Tuesday, November 29, 2011


The process of confirming the provisional New7Wonders of Nature results is now underway, and includes the following:

- The validation of all phone and SMS voting results.
- The verification of the calculation.
- The preparation of the Official Inauguration event for each confirmed New7Wonder of Nature.

Organizer will update and announce as each one of the New7Wonders of Nature is confirmed. We expect to start doing this in early 2012 once the validation, verification and preparation process is complete for each one. 

At that point each confirmed New7Wonder of Nature will host an Official Inauguration at the location and in the capital city, during which the Official New7Wonders of Nature Plaque will be ceremonially presented as final confirmation of the status as one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature as voted by the people of the world.

Total voting set a new world record for N7W, many hundreds of millions of votes and a multiple of the votes achieved in our first campaign to elect the man-made New 7 Wonders of the World declared in 2007. 

We will update on the exact number of votes once the confirmation process is fully completed.

BLUEJAZ RESORT - Samal Island - Davao - Philippines

Bluejaz Resort and Waterpark is located at Samal Island, Davao.

Premier location for vacation, relaxation and family fun in the southern portion of the Philippine islands. 

It offers a haven for relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of Davao City. 

A premier destination in Samal Island Davao Philippines, the resort offers fun and excitement with lots of adventure to business and leisure tourist travelers.

PEARL FARM - Samal Island - Davao - Philippines

Pearl Farm of the Orient

If your looking for a great destination island hopping escape in Southern Philippines, 
Then you are looking for a world class destination getaway in Davao. 
The Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island Davao is one of the popular and great destination for island hopping in Southern Philippines.

This is called Pearl Farm because it was once an 11-heactare spread pearl farm with thousands of white-lipped oysters, transported from the Sulu Sea, were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls. Now this farm is transformed into a world class beach resort called the Pearl Farm Beach Resort that gives local visitors and tourists a perfect setting for a relaxing and escape to a busy and stressful work in the city.

TOURIST CENTER BORACAY - Boracay - Philippines

PALMAS DEL MAR - Bacolod - Philippines

Palmas del Mar Conference Resort Hotel

Situated in the center of the beautiful city of Bacolod, this resort style hotel is a great choice for families looking for a relaxing getaway. 

Offering 55 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, all were tastefully furnished and equipped with standard amenities for guests' utmost comfort and convenience such as air-conditioner, a television with satellite TV.

Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves a variety of delicious dishes as well as Filipino cuisines. At leisure, guest can take a refreshing dip in 3 swimming pools and enjoy the view of Guimaras Strait and the stunning sunset. 

A jogging path, a mini-gym, billiards and a table tennis are available for those want to work out and active guests to keep fit. A Fishing Lagoon is also available onsite. 

A Functional Hall and banquet spaces are available for guests to organize their private as well as public events. 

Providing an excellent amenities, comfortable accommodation, and friendly services, Palmas del Mar Conference Resort Hotel is an excellent choice for a memorable stay in Bocolod.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Boracay Island - Aklan - Philippines

Boracay will always be the BEST beach place in the hearts of many Filipinos. The island is a feast for the senses – there’s gourmet food, a variety of cuisines, luxurious hotels, exotic spas, adventure sports, and the best nightlife on any island.

People go to Boracay not only for the powdery white sands and the energetic nightlife, but also to experience the bohemian beach spirit. This spirit lives on in the people who have decided to stay in Boracay despite the overdevelopment on this small island off the coast of Caticlan.

The people of Boracay are now more eco-conscious, and eco-friendly programs are being rolled out to protect the beauty of Boracay for the next generation

Entalula Island, El Nido, Palawan - Philippines

Entalula Island is the best beach island in the Bacuit Bay group of islands in El Nido, Palawan. It is a small, secluded area with limestone cliffs protecting the beach.

It is a private island owned by El Nido Resorts, but a small portion of the beach can be publicly accessed by island-hopping tourists from El Nido town.

The beach has sugar-fine, white sand that could very well match Boracay’s famous sand. I'm glad they decided not to build a resort on the island to maintain its pristine charm.

The best part of the Entalula Island experience is that you can request the resort to arrange lunch or dinner there for you. That way, you get to enjoy the beach privately and you can savor the time spent with your group or just your special someone.

Long Beach - San Vicente - Palawan - Philippines

Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan is said to be the last beach frontier in the Philippines, boasting a 14-kilometer stretch of white sand that can rival the best beach destinations in the world. Its beauty is raw and undeveloped (no big resorts yet).

