Weather here in the Philippines are starting to get naughty – you will enjoy the glare of sunshine in the morning, then by noon time you will see the sky starting to shame everyone, clouds in gray (to dark) covering the clear sky… then ooh oohh here comes the rain!
Then we start worrying about what would happen next – that some of us forgot to bring our umbrellas, some worrying about the traffic it will cause later after work, some of us might not get home in time because we can’t get a cab (most cabs are already parked somewhere, and deny passengers due to heavy rains), and others (including me) worrying about damaging my shoes later in the rain (lol).
While contemplating with this heavy pours watching outside this high glass window in my office, I wish it was always SUMMER.
So while I’m sitting here in front of my laptop, I thought I should share with you one of my recent summer getaway (this time along with my colleagues at work, and not a luxury getaway, compared to my other travel posts) while I’m somehow learning to enjoy this gloomy day.
As part of the yearly bonding-and-recreation moment of our company, our team decided that we go visit the South in San Juan, Batangas. I’m not good at planning trips carrying groups so I let them decide, and I enjoyed going with the flow.
So last 22nd of April, we packed our overnight bags and head to Laiya, Batangas – a nearest summer destination for us from the city, for around two (2) hours drive (if you drive much faster, I think you will reach it for 1 hour, 45 mins). Our event organizer rented 3 van vehicles for us.
As usual, when we travel on groups – I like staying at the back of the van, and allow myself to take care of their bags, in return of letting me sleep for the whole two (2) hours.
Some of you find it annoying that one or two of your friends are just sleeping for the entire journey, while the rest of you are laughing with your stories, singing together like it is a high school camping trip, etc.
But I’m happy to say that I belong to the introvert group. Here’s why:
I sleep not because of none enjoying their stories – I choose to sleep because I know it will be a long drive, and it is tiring (my body plus my skin is feeling stressful for that), plus I woke up very early to join the trip – so I know that I deserve to rest for awhile. I put-on my favorite facial mask, and told my colleagues that I’m gonna sleep and don’t mind me for that (actually they already knows it). I also don’t mind them singing, laughing and sometimes laughing harder coz I’m already used to them. We call it respect of privacy.
But ALWAYS happens with my colleagues. Thus, they missed some FUN!
We leave our building (located at Bonifacio Global City) at around 6:00AM, and reached our destination at 11:00AM
That’s five (5) hours!!!!!
I know right… we leave on Friday – and we got caught with heavy traffic going out the city.
It was sunny and the weather took 34degrees (ohh yeah!) and some of us are started to panicking about how hot is it and it hurts their skin. Okay, for the sake of my non-Filipino readers, to tell you bluntly more Filipinos are not a huge fan of Mr. Sushine. Very ironic, hahaha
The cabana is equipped with flat-screen cable television, but we still asked the help of the resort staff to fix the channels. By the way, channels available are too limited. Gladly they have HBO. Installed with a sliding-glass door, and a sliding door-screen so that the fresh air can come-in easily especially during hot afternoon. We are disappointed with the air-conditioned unit in the living area because it seems not functioning, and we just rely on electric fan.
The cabana is also have its own kitchenette and complete dining set, and refrigerator that contains our complimentary bottled water, 10 bottles for each person, 1 bottle per day. So if you are planning to visit here, better bring your own jugs of drinking water (though they also have stores available here, with hefty prices), I’m not sure if the water flowing in this faucet is drinkable so just to be safe, I didn’t dare drink of it.
They also have mini-microwave oven and coffee-and-tea facilities but when we tried making our coffee, there’s no sugar available and we need to request for it. There is also a wide space at the back where you can hang-out with your friends and enjoy the fresh air, or a place to hang your wet-clothes and towels.
This place is perfect if you are travelling with your family and friends.
The pool is cool-and-deep enough and it is really good. So always watch your kids swimming coz it might be dangerous. Anyway, there is also a mini kiddie pool at the side. Shower area and lounge chairs are also available.
But the sands underneath are soo soft and no rough stones. Those there are some seaweeds (I don’t know if it’s edible), it doesn’t pollute the sea. It helps to make the sea more fresher.
How much is the hotel and cabana rates?
For the accommodation, premier rooms (good for 2 persons) costs Php6,800 per night and for cabanas its Php16,800 per night. Quite expensive actually considering the foods are not appealing, trust me.
Is the Estrellas de Mendoza a pet friendly resort?
No matter how much you imagine your pet would enjoy the trip, sad to say that this resort is not pet-friendly. Pets are not allowed. So if you can’t leave your furry babies at home with their sitters, better you choose other resort.
I would definitely coming back to visit and explore more Laiya, Batangas. But definitely I would prefer staying to other resorts or hotels. Resort per se, it doesn’t please me much and with its hefty price, I would rather spend it for an over-night stay at the luxury hotel in Manila.
The Laiya beach stretch is undeniably has its own beauty. I will share to you more photos of it on my next post.
Brgy. Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
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