We've been at the Island Cove for three or four times already but never had a chance to explore much of the resort mainly because we just want to dip ourselves into the pool and have some rest inside our room. Last Thursday was a different experience. We explored
the whole resort, dined in different restaurants, toured at their sports and recreation facilities such as Oceania Water
Park, Fishing Village, Interactive Game Room, Table
Tennis, Airsoft and Paintball Field.
What you want in a getaway is there in Island Cove not to mention the location which will only take you about 15 minutes from MOA via Cavitex that wont give you too much stress. With just a few minutes drive from Manila, you would feel like you are separated from the rest of the world.
We left Manila at around 7am and reached the place just in time for our breakfast served by iCafe which deserves a separate feature. The food totally made my day. Our lunch was held at Fishing Village and snack at Sangley Point which will also be posted in another entry. Each restaurant caters different dishes. I can describe the food in three words; YUMMY AND TEMPTING!
We were greeted by True Colors Band with old classic songs. I did not let the chance pass without a photo op with them. And that's how I want to start my blog not a selfie or look-up but a photo with a band to jump start my post. :)
That's me with a guitar feeling like a musician.
iCafe, Sangley Point and Fishing Village offer different kinds of dishes; mouth watering Filipino and international food at affordable selections. Let me just give you a teaser of what we had during our meals.
Breakfast at iCafe
We had our breakfast at iCafe. I'm leaving you an array of food on the buffet table. It offers delicious Filipino food, cakes and pastries.
I concluded my meal with brewed coffee. I will post a review soon and link here when I'm done so you know what overwhelmed me. I already emptied my cup when I remember to take a photo of my coffee. :)
Lunch at Fishing Village
Delight in Filipino dishes while dining in one of the native huts at the Fishing Village.
Enjoy your meal and don't count the calories. I tell you, I tasted the crunchiest and tastiest lechon in my life that is Lechon sa buho
. I could hear the sound cracking while eating. Okay, these are just a few at the table. Wait till I post the complete lunch with Seafood, Dessert, Filipino Dishes and more.
So you think it's only the food that will make your day?
Well, that's just icing on the cake! At Fishing Village, guests can do fishing and the ambiance will make them feel relaxed during their stay.
How about refreshing yourself with some buko drinks?
Sangley Point serves international dishes such as Pizza and Garden Salad. The restaurant is proud of their homemade salsa which I promise to blog later.
Look here, a very classy recycled jar!
Island Cove offers a selection of accommodations depending on your needs. They have hotel rooms, villas and more.
For a family or a large group, they have Dormitory type or Cabana with two or four bedrooms. They have dormitories that can accommodate 16 pax or more.
One of the many paintings I captured on the wall that shows the hotel pool.
At the hotel lobby, one can just sit down and relax. This is my favorite area for my online business. I was here last summer with another friend. We blogged the experience right on the spot. There is a strong wifi at the hotel and on most of the parts of the resort.
Souvenir items are also available near Sangley Point.
Oceania Water Park
The first time I heard of Island was many years ago and 16 years after, it still has the best facilities that attract both local and foreign guests. They maintain the cleanliness and the level of quality and service, and facilities were more improved. They just opened (or should I say about to open) the Splash Park which is another added attraction this summer that will thrill kids and adult alike.
With my curious mind, I actually touched the flooring of the Splash Water which is soft and rubberized. The water coming from the splash is purified.
The giant slide, kid's pool and more pool.
I wanted to jump at that moment, right there with the clear water that's calling me but I guess the kiddie pool is just perfect for me where I can swim safely and have fun with the kids. Haha.
Island Cove is a perfect venue for family weekend getaway, celebrations like baptism & weddings, corporate functions, team building or company outings.
The resort has several function rooms with quality audio-visual equipment for meetings and presentations.
This is the only photo I can provide. The other function rooms that we visited were occupied at the time of our tour so I didn't bother to take some. You may check the website I provided below for more photos and info.
Sing your heart out at Bayside KTV located beside the Fishing Village.
At KTV, "I did it my way" and showed off my singing prowess. Because I was behind the camera, I have no photo here. I hope the video while I was singing wouldn't make a viral hit in You Tube. You can choose from more than 3000 songs of different languages. Bring it on. I can sing different varieties of musical genre, it's just that I don't hit the notes. Okay, I am seriously kidding here. I am just a videoke addict. :)
You may explore the island on a bike or a horse. For those with a spirit of adventure, there is a Paintball Field and Airsoft Site. Are you ready for more adventure? Then put on your military game mode or challenge yourself at an obstacle course. You may also opt to explore the island on a bike or a horse.
Enjoy the beauty of nature at Animal Island.
We walked around the Animal Island and took a few shots of the beauty of nature.
Some of my friends took the opportunity to have photo with the tiger but I dare not do it. No way. It just scared me a lot. Cats are not my friends. I'm a dog lover. :)
Alright! That's me with an ostrich's egg. I think I am safer here. I just moved a little bit farther because I sensed that the ostrich wanted to snatch the egg from me. :) Let me segway my way, I forgot to put on my SPF lotion so I used my shawl to cover myself from direct sunlight.
The biggie python which I can only imagine hanging around my neck.
I asked the staff how many crocodiles are residing at Animal Island but I couldn't remember it now. I was busy on the other side looking at the monkeys begging for some bananas. Ooh carefree monkeys. You may ask the management if you want to feed the animals.
There's a lot more to do; Maze Challenge, Giant Outdoor Chess, Billiards, Tennis and more. My friend took only about a minute and a few seconds at the Maze. You may want to try it and face the challenge. Who knows you find the route easier and make a new record.
Interactive Game Room
You may want to play golf or tennis here..
Island Spa and FIT Club is located right beside the Hotel
I want to try Island Spa soon which I've long been wanting.. I deserve it right.
Overall I was quite impressed with how the management maintains the resort to its condition now. In sixteen years in the business, the features and the level of quality of service are even more improved. Some of the areas are being renovated but they do it one at time, because the guests are coming in especially this time of the year that is summer.
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is ISO certified and accredited as a triple "A" resort by the Department of Tourism.
Did I mention Island Cove is environment-friendly and if you are just like me who can't leave my pet alone in the house, then worry no more, because the resort is pet-friendly too.
About the resort's safety, their first aid and life guards are certified by Red Cross. They have clinic and have doctors on weekends. At any given time, they have two or three knowledgeable staff to do CPR.
I can't wait to go back and bring my family at the resort. There's a lot more to do, so get ready with your summer gear, hats, sunglasses, sun block and yes, just have fun under the sun and feel the heat of summer. Please check the website because they have special discount which will last till March 31.
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