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Jeanica Casila

My husband and I have lived in Cebu all our lives but we have just recently discovered the wonderful haven called Serenity Rock. We traveled there by private car and had a smooth journey. Simply follow Christopher's directions as the place is still a little far off the main road. Roads are paved as described. The community knows Christopher and the place and they were friendly enough so as to stop what they are doing and point you to the right direction.
When we finally reached the place, we were surprised by how far more beautiful it was than in the pictures. Nature is abundant everywhere you look and we instantly fell in love with the laid-back, rustic charm of the house. We were welcomed by Christopher, Maria Shiela, Nancy, Michael and the pet dogs with a warm welcome.
Our room was big and airy, a bookshelf stood in the common living room which housed many interesting titles for guests to kill the time. The bathroom was clean with hot/cold shower. Wifi signal was surprisingly strong for a house so high up in the mountains. There's free water and a fridge with beverages you can drink anytime and pay for upon check-out.
We were impressed they had such an extensive menu for a place so far from grocery stores. The food was delicious and meticulously plated. We honestly did not expect it to be restaurant quality. Prices are affordable and everything was served fresh. Christopher then took us to a nearby hotspring called Esoy hotspring and we went on trekking there to see the waterfalls.
After all that adventure we had a relaxing dip in the hot spring. Christopher is a gracious host, an engaging conversationalist, with many thoughts and knowledge to share. Maria, Nancy, and Michael were also very hospitable and accommodating of our concerns/requests. We enjoyed the one-night downtime we had at Serenity Rock.
Highly recommended if you want to just "get away" from the city life. We will be back!

Frances and Margaret

We had such a memorable place in Serenity. Chris (and his motorcycling dog) met us halfway in Duyan and escorted us to their place. Despite being located high in the mountains, it is easily accessible for cars and motorcycles due to the paved roads. The hosts were very warm and welcoming. The dogs were very friendly and we loved their company too. Even their fishes seemed to like us!
The food was superb, which they prepared for us. They provided a menu that has a wide array of choices. Fresh fruits and vegetables are given. We really cannot emphasize enough how much we loved the food. They stock the fridge with juice, soda and beer which is very convenient. Lots of amenities in the kitchen. Coffee, chocolate drinks and tea are free.
The bedroom was very comfortable, even cool enough at night with no need for the electric fan and aircon, both of which are available for your preference. Lots of movies to choose from on their TV's media device. The bathroom was very clean, and has a hot shower which we appreciate very much. The reading area has a tall shelf with hundreds of books, a reading lamp and a large table. The viewing deck was a lovely place to hang out in. A nice view surrounded with trees and a cool breeze.
At night the fireflies come out. Since their property is very large and the house is right in the middle, there are no neighbours nearby and therefore very quiet and peaceful. Another important thing to note is that as two female travelers, we felt very safe and secure even at night. Their property is lined with gardens and young forests with walking trails in between. The farther you walk up, the better the view.
At the top it is very fantastic as you can see a panorama of the ocean and mountains. Oh, we also got to plant trees with the help of Maria and their friendly neighbour! We would love to come back here. We will definitely recommend this to our friends.

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Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour chez Christopher et Maria. La chambre était grande et très propre, avec une vue magnifique. La terrasse est très agréable. La cuisine de Maria est bien meilleure et moins chère que celle des restaurants alentour.

Le site est très beau et très calme. Je le conseille au personnes en quête de repos et de détente (pas de musique à fond, chose rare aux Philippines), et surtout pas aux fêtards. Un moyen de locomotion est indispensable, sauf si vous êtes de (très) bons marcheurs, mais Christopher loue des scooters en bon état.

La cuisine partagée n'est pas très bien équipée, mais nous avons préféré déguster les plats cuisinés par Maria. Tout proche, vous avez des sources aménagées en piscines qui sont vraiment très agréables (25PHP/pers.).

Les paysages sont les plus beaux que nous avons vus aux Philippines. En bref, nous recommandons vivement cet hébergement, mais uniquement pour les personnes qui recherchent le calme et l'authenticité, et Christopher et Maria sont très disponibles et investis dans la vie locale (particulièrement pour ce qui concerne l'école et l'éducation des enfants). Nous les remercions pour leur accueil.

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Na een lange en vermoeiende reis kwamen we om 20.00 uur aan. Meteen een heel warm ontvangst en een heerlijke maaltijd.

En daar volgden nog meer van! Maria heeft vele filipijnse gerechten met veel smaak voor ons gemaakt en alles in enorme hoeveelheden.

