Talicud Island, a separate islet that belongs to the Island Garden City of Samal, has long been a hidden paradise for those who crave for a remote getaway while still being able to go back to the city within an hour of boat travel.
Here, portions of land are bought by families who build their own private retreats or public resorts. One of these is the hidden remote resort Leticia by the Sea. Inspired by a vision, the owners slowly built this hidden paradise while carefully following the land’s natural terrain so as not to drastically alter the environment. Cottages are built in a rolling landscape of colorful gardens and trees and scattered overlooking a spectacular view of the turquoise sea.
Although these villas are more of Balinese influence, everything else was of Filipino touch. Open cabanas protect your sleeping quarters with a white flowing curtain while affording you a view of the open sea and the cool breeze. The cottages and the pavilion, with its magnificent view deck, were constructed with Filipino hardwood, Coco lumber, Bamboo, Amakan and Nipa and complemented with interesting artifacts and antiques the family bought from the province of Negros. Antique day beds, old lamps, tarnished bancas, ship rudders, an old river boat for hauling sugar cane, cabinets and an ethnic head statue are just a few of the many objects that are strategically placed all over the place to give you a rustic but cozy atmosphere.