While in GenSan this past weekend, I was able to do something that I had not done before.
I stayed in Paradise, I stayed at Sarangani Highlands!
I had visited Sarangani Highlands many times in the past, but they never had a hotel there before, so I had never stayed overnight at Sarangani Highlands.
Sarangani Highlands got it’s start about 4 years ago. At that time, it was mostly a restaurant that featured beautiful views. You see, Sarangani Highland is located on the outskirts of General Santos City, out past the fishport, not far from Tropicana Beach Resort. Sarangani Highlands does not call itself a resort, but in my mind that is exactly what it is. After being mostly a restaurant, over the years a number of additions have been made. They started off by adding a function room or two. But the big changes happened a year or so ago. Many new facilities were added, the biggest of which is the hotel. Currently there are 21 hotel rooms. They have two basic types of rooms:
- Deluxe Rooms. This is what we chose for our stay. The Deluxe Rooms are good for 2 or 3 people. They all feature a view of either Sarangani Bay, or of the Sarangani Highlands Gardens. And, believe me, the views are stunning.
- Family Rooms. The family rooms feature 7 individual beds, so those with larger families can feel comfortable while staying.
The hotel has a feel of being in Bali in many respects. Much of the decor, particularly in the lobby area is a Bali motif. However, as you make your way to the rooms, you definitely shift to a feel of Sarangani Province. Each of the rooms features a custom painted door that shows one of the flowers that are indigenous to Sarangani Province. The place certainly has a “country gardens” type of feel to it, and it’s very relaxing, I can assure you. They even feature a walking path where you can enjoy the nature of Sarangani Province. The manicured gardens of Sarangani Highlands are a site to behold, very beautiful, and very well managed and maintained. Frankly, the changes and improvements in Sarangani Highlands since our last visit are striking.
And, what about the restaurant? Superb! I don’t know how else to describe it. Lots of delicious seafood dishes, as GenSan is a seafood paradise. But, they have food of all types, for the pleasure of every palate. It’s hard to choose my favorite, as we really had a large feast at Sarangani Highlands. I guess one of my favorites, though, was the salad. It was a combination of fruits, Pomelo, Mango and combined with Shrimp. This was covered in a sweet mustard dressing. It was super-delicious! Really every dish was delicious, but the salad really sticks out in my mind! Another thing that was surprising to me is that here we are eating at a really high class place, yet the menu prices were very reasonable and affordable. How can anybody complain about that?
You know, one of the things I liked about staying at Sarangani Highlands is that you seem to be so far from the hassles of daily life, yet the city is close enough that you can be there in 15 or 20 minutes. It makes for a nice balance of remoteness and availability. It’s hard to find a place like that.
If you will be visiting General Santos City or the surrounding area, I highly recommend Sarangani Highlands for either a place to go out and eat, or a place to stay. I believe you will be happy with either. For details about the place, visit the Sarangani Highlands website, and give it a look.