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Jomabo Island Paradise Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Escalante City
Reviewed 16 August 2007

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.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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8  Thank GeoffSwindon
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Reviewed 1 July 2007

When you think of a secluded small island resort you think of pristine beaches great sunsets and reasonable accommodations. Well Jomabo has the sunsets and the sandy beach is pretty nice but that is all it has going for it. The price at around $170.00 per night including three meals and boat transportation from the main island seemed a little steep for Philippine standards. We expected that things would be reasonably nice considering the cost. We were told that the island was currently being further developed. And that we could stay in air conditioned room or a cottage. We chose the cottage which was on the water and had no air conditioning, and electricity only at night. The cottages were way beyond run down. The water was rain water only collected in large ceramic barrels. The toilets did not work properly and the shower was a bucket and a cup. We had to purchase towels for two dollars. The electrical wires in the room were bare in many places and I was shocked when I touched a light switch. The island had several workers on it who at around 4:00 pm started playing very load music that was not at all what any of the guests enjoyed or asked for. The workers then proceeded to hoot it up in a building that was close to the guest accommodations for the rest of the night. The other guest fro Australia told me in the morning that he went over at 3:00 AM and asked them to please turn their music off. There did not appear to be anybody in charge. We received our most attention from the cook who prepared our meals and did his best job to meet our needs. Other than his efforts our experience was very disappointing. An earlier comment was made regarding water toys. We were never informed as to what was available and what we did do ( rented fins and went snorkeling0 cost us. I would not consider this in any stretch of the mind an all inclusive resort.

Bottom line for us: This place was way over priced other than the chef’s efforts of service and fair meals the rest of the place was pretty sad. I personally would never go back. The only way that this resort would be a reasonable value would be if you could get a cottage for $30 or $40 dollars a night and pretend like you are camping. Anything beyond 2 nights would probably be to much. The biggest negative, by far about this resort was the loud and obnoxious workers and their all night karaoke. No matter how nice the sunsets and the water the owner has got to get this under control..

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Sierrabell
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Reviewed 30 April 2007

My family and I went to Jomabo five years ago (March ‘02). We’d heard about the resort from friends and they spoke highly of it. Jomabo Island Resort was fairly new at that time, so my family & I decided to rent a car, make reservations, buy a few groceries and head down there. It took me so long to write a review; but better late than never.


Advantages:

>Although the resort was undergoing major construction at that time, It had this particular charm.

>Its secluded which is ideal for private parties and honeymooners.

>Clear blue waters and fine white sand.

>Quaint but affordable cottages.

>March-June (1st week) is the best time to go and get a really awesome tan

>Handful of aqua sports and gear. ;-)


Disadvantages:

>Long distance travel to get there (not my cup of tea, but well worth it).
>Rude reservations agents (at their main office in Bacolod). Grr Impolite and some are not knowledgeable about the resorts facilities, amenities and menu.
>Food was terrible. We ordered spaghetti, and it took the kitchen staff 1 hour & 30 min. to whip up that one order. When it finally arrived- it was not freshly made. It was instant spag. from Maggi noodles (local Filipino company which manufactures packed noodles). Talk about customer service at its best What a disappointment.
>More security staff should have been stationed for the guests safety.


Tips:

I visited their website recently and they really made up to par changes. Good to know

>Don’t forget to bring a cooler for your drinks in case you’ll stay for the day. Chances are the availability of crushed ice or ice cubes won’t be adequate.

>Bring your own plastic utensils, plates and cups. Easy to dispose, much cleaner & economical.

>Bring less clothing if you’ll plan to stay for a couple of nights. That long travel plus a 30 min. pump boat ride will leave you stress free from carrying heavy bags.

>Bring more snacks (canned sodas, light beers, juices, chips, cookies). You’ll never know what’s available in the restaurant

>Also, carry a first aid kit for minor wounds and pain reliever meds.

>If you’ll rent a family suite w/ cooking amenities, cool Bring more canned goods and cook up your own breakfast in case you’ll plan on staying for more than 3 days.

>As for gadgets and gizmos, be wary of your digital cams, video recorders, mobile phones and mp3's. There’s a disposable underwater camera from Fuji that takes good shots, plus it comes with a free sun block. You might want to purchase it instead of bringing all that equipment.

>Plan your trip and make reservations at least 1 month before.

>And lastly, when the low tide comes (usually in the late pm and the water is just a little below your knees), pull out a small table by the beach, gather a few chairs and play poker while the sun sets... Its truly a relaxing experience. Hope to be back soon... ;-)

  • Stayed: March 2003
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26  Thank mikai9820
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Address: Cor. Rizal-Lacson Sts., Escalante City, Negros Occidental 6100, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Occidental > Escalante City
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Escalante City
Number of rooms: 16
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