Gorion Beach Resort in Samboan: Resort Review

Looking for an affordable place to crash in southern Cebu specifically in Samboan? Read on as the King of Sinulog will share to you his overnight experience at Gorion Beach Resort.

Entrance to the Gorion Beach Resort
Entrance to Gorion Beach Resort

After a full day of chasing waterfalls and one lake in Samboan, we decided to call it a day and headed to Gorion Beach Resort in Samboan, a rendezvous point we chose with our parents since they decided to join in on the adventure for the following days. It was quite difficult to find at first since there was no imposing sign by the side of the road, what we did was ask help from the locals especially the tricycle driver. It was just right across a yellow-roofed gasoline station with a black gate and a small sign that says, “Gorion Beach, this way”.

Gasoline Station Landmark
Gasoline Station Landmark
Sign by the road
Sign by the road
Reception area
Reception area

Entering the resort, we were immediately ushered into a big nipa house where one of the owners was having merienda by the kitchen. We found out that Gorion is a family name, and that the resort was owned by the second generation of the Gorion family. We told the owner that we have a reservation and were then escorted to our room.


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Other rooms
Other rooms

The sea-view room was quite spacious with dominant colors of sea green, blue and white. The beds had a bamboo frame and the mattress was quite stiff but it was alright considering the price. The air-conditioned family room good for four persons was at PHP 1,800. We had tiled floors up to the functional restroom.

Standard beds
Standard beds
Patio
Patio
Toilet and Shower
Toilet and Shower

What I loved about our accommodation is that we had our own patio where we can share a meal or just relax while catching a glimpse of the sea. There was television but no cable channels provided, good thing we brought our gadgets with pocket WIFI with us for entertainment.

Beach in Samboan
Beach in Samboan
Low tide
Low tide

We then decided to check out the entire resort property. The beach was clean with yellow sand. They had other available accommodations too ranging from PHP 1,500 to 2,500 owned by the other siblings. There were also cottages at PHP 300 a day. They also had a karaoke area free for all the guests to use. Usually, you need to insert a PHP 5 coin for every song. They also have an open area for wedding receptions decorated with neon-colored flags and plant pots.

Day use cottages
Day use cottages

We initially planned of sleeping on a tent within the resort and since it was already late in the afternoon, we needed to secure a place for our camp. We first asked the owner if it would be alright for us to pitch a tent with which he approved without charging us extra. I found a perfect spot in front of the owner’s house with fine sand, under a big Talisay tree, with two lamp posts beside the resort’s yellow hammock.

Relaxing at the hammock
Relaxing at the hammock

Since it was my sister and her friend’s first time to use a tent, I challenged them to set it up all by themselves. They had a hard time at first so I guided them with the basics. After almost thirty minutes and with sweat dripping all over their faces, they were able to set it up correctly. I saw the look of accomplishment on their faces as they took selfies with the tent as their background. Not a bad time record for first-timers who’ve been exhausted with all the activities we’ve gone through the whole day.

The next challenge was dinner. We asked the resort staff if they accept orders but they explained that they don’t have a restaurant. What usually happens here is that the guests buy raw meat, fish, chicken and ingredients from the market and cook their meal by themselves using the grilling station and kitchen cooking utensils of the resort. It was already past seven in the evening and we had no choice but to buy food from a carenderia since it would surely take a while to gather ingredients and cook. With the help of one staff who owns a motorcycle, I head to the town proper to buy something for dinner. The town proper was about a kilometer away, there was only one roasted chicken concessionaire and it was almost eight in the evening. When we arrived at the lechon manok station, there were three roasted chickens left but about five people were waiting in line. Laughs. Statistically speaking, getting one roasted chicken was indeed impossible. We then checked out a nearby carenderia, thankfully, they still had a lot of freshly-cooked food for sale. I bought plain rice, lumpia, porkchop and ginamay spending almost PHP 350 and a 1.5 liter Coca-cola softdrink. Problem solved.

Souvenir shot of the first-timers
Souvenir shot of the first-timers

After bonding with the family and sharing stories and pictures of our adventures, we decided to call it a night and went to our tent. It was past 10 in the evening and people were still singing at the karaoke station.

Karaoke area
Karaoke area

Another problem was that there was also a dog on guard a few meters away from our tent, an overly-attached St. Bernard who keeps barking and looking for its owner. We decided to just wait for all the noise to die down which happened sadly by midnight. Ironically, despite sleeping by the sea, there was no sign of wind or sea breeze and it was very humid inside the tent. I decided to just go out and sleep on the hammock and I went to dreamland in a few minutes.

Overnight camping
Overnight camping

Overall, the King of Sinulog recommends Gorion Beach Resort for its simple, cheap and functional accommodation, perfect for families who want to go swimming on the beach or for the big boys who drink to their heart’s content while singing their jukebox favorites. A friendly tip would be to bring food with you since the market is quite far. Don’t worry about cold drinking water since it’s provided for free. This resort is also near Samboan’s points of interest like Ponong Lake and the waterfalls (Aguinid, Dau and Bonbon). Just hail a tricycle, and the driver will take you there for a small amount. If you’re on a budget and looking for a place to crash, Gorion Beach Resort is perfect for you. Later!

Gorion Beach Resort
Address: Ponong Samboan Cebu
Mobile: 0922 927 4645

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