I recently visited a leisure farm called “Vita Isola” Spanish words for island life. They claimed to bring the ambiance and peace of island life in one space. 😍
If you followed my Instagram @the_boholana, you know that I pride myself on having an island lifestyle.
It’s not a question then why I was excited of what I will be seeing!
Me and my friends headed to Sandingan Island in the town of Loon, Bohol where this farm is located to check the place out. 👍
The first question is does it give justice to island living?
Let’s look at what is in it then decide.
1. The Beach
The basic requirement, of course, is the beach. They offer a gorgeous one overlooking the next island – Cabilao.
While they don’t have white sand beach front, it is well compensated by a bamboo boardwalk and the different activities they are offering like kayaking and stand-up paddling.
Beyond the boardwalk is their aquaculture where you can do fish feeding and fishing. I live in the center of the province yet I sometimes find myself swimming around fish pens and those time were fond memories with friends.
3. Organic garden
I love gardens especially the organic kind. I grew up in a farming family and I love looking at healthy growing plants. We also have a big vegetable garden outside our house. Vita Isola showcases varied plants from herbs to vegetables which they utilize for their dishes.
I’m so envious with their lettuce the most. I love lettuce and one of my dreams is to have it always ready in our backyard (already about to plant some). 😍
4. Farm Animals
They have goats, chicken, rabbits, quails and some other birds. While I’m not exactly fond of few birds that are caged (not farm animals I’m sure), the presence of these animals surely completed the island vibes. You also get to interact to and know more about them.
5. Infinity Pool
Pools, natural or man-made is something that islanders are always excited about. Of course, I indulged myself in swimming in Vita Isola’s infinity pool.
6. Space and coconuts
There’s a lot of rooms for picnics, games or whatever events. And let’s not forget how important coconuts are. Let’s give it some respect. It’s a symbol. Not an island if there are no coconuts 😂 (I love coconuts).
7. Local Dishes
Their ala carte and buffet offered during events are served with locally sourced fresh seafood, fruits, and others. Even served the island style using native wares and leaves. 😀
8. The House
This one, unfortunately, is off limits inside. But this to me is one of the highlights of the place.
Called as “Casa Boholana” (I never thought I already have a house of my own 😂), this house is the owner’s private domain. I fell in love with its intricate design.
A house that has the beauty and wonder of traditional Filipino style yet has the comfort of modern designs.
These are the things I like about this place aside from what’s above.
During visits, you will be guided with staffs that are knowledgeable about plants, gardening etc. I was very interested in when the gardener explained to us the process of making organic fertilizer and pesticides! Cool stuff.
Even though they don’t have rooms available, weddings, birthday parties or debuts and other events are perfect for this place.
Over-all island vibes ?? CHECK!
To me, island life is the best way to live life. The sea is always near when you want to refresh and feel calm. Lush greens are always near when you want solitude. These things whisper to you “why rush”?
A life where living is simple.
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