April 24, 2010

Bellarocca: That special touch

As I mentioned yesterday, meals are not always served in the main dining room of Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa. Once while we were there, breakfast was served in the seaside pavilion. On our second night, many of the guests were treated to dinner on the beach.

dinner on the beach at Bellarocca Island Resort


But for couples, ahhh! The resort management and staff take extra pains to make their visit one of the most romantic that they will ever experience, setting up candlelight dinners for two in one of the resort's many private and scenic spots. On our first night, our dinner was in the small cabana beside the infinity pool (photo three in my Water, earth & sky post). On our third night, we were served dinner on a small patio on the second floor of the main clubhouse. I don't have photos of ours, but we saw this set-up for another couple on the roof deck of the marina when we went there to watch the sunset.

dinner for two on the marina's roof deck at Bellarocca Island Resort


You know those guest information cards that hotels ask you to fill up the first time you check in? After our dinner on the 'secret' patio, Jan Michel Gautier and some of his management team came out to greet me a happy birthday with this specially-baked chocolate cake. It was still the 17th, but Michel said that he didn't want to wake us up at midnight.

my birthday cake at Bellarocca Island Resort


As if that wasn't enough, when we went back to our room we discovered another birthday greeting on our turned down bed, written in flowers rather than chocolate icing. And just to emphasize how the resort staff think of every little detail, they first placed a tablecloth on the comforter before laying down the flowers and petals—no plant debris on the pristine bedsheets. And that little package near the pillows? Every female guest went home with a natural canvas Bellarocca tote.

a floral birthday greeting on our bed at Bellarocca Island Resort


I hope you enjoyed my Bellarocca series. I still have tons of pictures of the resort and of Marinduque but I think I better go back to posting photos of Metro Manila before Eric throws me out of CDP. If you feel disappointed about that, just imagine how we felt when we had to come back home! BELLAROCCA SERIES #6

26 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

You for sure able to write and take pictures of a fary-tale coming true.
Please have you all a wonderful start into the weekend.


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Jacob said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing photos of this fantastical luxurious spot and I'm so glad that you had a chance to experience it! What fun! And a belated Happy Birthday to you!

Yes, I can imagine coming home would be something of a let-down, but if you lived that life all the time it might get boring...NOT!

the donG said...

that's so sweet... what a great birthday experience it was.

gives me and idea on how to celebrate someone special on her birthday.

i too like dining by the beach.

EG Wow said...

I will likely never experience such luxury myself so it was delightful to learn about yours.

brattcat said...

Hilda, this has been a treat for all of us. I never imagined such a thoughtful, customer sensitive management as this. Thank you for sharing this gentle place. Happy Belated Birthday. May you continue to make these wonderful discoveries and share them with us.

George said...

I've been away from my computer for a few days and got behind in following your posts about the resort. But I've read all of them now and have enjoyed each and every photo. I think you really had a vacation in paradise.

Reena said...

wow, they're so sweet!!!!!! the services sounds awesome. im sure you had the best time there. belated happy birthday hilda! :))

Lianne said...

i want to go to bellaroca!!! their customer service sounds fantastic. i will definitely put that on my list of places to visit.

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Louis la Vache said...

The tradition is for a metal file for cutting through the jail cell bars to be hidden in cakes delivered in prison.
Why, «Louis» wants to know, would you want to escape from a prison this luxurious?

Hells Bells! «Louis» would gladly do a life term here!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Wow! This place is uber-romantic. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the flower petal birthday wishes.

Mirela said...

The second photo shows my kind of holiday place... :)

Rob and Mandy said...

This is like one of those superfancy resorts you read about in the glossy magazines and that you can only afford after winning a lottery jackpot. It is fantastic.
And Eric, leave Hilda alone, or else! Pas touche!

kcatwoman said...

wow sobrang ganda naman ng service na binigay sa inyo. that's really nice. thanks for sharing your post

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Johnny said...

La segunda foto es muy bonita, parece un cuadro, un lugar que no existe en la realidad. Feliz cumpleaños Hilda¡¡
Gracias por tu amable comentario.
Un abrazo

White Oleander said...

What an awesome place to celebrate a birthday! I'm so jealous!

Youth_in_Asia said...

Your desserts look absolutely decadent. The second photo, the one with the table and the green adornments is stunning. What a beautiful location and a wonderful capture.

T. Becque said...

Wow, you guys were treated well! The angle on that second shot is superb! And very nice night shot on the first.

Leif Hagen said...

Happy Birthday, Queen Hilda! Wow - you received the royal treatment! Bon anniversaire! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Happy Birthday, dear Hilda! Glad fodelsedag! O tanjobi ni omedito gozaimashita! Gratulere med dagen!

OH THAT BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!!

Ursel said...

Wow, that place sounds like paradise! And the greeting on the bed must have been stunning after all. You deserved it. Happy Birthday, Hilda!

Misalyn said...

Customer service sounds superb. Don't worry Hilda, Eric will not throw you out of CDP. Takot nya lang :) Wala ng magpapakita ng mga yummy pictures :)

VP said...

Keep posting, we'll be back to Manila as soon as you have finished with these gorgeous images. And if I forgot: Happy Birthday!

Halcyon said...

What a birthday gift! Your husband must be a good man. I think I will have to drop some hints to mine. He still has plenty of time to put it all together since my birthday isn't until October. ;)

Kaori said...

I loved the Bellarocca photo week! And this last post is a great way to finish the series. That birthday cake looks delicious, and the setting couldn't be any more romantic! What a great place you've introduced us to, thank you Hilda ;-D

Lois said...

Oh Hilda, what a wonderful place! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Lori Lynn said...

Sounds so wonderful. Happy belated birthday!
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XY said...

hi hilda! i'd like to know the price range of the food? i'm planning to visit soon and i'm not sure if i should get the packages or just figure out the meals once we get there. would appreciate your response on this. thanks!