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Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village

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Malasag Hill, Cugman, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines, 9100
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Swimming Pool
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Nearby attractions
Limketkai Center
(5.25 km)
Museo de Oro
(6.03 km)
Plaza Divisoria
(6.35 km)
St. Augustine Cathedral
(6.45 km)
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6.1
- Romantic Vacation
We called the hotel ahead of time that we will have a late check-in(5pm) since my girlfriend is coming from the airport and might experience a heavy traffic. there was a heavy rain when we arrived at the reception area. the lady in the reception is quite kind and accommodating. but when we ask for umbrella she told us to wait for the rain to stop since she doesn't have any umbrella to lend. she gave us password for the internet for us not to be bored. when the rain is tolerable we decided to proceed to our room but when we passed by the restaurant we saw a lot of umbrellas. it made me think that "the lady in reception area is too lazy to coordinate to the restaurant and ask for somebody to fetch us and guide us to our room" the worst part when we ask the restaurant staff if we can borrow one of their umbrella she is bit hesitant until my girlfriend give them a dismay emotion that's the time they allow us to borrow one. then when we ask for the direction to our room since its our first time at malasag eco village, we are expecting somebody to guide us. but we decided to try it on our own since no one from them is willing to guide us. it was very dark and there were no lights a long the way and we do not know which path to go. it was about 15 mins of roaming and we are hungry that time so we decide to go back to the restaurant to clarify and get a clearer direction to our room. when we arrived at the restaurant my girlfriend is so pissed off but in a calm way she approached the cashier to ask for a guide. that's the time somebody volunteer and guide us to our room we ask him why it is very dark he told us the security personnel might forget to turn it on. like what? really? you have booked clients in advance and you have expected guest arrival at that time and no one coordinated the light? but since we are there the only choice is to calm and stick with the purpose "to enjoy". we arrived in our room and we are hungry we called the restaurant for a room service since our room is far from the resto. again so sad that they told us they don't have waiter at that very moment like "OMG! worst ever service..." so again we still don't have a choice but to go to the resto after we unpacked our things. the food is quite good the portion is plentiful and the waiter is friendly to us maybe they understand and know our feelings that time. They also give us a free entertainment (Videoke). in the morning we enjoyed the hanging bridge and the aviary plus we also bought some souvenir in their lumad shop. I might return to the place next time but at least now I'm aware of what service they have. if they can improve it, much better. for us to showcase to other tourist the cagay-anon culture and the beautiful scenic view that will escape you from the city life.
9.4
- Shopping & Culinary
The staff are very friendly. Room is spacious. I love the privacy & the plants & trees around. The plants though need tending & trimming. Sorry to see animals in cages. Pls tend & feed them well
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Mark M
This is a pleasant, quiet retreat from the city. BTW, the correct name is Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village.
This resort is quite a ways out of town, but that’s part of the charm. It is quiet, pretty and relaxing But transportation is an issue. The admin office will call a taxi that takes about half an hour and costs 300 Pesos (very reasonable) We hired a private car at the ferry terminal for 600 P since no taxis were available. One can take a jeepney and then a habal-habal motorbike up the hill if you’re brave, clever and on a tight budget. They don’t seem to have a website (someone else has hijacked the name) and the landline listed on Google is no longer in service. They have a cell phone, but the number doesn’t appear online. It is 09178968873 or 09176774643. Reso’s can be made through Agoda. This is the second time I’ve stayed at The Gardens of Malasag, the first time was 5 years ago. Little has changed (fortunately) except the four very sweet original cottages built of native material have been torn down and are being replaced with some nice new concrete cottages. They look almost complete as of Aug. 2016 and I imagine they will be in service soon. There are four two-story cottages, providing eight rooms in service at this time. The upper level units are Deluxe and slightly more expensive than the Superior units downstairs, but both have decks and views. They also have dormitory rooms and Family rooms for groups as well as large function rooms. The cottages are clean and well equipped with refrigerator, plenty of closet space and a great deck, or terrace, for enjoying the view. A tiny flat screen TV had one channel (GMA). Unfortunately the view from the unit we were staying in, Vanda-A, was largely blocked by some minor branches of a couple mahogany trees. It would be so easy to trim them and enhance the sweeping view of the bay, one of those annoying but important little details so many resorts seem to miss. The gardens are pleasant but not spectacular, there is a nice looking pool but it was closed for maintenance. The hanging bridge was back in service (closed last trip) but the aluminium angle bars used for steps were too intimidating for me. There are a couple large birds, including the rare Philippine Eagle, in an aviary, a very grumpy Civet cat in a small cage and some monkeys in a tragically barren small cage for your viewing displeasure (this is Eco-tourism?). Many trails and steps wind throughout the ‘gardens’ and adjacent forest, so taking a little walk is a good pastime. It was remarkably quiet, I don’t remember