Atmosphere Resorts & Spa: A Luxury Resort with a heart for the Environment | Images+Keystrokes
Whenever we travel, it has become a tradition for us to cap our adventure in with an overnight stay in a luxury hotel or resort. It’s the perfect way to cap a week filled with activities. And since we were celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary, we wanted to splurge in a hotel that was special but worth its price. Atmosphere Resorts & Spa was our choice and we couldn’t be happier with our decision.
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa is located in Brgy. Dauin and is about 40 minutes away from Dumaguete City. Situated in the heart of a coconut plantation, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa is a sprawling and lush property that is nicely secluded from the rest of the world.
Check-in was a breeze so we wasted no time and immediately went to our Deluxe Suite Room. We had a good impression of our accommodation; it was like a bohemian beach house. It had a high-ceiling with the plush, comfortable bed located in the middle of the room. It had glass doors and windows covered by white curtains which you may opt to draw to let natural light in. The Deluxe Suite Room is more than adequate for two people. In fact, an additional bed may be added upon request.
It had all the usual amenities such as a mini bar and a widescreen TV but perhaps the most distinct feature of the room was the open-air shower. It is located at the back of the room and fenced high with a bamboo wall. Not too comfortable with showering out in the open? Don’t worry; the bamboo fence is woven tight so nobody can see you as you indulge in a revitalizing shower.
One of Atmosphere Resorts & Spa’s advocacies is environmental conservation and this is very evident with the lack of disposable plastic bottles and containers inside the room. What you’ll see are reusable ceramic pumps for the shower gel, shampoo and lotion. These toiletries are sourced locally in Negros Oriental and are certified eco-friendly. We are never particular when it comes to bath amenities but we do love the lemongrass scent and slightly cooling mint sensation of Atmosphere Resorts & Spa’s bath products.
Meanwhile, drinking water is held in a refillable dispenser. And if you want to bring water with you as you stroll around the property, the hotel provides a glass bottle that you can use.
The following are the standard room inclusions at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa:
- Buffet and cooked to order breakfast
- Return airport/ferry transfers
- Baby cots for children below 3 years of age
- Complimentary WiFi
- Unlimited filtered water
- Complimentary afternoon bar snacks
- 24 hour swimming pool use
- Complimentary 10 minute Indian Head Massage
- Complimentary 20 minute Introduction to Yoga
- Complimentary excursion to Atmosphere Soup Kitchen
Dining at Atmosphere
At Atmosphere Resorts & Spa’s signature food venue, Blue Restaurant, you may enjoy your meals to the soothing sound of the waves at all times. Aside from regular offerings in its menu, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa offers healthy food options for guilt-free dining.
Our accommodation came with complimentary breakfast. It’s not the usual buffet breakfast though because food is not laid out for everyone to take their pick. You’ll have to order food from their extensive menu. According to one of the servers, it was to avoid wasting leftover food which we reckoned was indeed a wiser thing to do. Nonetheless, coffee, juices, breads and cheeses, cereals, and mini sandwiches are available on the buffet table so you are free to get as much as you can consume.
Various cheeses and cold-cuts
We ordered Spanish and Atmosphere’s omelets. We also got Filipino breakfast with tapa, bangus belly, corned beef and eggs. We also requested for a sausage plate with hash brown and continental breakfast plate with waffles and bacon.
All Filipino breakfast plates come with eggs and rice but you may customize these by omitting the eggs and rice. So for a plate, you can have tapa and longganisa, for example, and just have a single egg and no rice. Since our orders were quiet hefty already, we just asked for a single cup of rice. While waiting for our orders, we helped ourselves to slices of emmental, Camembert and cheddar cheeses as well as pieces of salami and pastrami. This power breakfast is so heavy, it’s enough to fuel you until dinner or if you are doing any heavy physical activity.
For lunch, one may choose from their signature dishes. Since we had a heavy breakfast, we only opted for a light lunch of Aglio Olio Pasta and Crispy Asian Noodles with Chicken Sate. The pasta was good but we liked the crispy noodles even more because of its crunch and variety of flavors. The servings were big and good enough for two people.
Lunch at Blue Restaurant
The restaurant is likewise perfect for romantic dinner dates with candle lights that provide a warm, soft glow to the surroundings. You may opt to order from their standard menu or specials for the night.
We ordered Pork Adobo and Pork Bicol Express (there’s a version which uses chicken in lieu of pork). Both had huge portions; good enough for three people.
The Pork Adobo was a little sweet like humba. The Pork Bicol Express, meanwhile, was mildly spicy and made even more savory with the full, creamy flavor of coconut milk. Between, the two we enjoyed the Pork Bicol Express even more although the Pork Adobo was also no doubt scrumptious.
Celebrating our 3rd Wedding Anniversary
Most ingredients are sourced locally or from locations very near the resort. Milk is bought from local farmers while fish is sourced from local fishermen to ensure freshness and, of course, to provide sustainable livelihood to the people around the community.
Things to do at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa
A day at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa is not enough to fully experience what it has to offer. But here are a few things that you can do at Atmosphere:
There are two swimming pools inside the property that you can enjoy throughout the day. The one beside the pool bar is used for dive training, being 9ft. at its deepest section. Be extra cautious while swimming though as there are no lifeguards on duty.
2. Have a yoga session at the tree house
Sign up for a yoga session and enjoy the sound of the calming waves as you find your center at the tree house.
Aside from being a yoga session venue, the tree house also transforms into a fine dining spot where couples can have a romantic dinner with a view of the ocean. The tree house can house up to 10 guests only.
Reminders at The Tree House
Inside the Tree House
- Have a pampering session at The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa’s in-house wellness center, offers a variety of wellness treats like massages and nail treatments. We availed of our 10-minute complimentary head massage here and the hands of the expert therapists worked wonders.
Swimming pool inside The Sanctuary
Before our head massage
4. Learn how to dive
5. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the Poolside Bar
Happy Hour at the poolside bar is from 5:00PM to 6:00PM daily. During this period, you may get two drinks for the price of one. We availed of our complimentary drinks as we enjoyed a serving of fried mozzarella sticks and live, acoustic music.
Unfortunately, the beach is rocky and the waves are strong so swimming at the beach is not a good idea. You may, however, arrange a trip to the nearby Apo Island which offers amazing beaches and good snorkeling sites. Along the fringes of the resort’s shore is a fish sanctuary when one may arrange for a snorkeling activity.
The beach was still breathtaking
We stayed only for a night but it was already an unforgettable experience. It was hard to leave this beautiful place, so given another chance, we would definitely come back to Atmosphere Resorts & Spa.
For inquiries, below are the contact details of Atmosphere Resorts & Spa:
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Maayong Tubig, Dauin 6217 Negros Oriental
Originally published at www.ivankhristravels.com on May 14, 2017.