I got my tanning at Estrellas De Mendoza

Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Hello Girlfriends and welcome back to my blog!

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.

Geographically wise, Philippines is a tropical country and thus we enjoy most of the summer getaways of the country – easily, no passport required, not worrying about crossing-the-borders-kind of problem, except the crossing the island and other destinations locally which not much a problem actually (is you know what I mean).

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.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila



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.

Yup I enjoyed it!

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.

Another thing: I sleep because I’m saving some energy for the moments that are waiting for us on our destination. I don’t want to end up feeling sleepier when I put down my bags, and see that bed waiting for me. Nope. Not Me.

But ALWAYS happens with my colleagues. Thus, they missed some FUN!


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Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Well actually, it didn’t take two (2) hours of drive – in reality it took longer.

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.

Hahaha.. Now tell me I shouldn’t be sleeping! :D


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We arrived on our destination at Estrellas De Mendoza at around 11:00AM.

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


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila



Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Estrellas De Mendoza is a seven (7) storey hotel and beach-front resort owning its Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Currently, it is the largest resort in Laiya, San Juan Balatas with 83 fully furnished superior rooms and 15 cabanas. Rooms are spacious enough and with clean bathrooms and complete toiletries. Each room is equipped with amenities like LCD flat-screen cable television, fully air-conditioned rooms, safety-deposit boxes, mini bar, kitchenette for cabanas, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary bottles water, etc.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila

Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Hotel’s lobby and the staircase up to the 7th floor.. Oopps! Don’t worry because they have elevator too :D


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


The resort also have its restaurant for all the guests – but asking me about their food. I never enjoyed it at all. It wasn’t enjoyable.

{By the way, I don’t have photos of the rooms of hotel units, because we occupied the cabanas for our team.}




Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


And since we are in groups, we reserved some cabanas. And this is the cabana unit for my group. Not expecting much, but this unit is quite spacious – we are 10 people sharing for this unit with two (2) bedrooms both fully-air-conditioned and each rooms have its own bathroom furnished with toiletries. So no bathroom problems!

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.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila



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.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila
Don’t worry that’s not her checking for her pregnancy result, hahaha. She’s just checking if her contact lenses are in-safe.


This is our room being shared with five (5) persons. Gladly this is fully air-conditioned and has decent bed and linens. It also has a decent wardrobe space.

This place is perfect if you are travelling with your family and friends.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila

Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Outside the cabana is the infinity pool, the pride of this resort. I couldn’t wait my colleagues to join me (as they are feeling tired and doesn’t like the noontime heat of the sun) so I put-on my bikinis and jumped-in!

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.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Would you say NO for this beautiful and very inviting pool under the sun?


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


My Instagram-wifey Lyn, hahaha she's really cool!


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila

Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Next to the infinity pool is the Laiya’s beach front where we enjoyed the long stretch of white sands, and salty water. At night, this area is stationed with live bands and performances, and different food options plus drinks – partying until dawn!


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


It was such a beautiful place, I admire it a lot and I asked my Instagram-wifey/friend Lyn to take some photos of me. I didn’t might the heat of the sun, because I LOVE IT! That’s where I got my tan. My boyfriend said my natural tan-complexion suits me well, and I like it too!


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Some of my travel essentials – my beach hat, quirky sunglasses (I’ve got from HK), a good book written by Kevin Kwan (ohh I recommend this to you!), and one of my favorite sunscreen lotion DermaPlus.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Yey! I love the beach!


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


But one thing I don’t like about it… Laiya beach is very shallow. In order to reach your desired depth, you have to walk all the way to that end (I guess another kilometer) just to reach the water up to your waist. You can’t dive in it.

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.


http://blairvillanueva.tumblr.com/post/146891678858/lets-hit-the-beach-forurbanwomengoestolaiya


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


I also brought this NIVEA Sunscreen lotion (for kids) which was a gift from PR friends. I like it because it is not sticky and very easy to spread to my skin. Anyway I’m always a kid-at-heart!


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


The resort also offers some aqua sports activities such as riding jetski, use of banana boat with your friends, snorkeling, scuba diving, and boat rentals.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


At 3:35PM the water is started to get low, and you could see the wide stretch of beach.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Local kids are also enjoying playing the sands and don’t mind the heat!


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


It was 5:00PM and we decided to have a stroll. We admired how natural this beach and how it forms some kind of hollows, just like this photo below.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


There are also some little creatures seems happily running around the beach. Then I found out they are hermit crabs, digging their homes under this sands.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


http://blairvillanueva.tumblr.com/post/146923848233/laiya-beach-batangas-ohh-look-at-those-its


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila
Having fun it LYN!


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila

Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


Around 6:00PM and look at the beach stretch! This was captures at the 7th floor of the hotel. That is also the time when my colleagues get-up and started to have fun at the pool side.


Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila


This time I didn’t joined them swimming at the pool because the water is getting cooler and I easily catch cold with that. So I enjoyed being their photographer instead :D After some bonding and dinner, we decided to just relax and enjoy movie-time, while some of them enjoyed partying with board games and drinks. It was simple and fun.




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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.




Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila

Estrellas de Mendoza Resort, beach destination in Batangas, nearest beach resort in Manila




Do I recommend this resort? Would I coming back?

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.




Estrellas De Mendoza Playa Resort
Brgy. Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
(02)664-7110 / (043)575-8335 / 0917-884-3677 / 0998-983-9768



xoxo, Blair



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40 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. I see you have a lot of holiday articles in many places.
    I also like to go to many places.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Yeah and I'm excited to travel more.

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  2. There are better beaches in Batangas, but Laiya seems to be an old standby for company outings. :) Beach looks alright, but the pools looks amazing.

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    1. you are right. Probably because it is very accessible and convenient, less cost and you can easily come back to the city anytime.

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  3. Beautiful beach! Looks like you guys has tons of fun. The pools and cabana are a nice break for a bit of shade and more relaxing.

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    1. would definitely going back to Laiya, Batangas and explore nearby beaches

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  4. I am dreading the traffic already as I am planning our trip to the Philippines. But it looks like it was all worth it as Batangas looks so beautiful! Wish I was enjoying in that sandy beach right now.

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    1. Hop in! Don't mind the traffic, it will be worth it :D

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  5. Did you say beach? Sign me up! I could totally use a beach trip right about now. The pool looks amazing! It looks like you had an amazing time.

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    1. Yes I did! And I wish I have this next to my place..

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  6. The place looks like paradise, lovely place to relax and just chill out.

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    1. ... or just hang a hammock and enjoy reading a good book while enjoying the fresh sea breeze, heaven!

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  7. Sleeping is the smart choice :D I would've done the same. That pool is GORGEOUS :O and your bikini is so cute! I'd love to stay there and get my tan on :P

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    1. Thank you Tae!

      Sleeping is the best option during long jammed-packed traffic... plus less stress and wrinkles

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  8. Wow, the background is amazing! THis resort is like a dream, and I can understand why you choose it and why you'd love to go back! I can't believe it took so long to go, and that you slept all the way! Bet you deserve the nap haaha! I love how you write and that's so cool to read!

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    1. Thank you dear Liana! I felt so happy with your comment :)

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  9. Looks like you had a great time in your tanning adventure. Unfortunately this year I am so worked up that there is no free time for tans.

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    1. ... no worries coz we ladies always have alternatives (tanning spa or tanning lotion perhaps)

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    1. Thank you Lance! More beach photos coming soon:D

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  11. Wow the Estrellas de Mendoza hotel is so beautiful, I love the architecture of it!
    It really looks like your trip was so much fun, I'm happy to hear that. It's been so long since I last went to the seaside and I'm really missing it ..

    However, I must say that I kind of belong to the introverted group too and during long trips I'd rather sleep to be energized for what's going to come next as well! High five! :)

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  12. It seems like a nice place to disconnect and relax. Also being in a resort is very convenient as you actually have access to many things without leaving the place!

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    1. ... not 100% - just like in this trip, I didn't enjoy the foods they serve..

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  13. WOW! An amazing time and experience you had here and all the pictures! They are great because they really show off the destination and resort! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Sheri! Yeah, the only little downside is I have to capture first all those pretty sites, before jumping with my friends to have carefree fun :D Anyway, I guess they do understand, hahaha

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  14. That looks like you had a lot of fun at this hotel. I wish I could be like you and take naps. I agree that it's smart. But I just wake up so cranky!

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    1. Hahaha sometimes I'm cranky too.. but when I suddenly woke up along the road, I would take this an opportunity to snaps some photos.. then back to sleep. I'm an introvert, but I also know how to have a blast - but a no no when I'm dead tired.

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  15. I've never used a tanning studio but I must say that it looks very natural and the photos of you on your holiday are FABULOUS too, with lovely blue skies and rippling water, it looks fun but idyllic! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen! I love the summer and wouldn't mind staying under the sun, as long as I've guarded with tons of sunscreen lotion, LOL.. I was raised near the beach!

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  16. This resort is my kind of place to go to. You have shown the most important features that I also look for when checking out resorts like the rooms and amenities as well as the over-all layout and feel of the place. I'll be seriously considering this one when we might ourselves in your country.

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    1. got to check everything coz I wouldn't know when will come back.. and also my basis if something has change since my last visit (that is if I come back).

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  17. Lovely trip! You must have truly enjoyed it. So how would you rate your overall experience with the hotel? Was it worth staying in?

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    1. I didn't stayed in the hotel per se, but in the cabana.. overall it was 3.5 / 5 the place is very nice... except for the food :D

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  18. The resort looks majestic with that pool which would be a great idea to spend some quality time with friends and family. The beach too looks awesome with shallow waters.

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    1. I like the shallow waters in the afternoon, and kids would enjoy it too

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  19. Great story.
    I was trained to sleep in transit since birth so staying awake with the kids kills me every time lol.

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    1. How about train your kids to sleep in-transit :D

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  20. I haven't been in a resort in a very very long time. But this place looks quite good. And as always, beaches in Philippines are just too lovely too miss. Great that you had fun :)

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    1. You should come and enjoy your vacation too! But it's already rainy season here in PH, high tides and stronger waves sometimes not pleasing :)

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