Zentraveler visits St Bernard Resort, Bantayan Island, Philippines

St Bernard Seascape

St Bernard Resort!

The place you will return because of the serenity and laid back atmosphere. Located directly across from a small island. You get the feeling you are in another foreign country with its bright blue seascapes nestled in between the swaying coconut trees.

For those who are more adventurous you can arrange a day trip to the Virgin Islands where they have a private beach and snorkeling or rent a motorbike and tour the entire island by going via Madridejos, Bantayan, Santa Fe, and back to the St Bernard Resort located on Alice Beach, Okoy area. You can also rent bicycles to go to the market, restaurants and bars and tour the scenic back country dotted with native houses and smiling children.

How to get to St. Bernard Resort. Drive from Cebu approx 3 hours, arrive in Hagnaya port and take a ferry on the Island Express ferry-boat… about 1 hour and arrive on scenic unspoiled Bantayan Island at the port of Santa Fe. For those who don’t have their own transportation you can hire a private van, a taxi, or travel by bus from Cebu north terminal to Hagnaya, take the ferry and arrive at the port of Santa Fe. You then can take a trickle from Santa Fe port directly to the resort… approximately one kilometer. If driving turn right at first junction and follow the signs into St Bernard Resort and Restaurant.

For business types and those folks in a hurry you can also fly from Cebu to Bantayan Island flying time approximately 25 minutes. Flights originate at Mactan Cebu Airport: in the Mactan General Aviation Terminal.(MON/WED/FRI) at the regular fare of P1,500 per person, 1 way. Mid-SEA Express eight passenger plane. Prices and flights subject to change. To book a flight CALL Mid-Sea Express offices at: +63-32-495-6976 and 512-4241 – Mid-Sea Express cell numbers: 0929-426-9980 Also 0939-270-2185

Native Boat Scene

Bring a good book and forget about the rest of the world. This is a place just to kick back and watch the world go by. If you are looking for the razz ma tazz, night life until the cows come home, noisy karaoke bars, and bikini bars… you have come to the wrong resort.

St Bernard Cottage

You can have your breakfast, lunch and dinner on their outdoor restaurant overlooking the ocean and take drinks on chase lounges or in your own nipa hut for privacy. Boring it is not and quiet it is! You can watch the local fisherman mending their nets and setting off to catch the fresh fish of the day, go swimming in the crystal clear water, get a great suntan or just hang out.

Painted Cottage Scene

The resort is operated by Flemming who is Danish and his partner Eden who is a native Philippine who do everything possible to make your stay a pleasant one. Flemming raises birds with quite a few species including the colorful golden pheasants, african canaries, and a variety of brightly painted birds, which with their songs can bring cheer to anyone who takes the time to listen.

Bird Photo Opt

The resort is simple yet elegant as all of the cabins are artistically decorated with native materials and painted brightly with scenes over your Boudoir. It is also handicap friendly which is nice to know if you are planning a trip or know anyone who has this need.

For additional information and reservations contact:St. Bernard Beach Resort Alice Beach, Okoy, Sta. Fe., Bantayan Island, 6047 Cebu, Philippines
Tel no.: (+63) 32-438-9133
Email address: bernard@bantayan.dk
Website: http://www.bantayan.dk/
A direct quote from the St Bernard website: St. Bernard is not a big place, we only have 8 cottages available. All are made of stone in a very unique round design and with a beautiful nippa roofing. Our beachfront have a nice view of the two small islands “Hilantagaan” and “Virgin Island”


So there you have it! If you are looking where to stay in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island area and want privacy, tranquility and diversion …..St Bernard Resort would be an excellent choice.

QUOTE: “The great advantage of a hotel is that it’s a great refuge from home life” –George Bernard Shaw

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:We are losing Earth’s greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries.

Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies, and land owners. Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation. Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists. Most rainforests are cleared by chain saws, bulldozers and fires for its timber value and then are followed by farming and ranching operations, even by world giants like Mitsubishi Corporation, Georgia Pacific, Texaco and Unocal.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Native trees…they are being sold and chopped down at an alarming rate. Stop! Do anything to help the cause… including volunteer re-forestation.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It’s all in zee travel… so get moving grasshopper or be a couch potato. If it’s up to you… it’s up to you!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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