Sogod is a Cebuano word that means beginning and locals say it is aptly named because coastlines made up of fine white sand like that in Alegre Beach Resort and Spa start here in northern Cebu.
The town hosts the first class resort of Alegre which also serves as jump-off point to the uninhabited island of Kalanggaman in Leyte with its long stretch of powder fine white sand beach.
While accommodations at Alegre Beach Resort and Spa are a little pricey, the cottages are big and comfortable. Built on the cliff top, Alegre Beach Resort and Spa rooms offer breathtaking views of the sea from the lanai.
Guests can choose to swim or sunbathe at the private beaches formed by the irregular rock formation in the area.
On one of the beachfronts is The Cliff Seafood BBQ and Bar. Alegre Beach Resort and Spa guests can choose to have their lunch, snacks or dinner served at the al fresco tables set up close to the sea.
We had snacks at The Cliff as the sun was setting and the sky turned orange and then red before dusk finally set in.
When we returned for dinner, our table for eight was set up on the beach and lighted with candles. Alegre’s head chef cooked our dinner and explained the menu to us.
For starters, we had fresh tuna served with herbs and spices and the chef’s special sauce. The combination of flavors was exceptional.
We proceeded with tomato soup, roasted beef for the main course, and cheesecake for dessert. The dishes were quite good.
Massage by the sea
Within this beachfront is a gazebo with beds for those who want to relax or have their massage done near the sea.
Alegre Beach Resort and Spa has another restaurant up on the cliff top called the Pavilion. Buffet breakfast is served here. Outside tables have breathtaking views of lush plants and the distant sea.
The Pavilion is located close to the pool, making it accessible for after breakfast swims.
Alegre’s AquaSports shop takes care of diving and island hopping activities. In our case, we opted for the trip to Kalanggaman.
Alegre Beach Resort and Spa cabana rates range from P8,000 to P19,000 plus for deluxe rooms for a range of packages like room only or with one, two, or full-board meals.
Rooms with ocean views are from P11,000 to P16,000 plus for various packages.
Ocean view rooms with a garden package, which is inclusive of breakfast, massage, scuba, and round trip transport start at P19,000 plus for an overnight stay. Garden packages longer than an overnight stay can include a trip to Kalanggaman with lunch in that island.
These rates are valid up to June 2013.
The resort charges P1,500 more during peak season which include holidays like the Chinese New Year, Holy Week, Japan Golden Week, Japan Obon Week, and Christmas.
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