It’s not about the place. It’s all about the people your are with. Okay, admit it, sometimes we also have to consider the place. Just because moments become memories when there are beautiful people in a beautiful place. Beach resorts these days are quite expensive. And so a family outing or a an out of town trip with friends can be pretty hassle.
We had numerous of beach resorts, from south to east to west before we agreed to one place in Sogod. First impression was “WOW!” Because the place was beautiful. We got the place for 10,000php. Expensive? Not when you have access to almost everything, including the cable TV, refrigerator, with extra crew to assist you from turning on and off the artificial waterfall and helpers for extra hands in doing chores. It used to be a private escape of the owner from the busy city and now he chose to open it to the public. Here are honest thoughts without too much coating:
We included a shuttle in our booking because we don’t want a hassle in getting there, specially that we’ve got stuff and food brought with us. The van can accommodate 15 passengers. It’s also good to hire a vehicle than commute specially when it’s your first time going there. But going back to Cebu, we rode a jeep from Sogod to Danao and took a van going Cebu.
At the gate, our first word was a long “wow”. Endless wow’s followed until we got inside the house.
2nd Floor Rooms:
*All rooms are air conditioned with cozy beds and cabinets to put your things in.
Why it’s a bit disappointing?
No slide. And a bit smaller than what we expected. Plus, it’s 3ft going 5ft deep. So kids under 8 needs supervision when they’re near the pool area.
But why not?
Considering it is built mainly as their house away from the city, there should be no room for disappointment. We just expected too much with the pool. A little renovation would probably work.
We did not set so much expectation with the beach area. Because we’ve seen the photos we all are in love and madly in love with white sand, so we thought the beach will just be an option by night. But when we got there, the beach is no longer an option. You have to walk far from the shore to take a swim. Because swimming at the nearer area can be disgusting because of the “clay” and can be painful because of the rocks. You have to wait for high tide if you’d like to taste the salty water.
On the brighter side, if you’re a fan of sun rise and sun set like me, then the beach front is a perfect spot. The sunrise and sunset here are both lovely next to scarily beautiful (I’ll be posting a photo blog about this).
Main gate closes at 7pm and if you’ll need something from the outside, you’ll have to ask assistance from one of the helpers. I did not see any security guards (like the uniformed ones), but you don’t have to worry because the helpers are there to take care of you. There were 2 to 3 men and a lady who assisted us on our entire stay. They also have a separate cottage where they stay day in day out 24/7.
Highly recommended for family outing, a night and day with friends and anything exclusive with a personal touch. One more thing, I didn’t have problems in using the comfort rooms which I most of the times have specially when am new to the place… AND, I didn’t have issues in sleeping in the couch at the living room. I was like at home.
It felt like we own the house. Oh well, we own it for a night and a day. Thank you, Sir Mark!
For inquiries and reservations please visit the facebook page: The Summer House