Late Decembers seem to bring cool breezy winds from the East, fanning the slumbering commune of Acuatico Beach Resort. At dinner time, everyone ignores the pools. And this is the golden window to bask in the place's serene surroundings. The waters stand still and there's not a squeak by the poolside.
Nope, this isn't a place when you want solitude and peace. There are cavity-riddled, tricuspid-looking members of humanity who don't care about the normal physiological activity called "sleeping".
In other resorts, noise is rightfully discouraged or outlawed after 10PM or 12 midnight - because that's how it goes in the scheme of things. Acuatico doesn't seem to have this in mind - nor care about enforcing this little universal etiquette observed by other hotels or resorts.
Imagine paying that much and you are rewarded with a sleepless night. So much for a relaxing holiday!
Meanwhile, I wasn't looking forward for the buffet dinner at Oceano Restaurant. Reviews about the food here aren't glowing. I didn't care really. I wasn't here for a gourmet feast, but when you're paying as much as what they're charging, it should be expected. Guess what? Dinner wasn't bad after all. They had crabs and shrimps. Sushi was serviceable, and the dessert station was more than what passes muster. By breakfast, it was time to even out the observation from last night. Nothing tasted good, not even the omelette, or the longganisa. Bland was the order of the day. I didn't feel like swallowing anything I took in. Suddenly, I felt like I was anorexic or has suffered from ageusia. Did I just have a stroke? I had Aquatico to thank for that.
It is hard to remember a breakfast spread as exquisitely mediocre as this one, to be honest.
This is the Eye in the Sky!
|If you think that a place looking like this offers serenity, guess again. And we visited on a Tuesday. Imagine what goes on on weekends.|
|Warm lights reflect on the water.|
|Oceano Restaurant's buffet stations.|
|Balinese-inspired interiors? Er, didn't seem that way. But homey nonetheless.|
|My buffet haul|
|Breakfast best described as mediocre.|