First of Summer 2013

2 Apr

The weekend before Holy Week, my hubby planned a weekend beach getaway for us to celebrate our second month of being Mr. & Mrs.! Isn’t he sweet? 🙂  We left Saturday noon (because I had to be at a work event in the morning), drove for about three hours, and arrived Laiya at around 4:30PM. It was a hot summer afternoon and we were both so excited to go to the beach.

Hooray for summer!

Hooray for summer!

Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed was the resort’s unattractive entrance.  We had to traverse a few feet of the tiny rough road leading to the resort gate. The popular Acuatico resort is right beside Acuaverde – Acuatico gate on the left and Acuaverde gate on the right. They’re sister companies by the way.  On the offset, I liked the tight security. Manong guard had to stop us at the gate, inspect, and ask for our names to make sure we have a booking. Parking was average, secure and close to the reception. The reception area was a big cottage with high ceiling at the center of the resort and the staff greeted us politely. Since we arrived later than the check-in time, they were already expecting us. Check-in was smooth and easy, the courteous staff escorted us to our room with welcome drinks.

SUN SAND SEA

SUN SAND SEA

So our beach weekend began as soon as we stepped in our room. We got the sea view room at the second floor – more expensive than the garden view (because of the view obviously) but I think the room sizes are all the same. The sea view room size is average, large enough for two people. It had the basics – double bed, TV, desk, aircon, closet. Nothing special. The bathroom was good enough too – clean with a decent shower and toilet. Like I said, nothing special. The rooms are in fact quite overpriced compared to other resorts in Laiya. But for me it was worth it and I’ll tell you why in a bit. I would recommend that you avail of the sea view rooms despite the price difference because the view of the beach and the breeze coming from the sea are really relaxing. When it’s too hot during noon, we hang out by our veranda and we already get what we paid for. 🙂

View from our room

View from our room

Now here are the reasons why we didn’t mind paying a little extra for Acuaverde: 1) Privacy – the resort is very private compared to the other resorts in Laiya. While other beach resorts were crowded; 2) Crowd – I’m sorry to sound obnoxious but the people around us matter. I won’t elaborate on this part but we did like the crowd in Acuaverde. 3) Convenience – the room packages included all meals already and we really liked that.  We don’t have to think about where we’ll eat, where to buy food, or what to bring if food wasn’t provided. Not to mention that all meals were buffet and pretty good too.

Happy second month! :)

Happy second month! 🙂

Don’t expect too much from beaches in Batangas. Of course the sand is not powdery white and fine but I think it’s the “best” beach you can find in a three-hour drive from Manila. So we did what we do best – “chillin like a villain” hahaha!

Sand on my toes

Sand on my toes

We are total beach bums and we enjoyed this first summer trip for 2013! MORE TO COME!

Have a GREAT SUMMER!!! 🙂

Always a beach lover,

Abby Wasabi

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