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“this is where I want to wed” 5 of 5 stars
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Grace Island Resort
Ambulong Island, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 San Jose B&B and Inns
Taguig City, Philippines
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
“this is where I want to wed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I feel in love with Grace Island the moment I saw it. They welcomed us by a singing band but it would have been better with drinks (just a suggestion). Staying a day is very cheap. Their big boat is good for 30 people and it cost only 6k. When we were there, they were still reconstructing some parts for more activities like zip line and more.

After my trip in Grace Island, I told myself that I would have my wedding in here. I just need to find a boyfriend hahaha

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

During my last trip to San Jose, we took a fairly large group of about 25 persons to Grace Island for the day. The trip was fairly inexpensive just a couple of hundred USD for the boat trip, admission, floating day cottage and an hour or two of kayak usage. Its an ideal place to bring foods and drinks for you picnic lunch for a large groups of people. They have free barbeques for the guests to use. Our activities included, swimming, snorkeling, boating, basketball and zip lining. I would recommend bringing your own snorkel gear, theirs wasn't in good shape. We didn't stay the night so I can't comment on the rooms or the service. When we were there I don't think anyone was staying overnight and for me that day trip was enough. The snorkeling wasn't all that good, not much to see. Overall we had a fun day.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

We arrived at Grace Island around 11am. We were supposed to be fetch around 7am at Sikatuna Hotel but ended up getting fetched around 9:30am. Since the waves were kinda strong at sikatuna, we were forced to ride the boat at Camanauit Port which is around 4km from sikatuna beach. Estimated tricycle ride time is around 10 mins. And we paid P70 fare for 4 pax.

The boat travel time to grace island is 1 hour. Fortunately, the weather was fine and the water was perfect for sailing. After an hour, we saw Grace Island from afar and the site was so apealing. Grace Island doesnt have a website yet and it seems an unexplored place for travelers in San Jose. We only learned about G. I. In San Jose airport. But it is much nicer in real life than in the poster.

What to expect: when we arrived the island, we were greeted by its friendly staffs - Daphne and Jess with welcome drinks. Then they made a short orientation about the activities on the island. You can take a swim in front of your cottage. The cottages are floating on top of the seawater. How cool is that! they also have tree houses on the side of the mountain and villas which are still under construction.

Pros: Lots of activities available. Water activities like boating, canoe, kayak, jetski, fishing are available for a reasonable price. They have bike rentals if you like to tour the island. They have a mini zoo with monkeys, eagle, falcon, and pythons. They also have basketball courts and badminton is also available. We got a free island tour but the beach is not quite swimmable coz of the corals and rocks.

Cons: Overnight cottages only have e.fans (no a/c) since the island is only powered by genset which starts at 6pm until morning. The rest of the day no power so better full charge your gadgets before coming here. Water is scarce so you only have mini portalets in your cottages. Shower rooms and CRs are at the hillside treehouses. NO Cellphone signals esp. For Sun subscriber.
When making reservations, Please make sure that you are talking to the staff on the island as sometimes the nos. Available are cp nos of staffs stationed in Manila. We experienced some problems re: transport and food due to poor coordination with the "right staffs".

They dont have restaurant on the island so you have to inform them the day before if you want them to perpare meals for you. Better to bring along food/snacks just in case.

In fairness, the staffs were quite helpful to us and cooked for us a hearty yummy dinner of inihaw na samaral and sinigang na lapu-lapu. Service is personalize - a plus factor for this resort.

The island is still undergoing construction but most likely, after a year or so, Grace Island will become one of the tourist destinations in San Jose, Mindoro. From a high of 5 stars, I give it 2.5 stars.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ambulong Island, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindoro > Occidental Mindoro Province > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LOCATED IN ONE OF THE ISLANDS OF SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, GRACE ISLAND RESORT IS ONE OF THE PROVINCE PREMIER RESORTS. OUR RESORT IS REPRESENTED BY A UNIQUE AND MAJESTIC ROCK WITH A LONE TREE ON IT, "THE LININOB ROCK", AS WHAT THE LOCALS CALL IT AS IT SYMBOLIZES BLESSED WITH ABUNDANT MARINE LIFE,PRISTINE AND CLEAR WATERS,AND UNPARALLELED LANDSCAPE AND SCENERY. OUR RESORT TAKES PRIDE IN HAVING FLOATING COTTAGES WHERE ONE CAN FEEL THE SOOTHING BREEZE OF THE SEA AND THE ONE OF THE KIND EXPERIENCE OF BECOMING ONE WITH NATURE. WE ALSO HAVE A WIDE ARRAY OF ACTIVITIES PERFECT FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND OTHER GROUP GATHERINGS. GUESTS CAN STROLL OR BIKE AROUND THE ISLAND TO APPRECIATE ITS BEAUTY AND SPLENDOR. FOR THOSE HAVING RETREATS, OUR CHAPEL AT THE HILLTOP ALLOWS YOU FOR MEDITATION.AND FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS ONES, OUR MOTORIZED AND NON- MOTORIZED WATER ACTIVITIES WILL SURELY KEEP THE FUN AND ADRENALINE PUMPING. SO LET'S HAVE FUN , CREATE BONDS , AND CELEBRATE HERE IN GRACE ISLAND ! ... more   less 
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