Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club: Our First Family Getaway Since The Pandemic

April 26, 2022

Sharing some details regarding our recent family getaway to Pico de Loro, our first in two years since the COVID-19 pandemic.

We were finally able to go on our very first family getaway since the COVID-19 pandemic happened in 2020 and it was in the beautiful Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Nasugbu, Batangas. It was also very timely that we recently bought our very first family car so Pico de Loro’s distance was not an issue for us. 

Pico de Loro family getaway

Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club: Our First Family Getaway Since The Pandemic


    I didn’t drive though because I’m still not familiar with the route and the terrain going to Nasugbu, Batangas. In fact, think we even took the longer route (Governor’s Drive) because we just used Google Maps. Nevertheless, we didn’t have any regrets because we were able to see Kaybiang Tunnel again; the only landmark that I’ve been looking forward to seeing along the way to Pico de Loro.

    Why we chose Pico de Loro


    Pico de Loro is a beautiful beach side community. It provides the feeling of being in a secluded location that is close to nature without being super far from Metro Manila. 


    Yes, it’s a long drive but at least we didn’t have to take an airplane to get there. Aside from that, here are the reasons why we chose to go to Pico de Loro.

    1. Family-friendly


    We chose Pico de Loro because we know that it’s a child-friendly location. Mommy Khris and I have been there way back 2015 and we know that little kids would really enjoy the activities that are in store for them at Pico de Loro.

    Pico de Loro family in the swimming pool
    Enjoying the swimming pool with our children

    The beach is suitable to toddlers while the swimming pools have shallow basins for little ones to wade in. There is also a playroom inside the county club for children’s enjoyment indoors.

    One of our biggest concerns before going to Pico de Loro is the food because Miguel only eats limited food types. We stayed at Pico Sands Hotel and we know that hotel food is not always kid-friendly. 

    Pico de Loro pancake breakfast
    Pancakes for breakfast

    We were afraid of not being able to prepare anything for Miguel when he didn’t like the food. Thankfully, Miguel loved the restaurant’s fried chicken so much.

    2. Exclusivity


    Pico de Loro is the premier seaside development property of the SM Group. Having said that, it affords exclusivity to guests which we like in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Couple traveler and blogger in Pico de Loro
    We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary in Pico de Loro

    We are still not comfortable in taking our kids to a crowded beach for health and safety concerns. Just the same, even without our kids, Mommy Khris and I are still have our hesitations to be in a crowded place.

    3. Fast service and friendly staff


    We also like that the service is very fast and efficient in Pico de Loro. Since we are a big group, we were constantly asking for water, coffee, extra glasses, and towels but the staff were always quick to deliver our requests. I think it helped that the resort is exclusive so the number of guests is manageable.

    Our experience at Pico Sands Hotel


    When Mommy Khris and I went to Pico de Loro in 2015, we stayed at Carola, one of the residential condominiums in the property. This time though, we booked a room for three days and two nights at Pico Sands Hotel, which is also something that we looked forward to trying.

    Kids enjoying the bed at Pico de Loro hotel
    The children enjoying one of the beds in our room

    The Pico Sands Hotel is a modern development that offers further exclusivity when in Pico de Loro. It offers several room types: Standard Mountain View, Premier Mountain View, Deluxe Lagoon View, Premier Lagoon View, and Corner Deluxe Room.

    We stayed in a Deluxe Lagoon View room and it had the standard amenities like a two double beds, air-conditioning, high-speed Wi-Fi, telephone, flatscreen TV, locker, iron and ironing board, hot and cold shower, and toiletries.

    Batangas bulalo at Pico de Loro
    Batangas bulalo

    It’s also notable that the shower gel and shampoo are contained in dispensers instead of in single-use plastic containers. It’s a good move to help reduce plastic waste which we all know is produced in huge quantities by hotels and resorts.

    Humba at Pico de Loro
    Humba

    As for our room, we had a comfortable and restful stay. The kids were always tired from the daily activities so they always slept soundly. We also liked the relaxing view of the lagoon which looks stunning at dusk and during early morning.

    For the Deluxe Lagoon View room, the rate is about Php 9092.80 per night.

