Text and photos by: Bombette G. Marin
PLANNING a family trip to northern Iloilo? Families who seek beach getaways will love Ajuy. With long sandy beaches, picturesque sceneries, the town’s natural landscape promises a memorable family holiday that also extends to its plethora of inland resorts and villas.
Do not forget to spend some time on the lovely beach, and simply unwind for some well-deserved family bonding. If you are driving, you will find a safe and secured parking area inside the resort. If you are travelling via Ceres bus, you can take a direct trip to Ajuy and get off the roadside along barangay Malayu-an.
ALTA MARR BEACH RESORT is a privately owned beach resort owned by Mrs. Merlita Zayco Jalandoni. It sits on a pristine beach with water that is calm, warm and shallow.
Room options include an air-conditioned bamboo house with two rooms good for four persons each room and are just steps from the beach. There is also an air-conditioned bamboo room/ dining area that can accommodate 15 persons.
The resort has eight open cottages that can accommodate 10 persons per cottage; 14 closed cottages; two pavilions that can accommodate 30 persons; an event hall that can accommodate 100 person and a mini store.
Aside from swimming and playing beach volleyball, the resort has a motorized boat that can accommodate 13 persons for a nearby island adventure in Gin-asyanDako islet.
For more information about Alta Marr Beach Resort, please contact 09275035471/ 09485835793/ 09487655888 or at 09063558127.
CLARENZ BEACH RESORT
Located only minutes’ walking distance is CLARENZ BEACH RESORT in Sitio Matilde. Another perfect place to laze away your afternoon, the resort is owned by Engr. Remy Dela Cruz and situated six kilometers from Culasi Port and seven kilometres before the town proper of Ajuy. The resort is a 100-meter walk from the main road.
This resort is one that families should consider exploring. And of course, its kid-friendly amenities will surely make your Ajuy trip more exciting for the bunch. It has four bamboo huts that can accommodate four persons for an overnight stay. It also has one air-conditioned room good for four persons.
The resort also offers a mini-store; a reception area; 10 open cottages good for 15 persons per cottage; a pavilion that can accommodate 100 persons.
There is a variety of water sports available on the beach if guests are interested. It has a banana boat that is good for five persons, a jet-ski and a motorized boat that offers island-hopping to three nearby islands. For more information, please contact 09175786723.
There is more than enough in the town of Ajuy to keep the visitors occupied. For starters, there are island beaches and resorts. More adventurous guests visit historic smoke-stack chimneys, most dating more than a century old.
The Second-Class municipality of Ajuy is situated in the northern portion of the province. It is 91.9 kilometers away or a two-hour drive from Iloilo City. It is bounded in the north by Sara; south by Ajuy Bay; and the west by Barotac Viejo. It has a land area of 19,346 hectares that is politically subdivided into 34 barangays.
Ajuy’s population as of the 2015 Census of Population is 52,268. Market day is every Sunday. The town celebrates its annual Religious Fiesta every 10th of September in honour of San Nicolas de Tolentino.
To get to Ajuy, busses are available daily at the new Ceres Bus Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information, please contact, Municipal Tourism Officer Jocelyn Maalat-Torda at 0949-430-3612 or 0927-448-8045.