San Jose: Ultimate Guide to Grace Island Resort

Grace Island Resort is an island resort located in Buri Island of Brgy. Ambulong in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. This unique resort has an array of floating cottages where one can feel the soothing breeze of the sea and a one of a kind experience of becoming one with nature. Going to one of the cottages by a narrow bamboo bridge that connects them is a thrilling experience, just be careful.

Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

This island is yours during rainy season {Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

It was already featured in several travel shows, blog sites, and other news outlets. Before it rose to fame, it was already visited several times by the flock. Here’s a quick guide whenever you’re planning to visit the so-called “Maldives of the Philippines.”

Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

The floating cottages of the island makes the resort unique (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)


ABOUT THE RESORT

Grace Island Resort is one of Occidental Mindoro’s premier resorts. It is surrounded by a much larger island of Ambulong. From a simple retreat center, it was developed and evolved into a frequently-visited resort in San Jose.

The resort is very appropriate to adopt the name Grace Island because it is blessed with abundant marine life, pristine and clear waters, and unparalleled landscape and scenery.

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The iconic Lininob Rock (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Lininob Rock after the storm, Tupang Gala’s first visit in 2007 (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

It is represented by a unique and majestic rock with a lone tree on it. “The Lininob Rock” as what the San Joseños call it, symbolizes life and beauty of the island.

The resort takes pride in having floating cottages. It also has a wide array of activities perfect for individuals, families, and other group gatherings.

Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Panorama of the floating cottages (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

Guests can stroll or bike around the island to appreciate its beauty and splendor. For those having retreats, our chapel at the hilltop allows for meditation. And for the more adventurous ones, motorized and non-motorized water activities will surely keep the fun and adrenaline pumping.

Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

File photo of the resort published by Smile Magazine (Photo by Tupang Gala Pau; Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)


HOW TO GET THERE

  • BY AIR
    Take a 45-minute flight from Manila to San Jose. From San Jose Airport there is a 5-minute ride to Aroma Beach Booking Office where the boat awaits.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Going there is an adventure in itself… especially during Habagat season (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • BY LAND AND SEA (Roro)
    From Cubao, take the bus bound for San Jose, Occidental Mindoro via Batangas Port either to Abra de Ilog or to Calapan City port. Both ports are linked by their respective provincial highway to San Jose. The bus ride takes 12 hours of travel.
    Note: The shallow waters of San Jose make its port unsuitable for docking of large ships. Instead, ships dock at the ports of Abra de Ilog and Calapan. From there is an additional 6 to 8 hours of land travel before reaching San Jose.
    Update: Partas Bus Line has just started operating in Mindoro Island with trips departing every four hours. Deluxe fare costs PhP1,100.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Caminawit Port (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • FROM AROMA BEACH/CAMINAWIT PORT
    Guest can bound for Grace Island Resort via an approximate one-and-a-half hour boat ride from Aroma Beach or Caminawit Port. Along the way, guests can enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea and landscape.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Sunset at Lininob Point, overlooking the resort (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)


BOOKING

  • Address: Aroma Beach (near the San Jose Airport), San Roque 2, San Jose Occidental Mindoro, Philippines
  • Contact Numbers: +63 908 8795783 (Smart) | +63 917 8939674 (Globe)
  • Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GraceIslandResort/
  • Website: https://grace-island-resort.com/
(Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro


RATES

  • DAY-TOUR GROUP PACKAGE
    • 10-15 pax – PhP7,000
    • 16-20 pax – PhP8,000
    • 21-25 pax – PhP9,000
    • 26-30 pax – PhP10,000
      Inclusions:
      -1 Floating Open Cottage
      – Roundtrip boat transfers
      – Entrance fee
      – Welcome drinks
      -Use of kayak, small boat
      (No corkage except for drinks & liquors)
    • Time Schedule
      • 8:30 am – assembly time at the booking office
      • 9:00 am – departure
      • 10:30 am – check-in at the resort
      • 4:00 pm – check-out
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

One of the floating cottages (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)


  • 1 NIGHT For 2
  • 2 pax – PhP6,000
  • Inclusions:
    – Meals (3 meals)
    – Roundtrip boat transfer (Aroma Beach Booking Office-Grace Island-San Jose)
    – 1 room floating cottage (fan room, wt portable toilet only, wide-overlooking water veranda )
    – free use of kayak, small boat, and bikes
    *extra night is 1500/pax
  • Time Schedule
    • 8:30 am – assembly time
    • 9:00 am – boat departure time at aroma beach( booking office)
    • 10:30 am – check-in
    • 7: 00 am – check out, the ff day after breakfast
    • boat travel time: 60 minutes
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Inside the cottage (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)


  • 1 NIGHT For 4
  • 4 pax – PhP10,000
  • Inclusions:
    – Meals (3 full board meals, family style)
    – Roundtrip boat transfer (Aroma Beach Booking Office-Grace Island-San Jose)
    – 1 family cottage (2 bedrooms floating cottage-fan room, w/ portable toilet)
    – free use of kayak, small boat, and bikes
    *extra night is 1500/pax
  • Time Schedule
    • 8:30 am – assembly time
    • 9:00 am – boat departure time at aroma beach( booking office)
    • 10:30 am – check-in
    • 7: 00 am – check out, the ff day after breakfast
    • boat travel time: 60 minutes
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Danish couple enjoying the jet ski ride (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)


