The next time I’m visiting Lake Sebu, I will definitely go back to Monte Cielo Resort.
Let me qualify that statement.
We arrived at Monte Cielo Resort a little after 9:00PM since the supposedly short lecture on online marketing in another resort went from short to eternity since most of the team members were very enthusiastic in sharing their stories.
We were all too tired to really take in the look of the place so Miss Mayette Sy, a former flight attendant and the owner of the resort, graciously ushered us to our rooms. The boys were together in one room while Leah of www.13thwitch.com and Mommy Verna of www.woman-elanvital.com were ushered to another one. And since most of us were Internet junkies who required a lot of electrical sockets for our “tools-of-trade,” we immediately scoured the whole house for it. Luckily, I was able to find one for my phone.
The next day, I woke up a little after 5:30AM to charge the battery of my camera and was greeted with a breathtaking view of the lake. Bryan of www.boylakwatsero.blogspot.com was already awake that time.
After taking a bath, Leah and Mommy Verna told Bryan and I to look at their room as well because they were sure we would love it there. And they were not wrong. If I wake up every morning with this kind of view just 5 steps away from my bed, I will always be reminded to thank the Creator for this wonderful miracle.
Unlike other resorts, Monte Cielo offers individual cottages that can accommodate up to 10 people. Aside from that, the resort also has open cottages, a tree house, and an activity area big enough for 80 people. During that time, they were building their bigger dorm type accommodation as well.
But most of all, these beautiful flowers were just a stone-throw away from your bedrooms. It was truly a place where you can commune with the beauty and bounty of nature.
The food at Monte Cielo Resort was worth experiencing. It can be tailor-fitted to the needs of the client. Tilapia is still a staple but they offer much more than the pre-planned, already familiar menu of restaurants in the area. So what if tilapia is a staple ingredient? They will prepare their tilapia in their own way. They will cook their tinola with more ingredients than the one we were used to. And they will always have fresh vegetables in their menu to make their meals nutritious, not just delicious. Then you can drown all of these with a glass of fresh coconut juice and while you are resting after that heavy meal, they will serve native coffee.
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But the one thing I really love about this place is that they do not have an open restaurant and they do not accept walk-ins. If you want to stay here, book ahead. And that is definitely what I am going to do after I write this article.
How to book?
You can contact Ms. Mayette Sy at +63917-923-0957 or Mr. William Sy at +63920-460-0690.
How to get there?
From Davao City, you take a bus ride to General Santos City (3 hours).
From General Santos City, you may take a bus or van going to Marbel (1 hour).
From Marbel, you have an option to take the direct route to Lake Sebu by van (1.5 hours).
You may also take the longer route option that is dropping off at Surallah from Marbel (30 minutes) and take a bus or van to Lake Sebu (1 hour).