Friday, June 3, 2011

Family Bonding Time in Apple Tree Resort (Opol, Misamis Oriental)

Two weekends ago, I took my family to Apple Tree Resort and Hotel in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Since summer is about to end, I figured out it was the last chance to take my two little girls to the beach before the rainy days will start. However, it was already raining when we arrived there in the afternoon and my 9-month old baby Marley is having an on-and-off fever due to her teething. Fortunately the rain slowed down later in the afternoon, so my eldest daughter Maya (3 years old) together with my wife and my mother, were still able to enjoy the beach and the swimming pool. The next day, Marley's fever subsided and she too had a blast enjoying the sands and the gentle waves.

 Maya at the pool side

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel is formerly called Lauremar Hotel. It is located along the long stretch of gray sand beach in Opol, Misamis Oriental. It is about 15 minutes away from Cagayan de Oro City and can be easily reached by taxi, jeepney or any vehicle. Apple Tree is the only resort hotel in Opol since the adjacent resorts only have basic cottages for accommodation. 

 The view of the swimming pool and the restaurant from our room' terrace

Apple Tree Resort's beach front

Luxury comes with a price and Apple Tree's accommodation is definitely high end in this side of Northern Mindanao. Room rates range from 1,800 to P4,000. The adjacent resorts are definitely cheaper and fit for backpackers budget. I would definitely choose the more affordable resorts if it's only me and my wife. But since I was with my two little kids, I have to provide them a place where they can be a little more comfortable.

 Night shot of the swimming pool

We booked a Deluxe Family room with a rate of P2,300. It has a triple bed and one single bed, airconditioned and with remote-controlled cable TV. It has a terrace which offers a great view of the swimming pool below. It also comes with free breakfast but for 2 persons only. We have to order extra food since my mother and my kids' yaya were also with us. 

Probably because of its price, Apple Tree Resort's beach front is not as crowded as the other resorts in the area.

Maya and Marley at the beach

Since I became a travel blogger, I always try to practice budget traveling. I believe that there is always a way to spend less while enjoying travel more. However, it don't hurt to pay for a little luxury from time to time especially if we are with our love ones. Though I've spent major part of my mid-year bonus for this particular trip, I am very happy to see my family, especially my little daughters enjoying the beach. 

 Malou and our 9-month old baby Marley

I believe that some of life's best lessons are learned outside the classroom. Someday, when my kids are old enough, I will definitely take them to more out of town trips.  

"Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings."--Hodding Carter

Apple Tree Resort & Hotel
Taboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental
COntact Numbers: (O8822) 735411/735563/754525
Fax No. : (08822) 754497
Room Rates:

Deluxe           P  1,800.00
Deluxe Family    2,300.00
Lanai                 3,000.00
Suites                4,000.00

Location Map of Opol, Misamis Oriental:


  1. I agree with you Earl, a little luxury is never a waste especially if you are sharing it with the people you care about. Money can be earned again, but you can't bring back precious time once lost or match priceless fun and memories you will gain from it.

  2. @lakwatsera: very well said claire! i'm looking forward to take my daughters to more travels someday. i want them to become travelers and explorers too!

  3. Your daughters or should I say your family are very lucky to have you. Some people just keep on thinking on how to acquire money that sometimes their family is being neglected. Don't change with that perspective. Someday, your daughters will realize how good and lovable you are as their father and will pay you back the love and generosity you deserve.

    P.S. thanks for the information about that resort. Is it a white beach?

  4. Perfect place to bond with family for a while. Love to be there.

  5. Hi,

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion, resort in the Philippines. Villa & island are rented exclusively fully staffed for up to 18 for special events, weddings, families, and friends. Stunning location, amazing diving & watersports. I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work. Thank you.

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  6. nice post sir! apple tree resort in opol still remains a good place to relax and spend quality time with family.


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