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A Dahilayan Forest Park Weekend via Traveloka

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.

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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!dahilayan9 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. dahilayan5dahilayan14The 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.dahilayan8
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.

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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!

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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…

*drumroll* dundundun…

A trusty hotel and flight booking app called Traveloka!
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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.

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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!

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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.

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You can pay through the following:

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Dragonpay
  • 7Eleven
  • Cebuana Lhuilier
  • ML Kwarta Padala

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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.

Experience the fastest way to book flights and hotels thanks to Traveloka!

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Staying at Red Planet Hotel Cagayan De Oro

Cagayan De Oro has always been the nearest place to travel to when you’re searching for hard to find goods from food to clothing and just about anything else you can think of as long as you have the stamina to walk wherever you want to go the whole day. I decided to book an overnight stay at Red Planet Hotel Cagayan De Oro instead of traveling late at night back to my hometown. Thanks to a new app I discovered while searching through the interwebs, I booked this hotel for just 885PHP only! Sweet. Just scroll down if you want to know more about how I got this at such an affordable rate!

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Red Planet Hotel CDO is a ten story hotel located at Claro M. Recto Ave, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental. This is just right by the highway and is easily identifiable by a neat boxy looking red and white building. They have a total of about 159 rooms. The hotel facilities include a meeting room, disabled facilities, 4 wheelchair accessible rooms, and a car park.  It is also situated at a very accessible area when you’re the type to go out and about. It’s just a 5-minute walk to Centrio Mall and a 10-minute walk from the Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures. There’s also the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, Xavier University Folk Museum, and La Castilla Museum.

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Their lobby slash lounge area is quite spacious and sleek. There’s Wi-fi and you can comfortably wait while they search for your booking just like what they did with mine. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, a thing I like to take note of. They sell toiletries if you’re in a pinch and didn’t bother to get one or maybe just forgot. Their check-in time is at 2PM while the check-out time is at 12NN.
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I was at room 911 (talk about a fancy number eh?). It was a non-smoking room and the key card is your lifeline here from the electricity, lock to your room and even the elevator so don’t just carelessly leave it anywhere. The corridors and elevators were very tidy and cool. Check out the room!
IMG_9183First of all, don’t  you just love the very skin friendly and ample lighting here? Above the bed is a large enough mirror and across it is the TV (I love watching cartoons btw). This is their double room which can accommodate two guests and this is their standard room, you can also opt for two single beds if you’re with a friend. Room service is available and breakfast is optional.
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As you may have noticed in the photo, the bathroom door is made of glass. Don’t you think this as a bit odd? The space was fine considering that the shower area and the toilet was clearly separated by glass and not just some plastic shower curtain. They got hot & cold shower too and a bidet for a clean tushy! IMG_9191
All rooms have free high-speed Wi-Fi, quality custom-made beds with upscale linen which is quite comfy, theres the usual air conditioning and many other features like a workstation, an in-room safe, a hair dryer, a ceiling fan, and a 32-inch flat screen cable TV. Those who have children age 11 and under stay at no cost with an adult!

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… *drumroll* dundundun…

A trusty hotel and flight booking app called Traveloka!
Traveloka_2014What does Traveloka do?

It’s a booking app that’s very easy to use! 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.7
The first thing I did was search the area for hotels and pick out which one suited me. I chose Red Planet Hotels and I was in luck because they had a promo voucher which discounted up to 700PHP for hotel rates! After that you just click NEXT and fill in the needed details.
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You can pay through the following:

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Dragonpay
  • 7Eleven
  • Cebuana Lhuilier
  • ML Kwarta Padala

Experience the fastest way to book flights and hotels thanks to Traveloka! IMG_9237

 

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