Needed a transient home for your restless mind and weary heart to rest? Well, Amihan Villa, about three to four hours away from Manila, may be just the perfect place to unwind and forget life's problems. Set on a romantic hilltop setting in Aninuan, Puerto Galera, Amihan is a two-storey villa, assured to provide guests with the much needed relaxation and simple recreation.
It's a mild cardio-workout just getting up there
Very tropical vibe
The communal living area has a modern-rustic feel, with its wooden ceiling and furniture, and some art works. There are several books and magazines for those who want to lounge around the area.
They have Dan Brown's Angels and Demons
The villa consists of five modern, spacious bedrooms equipped with sliding glass door, flatscreen TV, internet connection, air conditioning, and a bathroom creatively designed with a free-standing bathtub and separate shower enclosure. Each room has its own balcony where guests could wine and dine or simply enjoy the panoramic views of nature.
The surrounding scenery, which includes the deep-blue West Philippine Sea and verdant Mt. Malasimbo, is breathtaking and soothing to the eyes. Don't you wish you could take it all home to Manila?
Within the grounds of the villa is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
A promising daybreak
I couldn't resist the inviting water
The in-house restaurant offers a decent selection of food. Never to be missed is their mouthwatering garlic prawns.
Salt and pepper love triangle
Mango chocolate cake
When the ocean becomes too enticing, guests could bask on the sand of Aninuan Beach, a good leisurely 10-minute downhill walk from the villa. The neighboring infamous White Beach, which is just a short walking distance, is also accessible from the shores of Aninuan.
The way to the beach
Bumped into this cute puppy
But all good things must come to an end
Amihan Villa may be small but it is truly stunning and
intimate. The staff, particularly Ms. Gemma, is warm and helpful, ensuring guests’
hassle-free respite or vacation. Staying in this gem of a place is like being
gently blown by Amihan or cool northeast wind – refreshing and invigorating.
I’m certain, you heart will leave happy again.
You don’t always get what you wish for. You get what you work for.
Despite not having seen the Bund,
I was still able to appreciate and enjoy the scholarly discussion among labour
migration experts during an RTD on Labour Migration in Asia organized by the
Asian Development Bank Institute in Shanghai. Plus I get to bond with my boss.
With the freezing weather, buffet cafeteria food
from morning ’til night, a big room all to myself, and the thought that I’m far
away from piles of paper work on my desk, somehow, nakaka-miss being in the biggest
country in the world.