Alahbiga Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas

Monday, 10 August 2015

Alahbiga Beach Resort is a quiet seaside resort tucked in Laiya, Batangas.

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Alahbiga Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas is perfect for groups of friends or families who are looking for a beautiful resort with a swimming pool, easy access to the beach, and budget-friendly rates. 

Alahbiga Beach Resort

Alahbiga Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas




    Our experience at Alahbiga Beach Resort


    Alahbiga Beach Resort is Khris and I's last beach destination this year. Actually, we went there for Khris' team outing so we were a big group. 

    The resort is located in the resort town of Laiya, Batangas, as such, be ready to allot around 4 to 5 hours of travel time to get here. Despite the long drive, we were fortunate enough to be assigned to a comfortable double-decker bus.

    How to go to Alahbiga Beach Resort


    If you are commuting, you may take any bus bound for San Juan, Batangas. When you are in San Juan, you may board any jeepney bound for Laiya or Hugom. You may also rent a tricycle but it will cost higher.

    If you are bringing your own vehicle, the fastest route is via R-3. Get to the Skyway and take R-3 and Calabarzon Expressway or Star Tollway, then take Lipa Exit, and drive to President Jose P. Laurel Highway in Lipa, Batangas. Then drive through Tiaong-Lipa Road, continue to Rosario-San Juan-Candelaria Road, then turn right to San Juan-Laiya Road, continue to Lobo-Malabrigo-Laiya Road  until you reach Alahbiga Beach Resort.

    Since we went there for a company outing, we had rented buses comfortably bring us to Laiya, Batangas. But knowing the distance of this resort know, we know the long drive can get uncomfortable at times if you are bringing your own car.

    Upon arriving at Laiya, we were informed that we had to transfer to another bus because our double-decker might not be able to handle the steep slope. We literally had to climb a mountain just to get to Alahbiga. To add to our anxiety, we were informed that another bus had earlier skidded down the incline. Good thing no one was hurt though.

    Alahbiga Beach Resort
    The road going to the resort was steep but it gave us a fantastic view

    On our way to the resort, everyone was holding his breath because the road was narrow, the bends were sharp and, should we be unfortunate, the fall into the ravine would be very high. When we finally got to the resort, we were greeted by two inviting pools and a good view of the sea.

    It was noontime so we were immediately served lunch which was managed buffet. There was beef caldereta, grilled liempo and fried chicken. Drink was unlimited pineapple juice.

    I got several spoonfuls of beef calderata with its rich thick sauce and chunks of grilled liempo. I did not try the fried chicken though. I liked the beef calderata. The sauce had the right spiciness with acidity from the tomato sauce balanced by the mild taste of coconut milk. The beef was also very tender and cooked throughout. The grilled liempo tasted average and was a little tough.

    Alahbiga Beach Resort
    One of the two swimming pools at the resort

    For dessert, we were served Magnolia ice cream in small cups. One may choose between mango and ube flavors.

    Things to do in Alahbiga Beach Resort


    The resort is small but it does offer great activities for big groups. Here are some of the things that we did at Alahbiga Beach 

    1. Team-building activities


    Since it was a company outing, there were team-building activities after lunch. It was mostly games and the usual to-do's during such trips.

    2. Swim in the pool


    After the activities when everybody was well-rested, we changed to our swimming clothes and tried the pool. It was good; the pool was not too crowded and it looked fine and clean.

    3. Swim in the beach


    After several photos in the swimming pool, we tried the floating nipa hut a few meters from the beach. Secured by a rope tied to the shore, the resort personnel would maneuver the nipa hut into deeper water so that those who know how to swim can dive into the water. 

    The water was very clear, we can see the fishes and corals below. We went back to the beach after around 20 minutes.

    4. Other water activities


    The resort offers a host of water activities for those who want some fun and adventure but we did not get to try those.


    Alahbiga Beach Resort

    With nothing else to do, we showered and cleaned up. By around 5:00 PM, we were already on our way back to Manila.

    Our verdict


    Honestly, if one is coming from Manila, the long drive might not be worth it. Firstly, it was hard to access because of the steep and narrow roads that we had to pass through. But if driving long distance is no issue to you, then by all means, consider Alahbiga Beach Resort in your next trip to Batangas. 

    Secondly, the resort did not offer much activities to its guests. It had a swimming pool and a strip of beach but there was nothing else. It can also get very crowded especially if there are guests who are there for a company outing like when we went there. The beach was also not too inviting; it looked rocky and a little murky.

    On the plus side, the food was good and the resort personnel were very courteous and accommodating. The resort also was clean and well-kept. I got the impression that it was a popular spot for business outings because there were also two other companies checked-in that time.

    Alahbiga Beach Resort

    Alahbiga is well-recommended though if one is from a nearby location, say within Batangas or from Laguna or Quezon. The resort also has rooms for rent for those who want to stay overnight. With the resort’s homey ambiance, it can also be a good family weekend destination.


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