Last December 19, 2015, Hubby and I, together with our friends, decided to visit Samal. It was a day after our wedding and it was also our first time to explore Davao with them. Due to the hectic schedule and desire to unwind, we opted to visit Samal Island.
If you’re in Davao City, you must never miss to see the beauty of Samal Island (although they are separate LGUs). Samal Island is just around 10-15minutes away from Davao if you take the barge from Sasa Wharf to Babak.
We decided to book rooms in Jorona Aquatic Resources and Mountain Spring Resort which is located in Kaputian District, Samal. It is a new resort in the area. In fact, upon our visit they are still doing some improvements in some of their facilities. It has two swimming pools and a jacuzzi. It also has a videoke machine which the guests can use and is located in the gazebo where the guests oftentimes have their meals.
Jorona Aquatic Resources Mountain Beach Resort is a bit far from Babak; and since it was our first time to visit the area, upon arrival at Babak Wharf, we hired a single motor to lead us to Jorona for Php 150.00. Thirty minutes to one hour from Babak, we finally reached the entry point to Jorona Resort. Since the road going to the resort was not yet that accessible, the hotel staff gave us two options: ONE is to transfer to another vehicle (from our van to the available Pajero that will take us to the resort for Php 60.00/ head) OR to take the other road passing a private property where we will pay Php 200.00 for the use of their road. We went with the second option since we cannot just leave the van and the driver for 2 nights on the roadside.
Our room was one of the rooms in the Big House. The said house actually had a total of five (5) rooms. Every room is airconditioned with own private bath with hot and cold shower. Each room also has LED TV with satellite cable. The front desk is also located in the Big House. It has a living room turned lobby, small dining area and the kitchen (for the staff). The structure was actually the old rest house of the owner of the resort which was converted into the main building of the resort when it started its operation.
The hotel staff were every accommodating and offered us the biggest room in the Big House. It is good for 4 pax with 2 queen-sized beds. Since there are seven of us, they gave us 2 extra beds. Each extra bed is good for 2 persons.
Just outside the Big House is the Jacuzzi and the swimming pools. The guests can use the pool from 5AM-9PM.
Few meters away from the pool is the Malayan Guest house. It is a two-storey building for their dormitory-type accommodation. The first floor of the Malayan House have 14 beds with shower rooms and bathrooms are found just outside the room. The 2nd floor have 16 beds with private bath.
The guests may have their meal served at their room or they may opt to use the mini dining area at the Big House (if they want). Most of the time, the meals are served at the Gazebo located near the beach and the resort’s entrance.
Their specialty dish is the Sinigang na Bangus. They also have huge food servings. In fact we were not able to consume all our orders during our dinner that we asked the hotel staff if they can store it and then just heat it up for our breakfast the next day. They agreed and informed us that they will however charge a small fee to “re-heat” the food (which was just OK for us).
Guests can use the videoke machine while waiting.
Aside from videoke, one can also unwind at the beach side while waiting for the food to be served.
TIP: They really take time in serving the food so it is best to order it ahead of time. It may take long for them to serve your order but the food is really good, which definitely worth the wait.
On our last night at the resort, the resort staff allowed us to use their Resort Bar. Obviously it was not yet open for hotel guests to use but because they wanted us to have the best Jorona Resort experience they allowed us to stay at the bar for few hours (the staff’s shifts ends at 9:30PM hence they have to close the bar at that time).
The Hotel Bar had a homey feeling. A not so huge hall with different kinds of wines.
Photo by: Sunshine P.
We left Jorona on December 21, 2015 around 6AM. The Hotel staff asked us the night before our departure regarding our check out time. Even if their shift starts at 8AM and we have already settled the bill the night before, they were already at the front desk when we started to move our stuff to the van. Yes, they have to be there partly because they have to check the room upon check out but it was also because they wanted to bid farewell.
Jorona Resort was indeed far from the center of the Kaputian District but it was worth the distance. It offered peace and quiet. The place definitely allowed us to relax after a busy week.
Jorona Aquatic Resources and Mountain Beach Resort is located at Brgy Adecor, Sitio Tambang, Kaputian District, Samal.
Tel. Nos. 284-4994 / 234-0238