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Nueva Ecija: Stone 8 Resort

Located in the municipality of Gabaldon in Nueva Ecija, Stone 8 Resort is one of the most popular cold spring resort in the municipality. 


Stone 8 resort started out several years ago when its owner Nestor Geronimo decided to come back to his hometown and invest his time, money, and energy to help boost his town's tourism. Since then, the resort has been frequented not only by the people of Gabaldon but also even those that come from Metro Manila.
Welcome to Stone 8 Resort

One of the many slides in the public area
The slide in the private area
I spy a dinosaur...

Witness the final moments of these kids


Regarding the name of the resort, Stone 8 Resort got its name from "Kapitan" Nestor who was once a barangay captain of Barangay 88 Zone 8 Caloocan City. As for the "stone" part of its name, it came from... well, the place being very stony.
The spring flowing gives out a relaxing sound
Expect dozens of visitors

The crowd as seen from the slide
The place looks deserted in the afternoons
Quiet afternoons

Jump off point for Mt. Sawi

Visitors would surely enjoy taking a dip in the resort's cold water springs. It is also perfect for family or barkada getaways. Not only that, but the resort also serves as a jump-off point for those planning to hike Mt. Sawi (there would be a separate article for this). 
My daughter seems to be enjoying it

I got to visit Stone 8 Resort during our family getaway last May 12, 2018. The resort reminded me of Bato Springs in San Pablo, Laguna but what I like about this resort is the nature that surrounds it. It is far from the town proper and is surrounded by picturesque mountains and fields. 
Waiting for the band to play
They seem to enjoy this one

However, based on my personal experience in the resort, there are several things that the management should do to improve the resort and these are the following:


  1. Focus on cleanliness - the resort's marketability is its connection with nature, but all those empty plastic bottles, chip wrappers, and even diapers scattered around the resort are counterproductive. 
  2. Always inform the customers ahead of time - there were two instances where the management failed on this one. First, they did not inform us ahead of time that several of their dishes were already out of stock. We were waiting for an hour for some of our orders to be served but only found out that some dishes were already out of stock after finishing our meal. Second, was the grounded heater in one of their rooms. Although they informed my family about it when they gave the keys, there were no signage or warning signs to remind those who were not present. I was not there when they informed my family as I was busy parking the car and unloading things. It was several hours later after swimming in the cold spring pool that I decided to go in the room and take a shower. No one warned me about it as everybody was busy enjoying the place (and probably they thought I knew). Lo and behold, I got the shock of my life after plugging the heater and touching the metallic faucet. Thank goodness, I was a bit dry before I did that if not I won't be here warning you all. 
  3. Improve sewage system - although the water here is continuously flowing, it was very visible from the room that I was staying in that wastewater from our sink (and probably the toilet drain) falls directly at the back of our room creating a mini bubbly pond. The problem here is that it produces a terrible stench that you'd surely smell if you're staying outside your room. 
Overall, despite some issues, Stone 8 Resort remains a must visit resort in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. 

RATES:
The resort offers day tour and overnight packages. For those planning to avail of the day tour, there is a P45 entrance fee per person. Children under 2 years old and those people celebrating their birthdays are free. Aside from the entrance fee, those who availed of the day tour can rent tables which ranges from 300 to 650 pesos or cottages which costs 500 to 2300 pesos. 
You'd see the different rates here...

For those staying overnight, you will still be charged the entrance fee. You may also choose to rent rooms which range from 2200 to 3650 or whole buildings which ranges from 10000 to 15000 pesos. The best part of this is, you get to have an exclusive pool away from the general public. 


Getting there:

From Manila,  ride a bus going to the Cabanatuan City Central Transport Terminal. From there, you may choose to ride a van (which is faster) or a jeepney (which is cheaper) going to Gabaldon. Tell the driver to drop you off Stone 8 Resort. Most of them know this place. Once you board down, you would have to walk several meters to reach the resort gate. 


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Comments

  1. Your photos are lovely! I really want to spent my vacation there!

    Love,
    Claudia
    http://thatsmeonline.net

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  2. This looks like such an amazing place! I hope I have the good fortune to visit here one day

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  3. Thank you for sharing the review of the Stone 8 Resort. Looks like a place that kids would have a really good time. Also, appreciate the points mentioned for the management to take care of!
    Best
    Backpacking Series
    https://www.backpackingseries.com

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  4. This resort looks amazing! I want to go there!
    Love,
    Claudia

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  5. Love it! Looks like a wonderful resorts for famlies!

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  6. Thanks for this very balanced, honest review. Venue looks cute but they need to sort out the issues!

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  7. Beautiful and colorful pictures. Thanks for sharing your experience

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  8. I've never heard of this place before but it looks like a fun place! I'm sure my kids would love it.

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  9. Wow! Amazing! It’s more fun in the Philippines! Indeed. Very nice resort. I’ll make sure to visit this when I take my vacation next year. Thanks for sharing! šŸ˜Š

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  10. It's a really lovely place. :-)

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  11. Looks like a great place to spend some quality time with family

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  12. i would like to visit this place too soon. it is just 4 hours away from quezon city.

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    1. That's true. =) You should check out this wonderful place. =)

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  13. Omg! The resort looks so good. Those pics on the post are putting me on an hoilday mode.

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  14. Is it free to hike the Mt. Sawi?

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