Through another man’s blog I found this perfect little out of the way place to stay while in Cavite, Philippines. It is just a mere 30 minutes from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and across from a giant SM Mall in Bacoor. The service, the staff the friendliness are not that of the norm that I am used to in The Philippines. The name of the facility is called Cool Martin Resort and Spa. It is “the little engine that could” of hotels because I never once heard these people they couldn’t help me with something.
Let me first say that the owners names are Alan and Grace and they are the first to come and greet you. They are excited that you are there to be in their “home away from home” and will make every attempt to make you feel that way. This will sound ridiculous but I was amazed at the fact that I didn’t hear roosters in this barangay. For me that was a pleasant surprise because I like the quietness. The barangay also has no motor tricycles or jeepneys going by … another plus for me! While the neighborhood looks a bit ‘scary’ at first it is far from that. I brought filipino relatives and friends over to the resort and we walked the streets at night feeling quite safe. People there were very friendly and accommodating.
Alan is an English gentleman and has earned those rights of being a gentleman. From what I have learned he is the founder of The Martin Conquest. A very famous and well known builder of motorcycles that accommodate wheelchairs. I remember very well when his product was highlighted on The Discovery Channel and that I immediately recognized him from that episode! His wife Grace is quite the worker bee. She is from Butuan on the island of Mindanao and they have been married (at the time of this post) for seven years. She is constantly doing something on the grounds and does it always with an incredible smile. Together with their small daughter they run the Cool Martin Resort and Spa.
Yes, I was shocked! They have a real working spa complete with the wood and steam bath you would expect. Alan told me that at first he wanted to just simply have a retirement home there in Cavite but as money siphoned-off from his business he wanted to create an income there in the Philippines. After his home was built he began to purchase and renovate the buildings aroud him to turn them into working apartments. The result is a home built around a home.
A beautiful patio area surrounded in the traditional bamboo with bamboo tables and chairs. For those of you that grew up in America you will immediately find yourself in a Gilligan’s Island sort of setting. There is a wonderful pool, dart boards, Karaoke room and the bedrooms are lavish for the type of money you will spend here. One time Alan was so upset at the presentation of my breakfast by his staff he made them completely remake the spread. I think I was just missing butter or something of that nature but Alan wants his Filipina staff to know that he is serious about customer service.
He will let you bar-b-que anything you bring in on the premise for no extra charge. You are invited to bring your own drinks although their San Miguel was only 25 pesos. The water was absolutely free (something you don’t find in a hotel at all) and there is a refrigerator full of other soft drinks as well. I really wish that the hotel staff cooked both lunch and dinner meals but they do allow you to order anything off the breakfast menu at any time during the day. There is also room service! If not, there is a short walk over to SM Bacoor Mall and that mall is full of eating establishments including my favorite, Burger King (ha ha).