Monday, April 25, 2011

Coral Beach Club and a Transient House

Around one month ago, we drove to Batangas from our home in Tagaytay to look for a beach resort in Matabungkay where we could stay for the day. And we found Coral Beach Club.It is a relatively small resort in comparison to the resorts I have been to before.  

The area was lined up with resorts but it's a good thing that we were able to find this one amidst all of them.  The compound was owned by a female Caucasian (I'm not really sure which nationality) who loves playing golf (according to her staff, she leaves the compound every day to play her favorite sport). 

There were two hotel buildings and two separate cottages in the compound 
which comprised the available accommodation on the beach front.  
There is another hotel building on the other side of the street that doesn't have any view at all.
The facade of the hotel buildings were somewhat Filipiniana in nature. 
It may be because of the old-fashioned balcony or the color of paint used.

They have these floating cabanas where a group of guests can stay for the day.
People can sleep in the small room and they can also have lunch under the heat 
of the scorching sun (if they wanted to).

This is our room on the second floor.  The rooms have names on them instead of numbers.
Ours was Troon and I don't know what the meaning was.  
I looked it up but it was a name of a town in Scotland and that doesn't make any sense.

This was one of cottages.  It is actually beside the pool.
I thought it was a pretty cottage.  
But it costs more than the others.

Brace yourself with the food prices.
I don't know if I remember correctly but I believe
we were not allowed to bring our own food inside.  
The rooms may be affordable but the food in their restaurant are not.

The price range are like that of TGIF or Chili's or something equivalent to that.
I didn't bother ordering anything.  
Good thing we brought our own picnic lunch 
which was eaten in the transient house next door.

Out on the shore, there are booths like these selling shells.
I'm not sure if this is legal though.  If I remember correctly, these corals
are not for sale in most parts of the Philippines.  
By the way, this booth is separate from the Coral Beach Club Resort.
It was nice to look at but I'm definitely not buying.
Bring them back to the sea, I say!

I took this picture of a made-up shrine of corals along the beach.  
I really thought this was nice.
Pointless but nice.

My mother wasn't too happy about not being able to bring the food she cooked
inside the Coral Beach Club so she looked for another place where she could.
And she found this transient home beside the Coral Beach Club.

It has two big bedrooms which houses six double beds.  And it has a small loft
where more people can set up their sleeping bags.
The caretaker said that it was a common venue for company team buildings.
There were parking space for six cars.  

I love the loft.  It's too bad I wasn't able to climb the ladder to see what was up there.
But anything that is elevated must be really fun place to stay.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel, Subic Pampanga

Three-days-and-two-nights turned to Four-days-and-three-nights when our driver lost the key at the beach.  But no one really mind because another day by the sea is another day of luxury for people who came from the city who has nothing to breathe but smog.

Free secure parking space
Ocean Adventure Park shares this parking with Camayan Beach Resort

Entrance for hotel guests

Pathway to Garden and Beach View Hotel building

Cabanas for hotel guests and day tourists

Walkways in the garden for hotel guests

Souvenir shop

Snack bar... the price range of snacks are probably expensive than usual.
They allow the guests to bring their own food.
There's a Grill Station at the far end of the beach
where guests can cook their own food.
I like it that they allow people to bring their own food and they don't even charge that much
in their Reef Restaurant and Bar.

The Grill Station at the far end of the beach.

Lifeguards on the lookout 24 hours a day.

Beach View hotel building

I think these are the more expensive rooms in the resort. 
It's located in the entrance of the resort.
We didn't stay here hence, I've got no
pictures to show. :)

Garden View Rooms

You will be able to see the cabanas from your Garden View hotel room balcony.

The room is clean with enough lighting.
There's hot water on the sink and in the shower/bathtub.

Everyone's getting settled during our first night.
Since there were 12 of us, we had to get three separate rooms.

I love sinks outside the bathroom in hotels.
It allows multiple people to get ready all at the same time
rather than wait for someone to get out of the bathroom 
to freshen up.

The view in the Beach View hotel balcony

Beach View Rooms

The mess we made.

It's a good thing that they have these signs around. 
It shows how they like preserving the ocean and anything in it.
This way, more people will be able to enjoy the ocean more.

I hope the photos will do justice on how I enjoyed the place.  I'm not an outdoorsy type of person but I really loved walking along their shore.  Usually, I hide from the sun but this time, I didn't mind the heat.  It's been a long time that I last went to the beach. It was one year ago when I last went diving in Dos Palmas.  And I didn't realize I missed the beach so much until today.

This is what I love about our country.  There are beaches everywhere.  I wouldn't trade the Philippines for anywhere else.

Sigh! I just have to say that this hotel limits the use of towels.  They charge for extra.  The problem is that they know there are at most four people in the room and they only give two towels.  This is the only hotel I have encountered that limits people from having to use the towel from the hotel when hotels are supposed to lend their guests enough towels most especially because it was a beach hotel.  I am pro-environment but if it is really necessary, I think they should provide enough towels to their guests.

And for those who enjoys room service, I have to tell you, THERE IS NO ROOM SERVICE IN THIS HOTEL. The restaurant don't deliver food in your room.  I don't know the reason regarding this limited service.  

That's all.