The runway of the area’s international airport has already been developed, meaning it can accommodate the big international planes. People are just waiting for the terminal to be built so that the first official flights to San Vicente can commence.

A lot of people have already invested in the beach lots, but its future remains speculative. On a positive note, this time, we get the chance to develop a beach destination with resorts far away from the shoreline and constructed in an eco-friendly way.

One day, I hope to run barefoot across that entire 14-kilometer stretch – from end to end!

Daplac Cove, Boayan Island, San Vicente, Palawan-Philippines

Daplac Cove is relatively undiscovered and rarely talked about, except maybe for the controversies regarding its ownership. I had the pleasure of visiting the island and the small solar-powered house built by Ditchay Roxas. I was blown away by the beauty of the entire cove.

Just imagine: fine, white Boracay-like sand beside aquamarine waters. You can actually open your eyes underwater and it wouldn’t hurt since there is a mix of fresh and seawater.

Daplac Cove also has a vibrant marine life. Sometimes, you can view the cove’s sea inhabitants very close to the shore.

The island is also a nature preserve for the endangered Tabon Bird and the vulnerable Palawan hornbills and eagles. The people of Boayan are protecting the island from illegal fishing and illegal cutting of the kulasi trees

Matukad Island - Caramoan - Camarines Sur - Philippines

Matukad Island offers a wonderful combination of the great features of other beaches. Its sandy beach can be compared to Boracay; its limestone cliffs are like those in Palawan; and its location in a group of islands is similar to that of Hundred Islands. It is located across the popular Gota Beach, which is the location shoot for the TV show Survivor. I like how the island is undeveloped and that it will remain that way.

From Matukad, Laos Island can be found nearby. This is quite a unique place because it has two beach coves that face different sides of the island. You can stand in the middle of the intersection of the beach and you'll have different beach views on your left and on your right. Two limestone cliffs anchor the beach, adding to a visual feast you'll never forget.

Mahabang Buhangin - Camarines Norte - Philippines

The next beach frontier: Calaguas Islands. The place is far from being developed but a lot of backpackers are already visiting the island. You have to cross open seas for two hours onboard a big fishing boat (which could carry a carabao from one island to another).

Once you arrive in Mahabang Buhangin, you'll be captivated by its raw beauty. Its long, uninhabited cove gives you the feeling that you have arrived on the set of The Beach. If you plan to swim, be careful because the beach slopes down drastically. If you want to stay overnight on the island, you have to pitch a tent.

This is perfect for groups of adventurous people who want to bond while enjoying nature. Your only source of entertainment would be your shared life stories and funny misadventures along the way.

Club Paradise Beach - Coron - Palawan - Philippines

The Calamianes Group of Islands in Coron, the northern part of Palawan, is known for its dive spots instead of its beaches. However, there is one island that seems to be blessed with all the white sand that surrounds the area.

The island has a fully developed resort called Club Paradise, which offers urban amenities like good buffet food and modern beach huts (that open to the beach). There, you can also find a dive resort, a videoke room, a jungle bar, and conference rooms for team building sessions.

But the best parts are the hiking trail to the topmost part of the island, the little nature museum, and the secret beach

Balesin - Polillo Island - Quezon - Philippines

Balesin is a forgotten island. This used to be a popular beach escape during the Marcos era. All developments stopped at one point in time and the island became less accessible. There were only two ways to get there: via a 4-hour boat ride or a cost-prohibitive charter flight.

The Balesin resort was not well-maintained and the food needed a lot of improvement. Soon, the island resort was forced to cease operations. With its halted development, the beauty of its beaches became the centerpiece again.

Balesin’s beach is safe for kids because it slopes gradually. I was actually able to visit the place before it closed down. I remember hopping from one secluded beach cove to another on foot. It was very relaxing -- all I did was lie down on the beach and enjoy nature’s splendor.

Kota Beach - Malapascua - Bantayan - Cebu - Philippines

My first beach love: the twin island beaches of Malapascua and Bantayan. We would often go on an inter-island boat cruise on a rented banca just to experience both beaches on one trip.

Kota Beach in Bantayan is like a corner beach. There, you can view nature on both left and right sides – a greatmuni-muni spot to reflect on your life and its many aspects.

