Resorts

AMESOLA SPRING VALLEY RESORT (DEL ROSARIO, NAGA CITY)

Hello again and Happy Mother’s Day to all supermoms out there!

Anyway, since yesterday was Mother’s Day and we really do celebrate every special occasion like Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, every birthday, Christmas, New Year’s Day and the list goes on, we decided to go swimming at Amesola Spring Valley Resort in Del Rosario, Naga City. I remember one of my readers here commented that I really seem to like water. He’s probably right.lol.

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Twin Pool

Now this resort is very near our place, in fact, we probably got there in less than 10 minutes via the tricycle that we rented for P100. However, if you are coming from Centro Naga, you will need to take a jeepney to Del Rosario (P10.00 each person) and tell the driver to pull over at the corner of Del Rosario-Cararayan Road. It’s hard to miss because it is located just right before you pass the arch that says “Welcome to Naga City.” Then, ride a tricycle to the resort (P5.00 each person). However, if you are coming from the direction of Legazpi or Pili, you may take a bus or UV Express van and pull over at the corner of Del Rosario-Cararayan Road.  Then wait for a tricycle to convey you to the resort.

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When you get there, the entrance fee for adults is P150 each while the kids go in for P100 each. The cottages are priced at P600 and above and you get to use their three (3) swimming pools where the water they say is always fresh and cool as the source is the nearby Mount Isarog. The newly renovated pool, which is located at the right side of the resort, is bigger and has lounge chairs for those who care to go sunbathing (although sunbathing is not really a thing for Filipinos). Anyway, I recommend if you go to the resort, get a cottage by this bigger pool especially if you are bringing kids along, because the cottage we got was situated by the Twin Pool (on the left) and the water at the kiddie pool thereat had these things floating around (not sure what). And I thought the water at the bigger pool looked more fresh.

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The resort is rather basic and simple, but I can tell they have been putting in best efforts and invested a lot of money to turn the whole place into what they hope would be a cutting edge facility someday. It paid off somehow judging from the marked improvement of their pools and amenities. For instance, there is a gym now featuring new modern equipment. There are fitness programs available too. Their rooms (for overnight stay) have been newly renovated and clean, although the prices have gone up as well. What with P1,500 for single occupancy! I don’t think it’s wise considering their location is really far from Centro Naga (where the malls, shops and restos are). I mean, if you are travelling to Naga City solo, you’d wanna get a standard room at Nagaland Hotel (for about P700), which is affordable and pretty much close to everything.

 

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They have a waterlily pond

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Anyway, Amesola Spring Valley Resort has been under renovation for over a year now, but there is still much to be done, especially in the area of landscaping. The place is spacious and has a forest feel to it that they should put into good use. I guess because people would love an exotic place where they can feel one with nature. They need to maybe spruce the place up with more flowers and fruit trees. And maintenance staff should be on the look out for people who litter by the pool for goodness sake! We have seen litter all over the Twin Pool area. And if guests (especially small kids) can’t be imposed upon to behave impeccably, then the staff must take it upon themselves to keep the place no less than immaculate.

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My over-all verdict is: I was pleasantly surprised that the resort is very near where I live but apart from their decent sized swimming pools and noisy videoke, there is not much to offer the day swimmers.  A koi pond or a large aquarium, some fruit picking, a vegetable farm, bikes to rent, a zip line, hanging bridge and a wall to climb would have made a world of difference. However, with all things considered, we still had a good time. I guess when you’re with a kid and she enjoys swimming so much, you kinda get the feeling that you’re having fun as well despite the unbelievable noise of three videoke machines playing simultaneously.

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I’m looking forward to when they have made the place truly packed with entertainment and more refined, with stricter rules against littering, especially when their videoke machines are finally placed farther apart. I hope to see some more noteworthy improvements on my next visit.

Resorts

OH LA LA PARADISE SPRING RESORT IN GUINOBATAN, ALBAY

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Oh La La Paradise Spring Resort is one of the nicer resorts I’ve been to here in Bicol that I think will not disappoint even the balikbayans or those coming home from abroad. The place is clean, spacious and has a lot to offer such as lush gardens, a pond with koi, spring pools (for adults and for kids), affordable cottages and 15 rooms should you decide to spend the night. The entrance fee is also not so hard on the budget at P100.00 only per person. However, the prices may vary depending on the season I think.

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Their cottages can be rented with the corresponding prices as:

10 SMALL cottages : max. capacity 8 persons – Php 500 (per cottage)
10 BIG cottages : max. capacity 20 persons – Php 700 (per cottage)
EXECUTIVE SMALL :  4 x Php 1,000 and 2 x Php 1,500
EXECUTIVE BIG : Php 2,000 / 3,000 / 5,000

And by the way, they have new attractions which are the big water slides.

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For those of you planning to spend the night, I am posting their room rates as I noticed nobody was replying to all the queries on their Facebook account. Hope many people will find this information useful:

Micky House : Room Nb 5 (studio type) – Php 2,000
Micky House : Room Nb 6 with air con – Php 2,500
L’Oeuf House : Standard type Room Nb 16 to 19 – Php 2,000 ; Room Nb 20 (aircon)– Php2,500 & the Executive Type w/hot water: Rooms 12 & 23 – Php 3,500

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The resort is also great for parties and events like weddings as they have many venues to choose from such as the following:

  •  Vulcan Hall and Restaurant (capacity is 50 persons and being rented out for P10,000.00)
  • Function Halls : 1) CONCORDE GROUND FLOOR : max. capacity: 150 persons – Php 10,000; 2) L’OEUF GROUND FLOOR BIG : max. capacity: 150 persons, -Php 15,000  & 3) L’OEUF GROUND FLOOR ANNEXE : max. capacity: 50 persons,- Php 8,500 with videoke
  • Music Halls – GROUND LEVEL:  Php 6,000 (P7,500.00 with videoke)
  • Wedding Hall (with private swimming pool) —Day: Php 30,000 / Overnight: Php 50,000
  • 3 Function Halls in the Macumba building: 1) 3D FLOOR : w/air con, max. capacity: 100 persons – Php 25,000; 2) 2D FLOOR : max. capacity: 150 persons – Php 15,000 & 3) GROUND FLOOR : max. capacity: 250 persons    – Php 20,000

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Over-all, the place is really nice and good for relaxing and the source of the water is a natural spring so it always feels fresh. The only let down on this resort I think is the distance from the National Highway, and this can be an issue for those who are commuting as tricycles charge P100 per trip. But if you have a car, there should be no problem getting there with apps such as Waze.

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By the way, all information about prices I sourced from ohlalaparadise.ph except for the tricycle charge which I learned when I went home early by myself.

For inquiries, call/text Ohlala’s mobile number at 09185243034.