The all around cool breeze blanketed in clouds and mountain ranges. Towering pine trees and lush meadows as far as the eye can see. This is what it means to be in Dahilayan, Bukidnon. A scene you’d never expect to see here in Mindanao and yet here I am off to spend a weekend here enjoying all it had to offer with the touch of a button thanks to an app with the best deals! More below.
I stayed at Dahilayan Forest Park Resort! Located at Barangay Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon. It is nestled at the foot of Mount Kitanglad 4,700 ft. above sea level. It’s the ideal tourist destination for families and groups with its wide array of activities which I’ll talk about later on in this post. Check-in time was 2PM while the check-out time was at 12NN. Here’s an added bonus, all checked-in guests were entitled to a 10% discount for each of their rides and activities! I booked a standard room which was good for a maximum of three people. They had various room sizes to choose from which had different amenities. The one I stayed at was quite simple (no air-conditioning and TV) but that didn’t matter since my main goal was to actually disconnect from civilization by living in the mountains and the weather was currently at a very cold spell due to the LPA which resulted in a colder than usual climate. But then again this is Bukidnon with temperatures ranging from 18 to 28 °C above sea level. The room was well lit and I was in the third floor so it was quite cool and breezy. It included a ceiling fan which I never turned on because temperatures were almost freezing at night especially when you opened the windows. The room I booked had two beds (one queen sized and the other was a single bed). The only negative thing I could say about my stay was their daily housekeeping. I placed the ‘make up room’ sign prior to starting my day. I then called the hotel concierge as well requesting for my room to be made up. Sadly, when I got back after 4-5 hours, my room still wasn’t made up. Called them again asking for a follow-up and left the room for two hours but yet to no avail the room wasn’t still made up. I called the hotel concierge twice after and waited until 7PM but housekeeping never arrived. I do hope they would improve on their communication with housekeeping next time because there would be some guests who would find this unacceptable.
With all the fluffy pillows and comforters to myself, now it was the most comfy haven. The bed was so cozy, it was tempting to leave the room but I had to tell myself that now isn’t the right mindset to be lazy. Did I tell you they also had a complimentary breakfast that was good for two people. Mind you, they only served this until 10AM so you better be early or you’ll miss out on this one. Here are the other room amenities as well which I have listed:
- Wi-fi (I was informed prior to my booking that there wouldn’t be wi-fi but surprise!)
- Ceiling fan
- Hot & cold shower
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, shampoos and TP)
- Lots of towels
- Electric kettle
- Drinks (bottled water and instant coffee)
- A phone.
They had the Forest Park Cafe which served various comfort food and drinks at affordable prices. They also had a small sari-sari store for those simple needs like chips and other things you name it. The souvenir shop was nearby as well, which also sold iceberg lettuce aside from the usual knick-knacks. Their dining area was quite spacious and it looked more like a mess hall camp. No complaints here because the view was awesome and it was an open area. The staff were very accommodating and swift. As for the food, I splurged a bit considering that this weekend of fun required a lot of energy and energy comes from FOOD. I’ll talk more about it!
Okay, so now we’ve come to the part where you want to find out how I booked this place affordably. It’s all thanks to…
A trusty hotel and flight booking app called Traveloka!
It’s quite easy to use too! Plus they have their own coupons to which members can apply upon check out for a discounted price. Here are several screenshots during my actual booking. It takes 4 steps to complete your booking which are Book > Review > Pay > Voucher.
First thing I did was search the area for hotels and pick out which one suited me. Input in your check-in date and how many people and how many days will one be staying. I chose Dahilayan Forest Park Resort and then I clicked SELECT ROOM. Take note that they also have special codes which you can use to get discounts which you can find at their homepage screen!
After that you just select the needed options such as I’M BOOKING FOR MYSELF and then you can review and click CONTINUE TO PAYMENT. It then goes to a screen where you can type in your coupon code for a discount.
You can pay through the following:
- Cebuana Lhuilier
- ML Kwarta Padala
You can then await for the confirmation and in a couple of minutes you also get an SMS which would be your voucher summary as a confirmation that your booking was successful.
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