Sipalay: Tropical Mystique
A few years ago, a Canadian named Dean Barr came to Sipalay to help a friend in great distress. Not long after that, he found himself in the middle of a paradise. He bought a lot and built himself a house on the beachfront. In its first years, his friends are the only occupants, but later on, the friends of his friends were enticed to make this their Philippine vacation residence.
This place is located just several minutes from Sipalay, the jewel of Negros Occidental. The Tropical Mystique is a private, residential beach-front property facing the Sulu Sea.
Being on a residential property, you are required to personally book in if you want to have a day tour or just stay here. According to Dean, guests usually stay for a week up to three months. And most of the visitors are from Canada and Europe.
The flock is privileged to have a friend who personally knows Dean, and we were granted a day tour. They are very kind and accommodating; we were even prepared drinks and single meal even though we just walked by and did not book.
The property is well maintained, you can see the great effort of the management just to make this place unique.
There is a nipa hut standing just by the sea. It has a single room with a double bed, and attached here is a kitchen with complete utensils, stove, and fridge. There is no airconditioning, yet the natural breeze is refreshing. The toilet and shower are located in a separate hut.
Beside the hut is a swimming pool fitted with a saltwater chlorinator to keep it clean and healthy for daily use. And for those who just want a simple relaxation, a private garden is developed for them.
The internet signal is strong thanks to the 100-foot Wi-Fi tower that they built. And you will be feeling secure because the site is protected by professional-grade CCTV system.
You can do all sorts of water activities, like snorkeling and diving just by the resort. The waters are clean, lively and safe for diving. But if you want to go a little bit far, you can charter one of their speedboats to go scuba diving, snorkeling, sightseeing or have an island hopping in the islands of Sipalay.
As of writing the house is being sold complete with all of its amenities, like the 1995 Isuzu 4×4 Bighorn, 50-ft fishing boat, and 27-ft speedboat. If you have PhP35 million in your bank account you can have this dream home. But if you have only PhP3,000, you can stay here for a single day and enjoy the fresh breeze and its surroundings.
While this is not yet being sold, it’s time to seize your chance to experience its serenity.
Opposite to the natural beauty of the Philippines, Dean saw upon his first arrival the poor plight of many of the country’s children. So he founded Tropical Breeze, a private-run charity aiming to help abandoned and homeless children by providing food, shelter and basic education. Much of the resort’s earnings are donated to the said charity.
From Bacolod, ride Ceres Bus or van bound to Sipalay (250 km., 5 hours, and P210 fare via bus; 2-3 hours and P250 fare via van). Upon reaching the town proper, ride a tricycle going to the resort.
Roam the road to Sipalay. From town proper, go straight to Barangay 4 or ask for locals the resort’s location.
- Phone: 09128564543
- Email: Dean@TropicalMystiqueResort.com
- Website: www.TropicalMystiqueResort.com
Rental Rates – P900-P3800/day