BEACHES ringed by emerald seas are among the top attractions of Huni, an Ayala Land resort brand that recently opened in Northern Iloilo’s Sicogon Island.
The 52-room bed and breakfast is part of an emerging Ayala Land tourism estate that is 45 minutes by boat from Estancia, the nearest port on the Panay mainland, and another 90 minutes from the Roxas City airport and two-and-a-half hours from Iloilo international airport. By the end of the year when the island’s airport will be ready to receive Air Swift flights.
Huni, named after the hum of the sea in Filipino, has been designed to allow guests to enjoy marine life and the flora and fauna of the 1,100 hectare area acquired by Ayala Land in 2013. The beachfront property has rooms ranging from the 33 sq.m. deluxe room to the 53 sq.m. family suite with views of the sea and the surroundings. The rooms that carry a contemporary theme are complemented by a naturally ventilated, all-day dining facility, a lounge, and a swimming pool a few steps from the sea.
In addition to Sicogon’s beaches and its 350 meter-high Mt. Opao for trekking, guests can go island hopping to the nearby Gigantes Group of Islands where one can find natural attractions like the Tangke Saltwater Lagoon. Before the end of the year, guests will also have the option to experience cliff diving, mountain biking and zip-lining from a nearby islet to the main beach.
In a few years time, these activities will be complemented by a range of dining, retail, and entertainment options from a planned resort town in the Sicogon Island Tourism Estate.