While it might come off as bad form to take advantage of another’s misfortune, many places in the Philippines – especially along the country’s super-lengthy combined shoreline – are looking to capitalize on the half-year long closure of Boracay in order to entice tourists from local and international quarters to visit their places instead. Normally that means an alternative vacation spot would boast having the same white-sand beaches as the premier Philippine summer getaway, but also promoting the fact that its area is not that over-developed. Among the many locales joining this scramble to attract some displaced Boracay vacationers is Sarangani Province.
Sarangani is in a sense, well equipped in passing itself off as a formidable resort destination of its own. The province, geographically divided in two with GenSan in between, covers most of the coastline of the bay that gives its name, and there are many fine beaches along that coast. But Sarangani, in particular is especially focusing on promoting their own stretch of white sands at Glan municipality, specifically at Barangay Gumasa. That place after all, is the heart of what’s being hailed as Mindanao’s “biggest beach party”, SarBay Fest in May. And now, tourists dropping by at Gumasa are going to be blessed with a soon-to-open resort hotel the equal to any that can be found over at Boracay.
This is the Kamari Resort and Hotel, the latest and the best resort and accommodation venue to be found at the white-beach Gumasa area of Sarangani province. It is the brainchild of the prolific national co-op, the Adventurers’ Multipurpose Cooperative (AMCOOP), which owns the resort and manages its operation. Just a mere glance at the complex is enough to cement it as THE place to go and stay when vacationing at Sarangani’s white beaches. Now we will go over why.
In terms of guest accommodation, the Kamari Resort and Hotel has ten hotel rooms in its main building, with two classes: Superior Twin (with twin beds) and Superior Queen (with Queen-sized bed). For visitors who are interested in some quiet privacy, Kamari offers no less than 17 guest villas. They are divided into the Deluxe Queen (with Queen-sized bed), the large Sarangani Family villas, and the Bay View villas with their stunning balcony views of Sarangani Bay, and private outdoor Jacuzzis on top of that.
All rooms at the Kamari Resort and Hotel are fully air-conditioned, with genuine five-star quality furnishings – bed foam, sheets, pillows and towels. The Superior hotel rooms have 32-inch Full-HD LED Cable TV, while the villas do one better with 40-in HD screens. Every accommodation also has an indoor phone and Wi-Fi Internet, and stocked with complimentary bottled water, and instant coffee and tea packets. The villas on the other hand boast their own facilities for brewing coffee and tea, plus a stocked minibar for those inclined for that kind of beverage. Lastly, all rooms and villas have good morning kits and beach slippers for guests.
For maximum comfort, all Superior rooms, and the Deluxe and Bay View Villas are all strictly for double occupancy only. Guests checking in at the Kamari Resort and Hotel get a complimentary breakfast on the first morning of their stay, and arriving guests who have made reservations also get a round of welcome drinks, as with all major tourist resort-hotels.
But if you think all you’re getting from Kamari is a place to bed down for the night, no matter how well-appointed it is, then you have not seen everything yet. Being in Gumasa, the Kamari is a fully-fledged beach resort in itself. And for the benefit of their guests the Kamari Resort and Hotel also has two dining options: the in-hotel restaurant Café 92 with all-day Filipino, American and Asian cuisines; and a Resto Bar offering all-day beachside meals, cocktails and a selection of alcoholic drinks, exclusively for the people staying at the hotel. The Kamari also has a dedicated Activity and Events Hall available for reservation to serve as venue for business and social gatherings or special occasions.
With all these wonderful perks, a stay at the Kamari Resort and Hotel will easily be the equal of going to Boracay, minus the overcrowding. They are looking forward to you staying with them soon, so go ahead and make your reservations now. You may do so by directly calling (not texting) this mobile number at 09177010529, or by checking out their official Facebook page. Online booking and room reservations will be available as soon their official website is online. The Kamari Resort and Hotel is located along the National Highway at Barangay Gumasa, the Municipality of Glan, Sarangani Province.
Photos courtesy of the Kamari Resort and Hotel on Facebook