A 25-minute boat ride from Iloilo City and a 30 minute van or jeepney ride from the Mac Arthur Warf of Buenavista would take you to one of the most accommodating and fun-filled beach resorts in the island- Kelapa Gading Beach Resort. Located in the barrio of East Valencia, also known as “Mantangingi” to the local town of Buenavista, Island of Guimaras, the resort boasts of golden brown sand, clear waters, and a wide array of amenities for recreation and relaxation.
The resort’s name was derived from the Indonesian words “kelapa”, meaning coconut and “gading”, meaning ivory. Kelapa Gading is a residential and commercial district in Jakarta, where the resort owner resided during a stint in a softdrink company.
The resort restaurant offers fresh and quality native food specialties. The pavilion, able to accommodate 40 to 50 persons, is a suitable area for seminars, meetings, wedding receptions, birthday parties and other functions.
Airconditioned and non-airconditioned rooms with bathrooms provide comfortable sleeping areas for couples, families or groups. Picnic shed houses are also available to those who prefer not to stay overnight. For those looking for more amusement, the resort has videoke, billiards and a computer arcade.
Apart from the facilities available within the resort, one hundred meters from the beach front is an islet which can be visited by boat during high tide and through walking or strolling during low tide.
Whether it’s fun swimming along the beach, or just relaxation in a place with wonderful scenery that you’re looking for, Kelapa Gading offers one of the best and unforgettable stopovers.