Relaxing Puerto Galera Getaway in Buri Resort and Spa

Puerto Galeraso near yet so far. There are tons of reasons to go – it is one of the beach destinations near Metro Manila, they have diving/snorkeling/island hopping activities, a yearly reggae music festival and the infamous White Beach, which some say is a smaller version of Boracay in terms of night activities.

I even mentioned in one of my earlier posts for 2014 that I aim to visit Puerto Galera this year.

Pamper Time, anyone? | Photo from Buri Resort
One of the promotional photos of Buri Resort and Spa. I want!  | Photo from Buri Resort and Spa


I received an invitation from Buri Resort and Spa in late July. I blushed once I saw the photos on the official website. You see, I imposed a travel ban to concentrate on work and other personal projects. Reading something like this in my inbox made my day! Looks like my first Puerto Galera trip will be a good one!

Private boat waiting at Berberabe Port
Private boat waiting at Berberabe Port
Finally in Buri Resort and Spa! <3
Finally in Buri Resort and Spa! <3

It was a sunny Thursday morning when the group left Manila. The land travel from Makati to Berberabe Port is 2 hours. A private boat was already waiting for the transfer to Buri Resort and Spa. The supposedly 1 hour boat ride became one 1hr and 30 minutes due to the strong waves and the effect of habagat. I was scared, but I’m more of hungry.

Calamansi Juice – Refreshing Welcome Drink!


Helen Kitching, the Resident Manager of Buri Resort & Spa and her staff welcomed us with pleasant smiles, refreshing drinks and good lunch!

Humba – Highly recommended!
Pork Sinigang
Pork Sinigang
I'm in love with this locally-produced coffee!
I’m in love with this locally-produced coffee!


I love the fact that they served Filipino dishes. This is a perfect introductory to Filipino food for foreign guests. Those visitors who are not adventurous enough need not worry as they also offer a number of Western dishes upon request.

The cool breeze of the air while we were eating in Animasi Restaurant made me giggle. Yey, finally I’m out of the city! 😛


The group proceeded with the Property Tour right after lunch. This rest and relaxation haven has 12 native villas erected despite the location’s landscape gardens.

Who wouldn't love this view?
Who wouldn’t love this view?
LOOK UP – It’s a Buri Tree!


The rooms are spacious with big windows, high ceilings and verandas that allow natural light in the room. Some villas have private pools perfect for couples or families with kids.


Each villa is divided into two rooms
Private Pool
Private Mini Pool



The ideal office/workstation
The ideal office/workstation


I shared the villa with Jen of The villa can accommodate 6 to 8 persons, which makes it perfect for family or company outings.

I chose the upper room because I felt that this section showcases a more “authentic” Puerto Galera vibe compared to the other room. I also love the view from my veranda.



By late afternoon, the group gathered at Animasi Restaurant (in-house food establishment of Buri). Chef Wesley Valdez impressed the guests with his Basil Chili Chicken. Sarap!

Chef Wesley Valdez
Chef Wesley Valdez
Cooking Basil Chili Chicken
The Output: Basil Chili Chicken!

I stayed in my room afterwards to take a quick nap as we all wait for dinner to be served. The view of the resort from my room gives me peace. I’m just happy to be away from the city even just for a while.



Animasi Restaurant during sunset time


For Dinner: Lumpiang Shanghai, Chosuey, Basil Chili Chicken and Leche Flan



What I love about this trip is the fact that my fellow bloggers were also as passionate with their food as I am. Lamon!

The ambience, the food, the service, the authentic Puerto Galera feel… yes, now I’m forced to rest and relax!

I love coffee and mocha. That’s the reason why I requested for their in-house brewed coffee after every single meal. By night time, Ate Jen and I were busy with online tasks. We’re nocturnals and you know what? I managed to concentrate on some of the work-related tasks I loathe on finishing while inside the office. This should be my office from now on! 😛

Buri Night
Buri Resort and Spa at Night | Photo by Buri Resorts

I went back to my room by 1AM and slept right away. I just love the fact that I am in this heavenly place. I deserve this vacation!

This short trip reminded me to relax and slow down a bit. Months had passed, but I can clearly remember how stressed I was prior to this getaway due to work and other projects. It’s true when they say that resorts do help busy people keep their sanity. Sometimes, you just need to leave everything in the city and appreciate nature. It helps to be surrounded by tall swaying trees, scenic view and good company.

Honestly, this is not how I imagined my first day/night in Puerto Galera to be. Instead of partying ’till the wee hours of the morning, I end up recharging my energy by just appreciating the beauty of this paradise. Aaahhh… I guess that’s the reason why it took me months to finish this post. Buri Hangover!

Up Next: Puerto Galera Island Hopping Tour, Visit to Mangyan Village, Mt. Malasimbo Pool Lounging, More food posts and The Spa!


Buri Resorts and Spa (check discounted rates!)
Sitio Dalaruan
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Phone (Corporate Reservations Office): (+632) 6258627 (Monday- Friday 9-6pm)
Fax: (+632) 6258782
Mobile (Front Office) : (+63) 9275659671 / Fax: (+6343) 2873502
Email: or book via

Have you been to Puerto Galera? I highly recommend Buri Resort and Spa for the honeymooners 😉


  1. AyLin said:

    Missing this place!

    November 22, 2014
    • Senyorita said:

      I wanna go back!

      November 23, 2014
  2. Libby Harding said:

    Fabulous relaxing place. We were there in June – and can’t wait to return

    November 28, 2014
  3. The last time I went to Puerto Galera, my gf and I stayed in a resort at Muelle Bay. The place is much relaxing than the crowded White Beach. Highly recommended if you want to avoid the noise and nighy parties.

    But your recommendation is just amazing. I think it’s a bit pricey but definitely worth it. Thanks for sharing senyorita. 🙂

    November 29, 2014
  4. Sounds like an interesting. Stay, the basil chicken and flan looks particularly appetizing.

    December 19, 2014
  5. Jason Cruz said:

    Puerto Galera are one of the most popular destination in southern part of the Philippines. The good things are you don’t need to go by the plane to reach the place. Only 4-5 hours away from the Metro Manila. White sand beach resort you and your family will enjoy. In southern part of the Philippines, Boracay Island consider one of the famous Island all over the world. No doubt.

    May 30, 2015

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