One of the joys of living in Davao City (a big city with a suburban feel) is the proximity to different kinds of destinations. In the south where many of my friends live, a 3o to 45-minute ride will take you to cool highland resorts. If you want to go further, you can go to Buda, an even colder destination, which is still within the city (here’s a weekend getaway at Buda that I had last December!).
In the north, where I live, lovely white sand beaches like Villa Amparo are just 20-30 minutes away. When I was still studying, we would decide to go to the beach if we had a long vacant period and return to school just in time for our next class! Cool beans.
Now, in the part of the city where I live, there’s this inland resort that opened a few years ago that’s just a literal 5-minute ride from my house. D’Leonor Inland Resort is a pretty big tourist destination since there’s no other inland resort and wavepool aside from it, but would you believe that I’ve never been to it?
Well, that changed a couple of weekends ago. My parents celebrated their 32nd anniversary (ZOMG I hope I got the correct number LOL!) and, for a change, decided to visit the resort instead of just going out for lunch. Of course we agreed!
It was quite a last minute decision so we didn’t have time to book a room. Since it’s just a stone’s throw away from home, we decided to just make a quick tour around the place.
To be honest, I had low expectations because I’m not really into man-made resorts. My most favourite destinations are cold, highland resorts followed closely by beach resorts. Like, if I’m gonna go somewhere man-made, I would go to the mall haha!
But D’Leonor Inland Resort and Wavepool was a pleasant surprise for me. It has virtually everything you want in an inland resort: a pool (a wavepool, to be specific), themepark rides, a hotel, restaurants, cottages, extreme sports (zipline, segway, ATV), and so many more. Here are just some of the pictures.
Service is also superb. We went there late in the afternoon, around 5-ish, and all the drivers who give guests tour around the property were already calling it a day. However, one driver volunteered to give us a tour before he goes home. Yay! More pictures:
If you have kids, they will surely enjoy staying in the resort because there’s just so much to do.
We had dinner at the restaurant, and while the food tasted nothing out of the ordinary, it was good enough. Then again, we didn’t order a lot (it’s hard to order a lot of stuff when one of you is undergoing dialysis teehee). What left a lasting impression on me was the service. Service is, again, superb even from the restaurant staff. Even though there were many diners, we were well taken care of because everyone is attentive.
Even though we still prefer mountains or beaches and long road trips, we did have a great time at D’Leonor. For me kasi, it’s the service that leaves a lasting impression on your guests. No matter how great your place is, if good service is not provided to the customers, they won’t go back.
Since Yuri enjoyed the resort so much, we’re planning to spend his 4th birthday there. After all, it’s just a few minutes away from home!