Club Noah Isabelle has a spectacular location in a cove of the 40 hectare-wide Apulit Island, surrounded by forested limestone cliffs. The cove’s hollows lie a small beach of fine, almost white sand. the huge bay’s extraordinary waters of turquoise and emerald green shelter a coral riff that is exceptionally rich in colorful fishes. You can stay here for hours without tiring of the scenery — the marine life is just so varied. On the other end of the bay is a large beach, accessible by foot during low tide.
Two types of very comfortable accommodations are offered: the cabanas and the family houses, both constructed on stilts above the sea and aligned a little too near each other on a narrow path along the cliff.
The nipa and wood cabanas have a beautiful view of the cliffs, but they are a little small. The two0story concrete family cottages are more attractive, with one bedroom on each level and the bathroom on the first floor. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated with sea-inspired white and blue-gray interior. The picture windows opens-out onto the terrace where you can directly dive into the lagoon after breakfast — served right on your terrace. You can even have a shower right there for rinsing out.
There are two restaurants where you can dine… depending on the mood of the manager. The first one constructed on stilts, advances on to the sea like a ship. It is very pleasant, opening in a certain way to the winds of the sea through an open picture windows. The second restaurant faces the beach. Tables lit with small lanterns are installed there in the evening.
The ambiance in Club Noah is definitely romantic. The majority of its clientele are young Korean and Japanese couples on their honeymoon. Intimate dinners by candlelight, on the small cliffside terraces overlooking the bay can be requested in advance. Surprise cocktails –with the sound of Mozart and the glimmer of numerous candles set on the cliff’s walls — can also be organized in a cave on the other side of the island.
The bar close to the pier is the meeting point for all activities, very well organized by the resort. While dining, you are asked what you want to do the next day: snorkeling or diving just in front of the resort (a must because you can see jacks and napoleon at only 3 meters), island hopping, going island around Apulit, visiting caves, or even sailing a sunset cruise.
How to get there
By air, land and sea, 90-minute daily flights on Seair from Manila to Sandoval. 15 minutes by jeepney from Sandoval airport to a river’s mouth. 30-60 minutes by banca depending on the tide. Note: transfer from Sandoval airport is arranged by the resort.
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