Sermon on the Mount Retreat Resort: A Relaxing Escape to Balamban

Re-energize your body and reconnect with your soul in the Sermon on the Mount Retreat Resort in Gaas, Balamban.

This retreat in Cebu encourages its visitors to meditate on the mountainous backdrops and cool climate of Balamban with friends or family. The tranquil atmosphere and verdant backgrounds of the place will surely put the body in a trance.

Although it is just an hour’s drive away from the Metro, the surrounding mountains seclude the resort and remove any trace of the city. The rustic interiors and cliffside views create a peaceful ambiance for intimate moments between friends and family either while sharing a coffee on their cliff-hanging tables or watching the sunrise while soaking in the pools.

The canopies created by the trees are perfect for morning walks and basking in the beauty of the forest. For a more relaxing indoor experience, there are saunas in the resort that the adults will surely love.

Sermon on the Mount Retreat Resort is literally a home away from home. It comes complete with cozy shared rooms and a kitchen that is complete with cooking utensils. The rooms of the resort are exclusive to one group at a time only which allows everybody to spend moments together uninterrupted.

Groups may bring their own food and store it in the refrigerator and grill some meat on the barbeque come dinner time.

After sundown, everybody can spend time appreciating the view of Mt. Manunggal on their wide, wooden deck or patio. Rooms don’t even need fans because the natural air conditioning provided by the surroundings is enough for a good night’s sleep. 

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Day use rates:

  • Adults: ₱500 per head, minimum of 7-10 guests;
  • Children: ₱250 per head


  • Use of Swimming Pool, Sauna, Viewing Deck, Trekking, Kitchen
  • Exclusive use from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, weekdays only

Overnight Use

Rate: ₱12,500 per night, good for 10-12 persons


  • 4 queen-sized beds and 4 bunk beds
  • Hot and cold shower
  • Electric Fans
  • One Safety Deposit Box
  • Complete cooking and kitchen utensils


  • Swimming Pool
  • Sauna
  • Karaoke
  • Trekking within the vicinity
  • Forest Bathing at the wooden viewing deck


  • Cooking and kitchen utensils
  • BBQ Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric Water Pot


  • No pets allowed
  • No wild parties allowed
  • No music after 10PM

NOTE: The resort does not accept walk-in reservations and only allows online booking as a safety precaution and to avoid crowding the resort.



Exact location: Transcentral Highway, Gaas, Balamban – just an hour’s drive away from Cebu City

BY SHUTTLE (most recommended): The guests can arrange pick-up and drop-off to and from the airport to Sermon on the Mount for a full package service. Contact them in their Facebook page for more details.

BY JEEPNEY: Take a jeepney bound for Balamban in the Ayala Bus Terminal. Inform the driver to drop you off at the Sermon on the Mount Retreat Resort

BY HABAL-HABAL: Hire a habal-habal driver just around JY Square Mall in Lahug. They already know where the place is. The fare to the resort is about P150 only.

BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Sermon on the Mount Retreat Resort” in Balamban. Parking space is available upon arrival.

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