Isla Parilla Sarangani Reviews
Isla Parilla - perfect getaway from the busy metro Jul 11, 2008
After the relief operations we had last week in the Panay Islands, I was soo glad to go South again and visit the province of Sarangani for a one-week interfaith conference.
And my, I was in cloud 9 to know the venue is in Isla Parilla - a perfect place to just laze around and have fun - away from deadlines and anything else stressful, haha..
Isla Parilla is the best place to stay when you are in Sarangani. It's just a 20-minute ride (taxi, jeepney or motorbike) from General Santos City and 3 hours (by bus) from Davao City.
The resort is in the middle of a man-made lake (where one can go fishing)and had lots of facilities (restaurants, function rooms, fishing area, swimming pool, boating, billiards hall, videoke, playground and conference facilities.)
For accommodation, they have pretty floating cottages named after fishes.. And yea, Cherry (Tseri) and I were 'barracuda' girls for a couple of days. There are also rooms named stingray, mackerel, and more. Hmm.. at least you can experience first-hand how to live inside a fish belly, hehe..
Well, they've got floating single cottages, family cottages, dorms and more raging from P 1, 800 to P3, 800 per room per day prices. Not bad eh? That includes cold and hot shower, TV, phone, airconditioned rooms, etc.
As for food... you'll love the tuna my friends since Sarangani Bay is known for it plus you can also eat your own fish catch :)
The only thing missing in the resort is 'there is no internet connection' in the resort.. Arg.. for travbuddy addicts like me, this really mattered a lot..
But then, hey, who knows, they'll have wifi in the near future? The resort had been upgraded many times in the past. I'm sure it's owner, the fishing magnate Marfin Tan himself (who also owns Sydney Hotel in Gensan) had plans for this :)
And yes, tho am not much of a party girl but this might be helpful to some of our travbuddies - in Friday evenings, they've got a band playing plus the resort hosts some events that you might be interested to look into :)
By the way, before I do forget, if you're flying from Manila, there's a direct flight from Manila to GenSan then you can take a cab to the resort which will cost you from 600 to 700 pesos.. But if you are a budget traveler, you can always take the jeepney or motorbike going there.
And yes, I just discovered this morning, for groups of 10 and above, they have a Shuttle Bus to transport the group from the resort to GenSan.
So there.. if ever you'll go South in the country, you can stay in Isla Parilla in Alabel, Sarangani :)
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