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Philippines Tour Part 3: The atmosphere Resort & Spa and a Cockfight

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From tranquil Sipalay City, we continued on toward Dauin / Demaguete to the atmosphere Resort & Spa luxury hotel. On the way, however, there first was some “spat” in the cockfighting arena…

From Sipalay City (part 2 of 5) we made our way over secluded roads to Dauin near Demaguete and the atmosphere Resort & Spa.

Bungalow at the atmosphere Resort

Bungalow at the atmosphere Resort

Diving and snorkeling off Apo Island

One of the hotel’s features is also a dive center with Swiss staff. As is common in the Philippines, you take an outrigger boat to your dive spots. Of interest for snorkelers as well is a trip to Apo Island. The island is visible from the hotel and the crossing takes about 30 minutes. We observed giant tortoises very close to the beach, and much more.

The dive boat ladder

The dive boat ladder

There is a lot to see on the variegated coral reef for snorkelers as well.

Snorkeling over the coral reef off Apo Island

Snorkeling over the coral reef off Apo Island

Apo island at sunrise

Apo island at sunrise

The atmosphere Resort’s garden, golf green and barbecue by the pool

On arrival, I was particularly struck by the fairway-like lawn that connects the bungalows to the restaurant, the pool and the beach. Walkways there were none; you simply walk on the cotton-soft lawn and imagine yourself on an above-average golf course…

In the evenings, the trees are illuminated to create mood and help you find your way.

Nighttime illumination in the garden

Nighttime illumination in the garden

The pool with its bar is located down by the beach, where the tasty barbecue is also served. On the table materializes what the sea has yielded up hours before. This is paradise for those who love fish and marine critters of all kinds.

Evening by the pool

Evening by the pool

Beach barbecue

Beach barbecue

But not only does the pool create atmosphere in the evening, but rising early in the morning also has its rewards…

The pool and beach at dawn

The pool and beach at dawn

Atmosphere Resort Bungalows

The bungalows are “extremely” large-dimensioned. In addition to a spacious living room and bedroom, they have fully equipped kitchens. And there are outer and inner patios, where you can take a shower in the open air if you like.

Bedroom with double bed and private patio

Bedroom with double bed and private patio

All rooms come equipped with fast WiFi.

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Cockfights

In the vicinity of the resort on the way to Demaguete is a cockfighting arena . It may not be for everybody, but, since the Philippines are the only place in Asia where cockfighting is still legal, and it was Sunday, I decided to have a look at one.

Raising fighting cocks

Raising fighting cocks

Once the cocks have aggressively plucked away at each other and so give a preview of their competitive strength, bets are taken. It is loud and hectic. Everybody is yelling back and forth and over each other at the tops of their lungs.

When enough cash has been put up, the fighting roosters are let loose. At first, they just stand there for a few seconds and gawk all around. But in an instant, it starts, and they attack each like they’d been stung by a tarantula, flapping all over each other in a blur that makes it hard to see what’s what.

Cock fight

Cock fight

And just as suddenly, after a brief struggle, one of them lies dead on the ground, since they have a long blade strapped to one leg. The owner of the winning cock gets the wagered amount minus the broker’s fees, the loser ends up in the Sunday soup pot.

Another fight follows, with more betting.

Cockfight referee with ‘Swiss” participation!

Cockfight referee with ‘Swiss” participation!

In this context, the English word “cockpit” takes on a whole new meaning. It raises the question why we call it an airplane “cockpit”?

In Part 4 of this article series, we continue on by ferry to Bohol Island.

 

This trip was made possible by the Asia specialists at tourasia and Singapore Airlines. Thank you very much!

Click here for the homepage of the atmosphere Resort & Spa.

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Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog travelmemo.com. In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.

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