Category Archives: Where to Stay

Palm Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

The drive is long. The road from Manila to San Juan, Batangas, through the SLEX and Star Tollway, may be smooth, thankfully, but it’s still a long drive. And it’s not surprising to doubt if, at the final stretch through that quiet cemetery, the narrow and unpaved road leads anywhere good. But there it waits, that oasis of serenity called Palm Beach Resort. Continue reading Palm Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

Virgin Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

For a hungry stomach on a road trip to the well-known stretch of beach in Laiya, Batangas, there’s one important thing to remember — it’s difficult to find a good place to eat in San Juan or along the entire stretch up to the main row of beach resorts. The first pick, and it turned out great (thank you, food gods), is the Virgin Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas). Continue reading Virgin Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

Balai sa San Juan Resort in Laiya, Batangas

Before reaching the main cluster of beach resorts along Laiya in San Juan, Batangas, a strategically placed arrow points to where Balai San Juan Resort is supposed to be. Hundreds of meters from the main road, through unpaved, tight twists and turns, lies a resort that appeals to those who prefer rugged nature and black sand. Continue reading Balai sa San Juan Resort in Laiya, Batangas

Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu

In terms of historical significance, we know Mactan Island as the place where the forces of the Spanish conquestador, Ferdinand Magellan, and the Filipino forces of Lapu-Lapu, [see also Revisiting Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and Basilica del Sto. Nino]. In terms of tourist attractions, we know Mactan Island as the location of a number fine beaches and 5-star resorts, including the Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa CebuContinue reading Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu

Sea and Sand at the Bohol Beach Club

There’s a reason, or “reasons” to be precise, why the Philippines is considered a destination to watch in 2013 by a reputable international travel magazine, Conde Nast, which noted that “the Philippines has around 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world.” One of those islands is Panglao Island, a stone’s throw from, and an administrative adjunct of, the province of Bohol. Continue reading Sea and Sand at the Bohol Beach Club

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

The first time I saw the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino years back, I looked closely at the opal-green rooftops, or domes. The architecture and design are impressive, yes, but these were not the reasons why my eyes were attracted to those domes. I was more interested, and imagined, that I’d see Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, bouncing back and forth, sliding down the domes, looking for his Esmeralda. Continue reading Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Hideaway at the South Drive Manor

Summer or Christmas, for business or pleasure, during peak or off-peak seasons, tourists flock to Baguio City. Different accommodations await different folks. For those who seek a mid-range place that lies serenely amidst pine trees, in the quiet borders of Camp John Hay, there’s the South Drive Manor. Continue reading Hideaway at the South Drive Manor

Thunderbird Resort Poro Point (San Fernando City, La Union)

If I’m a staff of Thunderbird Resort in Poro Point, and I’m asked to describe why guests should stay here, I would simply say what the resort has to say about itself, that “[h]ere, each elegantly furnished living space swathes you in a snug and serene comfort like no other. Plus, our world-class services and superior amenities are among the many reasons why we are a favored destination for any endeavor. Indeed, our resort offers you the chance to dream, play, and live however way you want.” Continue reading Thunderbird Resort Poro Point (San Fernando City, La Union)

Surf Camp at Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa (San Juan, La Union)

“When He closes a door, He opens a window,” goes a Christian teaching. And to paraphrase what someone said — that we often meet our destiny in the road we take to avoid it — we often discover something spectacular when don’t get what we want. To be concrete about it, we preferred Thunderbird Resort in Poro Point, La Union. It was fully-booked and we were able to catch the last few remaining slots at Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa found at the town of San Juan, La Union. Continue reading Surf Camp at Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa (San Juan, La Union)

Rustic Seclusion at Hacienda Isabella (Indang, Cavite)

Life is an endless struggle for something. Many struggle for power, many for beauty. Many strive for economic or business success, many strive for freedom and ideological superiority. Many fight for basic daily existence. Most struggle is against others and the world, yet so many also struggle mightily for something that is seemingly simple — inner peace. Continue reading Rustic Seclusion at Hacienda Isabella (Indang, Cavite)