As part of our annual drill, we ought to go somewhere for a night or two to relish the last of the summer breeze. We chose to embark on a beach shopping around Nasugbu, Batangas. We surveyed different sets of people on which one is better: Nasugbu or Calatagan. Most, if not all, opinions favored Nasugbu over Calatagan. The former is more likable due to the ease of access and exciting attractions.
We went to Apacible Boulevard, Nasugbu, by the busy town proper. We received quotes from resorts around the area prior. On the internet, some beach resorts along Apacible Boulevard have fair reviews, as represented by tempting photos. Yet, our expectation is disproportional from reality. For about Php3,000 per night, the rates are too much for an ordinary sea view and the unusual stench.
We’ve been on the road for around 4 hours, and we’re distraught. To justify our travel time, we found ourselves on the way towards Ternate, Cavite — a grid of beaches with excellent reviews but with soaring fees. Even so, the sharp narrow road shortly ruined our desire for a Nasugbu vacation, after passing through Canyon Cove Beach Club. Also, the angle and turns that await us look unnerving just by glancing at Google Maps.
It was almost 1 PM when we agreed to hit another more than a 30-km ride to Calatagan, Batangas. The standard check-in time for most of the resorts is 2 PM. We followed Google Maps and Waze directions until the wake park of Lago de Oro captured our interest.
At the entrance of Lago de Oro, there’s a sign which shows the prohibition of bringing own foods and drinks inside their premise. We still ensued inside, as we don’t have many foods and beverages. The features of the resort look a lot different from the other resorts due to its wakeboarding activities. They have a swimming pool if you can’t go to the beach. The water appears murky, though (perhaps due to weekend activities). When we were there, it was high tide, so we weren’t able to view their gated beachfront and their sand. Lago de Oro also has a vast restaurant inside. Honestly, it looks like their foods are beyond our means.
Their charge at that time is just Php2,500/night for two persons (a lot better than Nasugbu) because it was weekdays. They have, of course, higher rates during weekends and holidays. Lago de Oro updates their promo and prices on this page.
If you want to experience wakeboarding and you’re checked-in their resort, you need to pay Php400/person to enjoy this water sport for the whole day. Rates vary and depend on whether you walked-in or not and the duration. Posted here are the updated wakeboard ticket rates.
We ended up thinking twice about Lago de Oro’s deals. Almost everything seems a good deal, by the way, given that there are very few visitors at the time. The problem — we have no plans to do any water sports at that time, and we don’t want to spend that much on foods. Besides, going straight further would give us a lot more resort options. With all fairness to Lago de Oro, their staffs (from their gate guards and so on) were accommodating.
It was almost 2 PM, and we haven’t even decided where to go. We gambled, going to Brgy. Bagong Silang, the far end of Calatagan, Batangas. We paused at a sari-sari store to sip sodas and asked the woman about the road condition to Sunrise Cove, a beach resort that we visited several years ago. She optimistically advised us that the top of the street is a comfortable journey. Yet, the last incline going to Sunrise Cove is awful. We winded up, risking it anyhow without even knowing if there are available rooms in the resort for that night.
Lago de Oro
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lagodeoro/
Address: Barrio Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas
Contact No.: +63 917 504 2685 | +63 043 417 4007
Email Address: [email protected]
Operating Hours: 24 hours
Office Hours: 6 AM – 8 PM (except Saturday: 6 AM – 10 PM)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sunrisecovebeachhaven/
Address: Bagong Silang, Calatagan, Batangas
Contact No.: +63 917 325 3380 | +63 930 596 0094 | +63 043 806 7921
Operating Hours: 24 hours
Office Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (except Sunday)
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