Formerly known as Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa, JPark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu marked the 1st day of June 2014 as their formal embrace to their new name. The rebranding move is to position JPark Island Resort to be known as a property not only limited to a resort and hotel, but also as a waterpark and amusement park like other upcoming projects of Philippine BXT Corp., the company that develops and runs JPark Island Resort Cebu.
In this regard, Cebu bloggers were invited for a whole day event and got to be the first to enjoy and experience JPark Island Resort last June 7, 2014. Certainly this was an OMG moment for me and my first time in a 5-star hotel and premier water park. Indeed, the best things in life are free. 🙂
So I personally came up with 7 things that I myself got to try or visit during the event. Honestly they’re not just 7 so bear with me, I just like that number. I will give some trivia about their rebranding at the end of every item. And one more thing, I don’t have the prices and rates so please refer to their Facebook page and website for inquiries. Here we go!
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1. Food, Food, Food!
We started the day by filling our empty stomach at The Abalone buffet restaurant which offers a wide array of international cuisine. It has four live stations – Japanese, Western, Oriental, and the tempting dessert station and can seat up to 390 guests open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
After that heavy breakfast we had a press conference at Triphora function room. Then we also had the privilege to taste Olive Restaurant‘s new mouth-watering dishes.
We had our lunch at Ching Hai restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner. This restaurant offers a sumptuous variety of classical and contemporary Chinese dishes prepared with only the freshest ingredients in an open showcase kitchen.
- JPark is the combined name of businessman Justin Uy and his Korean partner Park Yong Jun, who are officers of the Philippine BXT Corp.
2. Themed Pools
After all the food trip, finally it’s time to burn some calories and get wet. JPark Resort has diverse number of swimming pools for all ages. The main pool called the Island Pool features tempting blue waters, mini waterfalls and a swim up pool bar. You can just lay back or play ball with your friends too.
Don’t worry kids, the Captain Hook’s Pool features a Pirate Ship, slides, and water splashing all around. This place is very child-friendly and all I see are happy kiddie smiles around. Just beside it is the Toddler’s Pool. Strictly, adults are not allowed in the slides – poor me. 😦 #childhoodfantasy
Then let the Amazon River current take you on a leisurely ride so just grab your floaters, relax and enjoy. The river circles around the kids’ area connecting the Beach Pool and the Wave Rider.
- Justin Uy is also the chairman of the Everjust Realty Corp. which operates the J Center Mall in Mandaue City. #JMall #JPark
3. Famous Waterslide
And yes, my favorite part is conquering the slides. One must not go home without trying JPark resort’s famous water slide and bring home some bragging rights. Well honestly this is my normal dose of adventure so I’m here out of curiosity and the adrenaline rush. Oh yeah!
The Open Body Slide is kinda so easy, smooth gliding and soft landing suitable for those taking momentum for the other two. And then personally, I would rate the Tube Slide (the green one) and the Space Bowl as equally exciting and nerve-wracking. I also enjoyed listening to people screaming and shouting out loud for their lives. Some say waaaaahhhh and a few be like *&#$@*$#*&! #ROFL 🙂
- The rebranding is geared towards better services with the use of latest technology (faster check-in/out, paperless transactions, etc ) while being environment-friendly.
4. The White Sand Beach
Had enough of the pools? Head over to their white sand beach and snorkel around the area. Or just relax under the shade and feel the sea breeze. There’s just that sense of calmness and peace that the sea and the sky brings.
- They are planning to build more water parks in other parts of the country, some of them may be without hotels, within the next three years.
5. The Coral Seaside
Planning for that perfect date? Dine by the beach at Coral Seaside Restaurant that serves seafood and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to taste them. So maybe some other time? Hope we get invited again and I do love what they did to this place. 🙂
Even indoor, Coral Restaurant gives you a breathtaking view of the ocean. This restaurant is open for dinner only and seats up to 150 guests.
- Their thrust is to open more properties in other parts of the country with the similar packaging as Jpark Island Resort. Possible expansion sites will be in Luzon, Palawan, even Boracay and abroad.
6. Their Snacks and Refreshments
After the fun under the sun, we got to chill at the J Lounge for some snacks. The ambiance of the place is great and they offer a choice of light to heavy snacks or sweet cakes and pastries. If you’re still enjoying the waterpark, Aqus Pool and Island bar serves light snacks, refreshing drinks and cocktails too.
- Aside from the already abundant Korean market in Cebu, they are targeting the Middle East and other Asian countries especially the emerging markets.
7. Stay for the night
And last but not the least, spend the night may it be for the evening swim or in the resort’s accommodation. JPark resort showcases 500+ of the region’s most spacious and luxurious rooms and suites within its eight-hectare expanse. Check out their website JPark Island Resort and Waterpark for details or check their guest room photos here: JPark Guest Rooms.
- They are continuously adding new facilities in the place such as a mini golf maze, a planned go-kart track and more fun to come.
What a day! It was more like 700 things you must try in this place. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to experience and enjoy a world-class facility. This one-stop resort is just so overwhelming and there’s still more than meets my eye. I’m a backpacker/cowboy type of guy and this is not an ordinary thing for me. It was extraordinary!
Time will tell when can I revisit this place with my family. I’m just glad to share this world-class experience to you. Try it for yourself. When are you visiting? 🙂
M.L Quezon Highway, Brgy. Maribago
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Trunkline: +63 32 494 5000