Sunday, March 2, 2014

Siargao's Dedon Island Resort ranks #16 as among the "21 Amazing Hotels You Need to Visit Before You Die"

Dedon Island Resort in Siargao Island, Philippines (www.dedonisland.com)
I have been traveling around the Philippines since mid-1990s but I fell in love with Siargao Island, the moment I step on it --- the smiles and warmth of the local people and the beautiful scenery (sun, sand, sea and surf). My love for surfing, outdoor activities and Siargao Island, got me involved in several tourism activities, programs and projects in the Island. It gave me the opportunity to visit the Island more often in a year and I felt like I'm a local resident there. 

Since mid-90's, together with the local government and tourism stakeholders in Siargao, we worked together to promote the Island's tourism assets. The concerted efforts of the different sectors in the Island has been paid off, as the Island received several accolades from the international tourism publications.

This year (2014), My Science Academy published a list of 21 Amazing Hotels You Need to Visit Before You Die  and Siargao's Dedon Island Resort ranks number 16 among the 21 amazing hotels in the world. (http://myscienceacademy.org/2014/02/11/21-amazing-hotels-you-need-to-visit-before-you-die/).

1.     Ă„scher Cliff, Switzerland (Website: myswitzerland.com)

Ascher Cliff Hotel in Switzerland (www.myswitzerland.com)
 2.     Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland (Website: kakslauttanen.fi)
Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland (www.kakslauttanen.fi)
3.     Ladera Resort, St. Lucia (Website: ladera.com)
4.     The Manta Resort, Zanzibar
5.     Rayavadee Krabi, Thailand (Website: rayavadee.com)
6.     Shangri La, Paris (Website: shangri-la.com)
7.     Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese Polignano a Mare, Italy (Website: grottapalazzese.it)
8.     Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island (Website: conradhotels3.hilton.com)
9.     Panchoran Retreat, Bali (Website: panchoran-retreat.com)
10. Hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia (Website: hanginggardensubud.com)
11. Attrap Reves Hotel, France (Website: attrap-reves.com)

Attrap Reves Hotel in France (www.attrap-reves.com)

12. Katikies Hotel-Oia, Greece (website: katikies.com)
13. Hotel Le Sirenuse, Amalfi Coast, Italy (Website: sirenuse.it)
14. Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (Website: icehotel.com)
15. The Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden, Switzerland (Website: thecambrianadelboden.com)
16. Dedon Island Resort, Philippines (Website: dedonisland.com)

Dedon Island Resort in Siargao Island, Philippines (www.dedonisland.com)

17. Home Stead Resort (Website: homesteadresort.com)
18. Villa Escudero, Philippines (Website: villaescudero.com)

Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Resort in the Philippines (www.villaescudero.com) 

          19. Hotel-Restaurant Ă–schinensee, Switzerland (Website: oeschinensee.ch)
          20. Astarte Suits Hotel, Greece (Website: astartesuites.gr)
          21. Montana Magica Lodge, Chile (Website: huilohuilo.com)

Montana Magica Lodge in Chile (www.huilohuilo.com)

   The Dedon Island Resort in Siargao Island earlier received a prestigious recognition from an International Traveller, a widely read international magazine, as No. 37 among the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the world.  

  Siargao’s popularity can be traced back in early 1990s when a famous surf photographer and writer, John Callahan, discovered Cloud 9 surf break (named after the local no-melt chocolate bars) and published an article about his surf expedition in the island. It was also recognized by CNN.Go as world’s ten best surf spot for two consecutive years (2012-2013).  

   The discovery of Cloud 9 as a world-class surfing destination stimulated tourist arrivals and tourism investors, making it the number one source of international visitor arrivals in Caraga Region. (By Zeny C. Pallugna)

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