A Greek poet named Euripides once said: “Experience, Travel – these are as education in themselves”. However, many of us dream to travel to exquisite destinations but have to accept the fact that our budget has limits. I’ve always dreamt of going to Greece, explore the temples and ruins, see the culture and witness the sunset in the perfect white and blue architecture of Santorini. Much to my surprise however, I found Santorini in Mambajao, Camiguin.
The rooms were clean, fully furnished and had character in them that you might find only in international destinations; it was literally a window to paradise. A swimming pool is placed right outside your room as you bask under the sunlight or just enjoy the cool breeze as you sip on some refreshments; this was luxury in its finest. Less expensive and less the hassle, from Cagayan de Oro to Camiguin, one can travel for 3 hours max and get to Bintana sa Paraiso ( Window to Paradise) Resort. The resort is still under finishing touches, but the staff and the amenities are already ready to serve the travellers who’d like a get away from the bustling city life or the millennial who is in search for that greek inspired instagram worthy photos. The food is fresh, well cooked and sumptuous, and the choices are sublime. From fish, pork, chicken and even pasta, it was an amazing discovery that the place isn’t just all talk, it lives up to its name.
If you’re the type of tourist or traveler who prefers a relaxation of the mind, the place is a great way to do yoga, have a full body massage and spa, or hot bath in a large cauldron with steaming water (otherwise known as a kawa bath). The place filled up my senses in just a day. You can hear the waves crashing in the distance, feel the wind wrap around your body, taste the gourmet brilliance, see the relaxing blue and white design of the place and smell the hot chocolate or coffee as you ponder on your life’s direction. But enough being melodramatic, as a travel photographer, I am blessed to be in places where I would really like to share to the general public. I urge the readers that we should support our local establishments, support the locals who have envisioned an international taste of things and brought it in our own neighborhood. You don’t have to go that far to find paradise, sometimes it’s just in the island born of fire.