From being known as the Imperial Palace in Cebu Philippines, this 5 star hotel re-brands its name and now known as Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark. Where the new resort name is taken from the owners names, the businessmen Uy siblings that both names starts with “J” and Korean Yong Jun Park.
Everything is still the same for them though, even they dropped the franchise name of the Imperial and no one was fired, all their staff are retained. They wish to grow and add some more activities for their guests which was not allowed back then for their license is limited. So expect that there are more new things coming to Jpark to offer you.
Along with other Cebu based bloggers, we were able to get a chance to experience the resort for the whole day and enjoy their restaurants, pools and water slides. It was actually my first time stepping into the result, the ironic thing is I only live few minutes away from the resort and for the past years I never ever visited it. So I was pretty much excited to see it for myself (at last) other than listening to what people have to say about their experience.
My Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark ExperienceI just took the habal-habal (a motorcycle for hire) so that I don’t have to walk from across the street anymore. The guard stopped us, said I have to walk from the gate which I don’t mind since I want to take a picture of the whole front building, which was this:
As I entered the building, someone greeted me and asked if there's anything they could do for me. I told them I was invited for the bloggers presscon, so the staff said I'll have to wait for the other bloggers in the lobby since I was early. Check out my view!
That is actually the J Lounge, where coffee, tea and other pastries are served. I was already there around 7AM but the staff are already there, preparing.
When my fellow Cebu bloggers arrived, we were then taken to the Olive Restaurant to have our breakfast. I was able to catch up with some friends and of course discuss about the food of the Abalone where we took our breakfast. Our breakfast is from the Abalone, but we were placed at Olive since they're just connected.
Surely and honestly, I tried my best not to eat too much since I have to eat light for the slides later, I don't want to throw up and ermbarass myself but still I was really full in our breakfast. Good thing we have to walk up to the function room where we'll have the presscon.
After the Q&A, a chef came in with foods with him and it's the dishes from the Olive restaurant. There was no rice since it was just a food tasting, but still my tummy was full from the dishes served and desserts.
We needed a bit of time to stretch out, since they've been feeding us a lot so they gave us time to roam around the resort. I was with two pair of lovers, and again I'm the 5th wheel roaming around the resort and taking pictures of the beautiful building again.
I just love the landscaping of the whole resort, everything is clean, there's no garbage that is thrown anywhere. Actually, the resort is really nice to walk around, even under the heat of the sun since there are mini roads that are covered by the trees (real trees, not man made - I think because there are real birds living in there).
We also pass by some villas of the resort, I'm not sure though if these are the ones with private pool.
In about 30 minutes or so, we were then called to go back and take our lunch. Yes, another feeding time! But I'm loving it. We took our lunch at the Ching Hai restaurant, which is still within the resort. Their Dim sum basket is worth it, you can have it for P2,500 which is good for 2 persons.
That's the entrance of the restaurant, which has a Chinese look already.
And of course, after taking our lunch, filling up our tummy, the resort organized a team building activity for us. Where they (I didn't join) were divided into 2 groups and have 3 contests prepared for us. One was where they have to take a photo of the whole group in an area assigned to them (basing on a photo provided - so they have to find the spot).
I took the photos for one of the group, so I have to run around with the TEAM BONAKID around the resort. Here's the team Bonakid!
Now here are the fun photos we took! Look at their faces, it's priceless!
Sadly, they didn't win because the number of the photo above is covered and cannot be seen and confirmed that it's the one given to them. Sorry guys!
After that we were able to get the rest of the hours to ourselves and enjoy the pool and water slides!
This is where we have our team building, the Beach pool!
And this is obviously for the kids, and the kids at heart! Which is the Captain Hook's pool.
No kids will drown here by the way, really, no kids! If there is, then that will surely be (a freak) accident.
If you have a toddler with you, the Toddler's pool is just right for them, a bit smaller but ideal for the toddlers. They also have their own slides!
I was not satisfied by the other pools, because the beach pool is just about 3 feet and connected to the Amazon river and wave rider. So I move to the island pool!
The floor of the island pool is tiled, the beach pool is a bit rough but I think it's best so kids won't slide there. But I love the island pool, but then it was hot. I'm not sure if it's what it is or it was just really hot that time.
If you want to rest, catch up or just relax you can stay at their cabanas.
And this one is one of their big cabanas, ideal for big groups which is near the beach.
I can't dare to try their slides because I'm full and I'm not sure if I'll fit (LOL). But here's a photo of their slides.
I also made a video for my whole experience at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, it can make you dizzy but anyway, here you go!
Tips on a Getaway to Jpark Island Resort and WaterparkHaving the chance to experience the resort (at last) for a day, I could give you a couple of tips when going away from the city life and spend your day to relax and enjoy life with Jpark.
- No need to bring towels because it's included in their hotel service. But bring your ID to exchange with the towels you'll borrow.
- Their day use package already includes a buffet lunch at the Abalone or dining at one of their other restaurants. Lunch starts at 12:00 to 2:30pm and dinner starts at 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
- If you don't like to wear a bikini or at least a rash guard to use their pool, no worries. You can wear a tshirt and shorts, they're not that strict on swimming attires.
- A maximum of two (2) kids that are 4 years old and below are free of charge but they should be accompanied by at least one paying adult.
Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Day Use RatesI think it's just right that I'll share with you their rates, since this is my one day getaway and for day you can get away from the city and busy life at Jpark with their following rates:
UPDATE: (2015 Rates)
Waterpark Adventure Rates:
Adult - P2,500
Kids - P1,500
Notes: Kids are for 12 years old and below.
- Free use of towel, locker room, changing and shower room.
- Buffet lunch at the Abalone Buffet Restaurant, or dine at Ching Haio, Maru, Olive or Coral Seaside.
- Free use of the waterpark
Find out more about the resort by visiting their official website www.jparkislandresort.com or check out their new fan page at facebook.com/jparkresort - they dropped their previous fan page.
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