That pretty little bed and breakfast

That pretty little bed and breakfast

This is a place very far away from Manila that can make you blurt the perfect awww: Bernie’s Bed and Breakfast in Ivana, a sleepy town in Batanes some 15km from Basco Airport.

Bernie’s is a two-storey seven-bedroom hotel inspired by the traditional Ivatan architecture with touches of modern. Its “quaintly” features? The stone-dotted façade with trellis and vertical windows; the stone path leading to the entrance; the homey but bright and airy interiors, and the careful mix of wooden furnishings, kerosene lamp-inspired fixtures, ornamental plants and art pieces. One nice touch at Bernie’s are its books, shelves of them, that are the first to greet guests.

The B&B is logically designed—the social spaces are on the ground floor while the rooms on are on the second floor.

Slip at the small garden at the back for a quiet moment by yourself and take in the sun and Ivana’s peaceful surroundings.



Author Jonalyn Fortuno enjoying some peace and quiet at the Queen Room

There are queen bedrooms and double bedrooms,
all spacious. I stayed
in a queen room with whitewashed walls and stone tiles, well-furnished along with mod cons. It has a spacious bathroom with fine toiletries. At full house, Bernie’s can be filled with up to 21 people.



Bernie’s only serves breakfast and it’s typically what’s available like fried flying fish, rice and coffee. The innkeeper may cook a meal for guests.


See Batanes’ famous landmarks close by: the House of Dakay, the oldest stone house in Batanes; Honesty Coffee Shop, an unmanned store that operates solely on trust; the Old Spanish Bridge.

The basics
Starts at Php3,500 (USD67) per night

Get there
SkyJet flies daily from Manila to Batanes Book a SkyJet flight now.

Story by Jonalyn Fortuno; photos by Ferdz Decena

Comfy meets artsy in Poblacion, Makati

Comfy meets artsy in Poblacion, Makati

Drink and try every concept bar you may have heard of in Poblacion, Makati City’s budding “it” place,” because at the end of a long night of partying, there’s a place in the hood you can have a restful sleep in: Element Boutique Hotel. Next day, the hotel’s intriguing artworks in every nook will sober you up.

The warm French bistro at the ground floor is made more interesting with art pieces here and there

In a neighborhood that is becoming a home for all things artsy, hipster, cool, and cosmopolitan, Element Boutique Hotel on Guerrego Street in Poblacion, Makati is like a calm haven that lets you breathe after a night of riotous fun.

Sophia’s Garden Resort

Sophia’s Garden Resort

Get allured by this Spanish beauty

Sophia’s lush garden setting.

Sophia’ s Garden Resort, a seven-minute ride from the main town of Coron, Palawan, is straight from a fairytale book. It’s an elegant Hispanic outdoor space full of greens and fruit-bearing trees and has a landscaped courtyard with outdoor gazebos, wrought iron chairs and tables and swing sets. At the heart of the property are a fire pit and a pool with Jacuzzi surrounded by wicker seating and loungers. It even gets more romantic at night when lights draped on trees are lit.

It can get cold and night in Coron and this ingenious fire place can bring some warmth

All 22 rooms are set in a standalone structure with roof tiles, rustic wood, lattice windows, colonial deck balustrade, and a stucco finish—a nod to old Spanish-style homes.


The Honeymoon Suite

There are 22 rooms but the Honeymoon Suite is a standout. It has all the right recipe for ultimate comfort— spacious, balcony with views of the lush garden, a king-size bed, sleeper sofa, a mini bookshelf filled with good reads, and a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower and complete set of toiletries.


Pinakbet with tagunton (vegetable and baby shrimp stir fry)

Enjoy international comfort food, Asian fusion, and classic Filipino favorites prepared using ingredients indigenous to Coron at in-house restaurant El Comidor. Must try are the chef’s original recipe bagnet kare-kare with sauce made from cashew, grilled to-perfection stuffed squid, pinakbet with tagunton (vegetable and baby shrimps stir fry) and shrimp in sour soup served with fresh vegetables.


Coffee, fruit shakes, canned juice, soda, beer, wine (whites and reds) and cocktails.


The resort offers islandhopping activities and tour packages through its in-house tour operator Amika Travel and Tours.

Honeymoon Suite starts at Php8500 (USD162) per night
Mobile: 63917 543 5775, +639939 915 0274

Get there
SkyJet flies up to 4x daily to Coron, Palawan. Book a SkyJet flight now.

Photos by Daniel Soriano

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