Iloilo beaches and beach resorts. If you’d like to spend time in Iloilo City but want to stay at a nearby beach resort, here are a couple of options. Nes and Tat’s Beach Resort in Oton is closer to the City and has a pool, Sol y Mar Beach Resort in Tigbauan is quieter and has a better beach. Don’t expect to find Boracay quality white sand beaches near Iloilo City. The sand is brownish.
Sol y Mar Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo
Sol y Mar is a beach resort in Tigbauan, on the National Highway, about 20 KM west of Iloilo City. While we have not stayed there overnight, friends have, we have dined there, looked at the cottages and had a tour of the resort facilities. We now live only a short walk away. There is a restaurant offering basic dining options; grilled seafood, chicken and pork as well as sandwiches. Especially recommended are the buko shakes and brewed coffee.
For us, Sol y Mar is the best option for those who want stay overnight at a real beach resort, one good enough for swimming, but still close to the urban amenities of Iloilo City. It’s also a good option for those in Iloilo City who want to get away to the beach for the day. One big advantage of Sol y Mar is that the resort itself controls quite a large beach front, plus adjoining large properties are undeveloped. This means the water quality is better because there are no failing septic systems nearby. Sol y Mar is a venue for many weddings and photo shoots.
Many local beach resorts cater to a local clientele. They can be crowded and noisy, especially on weekends. This can be enjoyable, but may be a disappointment for a foreigner seeking quieter pursuits. Sol y Mar is ideal for the later.
You can come and use the beach for a P40 per person (P20 for children). You can rent a very nice picnic shelter for the day for P300 or you can rent an air con cottage for P1400 to P1500. The cottages are nicely designed and the entire resort well landscaped and meticulously maintained. The restaurant is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
From the resort you can walk the beaches. but can also walk into Tigbauan proper, visit the extensive market or the 18th century Spanish church. Ask the resort owner for directions for a short and pretty walk to the atmospheric ruins of a Muscovado sugar mill, sheltered under huge Acacia trees.
Web site: http://www.solymariloilo.com