Destination weddings? The south awaits

HOW do you envision your wedding? Would you prefer for it to be a grand one? Or do you want to keep it intimate and romantic? How about offbeat yet fresh?

In the City of Dapitan, is where Villa Angelina Luxury Suites is, located at Dakak Park and Beach Resort. Villa Angelina Luxury Suites is an ideal venue for all things magical, momentous and romantic.

After a 10-hour boat ride from Cebu and a 40-minute drive from Dapitan port, we finally arrived in what looked like an enchanting place straight out of fairy tales.

“Welcome to Villa Angelina Luxury Suites!” A staff welcomed us with orchid leis, some refreshments and rolled, wet towels. It was a perfect day. No harsh sunlight and no rain; just pure love and magic in the air. The marketing team gave us a tour around the 200-hectare property, for us to see for ourselves what the resort offers for destination weddings and private events.

St. James chapel

What could be more scenic than exchanging vows on top of a hill? St. James chapel, a 28-year-old chapel on top of a hill in the resort, is a favorite venue for wedding ceremonies. The 30-seater chapel boasts interesting antique décor, Capiz shell walls, a wooden ceiling and a beautiful chandelier.

Golf course

This golf course is not the usual as it features amazing panoramic views, and an overlooking picture-perfect view of Mt. Lab, the tallest mountain in Dapitan. It is designed by world-renowned golf course designer, Greg Norman.

Standing in the middle of the golf course, one would feel what it is like to be “on top of the world.” Take it all in: Blue skies, lush greeneries and the turquoise blue-colored water of the ocean.

Sabores del Mar

Sabores del Mar is an ideal gem of a place for those who prefer saying “I do” with the soundtrack of crashing waves and waterfalls in the background.

Even in the evening, the place is still as mesmerizing. Imagine being under a dark sky dotted with stars and a beautiful bright moon, standing on the shoreline in between the man-made falls and the beach with the breeze on your face.

In the midst of all this euphoria, I saw how the resort was the complete package, dedicated in turning one’s “happy ever after” even happier.

Helicopter ride

How about a unique wedding entrance or exit? The groom and the bride riding on a helicopter after the ceremony and enjoying the marvelous view of the entire place from high above sounds like a wonderful idea. If you’re the adventurous kind of couple, then this activity is ideal for you.

Honeymoon at the villa

Traditionally, the next thing a newlywed couple would do after their wedding is to have their honeymoon in their dream destination, celebrating their love—and just the two them.

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites is not a “luxury suites” for nothing. Its lavish villas are ranged along seaside clifftops with a breathtaking view of Zamboanga del Norte’s coastline. Each 20-square-meter cliffside casita’s earth-toned interiors breathe elegance. Some features: Mini living room with recliner chair; soft sofa bed beside the king-sized bed that looks out on a terrace with a private Jaccuzi facing the Sulu Sea; high ceiling; outdoor-shower/bathroom. The casita alone has everything one needs to enjoy a lazy day.

Swimming at the infinity pool

Its infinity pool is a sublime spot for sunrise and sunset watching. Yugo Asian Fusion and Infinity Pool Bar are just beside the pool for the guests’ convenience.

Massage at the Spa at the Villa

The Spa at the Villa is another highlight. With its sophisticated interior—rustic ornamented walls, pebble laden pathway, natural surroundings—and highly skilled therapists, this spa is an oasis of relaxation.

The exclusive treatment room is ideal for couples as it has two massage beds and it is set in a prime location, with a 180-degree view of the beautiful Sabores del Mar.

The treatment starts with a classic foot massage with relaxing hot stones and its signature foot scrub, followed by a 30-minute dry sauna.

Next, bask in the indoor Jacuzzi while indulging yourself with its complimentary selection offering a glass of wine, popcorn and marshmallows. After all the hydrotherapy session, a relaxing massage of one’s choice starts. The treatment ends with a special hot tea and organic cookies.

They say true love takes time. Well here, couples are treated to an escape from the mad urban rush, slowing everything down, trading the frantic chase for minutes for a romantic collection of moments instead.

The City of Dapitan or simply referred to as Dapitan City, is a 3rd class city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines.


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