May 13, 2018

Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Abalone at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark

I've visited Cebu three times in the past, but for me it was always only just a jump off point to Bohol or Siargao. I would just usually spend a day or day and a half in the Queen City of the South and I was not really able to experience this vibrant city. Cebu is probably the other city state outside of Luzon that is urbanized and equally progressive as Manila.




Although it is a metropolitan area, what I like about Cebu is that destinations where you can enjoy nature is easily within reach. Mountainous areas like in Busay is just a few minutes away from the city, world-class beach resorts in Mactan Island is just an hour away while Bantayan Island, Moalbal (diving site) and Oslob (whale shark watching) are just a few hours away.



So when I had the opportunity to go on a weekend trip to Cebu, even though it was somewhat unplanned and instantaneous I grabbed it in a heartbeat. Getting to travel early on this year excited me, it’s my first trip of the year, yey! Plus this will be the very first time that I'll get to really experience Cebu. 




So when I had the opportunity to go on a weekend trip to Cebu, even though it was somewhat unplanned and instantaneous I grabbed it in a heartbeat. Getting to travel early on this year excited me, it’s my first trip of the year, yey! Plus this will be the very first time that I'll get to really experience Cebu. I flew with fellow blogger and friend, Bettina via AirAsia.




After our wonderful and luxurious stay at Bai Hotel we transferred to another equally luxurious and wonderful resort in Mactan Island: Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark. I was excited that I’ll be able to get my feet on sand moreover to enjoy the sea and sun. It will be a shame not to visit a nearby beach; after all Cebu is also well known for its beautiful beaches. Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark, is the only 5 star resort and waterpark in the country that is owned by a local family. The resort rolls out the red carpet for guests in a vibrant sun, sea, and sky setting and boasts as a quality single destination in Cebu. There are a lot of things to do (or not to do anything at all, basically up to you) inside this resort and waterpark. 




Jpark houses 8 restaurant restaurants and bars to satisfy your every food cravings as these 8 dining options offers the world’s most-loved flavors. These are: The Abalone, Ching Hai, Olive, Coral Seaside, Maru, Aqus Pool and Island bars, JLounge and Havana by The Sea. We got to try The Abalone, Ching Hai, Olive, Coral Seaside and Havana by The Sea but I will blog about those restos on separate posts. 




For this post, I'll be featuring The Abalone. Like all other hotels and resort, JPark offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on your accommodation type, buffet meals are incorporated with it. This buffet restaurant offers a wide array of international cuisine with four live stations: Japanese, Western, Oriental, and the tempting dessert station. You also have the option to dine in an outdoor terrace for a perfect glimpse of the Waterpark. The Abalone can seat up to 390 guests and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.




My blogger friends and I were able to try The Abalone's breakfast buffet on our last day at the resort. We woke up pretty early that day and after walking and looking around the resort and taking huge amounts of photos, we met up with our other blogger friends at The Abalone for breakfast. It is was around 8:00am and the place was already packed and lines are a bit long. Well, it's a usual scene at buffets so if you're into buffets I bet you're pretty used to it. 




Despite the long lines, I'm a glad that the supply of food never ran out. The variety of breakfast cuisines is also very ample. You can even also customize some of your food like your omelette. i asked one of the staff to put a double amount of cheese in my omelette and the staff was happy to create it for me. A few minutes later it was delivered to our table. I also spent more time getting their Peach Danish pastry and the different types of cheeses.




By the way you can also order ala carte items from their menu, but why would you do that when you have tons of good food just within reach that you can get as many as you want. Also I like that the space is just enough and most food stations are just a few steps away from your table, that makes sitting anywhere in the restaurant will be a strategic seating and dining spot.




You know what they say about breakfast, is that all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. And I agree with that. My friends and I left The Abalone full and happy and ready for the day's activities up ahead. For buffet prices and schedule, check out the details below.



THE ABALONE
Jpark Island Island Resort & Waterpark
M.L. Quezon Highway, Brgy.Maribago
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Contact Nos:
Cebu Office +6332.494.5000
Manila Office (02) 781 3683 and (02) 968 8136
Email: rsvn@jparkislandresort.com
Website: www.jparkislandresort.com
Facebook: facebook.com/jparkislandresort
Instagram: instagram.com/jparkislandresort
Twitter: twitter.com/jparkresort



For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
The Abalone - JPark Island Resort Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Read more of my Cebu 2018 trip: 
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Bai Hotel, Mandaue City
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Cafe Bai at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Twilight Roofdeck Lounge + Bar at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Marble & Grain Steakhouse at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Oqtagon
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Cebu Original Lechon Belly
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Pyramid
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Mactan Island
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Abalone at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Olive at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
- Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Ching Hai at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
- Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Coral Sea Side at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
- Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Havana By The Sea at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
- Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Other Restaurants at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
- Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Temple of Leah



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