We weren't planning a beach holiday as it was supposed to be rainy season. But after a few days in Bacolod we thought we'd go for it. The cost was Php3,500 per aircon room per night, plus Php300 per person per meal - the menu choices of which had to be pre-ordered before arrival. Taxi from Bacolod took 2 hours.
As it was off-season, we were the only tourists on the island, with a staff of 13. The restobar is quite a long walk from the aircon rooms, the latter of which are in a two-storey block of 16 rooms. Note that this is unfinished - only the ground floor is complete.
"Unfinished" also goes for the rest of the island. Don't go expecting luxury here; just a relaxing quiet island. There aren't many activities really. But the sunsets are fantastic.
Food was excellent and bountiful. Plenty of cold beverages and, despite having to pre-order from the menu before arrival, apparently short orders are available.
Staff were very pleasant. Snorkelling was available at Php1,500 for the boat (minimum) or Php250 per person (if more than Php1,500) but the site is nothing like on a par with even Boracay. They didn't show us how to use the equipment.
So, in summary, a little on the pricey side for not a huge deal. But we enjoyed the break. If simple is what you want, go for it. If luxury is what you want, avoid it.
- Also Known As:
- Jomabo Island Paradise Beach Hotel Escalante City