AMENITIES RATES

  • Kayak – 200/hr; free if package availed for overnight & day tour
  • Bike – 75/hr; free if package availed for overnight & day tour
  • Small Boat – 200/hr; free if package availed for overnight & day tour
  • Jetski – 3500/hr
  • Banana Boat – 1000/4pax (3rounds only)
  • Frenzy Ride – 500/2pax
  • Donut Ride – 500/2pax
  • Ballistic Ride – 500/2pax
  • Snorkel Set – 200/day
  • Zipline
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Whizz through the trees and touch the sea as you ride the zipline (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)


RESORT RULES AND REGULATIONS
(Taken with permission from the Management of the Resort)

  • Boat Schedule
    Assembly time at Aroma beach is 8:30 am, boat departs @ 9 am; Boat departs from Grace Island to Aroma Beach at 4 am, 7 am and 4 am – for overnight checkouts.
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Locals harvesting seaweeds (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Time
    Daytrip Guests check-in is @ 10:30 am and check out is at 4 pm.
    Overnight guest : check-in is @ 10:30 am and check out is @ 7 am
    Overnight guests with early flight: check-in is @ 10:30 am and check out @ 4 am
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Sunset (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Occupancy and Additional Guests
    All our floating cottages, hilltop cottages, seaside cottages, day tour/ picnic/ mushroom huts have a maximum capacity allowed. The occupancy limits of each type are follows. Fees for additional persons will be charged.
    Floating couple cottage – 2-4 pax
    Floating family cottage – 4-6 pax
    Hilltop Seaview Fan (family 4-6 pax
    Hilltop Seaview – AC 2-3 pax
    Seaside Suite – 2 pax
    Seaside Suite w/ mezzanine – 2-8 pax
    Floating day tour cottage – 30 pax
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Hilltop cottages (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Wearing of life vests.
    We encourage our entire guests to wear life jackets when swimming. Children are required to wear life jackets at all times. Parents/ guardians are expected to be responsible for the safety and security of their children. Life jackets can be borrowed for free at the front desk.
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Wearing a life vest is required (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Wearing of footwear at all times
    Because of the terrain and the nature of our resort, we advise our guests to wear footwears ( slippers, swimming footwears, aqua shoes, etc . ) at all times
  • Smoking
    Our cottage and resort facilities are made up of materials that are prone to fire; therefore smoking is strictly prohibited in all cottages except in designated smoking areas.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Rock formation at the other side of the island (File photo courtesy of Grace Island Resort; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Marine Sanctuary
    The waters surrounding the resort are part of our marine sanctuary. We discourage guests from taking any starfish, shell or seaweeds or doing anything that would harm the corals. We discourage spot fishing within the adjacent quadrangle of our floating cottages.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera to capture this beauty just beneath the cottage (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Abundant marine life (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Quiet time
    Quiet time for floating cottages starts at 8:30 pm, and for octagon restaurant is at 10 pm
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The resort at night (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Power supply
    The whole resort is powered by generator sets, Power is being turned on daily at 6 pm to 6 am only
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Power is turned on at 6pm to 6am (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Water Supply
    We advise guests to conserve water
  • Feeding Animals
    We have animal sanctuary in the uphill part of the island. Pls do not feed the animal or intimidate them in anyways.
(Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

Grace Island is a Bantay-Dagat advocate (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro}

  • Firearms and Security
    Notify our security guards if u have any. Bringing any kind of firearms is strictly prohibited within the resort premises. Management reserves the right to deny entry to the resort of any guests who would violate this rule
  • Valuables/ Security
    Please take care of your valuables. Guests are responsible for their things. The resort shall not be liable for any loss or damage to a guest’s personal property. Security guard are up front for inspection.
  • Damage to Resort Property
    Guests shall incur additional charges in case wherein he/she proven responsible for any damage or loss of resort facilities, equipment and properties therein
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Octagon bar and restaurant (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Grilling Area
    Management has provided a specific area for guests to grill their raw foods. Any form of cooking is not allowed inside the floating cottage and rooms.
  • Pets
    Bringing pets is not allowed in the resort
  • Garbage
    Pls throw ur trash and recyclables in their designated areas, trash cans are readily available in many areas of the resort.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Wishing well at the hilltop (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Trees
    Do not cut or damage any living tree or shrub.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Encircle the Island by bike (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Appliances
    Bringing of electrical appliances is not allowed by the management because it contributes to a large electrical output of our
    generator.
  • Alcohols/ Cigarettes
    We limit bringing in alcoholic beverages in the resort. We do not sell cigarette in the area but if guests opt to bring we allow them to do so.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Perfect for photo-op (File photo courtesy of Grace Island Resort; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

  • Right Conduct
    Resort management reserves the right to evict any guests whose actions are deemed unsafe or disruptive and will be immediately escorted out of the premises. Persons who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused of entry.
  • No refund
    For safety and security of all our guests, management reserves the right to deny or remove guest from the resort without refund.
Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Another spectacular sunset (Grace Island Resort, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)



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  1. Anonymous says:

    Comprehensive and detailed. Also the pictures are great… Thanks for the blog

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