ISLA CABANA TROPICAL ISLAND RESORT: OUR HOME IN SIARGAO
We arrived in General Luna at around 10:00 am. The sun was up by then, and the waves were calm. No sign of thunderstorm or monsoon. Since check in time at Isla Cabana Tropical Resort was at 2:00 pm, and the resort was fully booked that time, we decided to leave our stuff at the reception and had a tour of the resort first.
The 100% Filipino-owned Isla Cabana Tropical Resort has an expansive 10,000 sqm of lush gardens and well-appointed cabanas. The beachfront property, which opened March of this year, is the newest resort in General Luna, Siargao Island. You will notice that the cabanas, the furniture and the amenities like the pool and restaurant are all brand new, and that construction is ongoing in other parts of the resort away from the existing cabanas.
The high-ceilinged reception has clean lines and radiates a refreshing feel, balanced by the warm colour of the wood furniture, walls and flooring. The front office staff was more than attentive.
|The reception at isla Cabana Tropical Resort|
Adjacent to the reception is the bar and restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Made of wood and other native materials, the restaurant reverberates a Filipiniana feel. The anahaw-shaped ceiling fans added a nice touch and made the restaurant look cool and refreshing.
|The anahaw-shaped ceiling fan|
Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort has six deluxe cabanas, three superior cabanas, and one premiere cabana as of June 2013. Since the resort is relatively new, they offer an introductory rate, as follows:
Regular Rate Promo Rate
Deluxe Cabana Php 4,100 Php 3,400
Superior Cabana Php 4,900 Php 4,200
Premiere Cabana Php 5,800 Php 5,000
The rates are way, way cheaper than the famous Dedon Island Resort. It might be more expensive than its neighbors (e.g. Cherinicole, Patrick on the Beach, etc.), but the facilities and rooms are newer and way nicer! Plus, the beachfront boasts an expansive stretch of fine white sand! As in real fine white sand at that.
|The beach front at Isla Cabana|
We stayed at a deluxe cabana (Isla Mam-on 1) which could fit three to five pax. There were two beds in the cabana: one double and one single. The superior cabana (Isla Daku) and the premiere cabana both have a king-sized bed good for two to four pax, and is actually perfect for honeymooners.
|Our deluxe cabana from the outside|
|The plush beds at isla Mam-on|
Our deluxe cabana was spacious, and undoubtedly, a family of five can easily fit in here. The rooms are also high-ceilinged so ventilation is not a problem, not to mention that the aircon is also new, so we were freezing in the middle of the night!
|Amenities at Isla Mam-on|
There was a flat screen TV, a mini fridge complete with sodas and beer (at a cost) and a dressing table. The bathroom is also spacious and reminds me of the bathroom in Bluewater Panglao.
|The sink and closet at the bathroom|
Take note, the bathroom fixtures are of high standard. The sink is Kohler!
|Clean and spacious bathroom|
There was no bath tub in our deluxe cabana (but the superior and premiere cabanas have). Rather, it has a unique bath with wooden slabs as flooring. The water gets straight to the ground through the spaces in between the slabs. Clever! This would prevent sand from the beach getting stuck!
Designed by architect Eyoy Rocolcol, the resort has a tropical ambiance with verdant landscapes and vibrant floral gardens.
|The other cabanas|
Since the resort is still new, construction is still in progress. I am guessing that these beds are massage beds and will eventually become a poolside spa. It would be nice to have a massage near the pool and the beachfront, with the sound of the waves at the background. Or is this part of the poolside bar in the making?
|Massage beds or poolside bar?|
At Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort, the most iconic spot is the pool overlooking the pristine beachfront with Guyam Islet at the background. All the while I thought the photos on their website were all photoshopped to the max (the blue waters, the sand, and the lovely poolside!). But I was wrong. It was adorable even in real life. I just wanted to lounge by one of the beach beds and read a book in there! To complete the relaxing experience, there's a Jacuzzi that the guests can enjoy, too.
|The iconic pool at Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort|
|Beach lounge chairs overlooking the tranquil waters|
|An inviting hammock by the poolside|
The hammock was so inviting! It's perfect for that "island life" feel. The poolside also commands a breathtaking view of sunrise. I wasn't able to witness this but my hubby did.
|Sunrise at Isla Cabana|
|Sunrise. Sunrise. Sunrise|
At night, the path is lighted and the gardens bloom in luminosity. We could hear the sound of the waves and the saw some fireflies along the way.
Our stay in Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort is worth every second of travelling by land and sea. Indeed, it is the best place to be in Siargao. It's new, clean, and serene. It's not so expensive nor cheap at the expense of being rustic. I will come back for sure. Beyond waves, there's definitely a lot to explore in Siargao.
Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort
General Luna, Siargao Island
8416 General Luna, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines
Mr. Dupz Escatron-Ravelo
09285595244 / 09175230300 / 09209099777
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