seeing a single dog and only a few chickens. Many of the staff are tribal people that double between caretaking jobs and providing a cultural show in the late afternoon. The dance/music show was outdoors and shortened a bit by a rain shower, but interesting. There are two gift shops, one is a souvenir shop of the tribal folks and another is a LUMAD brand tee shirt and coffee mug store. They had some nice tee shirts, as long as you’re Filipino size (nothing above an undersized XL was available). The restaurant has a great view and the food was quite adequate in general, though the waiters were obviously new to the concept of a restaurant. However when I ordered a chicken sandwich (not generally a challenging order) I got a sandwich with one piece of lettuce, two slices of tomato and cucumber, great gobs of mayonnaise and no chicken. Actually I discovered some tiny pieces of chicken that were so small they literally fit on the tip of my toothpick. I sent it back and asked for some chicken in my chicken sandwich. After about 15 minutes I went back into the kitchen (the waiter had disappeared) and found they were cooking some chicken to use. OMG, just give me the sandwich back. The free breakfast was good, mine came with bacon and my friend’s with bangus (fish). For dinner, we had garden salad, chicken curry and rice, all were fine. It’s good that the restaurant is adequate because there are no other options for eating up there. I would recommend this resort if you don’t need to be going around in the city much and want a peaceful place to hang out for a couple days. The Mapawa Nature Park is about 1.5 km farther up the hill, but we couldn’t figure transportation and too long an uphill walk for this old guy. But I’m sure that would add another interesting side trip to a stay at Gardens of Malasag.
Couples - Aug 20, 2016
Albert E
Peaceful
Stayed here for two nights. Loved it. If you don't like walking, this probably isn't for you. There are attractions around the Villa. I just wish that the government agency in charge would spend in maintaining this beautiful place. Staff are friendly and food is really good and affordable. Loved my room with a view.
Friends getaway - May 29, 2015
deejay_ayen
A very private location
It can't be reached easily unless since it is located in a steep hill but if you enjoy a place away from the crowd and a relaxing 'natural' environment, this is the place. Peace and quiet. A very good couple's getaway place. Rooms are perched at the side of the hill and it has it's own balcony where the two of you can have your private dinner. The room is made of bamboo and spacious. Food is great and prices are reasonable. Downside is that you have to ask for the staff to get you a cab for you to go to a nearby store.
Couples - Mar 8, 2014
ramsesss
a wonderful location
We stayed in Malasag Village for 2 nights and found it very relaxing and rejuvenating. PROS: friendly and helpful staff, wonderful flora and fauna, clean pool, delicious food, affordable price, mini zoo and souvenirs handmade by the locals. CONS: The village is on a steep hill, so walking up and down can be quite exhausting; no phone in rooms, so you have to walk up the hill to front desk; being in the middle of a forest means the fauna can be quite disturbing at times - you might wake up to the sight of a few cockroaches or lizards in your room, and will be constantly attacked by mosquitoes outside and inside (no mosquito nets). But overall the experience of merging with nature overcomes the disadvantages and we had a pleasant and relaxing stay, away from city noises and touristic attractions. If you are just looking for a place to stay and you are planning to visit the city, I do not recommend this location, since it is far from...everything. However, if you seek a place to rest and calm your senses, this is a wonderful location.
Couples - Aug 7, 2011
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  • Public Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
  • Things to Do
    • Outdoor pool
    • Garden
  • Business Facilities
    • Meeting facilities
    • Conference room
  • Shuttle Service
    • Airport transfer with surcharge
  • Hotel Services
    • Tours
  • General
    • AC
  • Nearby Facilities
    • Shops

      Check-in and Check-out Time

      Check-in: 2:00 PM
      Check-out: 12:00 PM

      Location
      Staying at Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village is a good choice when you are visiting Cugman.

      The villa has a very good location, also near the Laguindingan International Airport (CGY), which is only 10.62 km away.

      This villa is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned close to public facilities.

      About Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village

      For you, travelers who wish to travel comfortably on a budget, Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village is the perfect place to stay that provides decent facilities as well as great services.

      Have fun with various entertaining facilities for you and the whole family at Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village, a wonderful accommodation for your family holiday.

      If you plan to have a long-term stay, staying at Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village is the right choice for you. Providing wide range of facilities and great service quality, this accommodation certainly makes you feel at home.

      Splendid service together with wide range of facilities provided will make you complain for nothing during your stay at Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village.

      Have an enjoyable and relaxing day at the pool, whether you’re traveling solo or with your loved ones.

      Savor your favorite dishes with special cuisines from Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village exclusively for you.

      Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village is a villa with great comfort and excellent service according to most villa's guests.

      With all facilities offered, Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village is the right place to stay.

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