Traffic is the biggest influencer these days with regards to our social activities whether we should go to one place or the other, to go out or not. Naturally we would opt for closer to home venues, especially considering airport hassles. Aside from work-related traveling and family obligations, family vacations can’t be avoided as well. So why not make life easier and plan your family vacations nearby, like say 45 minutes away.
There is no compromise in fun activities even though the venue is nearby. On the contrary, there is more to entertain each member of the family at Island Cove. Almost everything you want and more is in Island Cove like reasonably-priced rooms, swimming pool with slides, several restaurants to choose from, spa and gym facilities, a fishing village, friendly zoo, biking space, volleyball, tennis, and a basketball court, billard hall, all surrounded by peaceful lush gardens. This private island close to the city is a convenient, entertaining, and ideal relaxing place for the family.
No need to book plane tickets, just hop on a car or taxi and you are off to a fun weekend. If you forget something or you need to attend a meeting suddenly, you can leave and return within a few hours and not miss much. And if the kids need some time apart from the parents or vice versa, the place is big enough to give them all the space they need. You can bike around the island and explore or if you are exhausted, you can take a nap in the room while the kids explore by themselves.
Security is assured with cctv cameras around and one entrance and exit point to and from the island. The zoo houses calm, healthy, friendly animals that you can feed with a guide. Dinner is something to look forward to at the fishing village, breezy, romantic, with a view of the makati skyline. Oysters and clams with grilled meats and seafood, Filipino cuisine at its finest in all the restaurants in this private island.
Nearby the fishing village is a KTV area where the families and barkada can sing in wild abandon, have a concert till the wee hours of the morning. Then back to the room for late movies and a long peaceful sleep after.
Swimming or gym work out is available early in the morning the next day for the health buffs followed by an appointment in the spa for a massage or a luxurious milk bath. Your itinerary is up to you, you can change your mind at a whim. No pressure or stress here. The island caters to the locals who live on a budget without compromise on quality time with the family or loved one. If there is a huge clamor for it in the near future, a special shuttle service can be arranged to pick up vacationers from the city. Did I mention that they are dog-friendly too? There you go, something for everyone indeed.
Island Cove has four food and beverage outlets, helmed by Executive Chef Vill Purificaion. The Fishing Village is a Filipino-themed restaurant that offers a unique experience that is much appreciated by balikbayans and tourists. Facing Manila Bay, the Fishing Village has 21 bamboo huts atop the water and has spectacular views of the Manila and Makati skylines. Guests can go fishing and may have their catch cooked or can order Filipino favorites from the menu including dishes that are unique to Cavite.
Top recommendations are the Pinoy Boodle Feast and their new Lechon sa Pugon which their chefs prepare with much passion. Slow-cooked in their brick oven for 2.5 to 3 hours, it comes out less sinful because a lot of the oil and fat drip out. The skin is very crunchy while the meat is moist and tender. With all the secret ingredients, their Lechon sa Pugon is noticeably more flavorful than those cooked the traditional way.
Sangley Point features western-style cuisine and must-try items are the baked baby back ribs, Wagyu burgers, and their home made bacon barbecue. iCafe offers coffee, shakes, quick meals and sweet treats. Recently added to its menu are sisig buns and adobo buns. Bayside KTV serves pica-pica such as baked oysters and mussels.
Aside from dining at the restaurants, you can spend hours at the Oceania Swim and Splash Park. They have a 350-square meter kid-friendly splash park to Oceania. The splashers and sprayers were imported from Australia. Safety is of paramount importance so they installed colorful, water safe rubber flooring (EPDM) to minimize the possibility of accidents. The main pools of the Oceania Swim and Splash Park retain the 4 giant slides and giant inflatables. The whole water complex spans over 3,000 square meters and their splash park is the biggest in Mega Manila. It is also notable that all their lifeguards are certified in standard first aid and basic life support by the Philippine National Red Cross.
They have just added a new playground for the kids. It is called the King Crawler. It was designed by the Dutch company, Carve. The original King Crawler was developed when the city council of Purmerend, in the Netherlands, invited Carve to design a new schoolyard area. This vertical urban play structure combines several functions including different types of play and climbing opportunities. The brightly colored ribbon-like platforms stand out as if they are floating between the muted posts and wire mesh walls. The whimsical design of the King Crawler lends itself to enhancing any architectural landscape. The King Crawler complies with the American and Canadian playground safety standards.
You can also visit the Island Cove Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to different species of reptiles, mammals and birds. Aside from feeding crocodiles and monkeys, you can take photos of ostriches, Bengal tigers, Philippine deer, and a 15-foot python. If you want more thrill, their Adventure Zone has one of the largest paintball arenas in the country and an airsoft game site. You can try their Island Cove Maze Challenge too. Their other outdoor facilities include a basketball court, a tennis court, a 1.4-kilometer jogging path, several playgrounds for children and a giant chess set. Bikes are available for rent.
If you prefer to stay indoors, they have billiard and table tennis tables and a game room with Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox consoles. If you like to work out, you can visit their full service gym. For those who like to sing, the Bayside KTV would be perfect. It has nine private rooms that can seat groups of 2 to 30. Each of its unique rooms has up-to-date equipment that plays more than 3,000 songs in Chinese, English, Korean, Japanese and Filipino.
For those seeking relaxation and stress relief, the Island Spa is for you. It offers various western and oriental massage treatments.
Island Cove has accommodations that serve guests and clients of every need and budget. They have recently finished major renovation of their accommodation facilities. According to Managing Director Gilbert Remulla, the rooms are now more in tune with the times with USB charging ports, wi-fi internet connectivity, flat screen TVs, and modern bathrooms, while still maintaining a Mediterranean feel.
They are particularly proud of their premier de luxe and family de luxe rooms, as well as the junior suites and villas. Family de luxe room occupants get 30% off on kiddie meals. If you book the premier de luxe room, you will receive complimentary assorted pastries and you won’t be charged separately for the contents of the minibar, you can consume everything that’s there! The junior suites and villas are very spacious and will be much appreciated by groups. Aside from a jacuzzi and pool in the hotel complex exclusive to checked in guests, some sports and recreation facilities are also available to them for free.
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is a great place for events, socials and conferences. They have 2 main ballrooms that can fit between 300 to 500 people, 10 air-conditioned function and meeting rooms (including an air-conditioned tent), various non-airconditioned pavilions and function areas. Island Cove is capable of catering and organizing events for as many as 14,000 persons. They have a concert park where they hold concerts from time to time. They’ve had David Pomeranz, Sharon Cuneta, Side A Band, Sarah Geronimo, Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, Rico J. Puno, Marco Sison, Randy Santiago, Louie Heredia, Chad Borja, Nonoy Zuniga, Sitti Navarro, Jed Madela, The Company, Bamboo, Ely Buendia, Aiza Seguerra, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez, Spongecola, and Cueshe. They have also hosted wellness events, food festivals, dog shows and sporting activities. And have served as venue to TV shows such as ASAP, Umagang Kay Ganda and Unang Hirit. Movies and soap operas have frequently used Island Cove for their out-of-studio location shoots as well.
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is located in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite, only 15 minutes away from Mall of Asia. For more information, log on to www.islandcovephil.com, call (046) 434 0210 or email email@example.com.
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