Unveiled last March 2023 is the first resort under the Signature Collection of Discovery Hospitality Corporation—Manami Resort—also a part of Kiwi Collection, the curator of the world’s most exceptional hotels.
Perched in the best-kept-secret nature oasis of Negros Occidental, Manami Resort is the first and only luxury nature resort in Sipalay.
A Manami Story
A direct Hiligaynon translation, ‘Manami’ means beautiful—beautiful nature experiences where humans live and immerse themselves, the beautiful connections created with family and friends, the beautiful feast of flavors over curated food, and the beautiful Negrense culture. With this local philosophy and spirit comes an ode and homage to the sweet and charming culture, the reverence to the nature reserve, and the peace that comes within, all coming together to make a “Manami nga pangabuhi,” which means ‘beautiful way of life’—the Manami life.
This Manami life’s spirit comes alive with the creation of a sanctuary woven in nature. It is celebrated being rooted from its vivid culture and profound connections with nature, with experiences that are more than just endearing tales to tell but also encounters that enrich.
Manami Resort is a dreamy destination in the middle of miles of lush foliage where the rhythm of life slows down and the heart beats with the nature’s beats – where life breathes a new spark as you explore the heart of this sanctuary.
Woven in the untouched ambiance of a 5-hectare estate, this architectural marvel gives honor to the local culture and was built on the scene where hillside and coastline meet, overlooking the vast waters of the Sulu Sea.
From Manila, guests can take domestic flights via Philippine Airlines (PAL) to Dumaguete City or Bacolod City. PAL’s comfortable and seamless flights already sets the tone for a wonderful time at Manami. With PAL’s daily flights, choosing one’s preferred dates for a getaway to the luxury resort should be hassle-free. Aside from PAL, other airlines also offer domestic flights to the area. Upon landing, guests will be warmly welcomed by airport representatives.
From there the path to Manami begins—a path that transforms and prepares guests to zone out and engages in great things. This scenic chauffeured journey surrounded by Negros island’s alternate views of dense forestry and expansive rolling fields of crops, charming country living, and inspiring vistas comes a plunge deeper into pockets of coastal and small mountain towns. Whether coming from the charming local destinations of Dumaguete or Bacolod, the ride to the resort brings elaborate travels through these cities and their neighboring boroughs, lasting 2.5 to 3 hours.
Villas and Suites
Nestled on the hillside are the 16 stunning villas and suites cut from the same cloth, sprawled out to confer lavish spaces for ultimate privacy at the center of the nature reserve. They let guests converse with life candidly. Each of these accommodations features impressive views, whether the sea or the landscapes, and unparalleled amenities such as day beds for that extra comfort.
Breathing the exceptional illustration of a life well-cherished is the one and only Two-Bedroom Villa. Rests on a secluded part of the resort, this expansive suite features indoor-outdoor living at its finest. Take leisure pace at the living and dining room, or float through a private infinity pool while listening to the whispers of the ocean. Immensely manami.
Romantic views and intimate ambiance are what set the 3 private and detached Deluxe Villas from the rest. Cocoon in king-sized bed embraced by the seamless flow of the draped canopies, and wake up to a stunning masterpiece of nature. It’s a blissful haven that lingers.
With convenient access to an exclusive pool and a private function space, the four Poolside Suites are positioned at the focal point of the estate, with close proximity to all facilities. These four suites are tucked away from one another yet also create a common ground for guests with larger numbers. And at the second-most peak of the estate sit 8 Oceanview Suites that boast a setting combining the dreamiest bird’s eye view of the ocean and the gush of the surrounding life’s breath.
The homage to the Negrense culture comes with a showcase of the rich regional gastronomy that carefully blends each and every flavor from fresh local ingredients, leaving a lasting impact through generations. It’s the delicate way of cooking that makes the local cuisine distinct. This fare is fused with world-class selections that transport you to Western food capitals, curated by a team of chefs who have deep-dove into every tasting note.
Lingaw Restaurant, which means ‘entertain’ in Hiligaynon, combines the local Negrense cuisine with aromatic Spanish flavors. With the tradition of delectable feasts, a culinary journey lies ahead with special experiences to relish in – fresh catch-to-table, evenings by design, and tableside paella, to name a few.
Adjacent to the main pool is Hunas Sunset Deck and Bar—Hunas, which means ‘low tide’ in Hiligaynon. Featuring a selection of traditional beverages and concoctions where local flavor infusions will take the center stage along with Spanish Pintxos and tapas. This iconic space is the main spot where connections and engagements are formed, and the signature welcome sunset cocktails are held.
As the overflowing life of nature surrounds, adventures on land and on sea await, with activities that exhilarate and give utmost enjoyment. Fill the eyes with different shades of sapphire and emerald, and hearts with the whole experience.
Manami Resort features immersive and up-close-and-personal nature experiences such as sailing through the Sipalay Sea and exploring the underground.
A trip to the renowned Tinagong Dagat brings the experience of getting close to the hilly islets and actually swimming through it. Spend half a day taking a dip and sipping refreshments aboard. Get up close to the marine life with a snorkeling stopover at Campomanes Bay, as with a view of schools of fish in different patterns and colors swim into and out of the elaborate coral reef.
A distinct feature in Manami Resort is the in-property cave which is an adventure on its own. Right in the middle of this cavern is a stunning secret spot that engages you in a different perspective of life.
Letting guests create a more profound connection with it, the resort’s signature Nature Butler will provide guidance through every journey, along with stories to share.
Linong Spa: Sanctuary to the Senses
From adventures and explorations, nature is also celebrated to become the healing ground for mind and body pampering with the state-of-the-art Linong Spa. Nestled on the higher parts of the hilly forest that enfolds the entire resort, the wellness center boasts a grounded yet refreshing lounge.
Blending the natural healing magic of the untouched Earth and the genuine care of the human touch, Linong Spa creates an extraordinary wellness experience with native cocoons atop the hill with singles and couple’s wellness huts. Wander through the best view of the resort, feel the rhythms and the vibrations of the nature sounds, relax the mind with the aroma of our signature oils, refresh with local tea, and discover rejuvenation like no other—an ultimate sensory experience.
Connections with Care
Manami Resort’s living ethos is poised on three distinct pillars that make living the Negrense way of life captivating—modern comforts, genuine touchpoints, and warm people. Aside from the story-driven approach of hospitality, sincere and honest touchpoints are what set the resort from the rest.
While being in its organic environment is an advantage, experiences are still delivered with much thought. As these tailor-fitted features provide a serene escape in every trip, the human hospitality touch is the one that adds the crème to the top. As a dependable community, the staff of Manami is prepared to be the guide for a purposeful visit with respect to space.
The Invisible Hand is practiced at all times, extending help when anticipated in a discreet service and distanced personal space. This is stemmed and founded from the distinct Discovery service that is renowned for its care and “Service That’s All Heart”.
Experience this understated luxury escape at Manami Resort, bringing connections with care through mindful and genuine touchpoints. It’s the kind that celebrates and grounds.