Isla Jardin del Mar Resort, Gumasa, Glan, Sarangani

By on July 15, 2010

Part 5 of a series.

DAY 1.

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 Sarangani
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.

Isla Jardin del Mar Resort
The tide was high and the waves were quite rough during our visit.

Isla Jardin del Mar Resort Sarangani
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.

Isla Jardin del Mar Resort Sarangani
At the tip of the beach area is a coral garden for snorkellers to enjoy.

Isla Jardin del Mar Resort Sarangani
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
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 Gumasa Sarangani Isla Jardin del Mar Resort Gumasa Sarangani
Isla Jardin del Mar Resort is owned by fishing magnate, Marfin Tan who also operates Isla Parilla and Sydney Hotel.


Isla Jardin del Mar Resort’s beachfront is 750 meters long! Perfect for romantic walks and reflections with nature.
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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)

Comments

25 Comments

  1. Dhon

    August 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    >>>Wow.. Nice beach!

  2. paul gascon

    April 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

    not a nice beach for me..

  3. paul gascon

    April 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

    nice..

  4. riz

    July 12, 2011 at 1:18 am

    very nice!!

  5. Adrian

    October 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Ang ganda ng resort!!

  6. Hannah Krisha

    October 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Wow!! very nice beach.. i like this! GANDA!

  7. weng

    November 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

    are you allowing pets?

  8. jeffrey salarda

    November 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

    please post room rates, cottages and entrance fees

  9. joye

    December 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    how much po ang roomrates nila may entrance fee po ba d2?tnxs

  10. jam

    March 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    so so so ganda ng gumasa.. ive never go there but next day is our farewell so i desided to go there:)

  11. lady janicah

    April 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    It’s a nice resort…I’ve been there last october 2010,together with my friends,.the seashore was so romantic from sunset til night,,,they have securities to ensure that the guests will be safe…….
    I hope I can visit Isla Jardin Del Mar if I go back to the Philippines again!!!!

  12. ann

    November 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    i enjoyed so much in isla jardin,infact,dalawang beses na…and babalik balikan ko….very peaceful,the management and staff very accomodating..and low price….perfectly nice.

  13. ernelf

    April 23, 2013 at 7:23 am

    napagangdang lugar na pwedi kong balikbalikan very nice resort

  14. Jazcyl Medina

    December 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Sino may contact number sa Isla Jardin??? pwedi makahinge??? gusto po kasi namin mag book kasi may family reunion kami and wala kmi contactact number. Thanks

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