We always love to travel, discover new places, eat at new local restaurants, and see places we have never been. We observe people, notice their way of life, enjoy the new sights, get to know friendly people, and even invent stories based on their looks, clothing, and what they are doing.
Traveling is enriching, soul-searching, and family bonding all roll into one.
Last summer, we had the chance to spend three days of fun, sun, sand, tan, run, and bond at Lakawon Island Resort and Spa, which is located in Cadiz City, situated in the northern part of Negros Occidental, Philippines.
After a 4-hour drive from our place, we were greeted by very hospitable and friendly staff, and of course, we got the chance to see the island from where we were standing. We had a glimpse of what was in store for us.
Fifteen-Minute Pump Boat Ride
We rode a small pump boat, capable of carrying around 20 passengers to bring us to the island. What was more exciting was we got our two cute dogs, a Labrador named Sky, and a furry one, Bolt, a two-year-old Shih Tzu.
At first, I was a bit alarmed seeing the Labrador afraid of getting up the motorboat. But, with my prodding and pushing, she stepped on the banca hesitantly. It was a smooth sailing ride for about 15 mins, and lo and behold, we were on Lakawon island.
Lounging at the Beachfront
Next to Boracay, Lakawon Island Resort has the whitest and powdery sand with crystal clear blue water. We settled in a hotel-like cottage on the beachfront, a few steps away from the shoreline, so it was easy for us to go back and forth from the beach to the house and vice-versa.
We rested at the cottage on the first day, ate our lunch, and walked along the shoreline. Before we knew it was already dark, so it was dinner time.
My daughter and I grilled the spicy spareribs prepared the night before. While grilling, I sipped a bottle of iced San Mig light, enough to quench my thirst and while away the time attending to our chores. And so we helped ourselves with grilled meat, rice, watermelon, and drinks.
To easily digest what we put in our full stomachs, we leisurely walk along the beachfront with the sound of the waves in the background and the cool breeze rushing on our faces.
Swimming is Indeed Fun with our dogs around.
The second day was the most enjoyable part of the trip. We had the whole day swimming, lazing around the sun, taking pictures here and there, and watching people clean the shoreline. We had a buffet breakfast in the morning and seafood fare for lunch and dinner in an open sky in the evening.
We are so glad that Lakawon is a dog-friendly resort. Sky and Bolt roamed freely within our hotel premises, and they slept with us inside the room, just like at home. They also swam with us, and they enjoyed the water very much.
See you again, Lakawon Island Resort.
It was bye, bye time on the third day. But we got up early to take the last dip in the Lakawon waters. While it was a bumpy ride on the pump boat returning to the main island, we are thankful we docked in safely.
Travels make us see the beauty beyond. Travel is enriching and liberating. Indeed, our Lakawon adventure is one that we will reminisce about so long as we have summers.
You may view the resort website at this link.