A name is a powerful tool that evokes certain images. The image could be good or bad, but if you’re marketing something, you try to evoke something positive. Take an eagle, for instance. It’s a symbol of strength and power, used in the US emblem and designated as the Philippine national bird. It’s also a symbol of freedom, with an eagle’s powerful wings gliding through the open sky.
Perhaps those set of traits comes to mind when you hear Eagle Point Resort (Anilao, Batangas). I realized three things on our way to this resort.
First, are there eagles in Eagle Point? Yes, there are eagles at Eagle Point Resort, but these majestic birds are in cages (also sea turtles and sharks) Unless you’re a diehard animal rights advocate, it doesn’t really matter because you go there not for bird watching, but to enjoy the clear and clean waters, the secluded atmosphere, and the surprisingly good food. You go there to unwind and relax.
Second, I was expecting a great beachfront. There was no white sand and no beach area, unfortunately, but the seawater is clear and clean. We still enjoyed the sea. Plus there’s a swimming pool, with slides, for those who prefer fresh water.
Third, it’s a long drive. After 4-5 hours of driving from Manila, you go through a stretch of dirt road, then through a very narrow road — steep at certain points — carved out off the cliff. I believe it’s all worth it, though. As in Sagada, maybe it’s true that you have to go through hell to reach paradise.
Anyway, for romantic getaways (or, for any reason, you just want stay away from the crowd), the stand-alone cottages at the edge of the resort are highly recommended. You could read more about Eagle Point Resort, including directions on how to get there, through its website. See also here.