Just wanted to let you know that the resort on Elefante Island opened on February 14, 2009 and is owned by a Filipino corporation and managed by Genesis Hotels and Resorts. The resort description is below:
Bellarocca (beautiful rock) is located on a small island-mountain off the south western coast of Marinduque and features 69 exclusive and stunningly appointed deluxe rooms, suites, casas, terrazas and villas (with infinity pools and Jacuzzis). Balconies and verandahs offer breathtaking views of the Sibuyan Sea and the majestic Mt. Malindig.
Guests enjoy utmost privacy and intimacy while indulging in the resort’s complete aqua sports facilities, a grand spa and wellness center (Mar 2009), a par 36 9-hole golf course & driving range and other land-based recreational activities. Guests arrive at the island direct via private helicopters, chartered flights from Manila to Marinduque, on-board exclusive luxury yachts or direct to Gasan Airport by commercial daily flights operated by Zestair and Seair.
Marinduque Island is a brief 35-minute flight south of Manila, Philippines and is known for the Moriones Festival, multi-tiered Bathala Caves, 17th century Spanish Cathedrals, Torrijos Looms, Butterfly Farms and medicinal Hot Springs found throughout the island.
Barangay – Tungib – Lipata, Municipality of Buenavista
Province of Marinduque, Philippines
Island Destination Overview – Geography, Location and Access
Located between the southeastern portion of Luzon and Mindoro islands, Marinduque is flanked from four sides: North, South, Northeast and Southwest by the Tayabas Bay, Sibuyan Sea, Mompoy Bay and Tayabas Strait, respectively.
Bellarocca Island is situated off the south west coast of the Marinduque province. Characterized by seaside cliffs, valleys, hills and sparsely dotted plains across this heart-shaped region, therein lies even more impressively hot springs, waterfalls and underwater flora and fauna. In addition to these, there are caves that await exploration by adventurous travelers. Many are yet to be fully investigated or documented. The most famous of these cave systems is Bathala Caves which hosts a complex network of seven mostly uncharted caves. In the capital Boac, spelunkers can take delight in the limestone Talamban caves situated on a 300-meter hill.
Because of the location within the Philippine archipelago, Marinduque has been aptly dubbed the heart of the Philippines.
For those who wish to travel privately, guests can choose to arrive at the island directly via private helicopters, chartered flights or luxury yachts from Manila to Marinduque. Arrangements are coursed through our Manila Reservation Staff.
Marinduque is a short 30-minute flight south of Manila. Another access available to guests is the commercial flights from Manila to Marinduque by Zest Air, which flies on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Advance purchases of promo airfares online(www.zestair.com.ph) are being offered as low as PHP3,000.00 net round trip per person.
Land and sea transfers to Bellarocca: From the airport in Marinduque, our guests are met by our airport representatives and picked up by private vans for a 40-minute land transfer to the town of Lipata, Municipality of Buenavista, where Bellarocca is located. From there guests are transferred via speed boats and yachts, depending on the expected number of arrivals, for a brief 5 – minute crossing to the island.