Amazing resort, but lacking in food department
I stayed at Atmosphere as part of my 40th Birthday celebrations in the Philippines, and have mixed opinions of it. The resort itself is very well maintained and beautiful. It's so peaceful and quiet, just how I wanted to spend my birthday, relaxing.
Booked 2 garden apartments and they were amazing. There were a couple of issues. I found the bed too hard for a luxury resort, and I get the eco-friendly part, but the number of bins and confusion was a bit too much. I couldn't work out where to put general rubbish. I would also have liked some greenery in the outside bathroom considering it's a garden apartment. Even if just some fake plants, to take away from the hardness of all the stone.
It is very heavily focused on diving, however that did not bother me as I expected that. We took a snorkeling trip to Apo Island and just loved swimming with the turtles. I was just what I expected. We also went on the Whale Shark trip to Oslob, and again was everything I expected.
I created memories here that would last a lifetime, and even proposed to my partner underwater on our Apo Island tour.
The disappointment came with the food. We utilised the TreeTop and had high expectations of the food, considering the price. Unfortunately we were let down, and had it not been for our waiter Clamance, we would have left. The food came out staggered, our friends with us would finish their course before ours was even served. Some courses had some extreme delays in coming out, and the main restaurant wasn't even busy. I suspect this could be due to the proteins all seemed to have been frozen. A couple of our dishes where still cold in the middle, others where over cooked and not that great. Instead of trying to create something French where the produce isn't rapidly available locally, I think it would be much better to focus on local cuisine/dishes that have ingredients rapidly available locally, and perfect them or put your own spin on them.
I was also a bit let down that I had emphasised when making the booking that I would be celebrating my birthday at the resort, and even advised them of my plans to propose. There was no special consideration/attention given to this, which was a bit dissapointing. Every other resort we stayed at on our holiday made a little extra effort to acknowledge this, even though were weren't there on the actual day. Missed opportunity here.
Overall though, the resort is lovely, the rooms very comfortable, and the staff friendly. Some minor improvements to be made, but an enjoyable stay.
Couples - Oct 21, 2017