have been visiting Malapascua, and in 2012, after the European debt crisis, they made the decision to start investing. The owners hail from Rimini City in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, which Conde Nast Traveler says it’s "one of Italy’s most frequented summer hotspots." That’s because it’s famed for its seaside resorts—and food. But we’ll get to that later.
They also say they're the first one to use flat roofs and other Mediterranean design cues on the island. This decision was not aesthetic alone, but also cultural. Their hometown is actually by the Mediterranean Sea. The use of white and blue is of course reminiscent of idyllic Greecian seascapes.
To add to this vibe, the resort also has a lot of stairs—short ones, so they’re nothing to worry about—and tropical flowering plants. Even if the beach is the main attraction, the surroundings—the architecture and the lawns, the greenery, and the trellises—pull their own weight, too.
On top of that, a great reason to stay at Blanco is privacy. It’s perfect for those who value quiet time, which you’ll need if you plan to get any work done. The staff is also trained not to avoid approaching guests when they are clearly in the zone on their devices. You don’t even have to worry about your Internet connection as the resort boasts high WiFi speed.
“At Blanco, unlike other places, you'll have your own private beach. There are no vendors around. The guard is on duty from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Another plus in keeping our guests safe during the night,” the manager told SPOT.ph
“Cleanliness is also another huge factor that positioned us on a very high scale of value by our guests. We in fact are rated 9.4 out of 10 on Agoda,” they continued.
But if you are in the mood to roam, Bounty Beach, the “main beach” where most of the restaurants, hotels, and dive shops are, is less than-a-kilometer walk away. The other landmarks like the pier and the market are also very accessible. The island itself isn’t very big, so distance shouldn’t be an issue.
“North Beach, with its long white stretch of beach, is one of the best places here in Malapascua. Island hopping is also a very good choice if you're not a diver—snorkeling as well. And since a few weeks ago, I've seen horses. So it can mean that soon there will be sunset horseback riding. Although at Blanco, we do offer a Sunset Aperitif. It’s very romantic for a couple or a very nice experience if you're a group of friends to be on a private boat with a bottle of wine at sunset on,” suggested the manager.
As an added perk, Blanco serves regional Italian cuisine as well as intercontinental staples, of course. Most of their food items are reasonable for an island resort. The white fish sauce Tagliatelle (P400) came highly recommended as well as the Piadina Salame (P300) and Piadina Nutella (P260). You can complete the European island vibe with an Aperol Spritz (P250).
“We have a few choices directly from our native region, which we are proud of. We offer piadina, a kind of round flatbread that can be stuffed with anything—with cold cuts and homemade tuna. Above all, all our ingredients are freshly made in our kitchen. We make our own jam, yogurt, cake, desserts, and bread. We bake our own spianata [a type of Italian flatbread], and we now also have a smoker where we can smoke meat and fish as well,” said one of the owners.
Since 2021, Blanco has offered a discounted package for long stays for couples or pairs, though the manager did hint that solo travelers can make special arrangements if they intend to stay that long—depending on availability, of course.
Blanco Beach Resort is in Barangay Logon, Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu. Regular rates start at P5,800/night, while long-term rates start at P28,000/week. For more information, visit Blanco Beach Resort's website.
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