Rooms rates are reasonable and the room quality was fair. I booked a double room (pay per room not person) for around $32 a night but there are discounts available after 10 days (at that time which was 10% off the bill). Room came with air conditioning, Satellite TV, room service. The room was clean but most days had to call room service to have the room cleaned and sheets changed as they would leave it otherwise.
Resort Facilities 2 nice pools and a children’s pool. A life guard was also there. There is a BBQ area for Lechon and the staff would have this cooked for you. The cafe at reception and food was pretty poor. Coffee was also powdered which is the same in most places so strongly advise taking your own if your a keen coffee drinker like me. The internet was dial up and at that time totally useless drank a cup of coffee waiting for a webpage to open. The staff were generally helpful although in one case while I was waiting for a webpage to load they did disconnect me on purpose so they could use the line (although didn’t ask). I also booked a trip for my wife’s family and were visited by a couple of her cousins while we waited for the L300 minibus for which the hotel charged us P100 for visitors which is the firsttime I’ve ever been charged for people at my hotel room.
General the resort was clean and tidy, a few nights you would find party’s outside for weddings, graduations etc. But the noise was minimal and also school trips during the day for swimming. This also was minimal. Depending on how you like your holiday. I had no disruptions from other guests that bothered me. Would I use the hotel again… possibly for friends visiting purely because I have visited other resorts in the area (not all!) but found this one was quiet most of the time and pretty secure and clean.
Where to eat
I would avoid the hotel food unless your really hungry. If you took a tricycle down to the main road hook a right to AA BBQ you can have some good seafood and chicken be wary of drinks with ICE in any bar or restaurant unless you have a cast iron stomach a little bacteria can go a long way to ruining your trip. From the main road you could also hook a left and head into Tubanok to Gaisano Fiesta where you will find many restaurants and also a food hall.
Things to do
Minglanilla “town Proper” is less than 10mins away by grabbing a tricycle then multicab (small bus generally a converted Suzuki pickup). Here there is a food market and some stalls as well as “Jolly Bee” which are McDonalds biggest rivals in the Philippines and food is not only cheap but generally tastes good. There is also a beach that is around 15mins if you keep heading down through the town but advise getting someone who knows where it is to take you the picture below is of this minglanilla beach The beach is full of stones and has a lot of litter. I did notice a resort next to this beach although have forgotten its name. I would advise NOT to stay at it though purely because of its poor location. Back up in the town you will find internet cafes, western union points, Prince Club (which is a supermarket of sorts selling everything from liquor to a TV and furniture).
Then there is the church which is worth visiting.At Christmas mass is held around 4.30am and I was very surprised at the number of people that made the journey. People were over spilled into the street although not fluent in Cebuano it was good feeling of being there at that time. The next towns are Naga and Carcar along the same road both are ok for a visit but you will generally find that there isn’t much in the way of interest there except the obvious curiosity. If you head left instead of right from the main road at the bottom of the hotel sub division road you will find your heading to the city. Carry along and you will come to a T junction which is the Service road. Carry straight over or right depending where you are going both will eventually take you to Cebu city. But carrying straight over you will see the market on your left which is worth a visit and a walk round for 20mins. Also a take away and delivery pizza company resides here as well many local food stalls. Carry on and you will come to Gaisano Fiesta which is a medium sized mall. Has a department and food store as well as many take-away outlets. Here you will find cheap clothing and can stock up on coffee. You can find many brand names from factory over runs and low prices. I personally have picked up Armani, Bench, Burburry and Baby Phatt clothing.