Two weekends ago, I had my bags packed and my eyes set for Camiguin - an island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It was a trip that had been booked since December (thank you, seat sale) and it couldn't have come at a better time as I was in deep, deep stress. But before sharing with you how our trip went, let me share with you the place we stayed at - Somewhere Else Boutique Resort.
Somewhere Else Boutique Resort goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for their guests. Jerome and his staff, Ayet, Angie, and Andrew, certainly know how to make everyone feel at home. From serving us breakfast outdoors - on the beach or at our backyard, to calling for home-serviced massages after a long day of trekking and exploring the beauty of Camiguin. Each time we came home from an adventurous day going around the island, Jerome and his staff were there to welcome us and ask us about our day. Not to mention, they have quite the friendly dogs too!
The villa we rented for our stay was called Le Ryadh and was equipped with air conditioning, a shower and a toilet (separate), a day bed, an actual bed, and a small pool on the rooftop where you can lounge during the mornings or at sunset while sipping on a glass of red wine (which is exactly what we did). We were a group of five, so we had an extra bed added in. Le Ryadh was spacious so there was no need to worry about losing space from the extra bed.
At the side of the house, there was an outdoor shower which you can use after taking a dip at the beach, which is right behind the villa, so you get to enter the house all clean and sand-free. There is also a hammock bigger than any hammocks I've ever relaxed in.
If you come to Camiguin without a set plan, they have pamphlets of tourist spots; you can also ask Jerome personally and he'll easily suggest you some places to check out, complete with a map! ;) We usually had to go to him when we didn't know which restaurant to eat at next.
Somewhere Else Boutique Resort is also located nearby good restaurants like my favorite, Casa Roca Inn, as well as some spots to check out like Katibawasan Falls, Sto. Nino Cold Springs, Sunken Cemetery, and Guiob Church Ruins.