Back in college, my relatives in Sipalay, Negros Occidental suggested that I visit Bulata if I wanted to see a beautiful beach. That remained un-ticked in my bucket list until a decade after, when I answered the call for a 185-km drive from Bacolod City.
It’s a zigzag, rocky road on the way to this place, similar to going to Baguio or a land trip to Boracay from Iloilo. Unlike Baguio, however, surrounding the roads are either sugar cane plantation and/or beaches. I honestly can’t imagine anyone reaching this place by bus. But then, the saying that “difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” also apply to Punta Bulata White Beach Resort & Spa, a place that I have discovered over the recent holidays, in the almost hidden barangay in Cauayan, Negros Occidental
There are many reasons why people want to go to the beach. In my case, I’d usually head to the beach when I’d like to get away from the noisy city, and to take a quiet walk around the white sandy beach, alone in the sun, sweet wind, sand and sea. Punta Bulata did not disappoint me on such agenda.
Once I reached my destination, a slanted coconut tree that faces the beach was a welcome site. In my opinion, this view is Punta Bulata’s best feature, and a reason to visit. I was also told that it is arguably the most photographed view.
There are beautiful cabanas and casitas, and there are also the Ayu Spa hotel rooms where I and my family managed to book a spacious room without hassle.
Our perks as hotel guests staying overnight:
· Free welcome drinks served in-room
· Free sauna sessions
· Hot & cold shower
· In-Room TV with cable
· Free full body massage for 1 person (which was availed by my brother in-law after braving the long drive to and from our place).
· Free breakfast for 2 adults, inclusive of fruit platters
Certainly, an overnight stay was not enough to explore the beauty of Punta Bulata, since other than a resort, Punta Bulata is also a delight for divers and snorklers, being a doorway to Dunjugan Island marine and wildlife sanctuary.
In terms of food and service, however, Punta Bulata certainly has lots of room to improve, in order to match the beauty that this place has to offer. However, it’s also in its being ‘unpolished’ and not being too commercialized that one gets attracted to the place. Everything considered, it still gives value for money for those outsiders of Cauayan and foreigners who have full-packed agenda.