Metro Manila · Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park (Cavite)
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Cavite makes the perfect quick escape for Megacitizens who wish to get away from the city for a while without having to waste precious hours on land or air travel. The 36-hectare property offers just about every enjoyment possible --a water park, wild life, deluxe accommodations, game rooms, videoke, spa and other pampering services; dog shows, sporting events, fully-equipped gym, specialty restaurants highlighting good comfort food and Filipino food favorites; among others.
Less than 45 minutes away from Makati by car, the sprawling Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park has something for everyone, from the type of accommodations available to the activities to be had here.
Choices include hotel rooms,two-bedroom duplex cabanas, single detached two-bedroomcabanas and dormitories. The hotel complex has a jacuzzi and pool exclusive to checked in guests. There is a business center that is open 24 hours. Wi-Fi is available in certain parts of the facility.
The Island Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, occupying almost two-thirds of the establishment, boasts various species of reptiles, mammals and birds. Guests will have a thrill feeding crocodiles, tigers, and monkeys. Photos can be taken with ostriches, a Philippine deer, or a 15-foot python.
Test your navigational skills with the Island Cove Maze Challenge.
The Adventure Zone has team building facilities like a paintball arena, an airsoft field and a challenge course. Other outdoor facilities include a basketball court, a tennis court, a 1.4 kilometer jogging path, several playgrounds for kids and a giant chess set. Bikes for rent are available.
The Wellness Center boasts of a fully-equipped gym and a spa center offering the traditional Filipino massages called hilot and dagdagay, among others.
The 3,000-sqm-water complex has huge swimming pools, giant slides and inflatables. There is also a kid-friendly splash park wherein the splashers and sprayers were imported from Australia. To ensure safety of the kids or to minimize the possibility of accidents, the resort installed colorful, water safe rubber flooring (EPDM). The lifeguards are certified in standard first aid and basic life support by the Philippine National Red Cross.
For indoor sports, Island Cove has billiards, table tennis and a game room with Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox consoles.
The Bayside KTV has nine private rooms that can seat two to 30 persons. There are up to 3,000 songs available in Chinese, English, Korean, Japanese and Filipino.
There are four food and beverage outlets to choose from.
Megacitizens.com recommends the Fishing Village, which is a Filipino-themed restaurant featuring bahay kubos or bamboo huts on stilts facing Manila Bay. It's the most authentic Filipino dining ambiance one can get that side of town. Try the Boodle Feast, which is kamayan-style eating. The latter basically is a buffet of sorts and does away with the use of forks, spoon, and knives. There is a technique to stylishly and delicately pushing food into your mouth using your fingers. Ask a Filipino friend to demonstrate for you. Must-try also is the Lechon sa Buho, a deep-fried pork dish.
There are 21 of these bamboo huts, with views of Manila and Makati skylines. And as the name of the restaurant implies, guest can actually go fishing here and have their fresh catch cooked for them. Don't miss the sorbetero, someone who sells Filipino traditional ice cream, by the entrance of the restaurant.
Sangley Point is for those craving good ol' American food --burgers, shakes, baked baby back ribs, and pizzas. The bacon barbecue is home-made. Buffet breakfast is served here especially during weekends.
For desserts and coffee, head to iCafe.
Pica-pica liked baked oysters and mussels are served at the Bayside KTV.
There are function rooms, ballrooms, and non-airconditioned pavilions. Catering and events organizing services are available. The hotel and resort uses two electric vehicles to shuttle guests around the facility. Island Cove has done away with plastic bottles in the rooms. They serve filtered water in reusable tumblers. To reduce waste, Island Cove removed unnecessary packaging from their bathroom amenities. including its kitchens.
The wildlife sanctuary was established to become home to displaced and unwanted animals and pets like snakes, birds and tigers. The mangrove area at the back of Island Cove is a breeding and resting ground for migratory birds.
Why Megacitizens should pay this establishment a visit
Aside from the number of activities and accommodations available, Island Cove offers good, clean fun for families, friends and couples. It is pet-friendly, too. The Fishing Village offers more than the usual Filipino dining experience. More important, it's less than an hour drive from Makati.
Location and how to get there
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is located in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite.
Tel: (63) 046 434 0210