Estaca Bay Gardens Conference Resort - Compostela, Cebu
If you are from Cebu, my guess is you have been there. This used to be one of our beach destinations when we were younger. Back then, there were no swimming pools and no rooms to stay for a night or two. Formerly and popularly known as Stakili Beach Resort, Estaca Bay Gardens Conference Resort is situated at KM 23, Estaca, Compostela, Cebu just an hour away (more or less) from Cebu City, depending on traffic.
|I love capturing photographs during sunrise at the beach|
THE COTTAGES, ENTRANCE & FEES:
Weekday: P30/Adult; P20/Kid
Weend/Holiday: P50/Adult; P20/Kid
Open Cottages: P550-P1500
Close/Semi-Close Cottages: P550
Plastic Table Set: P200
Camp Tent Charge: P150
Nipa Hut: P350
Bahay Kubo: P650
Corkage: Lechon P350/whole lechon; Liquors P20/bottle
Canteen/Restaurant: They have a canteen there that you can order a bottle of beer or more and they have a restaurant there as well in case you want to go there solo and don't want to bring food.
|Grilled Ham and Cheese + Coffee - P155|
|The cottages' area are now more spacious compared to a few years back. Cottages are now fixed at the corners. There used to be a videoke machine at the beach front but it has been phased out. There's music there that livens up your stay at the resort.|
If you intend to go there for a day use, you can go there from 6:00am to 6:00pm, but why not go there at 6:00am to maximize your bonding moments with your family and friends until 6:00pm?
NIGHT USE: PERFECT FOR "BARKADA"
If you intend to go there and have a drinking spree with your barkada (group of friends), the place is a perfect getaway for you. Yes, you can stay there from 6:00pm to 6:00am, spending quality time with your barkada (group) while enjoying the beach at the same time, drinking the night away till dawn. Drink responsibly. There's a music there to liven up your drinking spree, but if you have been there before and are expecting for the videoke machines, they are now a thing from the past, i.e. phased out.
THE POOLS AND FEES.
There are now 2 swimming pools in the resort, the old one opens from 8:00am to 10:00pm and the new one is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There is a fee of P100 if you have not booked a room there.
|This pool near the Canteen opens from 10:00am to 6:00pm only and a fee of P100 is collected if you are not staying at the property|
|This is the older pool near the restaurant and front office that opens from 8:00am to 10:00pm. A fee of P100 is collected if you don't have a room booked.|
ROOMS AND RATES
The resort has several rooms to choose from. Room rates range from P1,800 to P4,000 and they charge a fee for extra person for P500/each. The rates include free breakfast and free use of swimming pool. If you are a large group of people that intends to do conference there while enjoying the beach, the charge is P4,000 for 8 hours. If you want to secure a room and book in advance like I did when I had an overnight stay there, you can check deals at Agoda.com.
|I like it that they separated the rooms from the cottages' area. If you want a quiet time and just relax and enjoy the scenery, then definitely, you need to get a room and book a night or two.|
- Go to Cebu North Bus Terminal or along the streets on National Highway.
- Ride a jeepney or multi-cab bound for Compostela, Cebu (Jeep number 26).
- Tell the driver or the jeepney steward (konduktor) that you will disembark at Estaca Bay or Stakili. It's along the national road.
- You can also go there from SM City Consolacion. Ride a jeepney that passes by along the street and board a number 26 jeepney or multi-cab bound for Compostela.
- If you use your private vehicle, the place is just near the boundary between Liloan and Compostela. See map below for directions.
OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN COMPOSTELA
Green Lagoon Park
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