After a brief and spontaneous planning session, we decided to have another family beach getaway in Paseo Verde Beach Resort in Barangay Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas. It was my sister-in-law who suggested the place which looked pristine in photos.
We hit the road early on a Saturday morning hoping to get to Laiya by 9:00 AM. However, while we were at C5, our van overheated twice so we had to park it in my sister-in-law’s house and then cramped ourselves in our other vehicle. By the time we got to Sto. Rosario, Batangas, however, we could feel our engine wanting to give up on us especially during the uphill ride.
We finally arrived in Laiya by 11:00 AM after a grueling and scorching five-hour drive and despite all the engine and mechanical failures.
The resort, with its trees and lush ornamental plants, looked very welcoming. It looked like we made a good decision after all. We immediately went to the reception area to settle our payment for the cottage which is called a small cavana.
The cavana is a regular bamboo cottage which can fit a maximum 15 people. It had a big bamboo table in the middle where a group can comfortably have their meals or drinks. We brought food with us to save on cost. If you want to cook your own food, there are grills beside the cottages. You can bring with you fresh fish and meats for grilling.
Aside from cavanas, the resort also had casitas or overnight cottages of various sizes. Common comfort rooms are at the side of the resort near the entrance; a bit far from the cottages. The male restrooms only had around 8 cubicles so expect long queues. The same long queue can be seen in the female restrooms.
The beach itself is a short strip of sand lined with flags. Alas, it was not at all that impressive, especially for those who have been to well-known beach destinations. The water was just fine, not an aquamarine blue and a bit dirty with debris and some floating plastic bags and cups. I hope the resort personnel would allocate time to regularly clear the water of rubbish.
In terms of water activities, I don’t think the resort offers any although there were individuals offering banana boat rides and paragliding for an exorbitant fee. There was, however, a volleyball court in the middle of the place. Ball is for rent on a per hour basis. I also saw a karaoke for rent for those who want to belt out songs.
All in all, the resort was just average. What I liked about it though is the numerous plants and trees inside the property. Walking inside the resort was comfortable because of the shade provided by the tall trees.
By 5:00 in the afternoon, we were already on our way back to Manila.
If you are embarking on a long journey from Metro Manila like us and expecting to see a breathtaking resort, then this place is not for you. I would suggest going for other options.
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