NEWS
at Solina Beach and Nature Resort

Welcome to Solina Beach and Nature Resort’s News Page! Read about the latest happenings in and around our hotel in Carles, Iloilo.


Bancal Port is the most convenient jump off point to the beautiful Gigantes islands. Everyday, hundreds of travelers flock to this port, which is why local Carleseños believe in the importance of preserving the beauty and cleanliness of Bancal Port.

Last October 3, 2019, Solina Beach and Nature Resort staff, with the help of the local tourism office of Carles, organized and participated in a clean-up drive of Bancal Port.

As the first large-scale resort in Carles, Solina recognizes its role in promoting sustainable tourism practices in our community. During the event, employees of all ranks joined forces in picking up plastic and debris. Even under the heat of the sun, the staff were all smiles during the event.

This Clean-Up Drive is in line with the Solina Care Program launched by our HR Department to promote care for the environment and for the community amongst the Solina staff.

#SolinaCareProgram #ResponsibleTourism


ADVISORY: Mayor Siegfredo Betita, municipal mayor of Carles, has signed an executive order for the temporary closure of Tangke Lagoon from September 1 to 30, 2019. This is a regular practice to allow the lagoon to rehabilitate.

To our valued guests who wish to visit Gigantes at this time, please be informed of this closure. All other attractions, such as Cabugao Gamay, Bantigue Sandbar, Antonia Island and Pulopandan Islet will remain open for visitors. 

We hope that our guests support the LGU’s efforts in preserving the beauty of the Gigantes Islands. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

Solina Beach and Nature Resort partnered with Mango Tours in hosting International Content Creators during the Iloilo leg of their trip to the Philippines.

Every year, Mango Tours organizes a media familiarization tour entitled “Mango Tours Takes You There”. This year, the travel agency selected 11 international creators from different fields and backgrounds:

  • Debbie Nguyen (@alwaysdte)
  • Tiffany Chow (@tiffanie.marie)
  • Jessica Lesaca (@jessicalesaca)
  • Anthony Schlander (@anthonypresents)
  • Monica Lin (@thundercup)
  • Kimiko Elliot (@kimiellie)
  • TJ Perkins (@tjperkins1984)
  • Jessica Doll (@hejdoll)
  • Roslynn Cobarrubias (@roslynnc)
  • Jimson Tamano (@jimsontamano)
  • Gino Gamboa (@ginorocks)

The 9-day journey started with a tour of Taiwan, followed by a brief stop in Manila. Iloilo was the only provincial stop for these content creators.

Here are some photos that our international guests shared during their stay at Solina Beach and Nature Resort:

The influencers were treated to a sumptuous boodle fight lunch during their island-hopping day tour to the Gigantes Islands. Photo by Gino Gamboa (@ginorocks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Lesaca (@jessicalesaca) enjoys a cozy dip in our swimming pool

Tiffany Chow (@tiffanie.marie) strikes a pose at the terrace of her Balay Reyna room

Female content creators at Islas de Gigantes. Photo by Mango Tours (@mangotours)


Solina Beach and Nature Resort was recently showcased in a travel segment in Balitang America, the franchise news program of The Filipino Channel (TFC) in the USA.

“From food to the sightseeing, Solina Resort has all the components for a relaxing vacation,” said anchor Gel Santos Relos about our resort in Carles.

Balitang America is the premier source for current events and features catering to the Filipino-American community. With this feature, Solina is able to reach Filipinos in the USA and pique their interest to discover a luxurious, nature-filled getaway the next time they visit the Philippines.

The Philippines’ Ms. Universe 2018 bet, Catriona Gray, promised that she would represent the entire country during the competition.

Catriona recently shared a series of videos showing just how beautiful our country is. She posted a total of three videos, each one representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. For her feature on Visayas, Catriona chose to showcase the beauty of Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo.

Catriona and her team spent the night at Solina Beach and Nature Resort, after their shoot at the Gigantes Islands. The resort staff have all expressed their delight at how simple, friendly and down-to-earth the beauty queen is.

Thank you, Catriona, for choosing Solina Beach and Nature Resort as your host during your visit to Carles. Good luck and you are already a winner in the Carlesenos’ hearts.

Let us all support Catriona Gray on her Ms. Universe journey. The Coronation Night for Ms. Universe 2018 will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on December 17, 2018.

Last October 31, 2018, kids of all ages celebrated a Spooktastic Halloween party at Solina Beach and Nature Resort.
Dressed in their spookiest costumes, the participants went around the resort to fill their baskets with lots of goodies. They also enjoyed a delicious snack buffet and were treated to an afternoon of fun, games and entertainment.

Marlon Navarro, General Manager of Solina Beach and Nature Resort, thanked all the participants during his closing remarks:

“This is Solina’s first time hosting a Trick or Treat event and I am very happy with the number of participants who came here today to celebrate with us. Thank you for making this event a successful one. We look forward to seeing you all again next year for an even bigger Halloween celebration.”

Barosbos Coral Garden

The Barosbos Coral Garden is a snorkeling site 15-20 minutes away from Solina Beach and Nature Resort. The site features a rich coral reef garden and is home to diverse forms of marine life, such as schools of fishes, giant clams and corals.

Guest Excursions

Guests are now welcome to visit to the snorkeling site.

Rate: Php 250 per person*
*Minimum of 5 PAX, maximum of 10 PAX; Schedules may vary depending on the tides.

To book your excursion, contact our Reservations Team at +639171500570 or +639399182160. (Mondays to Saturdays, 8:30am-5:00pm). You can also approach our Front Desk during or after check-in. Snorkeling masks, life vests and aqua shoes will be provided.

Responsibility

Our team is working closely with the Barosbos Mangingisda Association (BBMA) to protect the newly discovered site. We encourage our guests to be responsible snorkelers when visiting the coral garden.

Remember to practice snorkeling etiquette at all times:

  1. Do not touch or step on the corals.
  2. Always maintain a safe distance from marinelife.
  3. Leave no trace. Take home any item brought to the site.


Solina Beach and Nature Resort was officially welcomed as an allied member of the Philippine Tour Operators Association, Inc. (PHILTOA) last October 10, 2018.

Cesar Cruz, President of PHILTOA, led the oath-taking for new members during the association’s 5th General Membership Meeting at Seda Vertis North.

PHILTOA is an organization of travel agencies, hotels, resorts, transportation companies and other tourism establishments from all over the Philippines.

As a new member, Solina Beach and Nature Resort aims to not only support PHILTOA’s efforts to boost Philippine tourism, but also play an active role in promoting responsible tourism around the country.

For more information on the Philippine Tour Operators Association, Inc., you may visit their official website at www.philtoa.com.