Friday, January 18, 2008
Jegra John's Resort... the Friendliest Resort in the Friendliest Island
Coming to Bantayan Island which is located in the northern part of Cebu province, me and my companion didn't expect much as we have been to other very beautiful islands here in our country like Boracay, Camiguin, Palawan, Panglao, Samal and Guimaras just to name a few.
I have a personal theory that as an island/place gets smaller the more friendly its locals become to its visitors. Well, I think that now I have a personal experience as a proof that nobody can object...
From Cebu City it took us exactly 3 hrs. of bus ride to reach the port of Hagnaya and another 65 minutes ferry ride to the port of Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island.
The weather didn't cooperate with us as it drizzled throughout our journey from Cebu City to Bantayan Island. Upon reaching Jegra John's Resort in Bantayan we are the only guests for that day so there is no problem haggling for the room price. Even though it just the two of us, we opted for the family room which has 2 double beds, a shower and bathtub (yes, a bathtub), flat iron with ironing board, a dresser and with 2 sets of native sofas. You could fit another double bed in that room with more room to spare as it is very spacious and we got all of that for only 1,300 pesos. Alternatively, a double room normally costs 800 pesos for a night. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that our room faces the cute swimming pool which is a perfect place to relax after an all-day beachcombing.
We want to hire two scooters to tour around the island but Jay, the son of the owner who also acts as the manager of the resort, offered us to use his Mitsubishi Adventure for FREE as we confessed that we are novices in driving a scooter much more in a wet sandy road. Who would in his right mind offer his wheels to a total stranger from Manila. Talk about trust and pampering your guests. He just required us to gas up his Adventure and even offered to tour us around because we don't know our way around the island but we refused as it is too much. It's just a small island with one main highway, how can we get lost anyway, hehehe :)
I told Jay before we leave that I will feature his resort because of the kindness and hospitality he showed to us which made our Bantayan trip more enjoyable. Not only Jay but almost all of the residents of Bantayan are accommodating as they helped us navigate around that very beautiful island, from Sta. Fe to Bantayan town proper up to the northern tip of Madridejos.
I strongly invite everyone to visit the tranquil paradise island of Bantayan and stay at Jegra John's Resort. You may first call or send an SMS to Jay at 09197489652.
Jay, I hope your mother in Dubai will read this so she will know that you are doing a wonderful job in maintaining your property in very good condition and treating guests like relatives. I've stayed in countless hotels, inns, resorts and pension houses in all of my travels in different countries and from Luzon to Mindanao. Without a doubt Jegra John's Resort is the most friendliest (friendliest is not enough so I have to precede it with "most") and you will get more than what your money's worth.
P.S. The drizzle stopped and the sun showed its might as soon as we boarded and took off to tour the island.