    Dining in Pico de Loro


    Guests can choose from several restaurants when dining in Pico de Loro. There is Lagoa Restaurant that serves an international cuisine, including Filipino food and Miguel’s favorite fried chicken.

    Danggit in Pico de Loro breakfast buffet
    Danggit

    Our stay in Pico Sands Hotel also included buffet breakfast which we enjoyed at Pico Restaurant & Bar. The breakfast buffet offered mainly continental and Filipino breakfast. 

    Taal longganisa in Pico de Loro breakfast buffet
    Taal longganisa, eggs, and danggit

    Bacon in Pico de Loro breakfast buffet
    Bacon and eggs

    During the two instances that we ate here, we saw that the restaurant served fried rice, scrambled eggs, danggit, daing, bacon, Taal longganisa, beef, mixed vegetables, baked chicken, fried chicken, pancakes, milk and cereal, hot milo, and coffee.

    Pico de Loro fried chicken that the kids loved
    The crispy fried chicken that the kids loved

    Pico de Loro baked chicken in the breakfast buffet
    Baked chicken

    The fried chicken during our first breakfast saved us the hassle of having to find food for Miguel because he absolutely loved the crispy wings.

    Top things to do in Pico de Loro


    Pico de Loro is the perfect destination who are looking for a relaxing getaway. The hours seem slow and the surroundings and cool breeze seem to always lull you into sleep. Still, it’s still hard to resist the activities offered by Pico de Loro. Here are some of the things that you can do:

    1. Spend your day at Pico Beach


    You can go to Pico de Loro Beach and just stay under one of the beach umbrellas if that is what you want to do. Of course, you can also take a dip and enjoy the water as well as the gentle waves.

    A family enjoying Pico de Loro beach
    Enjoying the beach with our kids

    It was Rafa’s first time to swim in the beach so we definitely made sure that he enjoyed the sand and the water. 

    Little boy enjoying Pico de Loro beach
    Rafa

    A toddler enjoying Pico de Loro beach
    Kuya Miguel

    As for Miguel, it was his third time to swim in a beach but it was almost three years since his last beach getaway. The happiness of both of our children was indescribable and their laughter was music to our ears.

    2. Enjoy the swimming pools


    Aside from the beach, the swimming pools are also great for dipping. The kiddie pools are great for kids and there are lifeguards on duty for your added peace of mind and enjoyment.

    Mommy and baby enjoying the swimming pool in Pico de Loro
    Mommy and Rafa

    Little boy enjoying the swimming pool in Pico de Loro
    Kuya Miguel

    3. Take a stroll around the lagoon


    A family walking around the lagoon in Pico de Loro
    Enjoying the view of the lagoon

    This is honestly one of our most favorite things to do in Pico de Loro. We would take our kids walking around the lagoon in the morning and also in the afternoon after our activities.

    4. Enjoy the amenities at the club


    Two little kids enjoying the playroom in Pico de Loro
    The kids having a great time in the playroom

    The club offers a number of activities for adults like basketball, billiards, badminton, and bowling. For kids, they would surely enjoy their time in the playroom.

    Going around Pico de Loro


    You can use your car to drive around Pico de Loro if you choose to do so. However, there are also passenger carts going around the property to take guests to their destination for free.

    Pico de Loro lagoon
    The lagoon

    Pico de Loro is bike friendly so you can also bring your bike if you want to.

    How to book at Pico de Loro


    There are several ways to book at Pico de Loro. You may book directly at Pico Sands Hotel or use a booking site to book a room in any of the residential condominiums. Some of the available booking sites are Agoda and Airbnb.

    Other information


    Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club is located at Pico de Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast, Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas.

    Pico de Loro beach
    Pico de Loro beach

    Presentation of a vaccination card at Pico de Loro is still required.

    Epilogue


    Probably one of the highlights of our year 2022 is our family trip to Pico de Loro. It was a welcome break after being mostly at home in the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We also planned for this trip because we wanted our children to enjoy the beach, which we did so that getting them out of the water proved to be a challenge. In the end, our family had a wonderful time at Pico de Loro so that we were already looking forward to our next trip.

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