RED BUTTERFLY TRAVEL SERIES: SAN JUAN, BATANGAS

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It has been a while since I blogged about traveling. It’s not because I haven’t been traveling; it’s actually the opposite. I’ve been to a lot of different places over the past few years and now I’m back(b)logged. For the next few weeks (or most probably, months), I will try to write about all of my travels.

Let’s start with my very peaceful and relaxing stay at Palm Beach Resort, San Juan, Batangas.

Depending on traffic, it’s a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive from Manila. It took, my friends and I, 4 hours though. But that’s because we had stopovers along the way. It’s located somewhere after La Luz Beach Resort (which, in my opinion, is a little overrated).

We didn’t have  a reservation when we got there. Actually, we went to La Luz first but didn’t like what we saw so we tried to look for another resort. We were in luck because there were still a couple of rooms available. There were 6 of us in the group – a newlywed couple and 4 singletons. In short, we crashed our friend’s honeymoon.

We got the Casitas Royale Suite (6,300 PHP or 141 USD). Standard room occupancy is 4 so we just added 1,600 PHP or 36 USD for the extra 2 people. The room was large enough for 6. They just had to put extra mattresses and towels.

Inclusions:

  • 2 double beds
  • 1 day bed
  • A/C
  • Mini fridge
  • DVD Player
  • Cable TV
  • Use of pool and jacuzzi
  • Welcome drinks
  • Complimentary use of Wifi

For an extra 1,540 PHP or 35 USD per pax, guests get to eat buffet lunch, snack, dinner and breakfast with bottomless fruit juice, iced tea, coffee and/or tea. You actually have no choice but to avail this because aside from being “mandatory”, there aren’t any other restaurants near the resort.

We didn’t mind though, because the food was good and service was great.

Even if it doesn’t look it, there are actually a lot of things to do there. For a fee, guests can do any of the following:

Glass Bottomed Boat P3,000/hour (up to 10 pax) minumum 30 minutes
Speed Boat P1,375/15 mins. OR P4,500/hour minimum 15 minutes
Kayaks P 200/hour P 200/hour
Bancas Check at reception Check at reception
Snorkels and Masks P100/2 hours P50/additional hour (Lost/Damaged P1,000)
Banana Boat w/ Speed Boat P1,500/15 mins. for 7 pax OR P5,000/hr. minimum 15 minutes
Wall climb P 150/head per climb
Rappelling P 100/head per rappel

If you’re like us and you just want to get away from city and the stress, just chill and relax by the beach or the infinity pool.

They don’t have a spa there but if you want, to complete your relaxing trip, ask any of the wait staff or the receptionist if they know any massage therapists and they will send one (or more, depending on how many of you want to have a massage) to your room.

I fell asleep while I was being massaged. That’s how good the massage was. I had a great time there.

Palm Beach Resort
Hugom, San Juan, Batangas
+63 (920) 951-6051 / +63 (920) 945-6215

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