Part 5 of a series.
After that very unfortunate accident (when did accidents become fortunate, anyway?), we had to go on with our journey to Isla Jardin del Mar Resort and still take the faulty “habal-habal”. We saw a road sign telling us that the resort was only 1 kilometer away! YES! We’re near! Just a little more patience and it’s over! But then, that one kilometer felt like three kilometers! Did they actually measure the road distance properly? Hmmm.
Anyway, we finally arrived at Isla Jardin del Mar Resort! AT LAST! VICTORY!
Isla Jardin del Mar Snack Bar
Isla Jardin del Mar is actually one of the newer resorts in the area as it opened its doors only this January.
As I disembarked the motorcycle, I was feeling so groggy as if I was drunk. I couldn’t stand and walk properly. Well, who can, after an exhausting 45-kilometer-non-stop-motorcycle-ride-with-blunders-here-and-there, right? For that, the first thing Eric and I did upon arrival was to buy cold drinks! We DESERVE it! We each bought a can of Coke Zero and a bottle of water. The drinks helped and we were somehow brought back to life. We then freshened up before we explored the place.
The tide was high and the waves were quite rough during our visit.
Isla Jardin del Mar Beachfront
As I approached the beachfront, I had very high expectations as I researched about the place before our trip and found out that Glan is dubbed as the “Boracay of the South” plus the photos I saw were really very inviting. But then, I got disappointed when I saw that the sand wasn’t really that white and find. I could actually compare it to Mactan Island’s sand quality. Oh well, I probably just set my expectations too high. That’s another thing that travellers should practice when visiting a new destination: never expect too much, never expect anything, or expect the worst, whichever way you want it phrased.
At the tip of the beach area is a coral garden for snorkellers to enjoy.
Kuya Avel told us though that there are other resorts in Gumasa that have better sand quality. We’d love to check them out, maybe next time, and no more 45-kilometer long habal-habal rides please! LOL! Anyway, I’m not saying that the sand quality at Isla Jardin del Mar Resort is bad. It’s not bad, it’s far from being bad, it’s not just what I was expecting and probably, the road accident had something to do why I failed to appreciate the place as it is. We were also quite rushing as we had some commitments come dinner time. If we had more time, we could have appreciated and enjoyed Isla Jardin del Mar more.
Isla Jardin del Mar Resort covers 34 hectares and aside from the beach, a lagoon area, fishpond and other activities such as mountain treks, jetski and all-terrain vehicle rental will soon be made available. For that, I guess the resort is not really banking on beach lovers only but on adventure and thrill-seeking individuals and groups in general.
Isla Jardin del Mar Resort is owned by fishing magnate, Marfin Tan who also operates Isla Parilla and Sydney Hotel.
After taking some photos of the resort, Eric and I bought another bottle of water to prepare for our trip back to General Santos City and we decided to leave the place.
(…to be continued)