Anvaya Cove remains as family-friendly as the first time we have been there.
This year, with the birth of our Baby Miguel, we had to forego our annual wedding anniversary summer adventure. We are not yet ready to take Miguel on an adventure because he is still so small at 3 months old. We were all set to spend our week-long vacation at home and in Nueva Ecija.
Fortunately, my sister-in-law wanted to organize a family beach getaway. Since we are bringing our kids with us, it had to be a child-friendly destination. After looking at several options, we eventually decided to go to Anvaya Cove in Bataan since Khris and I have been there two years ago and had a great time during our stay. We got in touch with our old contact and booked a unit at Sea Breeze Verandas.
We were on the road early. Since it was just an overnight trip, we wanted to maximize our stay. To get to Anvaya Cove, travelers coming from Manila may take two of the popular routes: one is via the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), a longer yet straighter route for those who do not want to be bothered by stopovers and road turns; and the other is via the San Fernando Exit, a much shorter course. Our companions decided to take SCTEX while we made an exit to San Fernando. We arrived at Subic ahead of our companions by several minutes.
From Subic, we had lunch then carried on with our journey for another hour until we reached Anvaya Cove. Since our unit was not yet ready after we checked-in, we went to the club area for a stroll. By this time, Miguel was already throwing a fit because of the summer heat. Good thing a receptionist informed us that we can stay at the toddlers’ lounge.
The toddlers’ lounge, as we later found out, featured a large playroom, a reading room, and a nursing room with a crib, all air-conditioned. We stayed at the nursing room where Miguel was able to sleep soundly.
What to do at Anvaya Cove
Use of the swimming pool at the club is free of charge so you can stay here as long as you want and as long as the club is still open. There are about two or three kiddie pools and an adult pool that is about 4 feet deep. There are lifeguards stationed around the pools to give swimmers peace of mind while they enjoy the waters. The admission fee to Anvaya Cove is consumable so you may choose to order and eat by the poolside.
If you prefer the beach, then you may head out to the cove. The beach does not have fine white sand but it does the job of satisfying one’s craving for saltwater and sea breeze.
There are beach benches and umbrellas but it can get quite hot out in the beach especially because it was summer. You may choose to stay here until sunset and watch the sun descend in the horizon.
Anvaya Cove offers a host of other activities but you have to pay in order to avail of the additional services.
The following day, we discovered that there is a swimming pool at Sea Breeze Verandas. We stayed here for about an hour.
Where to eat at Anvaya Cove
There is a restaurant at the club house if you prefer to eat out. This also serves buffet dinner on weekends if you want to splurge a little. However, we chose to bring and cook our own food because it was more practical (and possible even better-tasting). Our unit (and all other units, I think) had a kitchen, complete with stove, refrigerator, and utensils so bringing uncooked meats and vegetables was not a problem.
This Anvaya getaway was not like our previous summer trips to Palawan, Bantayan Island, Manjuyod, and Dumaguete City in the adventurous kind of way. However, as we often say, traveling does not have to be too far. It’s always about the experience, the people who we are with, and the good memories that we create.
If you need the contact number of our host, please get in touch with Lordy & Leah Purugganan-Fernando at 09778168998, 09778268998 and 09196083516.
Also read: A Weekend of Leisure at Anvaya Cove
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