Malapascua Beach, on the other hand, is the “undeveloped Boracay”, where you can enjoy the beach without the noise of overdevelopment and the nightlife. It's a place where you can escape, write a book, or simply lounge around incognito.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beaches in the Philippines 1-Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon in Maira-ira was once the hidden beach that was considered the “Boracay of the North”. 
It has a natural cove that turns turquoise blue when seen from a high vantage point. The lush foliage and rice fields surrounding it made its pristine condition even more charming.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Patong Bay Garden Resort - Phuket - Thailand

This 71-room family owned and run hotel provides a blend of traditional Thai courtesy and hospitality with comfortable surroundings, creating an informal atmosphere in which you can relax and enjoy yourself. 

The magic of this hotel begins with its location, opposite the beach, in the middle of the two miles of powdery white sand that is Patong Bay. The bay, which is gently lapped by the clear waters of the Andaman Sea, is the largest and best-known resort in Phuket.

Dusit Thani Laguna - Phuket - Thailand

Situated on Bang Tao Beach, the Dusit Laguna Phuket is a great beachside resort with all the facilities you'd come to expect from Laguna. You can enjoy the swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, recreation centre, a recommendable kids' club, games room, a three hole pitch and putt, water sports and the Angsana Spa all without leaving the hotel grounds. 

Guests at Dusit Laguna Resort can also benefit from an 18-hole golf course, outdoor adventure training centre and horse riding close to the hotel. The entire hotel faces the quiet sandy beach. Enjoy a sundowner watching waves crash ashore with the sun sinking slowly into the golden sea.

Westin Siray Bay Resort - Phuket - Thailand

Escape to The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket, a place where you can awaken your senses and enrich your body, mind & spirit. Our idyllic hillside location is on a private cove overlooking Siray Bay and all 259 guest rooms and suites offer balconies and breathtaking ocean views. The sandy beach and warm ocean are just steps away, or choose from three outdoor pools for a rejuvenating dip. Feel renewed with Westin's signature 'Heavenly Bed' in all guestrooms.

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort rates fourth on our best beach resort list for its wonderful setting on Kata Noi Beach - a white-sand paradise. Year round, this resort has the best of both worlds; the smooth-as-glass sea from November to May and an unforgettable seascape the rest of the year. Kata Noi Beach is away from the crowds so there you will be able to make full use of the 850-metre long strand and revel in the hotel's many facilities, which include six swimming pools, three Jacuzzis, a fantastic spa, no less than six restaurants, tennis courts, cooking classes and much, much more.

Renaissance - Phuket - Thailand

Located on beautiful Maikhao Beach, the Renaissance Resort & Spa offers five-star opulence with over-sized (46sqm) rooms and four different styles of suites set in beachside lush tropical gardens. With the very best in facilities, including a Kid’s Club, business centre, a spa and fitness centre you’re truly looked after at Renaissance and all your needs are not only looked after but anticipated. Sample delicious Thai and international food, fine wines and great espresso at one of Renaissance’s five food and beverage outlets or simply lay back and relax poolside, taking in the beach and sea views.

Impiana Resort & Spa - Phuket - Thailand

Facing Patong's white sandy beach and fringed with tropical greenery, this first-class boutique resort haven is situated at the heart of Phuket's most popular beach. There are no roads separating you from your single storey cabana, allowing you to be closer to the sublime beauty of this… the perfect getaway. As the saying goes, 'no one sleeps closer to Patong Beach than Cabana guests

Andaman White Beach Resort - Phuket - Thailand

Andaman White Beach Resort: the name says it all. The beach in question is Nai Thorn, located in the quieter north of Phuket, away from all the noise and well, tourists. Expect crystal-clear azure-blue sea and fine pure white sand. This beach is usually deserted apart from resort guests as access is only through the resort or by sea. The 54-room resort is a self-contained beach lover's paradise but it doesn't stop there: you can avail yourself of the resort's spa, go scuba diving, work out at the gym or simply soak up the rays on this beautiful beach then pamper yourself at one of the four restaurants. This area is isolated and rugged and a far cry from crowded Patong. Carpe diem in the best way possible; by chilling out at Andaman White Beach Resort.

Amari Coral Beach - Phuket - Thailand

Situated on a secluded private beach at the Southern end of Patong Beach, the Amari Coral Beach Phuket offers a unique location with panoramic views over Patong Bay. The resort's unique location means absolutely everything is within easy reach. From the quiet of the two swimming pools and a secluded small 'private' beach to the colourful action in nearby Patong, where there's all manner of watersports, together with a wide variety of shopping, entertainment and dining experiences.

