Davao City, Philippines - Aside from visiting the Japanese Tunnel (circa 1942), there are other activities worth partaking at D' Japanese Tunnel Family Resort and Restaurant. After all, this was really designed as a resort with 41 rooms perched on a hill beside a highway; a restaurant with rates and entries that adjust to your budget; and a swimming pool. The place is located a bit far from the city center, and commuter jeeps are almost nil, but the security guard can always hail a taxi at any time. If I was a backpacker with a myriad of activities and a gamut of places to visit, I probably wouldn't stay here. But if I had a family in need of bonding - or that romantic couple who doesn't have to wander, this would be an ideal place.
ROOM RATES (as of this writing)
Room variant is as follows: Standard, Deluxe, Super Luxe and Condotel. Standard rooms are further divided into single (P970), twin single (P1460), triple single (P2180) and quadruple single (P2550). Deluxe rooms are either matrimonial (P2160) and twin matrimonial (P3000). Super Luxe Room is just twin matrimonial at P3360. Condotel has a suite room pegged at P3960. Extra bed will cost you P400, while an extra person is worth P350.
Their brochure claims to offer these amenities, facilities and services: AC rooms, mini-ref, hot and cold shower, cable TV, veranda over the pool on selected rooms, 24-hour room service, restaurant and sushi bar, dining and living room in their suites, and, more importantly, airport transfer.
Tunnel tour, as we've mentioned from our last post, is P50 for adults and P20 for children. Entry to the pool is P100, which seems pricey. During our visit, they had a promo - 2 pool entry tickets for every purchase of P1,000 at the restaurant. I wasn't there to swim. In fact, much of this visit was out of a whim and was, thus unplanned. This meant that this particular pool visit cost me P100 - good thing I was the only one there.
The swimming pool has section for adults and children. The southern enclave as well as the northern end are for children, and are thus shallow. There are slides and playhouses around. You could also order food and drinks from the restaurant.
I had my late lunch at their restaurant which, initially felt a bit intimidating. This seemed like the fine dining kind - with folded napkins, shiny glass wares, glistening floors, chandelier, and uniformed waiters. What's more interesting is: they actually cater to your available budget. If you look at the menu (below): they offer set meals for big groups; you can also order a la carte, but they even have rice toppings at very affordable price.
I ordered adobo and, just for variety, a cheese omelet. I am not picky where food is concerned. Most times, I am happy with egg, cheese, pineapple, and chicken or pork with rice. As I've mentioned before, food has never been a big consideration in my travels. I don't visit places for their food. I also ordered durian shake which wasn't the best we've had. The durian used came from those bottled durian jams so you see the scoop of jam floating on your glass, instead of the freshly osterized durian. Food, however, was tasty and beautifully prepared. Service was impeccable: the waiters were fast and courteous.
This visit was satisfactory because we were able to visit a 1942 Japanese tunnel, ate a sumptuous lunch and perambulate around the swimming pool.
D' Japanese Tunnel Family Resort and Restaurant is located at the Diversion Road (the road to the airport), officially called Balusong Extension, Hilcrest Subdivision in the district of Matina. For reservations, call 299-0975 or 295-0678 to 79. Visit their Facebook page at email@example.com. The tunnel is open from 9 AM to 8 PM. Please direct your queries to the aforementioned numbers. I am NOT in anyway associated with this establishment.
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The Japanese Tunnel visit (photos and details) here - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2013/05/japanese-tunnel-entralling-piece-from.html
|Hotel lobby. This is where you'll pay for your swimming pool or tunnel tickets.|
|Painting at the lobby.|
|Restaurant and sushi bar|
|A well near the restaurant entrance.|
|Durian shake. Notice the spoon of durian jam.|
|Menu. The menu says that "prices may change without prior notice". I could understand "availability" changing without prior notice, but "prices"? Once you sit on your restaurant chair, you have to have that "prior notice" before ordering, don't you?|
|Hotel and Japanese tunnel.|
Another Resort and Japanese Tunnel are found nearby - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2014/04/bridging-fun-education-history-at-gap.html (Gap Farming Resort)