Chinese New Year is officially done and it also signifies one important thing, especially, for the outdoor lovers—Summer season is about to come! And if you are looking for a place to have your Summer adventures and escaped whether alone, with your barkada, or loved ones, we are giving you three reasons why you should choose to visit Dumaguete City and stay in a resort named The Henry Hotel.
- A new place in town
Named as the City of Gentle People, Dumaguete City is the Capital City of Negros Oriental. This paradise is known for its rich culture and traditions reflecting in its colorful Buglasan Festival and ancestral houses surrounding the city. And speaking of ancestral houses, there’s a new hotel property in town that is just a few minutes away from the Dumaguete Airport in Sibulan–The Henry Resort Dumaguete.
This establishment is the newest lifestyle destination in Negros Oriental. It might be new but it came from a rich history. According to the property owner, Jaime Ponce de Leon, The Henry Resort Dumaguete is the former South Sea Resort that had been a landmark destination for the province for four decades. In 2016, de Leon through the help of Arnold Antonio and his cousin Terri Villegas, closed the deal of buying the property.
“I was looking at a potential and I was most aware of its historical value considering that every one of us has truly attended a wedding, a debut, graduation or whatever kind of party here, being this place as the place to be,” he said. “Perhaps, this is just a passing of the torch from the old to the new – an infusion of new blood to match the requirements and necessities of a new generation.”
- The amenities
When it comes to amenities and aesthetics, this establishment is giving its guest the best of nature while in the heart of Dumaguete City. Interior designer Erica Paras who’s known for his nature-inspired work combined with de Leon’s vision created a tranquil place to stay-in for everyone.
The resort has 32 rooms spread across eight villas surrounded with plants. For outdoor activities and events, the resort has The Amorsolo Conservatory and The Fabian de la Rosa Lawn. They might not have their own beach front, but The Henry Resort has its own pool lounge and outdoor dive pool in the villa.
Inspired from the honesty store in Batanes, it also has its own boutique souvenir shop called The Honesty Henry by Subida, where you can buy locally made and sustainably-sourced products such as fashion jewelries, bags, and clothes.
For the art enthusiasts, de Leon’s name might sound familiar because after all, he’s the man behind the Leon Gallery in Makati. That is why, the Henry Resort also has Leon Gallery as part of its amenities where local heritage artworks are being kept and displayed for guests to see and visit.
And what is vacation without delicious food? The resort is a house to different restaurants and a home grown brewery—Noelle’s Brunch Bar, Cafe Sans Rival, Negrense Microbrewery, Si, Senor, Coffee Collective, and Red Kitchen. You’ll never run our of food option from Filipino, Italian, to Mediterranean cuisines.
Apart from it being just 15 minutes aways from the airport, this resort is also a great jumping point to different tourist destinations not just in the province of Dumaguete but across the different islands, for it overlooks the Souther Tañon Strait.
Some of the best places to visit nearby are the Rizal Boulevard Baywalk where you can enjoy a breezy walk and mouthwatering food crawl, Pulang-Bato and Casaroro Falls in Valencia, Apo Island Marine Sanctuary, Siquijor Island Tour, and just recently, the local government unit headed by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo had officially opened the regional site of the National Museum of the Philippines in the city. This regional site houses artifacts, relics, and antics collections originated from Negros Oriental.
There you go! See you in Dumaguete! — Jessica Pag-iwayan
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