Karon Beach Resort and Spa - Phuket - Thailand

The only hotel that is truly on the beach in Karon Bay. The hotel is nestled in a quiet corner of Phuket's grandest beach providing a cozy and intimate retreat. Perfect for couples and small families. 81 comfortably appointed deluxe rooms and suites in an exclusive waterfront setting within walking distance of one of Phuket's most popular shopping, dining and entertainment districts. All rooms offer modern comfort and convenience with private balconies overlooking the garden, swimming pool and the spectacular Andaman Sea.

Centara Grand Beach Resort - Phuket - Thailand

Centara Grand Beach Resort

The new Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a five-star beach resort located at the most secluded area of Karon Beach in Phuket, with direct access to the beach and with lush green hills behind the property. All of the 262 spacious rooms, suites, and villas face the bay and feature a private balcony/terrace with breathtaking views of the beach and the Andaman Sea. The architectural design of the resort takes its inspiration from the classical Sino-Portuguese style that was brought to Phuket in the nineteenth century, and the property is set in a landscaped water park with a lazy river and four swimming pools.

Lost Horizon - Panglao Bohol, Philippines

Panglao Island sits southwest of Bohol Island and east of Cebu in the Philippines.

As early as 1803, Chinese, Malaysian and  
Indonesian visitors came here for sightseeing, 
the wealth of marine life and trade. 

As one of the Philippines top tourist 
destinations, Panglao Island remains famous 
for its world class dive spots, snorkeling, 
luscious coral reef and inlets for beach bathing.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Myanmar - (Burma) South East Asia


Myanmar, once called Burma, is one of ASEAN countries, sharing borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. With a total land area of 676, 577 sq. km, the country stretches over 2090 km from north to south and over 925 km east to west. It has a 2832 km long coastline on the Indian Ocean and over 50% of its total land area covered with forest.

Myanmar has a rich cultural and historical heritage with great places to visit like the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Rangoon) and Bagan. 

The natural environment is equally brilliant with many parts of the country still covered in rainforest while rice paddy fields dominant much of the remainder. More than 100 different national races exhibit many unique characteristics.

Did You Know?
The area is abundant in precious stones including jade, sapphires and pearls.
Meanwhile, 90% of the world’s rubies come from Myanmar exports.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lakawon Beach - Cadiz City - Philippines

Lakawon Island Beach Resort

Last April 2005, we spent our Holy week at Lakawon Island in Neg Occ off Cadiz City... A beautiful private Island, i think with just 2 km stretch.. sort of like a huge sandbar, with the beach at the front and back of your room. Beautiful and laid back indeed! I just wanted to share some pictures of this nice and serene place.

Lakawon Island Beach Resort is located in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.


Sipalay - Negros Occidental - Philippines

Sipalay Easy Diving and Beach Resort
Sipalay Easy Diving and Beach Resort is located in the Island of Negros Occidental, Philippines. The Resort and the Dive Center is owned by a Swiss National and PADI Instructor. The Resort officially started to operate since November 2003 and it became a 5***** Star PADI IDC Dive Resort in 2006. The first on the Westside of Negros.

Philippine is a whole year round tourist destination and has 7’107 Islands. The average weather condition is tropical, ranges to summer, Rainy and Dry Season. From June to October is fluctuating to wet and dry. November to February is relatively cool breeze and wet. March to May is hot and dry.

The average temperatures for this specific area are:

During the on season from October to March 25°C to 32°C and from March to the beginning of June is 28°C up to 40°C. After middle of June to the rests of the month are cooler temperatures with some rainy days, ranging from 18°C to 28°C.
The water temperature varies during the on season between 26°C to 29°C and in low season between 24°C to 27°C, but it is possible to dive the whole year round.

Costa Aguada - Guimaras Island - Philippines

Costa Aguada

people found this review helpful

I was initially hesitant going to costa aguada because it was not in the main island of guimaras and thought i might miss a "true guimaras" experience. boy, i was glad i changed my mind! (i booked only the night before going there, yet they were able to immediately accommodate us) the place is really beautiful. 

if you want to really get away and relax, this is where you should be. the island is practically all yours. and the staff were fabulous! they were all smiles and made our stay memorable. 

when i told them we were there to celebrate our (me and my mom) birthdays, i wasn't really expecting anymore than a greeting, but they surprised us with the yummiest cake and serenaded us with a sweet bday song. 

i will definitely come back and stay longer and truly enjoy the place. Oh, and food was great too. Not as pricey as i thought they would be in such an exclusive resort.
(by blacklily)