First-time in Kaitulari Resort, Philippines
Before it’s name came about, it was only referred to as “Kay To(to) Larry”, which literally means “Larry’s Place” or “Toto Larry’s Place”, with “toto” as a form of endearment to men in the Hiligaynon language. Thus, the resort became popularly known as “Kaitulari” and the name stuck.
Kaitulari is a resort tucked in the small town of Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental, Philippines, and has remained mysteriously unknown to a lot of tourists. People probably pass by the place on their way from Bacolod to Kanlaon, the volcano that divides the two provinces of the island: Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.
Thanks to Kaitulari, few people now wonder where Moises Padilla or Brgy. Guinpana-an is located, which is about two hours from Bacolod City. Little do they know that around Kaitulari’s resort are springs, falls, and other natural beauty that only the locals have enjoyed for the past decades and centuries. Those who make it to this vicinity were surprised to find such beautiful natural attractions in this part of the world.
Crackling water from the river is the music that instantly fill the air when you get into Kaitulari. The greenery provides a serene ambiance to the resort. Although with many amenities to cater to the needs of travelers, Kaitulari still depict a rustic scenario that combines comfort and adventure. You can grill pork or fish near the cottages, or dip and swim in its blue pool. If you want some thrill, you can take the trail or brave the river to have a close brush with nature. You may also relax through its river spa or spend a solitary moment in its open-air chapel. Otherwise, you can sing your heart out in its videoke joints or eat a sumptuous meal in its restaurant. Groups and offices bring their members or employees in this remote venue to hold their seminars and team building activities in Kaitulari.
Its location is somewhat accessible because it is along the national highway where buses and jeepneys ply crossing the two provinces or traveling to the more remote areas of Negros Occidental. Although Moises Padilla is not really a tourist area, it is worth a try to make a stopover at Kaitulari if you plan on a trek to Mt. Kanlaon. Personally, I find Kaitulari ideal because the resort is just a few steps from my uncle’s backyard, just upstream from the river that passes his house.
Rentals are also very affordable. For about a dollar or two, one can get inside the compound and enjoy its attractions. Overnight stays are also available at reasonable rates.
Most of all, it’s a good place to be away from the city. If you just want to get lost and be on your own for a short while, you can stay at Kaitulari.
Villa Geronca 90 Rosario St., Bacolod City Philippines
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