Bluewater Resorts

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cebu | Sumilon · Bluewater Beach Resort

After experiencing royal treatment care of the Maribago Bluewater staff, we hastily went on to a different kind of luxury trip. We as mountaineers are accustomed to sleeping in temporary abodes yet this particular adventure definitely became one of our most memorable. At first touch of our feet inside the resort premises, we eagerly embarked on a luxurious island trip of Sumilon, hoping for a different kind of twist. Well, it wouldn’t really count as an “Island trip” if one wouldn’t be sleeping inside a tent. 

Not knowing that traffic in Cebu would be such a breeze, we arrived very early at the boat waiting area. The courteous staff welcomed us with lemon zest iced tea and a small introduction about the island. After half an hour of waiting, we finally boarded the big pump boat and in about 10 – 15 minutes, we were already stepping atop the luxurious island of Sumilon.

Upon arriving, the welcoming staff greeted us with warmth as the resort manager introduced himself with pride. He toured us briefly and escorted us directly to our quarters. It was only a tent but boy was it regal. It was big, comfortable and to add a bonus convenience, a personal assistant named Kuya Jepen, was assigned to accompany us the whole time.

island entrance
glamping (glamorous camping) tent
free treats
A few minutes after setting up our stuff, our stomachs gurgled incessantly as it requested for a sumptuous meal. Thankfully, the menu of the resort boasts different kinds of dishes.
We had Buffalo wings and Ceasar Salad for appetizer, Lechon cebu and Pork Ribs as main entrée and Braso de Mercedez and Crème Brule for dessert.

pork ribs
sumptous desserts
After the meal, we decided to take a dip at their gorgeous infinity pool. Unlike Maribago, Sumilon only has 1 swimming pool but the view offered by the vista was one of a kind. You can see mainland Oslob from a distance whilst being enhanced by the view of the coral bed down below. The waters of the sea is so clear that you could actually see if a big fish is swimming by.

infinity pool with its infinity view
We spent the day here until the sun started do kiss the horizon.

bubble pool
Before sundown however, we decided to take a stroll to the famous white sand bar of Sumilon. Many visitors of Oslob rent a boat just to visit this place yet there we were, only 5 minutes away from a cool refreshing dip.

We stayed here until the sky turned dark blue.

After taking a refreshing bath, Kuya Jepen surprised us by preparing a lovely dinner by the beach. The bonfire gave us a much needed warmth as the resort chef personally introduced the awesome dinner they prepared for us.

We had Sinigang sa Miso and Tuna ceviche as appetizer, Surf n Turf Caldereta as main entrée and coconut halo halo for dessert.

It was definitely the best way to cap off a one of a kind day inside the wonderful island of Sumilon. Our chef and Kuya Jepen said their goodnights as we closed our tent flaps at the sight of the shining stars.

At the first sight of the sun, we readied our soles for an easy hike. We packed our gear, laced our shoes and said our morning prayers. We decided to have our breakfast after this as conclusion to our very much memorable Cebu trip.

We started the hike by going up a hill that would give you a great view of the island’s beach and static lake. It was just an easy hike that wouldn’t even require a tough footwear.

The first attraction of the route is a viewpoint of the coral beach side. It offers views of the kayak lake, outdoor spa and the glamping area. It was definitely a surprise as we weren’t expecting a high enough part in the island to see such a spectacle.

After a few minutes of hiking, we reached the old lighthouse of Sumilon. It is a monolithic structure that can be climbed by anyone who has enough guts to do it. Well, I thought it was easy. I climb mountains for fun yet this edifice gave me enough butterflies to render me shaking at the half point of the ladder.

The leisure stroll around Sumilon can be completed in just half an hour. It’s a great feature in a luxury resort especially for people wanting an alone time with nature.

We finished the hike by kayaking the static lake and snorkelling the fantastic coral bed just beside the glamping area, a great way to end our 4 day trip.

As I slid beside our table, I couldn’t stop thinking how perfect this sojourn ended. Very much like the final breakfast they prepared, this whole trip gave different flavors mashed up into 1 very memorable place. It was sliced nicely, blended perfectly and gave us one of the best vacations we've ever had. And if given a chance to go back and experience another of Sumilon’s finely made breakfast, I wouldn’t even think twice of taking a piece and eating it whole until the plate is clean.

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Contact them here:


Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, 
Cebu, Philippines 6025

Phone: (63 32) 318 3129 / 318 9098
Mobile: 0917 631 7512 / 0999 885 8337

Rm. 704 Cityland Herrera Tower Rufino cor. Valero Sts. Salcedo Village,
Makati City, Philippines

Phone: (63 2) 817-5751 / 887-1348
Fax: (63 2) 893-5391

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How to go to Sumilon Bluewater resort

Daily flights from Manila to Cebu are available regularly.

From Cebu-Mactan International Airport, ride a bus bound for Oslob, Cebu. Alight directly at the mainland entrance of Bluewater Resort. You can also request (with additional charge) for a shuttle from the airport to Sumilon bluewater resort upon booking.

Additional photos of the Sumilon Bluewater Resort:

deluxe room
deluxe room
front porch of deluxe room
front porch view
amuma spa
amuma spa
best. breakfast. ever.

infinity pool
Kuya Jepen, our personal assistant


  1. Really had a great time there in 2010 :D

  2. At this time I am in Sumilon island and I am stayed in hostel which is near the beach, This resort is also near to my accommodation but its much expensive, if you have low budget for your trip, It's can't allow thinking stay at this resort. Any way this resort is relay wonderful and full of all luxuries.

  3. Oh my! That is how you can perfectly describe a paradise. I must really go there soon. =)

  4. Sumilon is a paradise. But with the word luxury in it, I think I may have to save for 3 months before I can afford a night accommodation. Gaaaah!
    Congratulations! What a lovely entry.


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