A lovely sunny day and glistening water are what we need after a busy month of filing ITRs (Income Tax Returns). It’s time now to rejuvenate our bodies and freshen up our minds from tons of paper works. We wanted to bask on a beach resort with swimming pool. To save time from a long trip we chose Laiya Coco Grove Resort in Laiya, Batangas which is three-hour away from Manila. After considering the distance and the expenses, we now set off to Finance’s 2017 summer getaway!
When we arrived in Laiya Coco Grove we were cordially welcomed by service crews and were served free welcome drinks that initially quenched our thirst. When everything was settled, we put all our belongings to the trolley and were guided by a staff to our rooms.
I was overwhelmed to see the huge property of the resort. What caught first my fancy was the Tree House which I guess the most attractive part of Coco Grove. Next in sight were the cabanas near the beachfront, the trees, the mountain view and the serene water of the beach that glistened in the afternoon sunlight.
Other amenities were the children’s playground, the trampoline, and the swimming pool. Later I enjoyed exploring the resort and was delighted to see the native air-conditioned rooms, cabin and pool side cottages.
Since we were a large group, we chose the Quadruplex Room. Each room can accommodate six people. It has a shower and comfort rooms, lavatory, cabinet and a porch. Each guest is provided a set of towel, toiletries, a bottle of mineral water, electric kettle with coffee, sugar and creamer.
We took a rest in our rooms and after an hour, we set out to enjoy our vacation. We all went to the Sampaloc Terrace standing along the shoreline. It was so relaxing sitting on the porch while looking at the whole stretch of Laiya. We were given a halo halo and after munching this sweet treat, we went for a walk at the sandy shore. We stayed there until the sun sets.
Dining area, bar and convenience store are located at the Main Pavillion. Our dinner was a buffet with three sets of viands, two flavors of juices and dessert. The food was tasty and we had a heavy tummy when we left the dining area.
The girls headed to the Sampaloc Terrace for videoke singing while the boys immersed their bodies into the swimming pool.
I had a good night sleep and awoke early to catch the sunrise. But to my dismay, it was a downcast morning. Since there was no sunrise for photo delight I went back to sleep.
Our breakfast was a typical Filipino meal. Since we will now swim after we eat, I wanted my tummy to be filled to the brim. Hahaha! Of course, this meal will not be complete without sipping a hot coffee and a hot soup. Woooohhhh! Definitely, the food was not bad on its own.
The resort had two beaches, the Main Resort and the White Beach Extension. The Main Resort is not suitable for swimming the time of our stay so we opted to swim at White Beach Extension. We were fetched by a shuttle service in getting there and in five minutes we were greeted by a clean and clear water of Laiya. But for those who want to stroll around may take the twenty-minute walk in getting to the resort.
Time now to swim! Yahoooo!!!
This is what I love in San Juan. Beaches are clean compared to the other part of Batangas. We stayed for almost three hours in the water and decided to continue swimming in the swimming pool. But we only spent an hour here as we were already famished. Swimming is fun but it is tiring.
Lunch is our last hurray for the day. And again, food was good and tasty. I had a happy full tummy when we left the dining area.
It may be too pricey if you stay in the resort as you have to pay around P2,000 to P4,000 per head depending on your preferred room. But you will not worry about bringing food as full board meal (dinner, breakfast and dinner) is included in the rate. You may eat and eat until you can no longer breathe.
The service was good and fast. Swimming on the beach and in the pool will definitely refresh you. You may jump on the trampoline or enjoy a morning walk along the shore.
Sometimes we have to abandon all our worries and stress to the delights and advantages which beckon from soaking in clear water, seeing wondrous sights and cuddling early morning breeze.
- Banana Boat – P1,500 for 5 pax for 15 minutes
- Flying Fish – P1,800 for 6 pax for 15 minutes
- Parasailing – P3,000 for 2 pax for 15 minutes
- Boating – P2,000.00 per hour good for 10 pax
- Jetski – P2,500 for 2 pax for 30 minutes
- Check-in Time: 2:00 pm
- Check-out Time: 12:00 noon
MAIN RESORT OPTIONS:
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Adult – P1,000
Children 6-11 years old – P515.00
Children 0-5 years old – FREE
WHITE BEACH OPTIONS:
Guests can bring their own food at the White Beach Extension Area
DAY TOUR – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Adult – P350.00
Children 6-11 years old – P185.00
Children 0-5 years old – Free of Charge
OVERNIGHT CAMPING – 2:00 pm to 12:00 noon
Adult – P650.00
Children 6-11 years old – P335.00
Children 0-5 years old – Free of Charge
We availed of the package rate which includes room accommodation, managed buffet (dinner, breakfast and lunch), welcome drinks, free parking, free shuttle service to White Beach Extension, free use of beach, swimming pool, volleyball and trampoline.
- Bringing of own food and cooking is not allowed inside. Corkage will be charged accordingly for softdrinks, alcoholic beverages and cooked food.
- Free wifi is at the Main Pavilion only.
- Children below 5 years old and below are free of charge.
- Collection of marine life is not allowed.
- Bancas are available upon request for fishing, snorkeling and beach hopping.
- Jet skis and banana boats are available for hire.
- Pets are not allowed inside the resort.
LAIYA COCO GROVE
Location: Km.20 Brgy. Laiya, Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
Batangas Office: (+63) 908 896-0776
Makati Office: (+63) 908 896-0774
Tel. Nos. (+632) 894-1057 ; 892-6009
Fax No. (+632) 894-1058
For other info and rates please see their website: www.laiyacocogrove.com
Their FB fan page: www.facebook.com/LaiyaCocoGrove
In getting there through public transportation:
Ride the ALPS Bus either in Alabang Grand Terminal, Araneta Center Cubao or EDSA Nepa Q-Mart (fare is P190). In front of Municipal Hall in San Juan, ride a jeepney with a signboard Hugom and tell the driver to drop you to the resort which is on the left side of the road.
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