One thing that I was looking forward to on our trip to Camiguin is staying at Bintana sa Paraiso. I’d seen it in my social feed and a couple of blogs. If you’d been following me, you know that I love accommodations that offer a relaxing & pampering experience and this seems to fit the criteria.
Bintana sa Paraiso is one of the handful luxury resorts in Camiguin Island. It currently has 2 branches. Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran is a Balinese-inspired mountain resort, while Bintana sa Paraiso – Naasag is a Mediterranean-inspired beachfront resort.
My friend Joemar and I stayed in Binunsaran for 2 nights. Here’s our review of one of the best resorts in Camiguin Island.
Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran is located on a mountainside. It’s about an hour away from Benoni Port and it’s far from establishments. The resort is surrounded by a lush forest and the cottages are built facing a clump of coconut trees and a view of the White Island from afar.
Due to its location, it’s normal to experience foggy mornings in the resort. If you like visiting Benguet or Mountain Province, you will certainly love its chilly & relaxing atmosphere. On clear days, you can better appreciate the native-style resort and its lush surroundings, maybe stay on the poolside for a little sunbathing or take a swim in the infinity pool.
There are only several rooms available in Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran. Ours is located in the second floor.
It features a sliding glass door with white curtains for privacy and a queen-sized bed with thick, comfortable sheet and pillows. Minor detail: I love the extra pillows. I often sleep with 2 pillows since my leg has to be elevated for me to sleep and most hotels or resorts only provide 2 pillows so I often had to bring an extra one, but thankfully I didn’t have to this time.
The bathroom is very spacious, complete with hot & cold shower and a bidet. Bathroom essentials (soap and shampoo), towels and hand towels are provided.
Our room also has a balcony with alfresco table and chairs, complete with throw pillows. There’s also a hammock net chair. This is where my friend and I would stay at night to catch up on our socials or chat about the activities for the day.
Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran’s best feature is its infinity pool. It’s snap-worthy in every corner. There is a small section with shallow water, but the rest of the pool is 10 feet deep. I actually didn’t know it was that deep, so when I first climbed down the pool you can imagine how surprised I was that my feet didn’t reach the floor. The good thing about it is you can actually do laps, not just take pictures. Also a lot of the resort’s guests are foreign tourists so this might be designed to accommodate them as well.
The pool area is the best place to take pictures in the mountain resort. We spent more time here taking pictures than swimming.
The resort also has an open-air restaurant which also serves as the reception area/events place. It has a poolside bar (unattended during our visit) and alfresco tables where you can hang out in the afternoon. A grass hut serves as another photo-spot.
Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran has its own restaurant called Josh + Luke. Outside food is not allowed. Food prices are on the expensive side, but it’s understandable given that the resort is located away from the main thoroughfare.
Breakfast starts at P200-250 and you can choose between Filipino or Continental Set. You can also have a breakfast at the poolside, similar to the ones you can find in Bali.
We almost ordered the poolside breakfast set but thank goodness we didn’t because it started to rain. Instead, we had ours served in our balcony. We had Filipino-style breakfast with corned beef and freshly brewed coffee, which was the perfect cap to a chilly morning in the mountain resort. (The smell of the coffee was wonderful and I urge you to order it too.)
Other meals start at P350 onwards. We only had dinner here once — I ordered their meaty pizza. It was okay — tastes good, but not spectacular. Anyway, I read online reviews saying the main entrees are good so those are probably worth trying.
Overall, I love our stay at Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran. As another review said, it’s like an oasis in the middle of a jungle. I like the surrounding forest, the resort’s facilities and the service of the staff.
The location may be inconvenient since it’s far from the capital of the island, but for those who are looking for a serene and relaxing stay in Camiguin Island, this is the perfect choice.
I recommend it especially to groups of friends and couples.
About Bintana sa Paraiso
Bintana sa Paraiso is a luxury boutique resort in Camiguin. It has 2 branches: Binunsaran and Nasaag.
How to get to Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran
Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran is about an hour away from Benoni Port.
- From Benoni Port, ride a jeep or motorela to Mambajao Terminal. Fare is P25-30 per person.
- From Mambajao Terminal, charter a habal-habal or motorela to the mountain resort. Fare is about P100 per head.
The resort also offers transportation service:
- Mambajao Airport to Binunsaran: P800 per way
- Seaport to Binunsaran: P1000 per way
Rates and services
Here are the current rates for the resort (updated as of 2020).
- Room starts at P3500 (good for 2 pax, breakfast not included)
- Motorcycle rental: P500 per day
- Island tour (Package A: P2500 / Package B: P2000, good for 4 pax)
- Kawa hot bath: P450
- Massage: P600
- Private sunset dinner
- For IG-worthy shots, don’t forget to avail of a kawa hot bath and order a breakfast in the poolside in the morning.
- Outside food is not allowed, so you have to order in the restaurant. There are also 2 cafes nearby: Nanaw Cafe and Blackmountain Cafe. We’d been to Blackmountain Cafe and we like it — it offers a clear view of Mount Hibok-Hibok on clear days.
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Disclaimer: Thanks to Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran for the complimentary stay. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).