It was my post birthday celebration and we set out for a beach escapade in Armada Beach Resort in the island of Magalawa in Palauig, Zambales. But typhoon Odette abruptly changed our plan. We were on our way to Subic Bay when Grace, the owner of the resort called us not to go to the island because the beach had gone dirty with seaweeds and branches of trees swarming the shore. My hubby hastily decided to proceed to DFarm and Park in Masinloc, still in the province of Zambales to continue our family getaway.
DFarm and Park is a swimming pool resort perched on a hill overlooking the beautiful view of Oyon Bay and and West Philippine Sea. Aside from the view, the sunset will leave you breathless.
It was a bit challenging getting into the resort because it was uphill and the road can accommodate one car only. But once you reach DFarm you will be hastily welcomed by its nature ambiance. The pathway as well as the garden is clean and well-maintained.
My hubby was already acquainted with Ms. Weng, the manager of DFarm because he had frequented staying in the resort because of their ongoing IT project in Masinloc Power Plant. When he called her for a room reservation, we were so lucky that we got the last cottage, the Guesthouse which is just enough to accommodate six to seven persons. We were told the resort was packed as of noon time because just like us, their guests were supposedly on a beach escapade also to Magalawa. We were so thankful to Ms. Weng for giving us a fair discount.
When we arrived at the resort, the room was being clean so we waited in the lounge area near the beautiful Infinity Pool. I was at once felt relaxed and even rejuvenated seeing the flowers, plants, the pool and the scenic view of the Oyon Bay with the Masinloc Power Plant from afar. It was so tempting to swim right at that moment but we were all famished so we settled there first for lunch.
One good thing in this resort is that food and water are allowed inside with no corkage fee. After eating and cleaning the table we all brought our stuff in the Guesthouse.
The Guesthouse was a two-storey cottage with a foldable sofa, single bed and one double bed on the loft. It has a private bathroom, mini-refrigerator and LED TV. Outside is a terrace with table and cemented bench. The Guesthouse was clean and had a homey feel.
After we put our things orderly, we all set out for a swim. It was still raining but it was fun frolicking on the water.
Dfarm has several pools to enjoy with. These are the Infinity Pool, Adult Pool, Kiddie Pool and three Private Villas where two of these have Infinity Pools, Adult Pool and Kiddie Pool. What we enjoyed most was swimming in the Infinity Pool 2. We almost had it all to ourselves for our first day. We had a great time immersing our bodies to the water while looking at the wondrous sight. I was glad there was no strong smell of chlorine. The kids love to frolic there.
I was fascinated looking at their cottages like the native Nipa Hut Payong and Bamboo Hut. Other cottages are the Gazebo with videoke, Hut in the Sky (where you could see the entire Oyon Bay), Seaview, Guesthouse and the Tower.
We still had viands for dinner at night but my hubby wanted charred meat so we grilled pork liempo, fish and hotdogs. It was cold outside but it was so nice to eat our dinner in the terrace. Thank God there were no pesky mosquitoes outside considering there were lots of trees and plants everywhere. We had a yummy dinner that we almost run out of rice.hahaha!
Since it was a cold night everyone chose to rest rather than swim. The kids and their lola stayed inside and watched tv. Me, my hubby and Pao savored the relaxing moment on the porch chatting and laughing while sipping one can of San Mig apple each. Later we had our coffee time.
From the long road trip to swimming, cooking and all, our activities of the day were quite tiresome. But having quality time with my family, niece and nephews, it did not wear me out. In fact this getaway was worthy spent. Later we all went to sleep happy and comfortably.
Good morning Masinloc
We awoke early hoping to see a beautiful and clear sky. Unfortunately, it was a downcast morning. But it did not dampen our moods. We took a morning quite walk as we toured the whole resort. It was so refreshing to commune with nature. Later we went to the restaurant to order for our breakfast. They offer home cooked meals with affordable rate.
The kids can’t wait anymore so they changed their night dress to swim wear and dashed to the water excitedly!
By 8:00 am we all gathered on the terrace for breakfast. We had the traditional Filipino meal of tapsi with coffee and milo energy drinks. The food was served on time. The taste was just fine.
The sky was cleared when we all went to the Infinity Pool 2, our favorite pool. It was fun basking on sunshine and again, we had the pool exclusively for us. Most of the guests were on the Adult Pool and the kids on the Kiddie Pool. The water babies had a wonderful time that we almost forgot we have to check out by 12:00 noon. Awwww bitin!
For our lunch, we ordered fried chicken and sinigang na baboy in the restaurant. It was delivered right on time. Sinigang was tasteful. Kids love fried chicken that they ate by twos!
Honestly, this getaway was one of our happiest and memorable family escapades. We all had fun because all of us were swimmers and we love to swim, swim and swim! Though there were no slides (except for the Kiddie Pool) and diving board, the kids enjoyed a lot. I was not a pool baby for I am a certified beach bum, but just like the kids, I had a great time too!
The reasons? The panoramic view in the Infinity pool, the tranquility, the nature ambiance and the quality time I had with my loved ones.
The little store
There’s a little store near the Infinity Pool that sells basic goodies like biscuits, bottled water, shampoos, 3-in-1 coffee, shampoos and soap. They sell beer too. But expect it to be higher than the regular price.
They are accommodating especially Ms. Weng who promptly attended to our needs through text or call. Even the gardeners are polite and respectful. Once I asked for something they responded quickly. But I noticed they have no life guard on duty. They should assign one in each pool to secure safety.
The taste of food was average and it was affordable. Either you dine in the restaurant or you may request your order to be delivered in your room in your desired time to eat. But do it early so they can serve it on time.
Dfarm and Park
Km. 3 Baloganon, Masinloc, Zambales City
Mobile Numbers: 0939-5386117
Jiji – 0922-8463865
Faye – 0922-8463852
Jing – 0922-8463851
Reggie – 0922-8463854
Shie – 0922-8463850
please refer here in getting there.
their website: http://www.dfarm.com.ph
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