De accommodatie is heel ruim opgezet, schoon, met airco en eigen terras. De rust en ruimte waren geweldig en de bergen spectaculair. Dat ontdekten we tijdens een tocht per brommer door de omgeving, vergezeld door Christoffer en Michael. Bij die tocht zat Ducky (1 van de honden) bij Chris voorop de brommer.

Het zwemmen in de cold spring is een aanrader! En de honden waren zo leuk, we waren helemaal verliefd op Hugo!

Stanislas Bieda - Poland & France

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非常に素晴らしい宿泊体験でした。 ホストのクリストファーとマリアは、 懐が深く、知性に満ちた素晴らしい人格とホスピタリティの持ち主です。 彼らはマクタン空港からの送迎サービスも行っています。深夜早朝問わず対応してくれます。 観光の際は、車やバイクで様々なローカルスポットを案内してくれました。 家では、温かくて美味しい手料理と自家製フルーツを振る舞ってくれました。 彼らの家で暮らすマイケルは、 私の買い物に同行してコミュニケーションの全てをサポートしてくれました。 また、同時期にホストの友人も宿泊していました。彼も私を気にかけてくれ、 私の出国手続きに同行して全てをサポートしてくれました。 ホストと、 この家に住む人々は、あなたのフィリピン滞在を有意義なものにするために協力を惜しみません。 あなたがもし英語が得意でなくとも心配いりません。 私はほとんど英語を話せませんが、 私の稚拙な言葉にも丁寧に耳をかたむけて意思を汲みとり、 わかりやすい言葉を選んで話してくれました。 私は今回が初めての海外旅行でしたが、安心してフィリピンを楽しむことができました。 それは間違いなくホストと彼らの人望おかげです。 思わず涙が出るほどに、温かさに溢れた場所でした。 フィリピン滞在を有意義なものにしたい方や、心に寂しさを抱えている方は、 この家に宿泊することで素晴らしい時間を過ごすことができると思います。 本当にありがとう、私はここで過ごした時間を忘れません。

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Getting Here

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From Airport

From Cebu or Airport via Liloan:


This is the fastest way. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu Airport Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, 6016 Cebu to Catmon, 6006 Cebu

Cheap and Saves Time: White Taxi to Titays Liloan north of Cebu City P160-P200.

TIP: If you like the driver ask for a fixed price to Catmon!

Negotiate to P1500 or P2000 or to JM Catmon on main highway less P300.

Then get any north bound bright yellow CERES bus which may not be air conditioned to Catmon town ~ 100mins.
Tell the bus conductor - JM Marketing in Catmon. Cost in 2017: About P68 to P78 ~ the air conditioned bus is p10 more than the regular service.

From Cebu

From Cebu WHITE Taxi

All the way to the door or Catmon ....

Negotiate to P1500 or P2000 or to JM Catmon on main highway less P300.

Make sure you get a WHITE Taxi. The yellow AIRPORT taxis are EXPENSIVE by comparison!

Mini-Van Share going North or South

From the city and north, there are also many mini-van services. Ask for JM Marketing in Catmon.

Bus

Taxi to the North Bus Terminal in Cebu City. Get any bus going north to JM in Catmon. You may choose an Air Con Bus with free WiFi!

From Catmon

From Catmon town we are 10 minutes away.

From JM on the NATIONAL HIGHWAY in CATMON to Duyan Serenity

Take a 15 min P50 motorbike taxi to Duyan to our gate past the school from JM!

Or WALK!
Or BY CAR: go to the Duyan Elementary School and turn right.

We are 200m past the school. We have paved roads on our property.

If in doubt we can also arrange to meet you. It is best to email us first to discuss what is possible.

If you do not like motorbikes, have too much gear (or hire two motorbikes)

  • In the wet season we prefer to pick you up
  • If you are unwell or just don't like motorbikes we will get you

From North Cebu

From the Bantayan and Malapascua Ferrys

From the ferrys the reliable choice is the yellow Ceres Bus.

You may also be offered a Van hire or private car or sometimes a taxi is going back to Cebu empty.

If in doubt we can also arrange to meet you. It is best to email us first to discuss what is possible.

If you do not like motorbikes, have too much gear (or hire two motorbikes)

  • In the wet season we prefer to pick you up
  • If you are unwell or just don't like motorbikes we will get you

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Walking

Just Walk

Leaving Serenity Resthouse

Historical walking tracks for every level of fitness, to every part of Cebu!

Touring

Motorbike Rental

Guest rate (US$6) per day

So many close places to see and explore.

Rivers

Canyoning Adventures

Walk north or south
Stunning landscapes in gorges (deep, narrow valleys with a stream or river running along their bottom)

Hot Spring

Esoy Hot Spring

An easy walk
Bookings needed usually the day before. We can guide you.
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