I promised Geof we’ll go to Palawan after our recent trip to Boracay this year. Unfortunately, due to the instability of quarantine restrictions, and the outbreak of the Delta variant, our El Nido trip has been temporarily postponed. Instead, my long-time best friend Paul and I decided to take macho kid in La Luz Beach Resort in Laiya Batangas.
Continue reading for our full story, photos, and review!
Required Swab Test
Our trip was non-eventual, we didn’t pass any strict checkpoints and upon arrival we were asked to do a rapid anti-gen DIY swab test. I was scared at first, it was my second time invading my brains but this time it was much more comfortable because it was do-it-yourself.
REVIEW: La Luz Beach Resort in Laiya Batangas
Our room was the second most expensive in the list at 10,500 per night (because we were only three). The room was facing the beach, it was clean, but old and ordinary. The beds were your regular uratex type and didn’t have comforters or soft pillows that you would expect from a 4-star resort. The paint jobs on the cielings were old and delapedated too.
Good thing they had a good working hot shower that was quite spacious, and separated from the toilet.
EXPENSIVE. FREAKING EXPENSIVE. You’re also not allowed to bring any outside food, and there aren’t much restaurants in the area so we were basically forced to dine in their restaurant.
It wasn’t exactly a “bad” thing because most of their food actually taste good, it was just exorbitantly priced (for a small group of three). The servings were HUGE and an order of a dish can actually serve 2-3 people already.
The sand was chunky, and it would hurt barefooted. It was also rocky near the shore so you have to be careful! On the upside the ocean was clear and blue, even with fishes swimming around! Good thing there weren’t any jelly fish during our time of visit, so it still felt amazing swimming in!
There were also cabanas nearby so you can lie down and relax as you listen to the relaxing sound of the ocean and let your skin touch the humid breeze.
This is probably one of the “better” experiences in our vacation in La Luz Beach Resort. Their infinity pool looked new, well maintained, and had a warm temperature so it’s a pleasure to soak in. It’s open 8am to 10pm too. All of us stayed longer here than in the beach, since there weren’t any activities besides banana boat, an island hopping that only took you to one deserted island and cost you 2,500 (ugh)
There were seats and tables nearby where you’re allowed to drink and eat pica-pica food. I had an awesome time reading my Kindle there while watching over Geof.
I wasn’t planning to write this review, but decided what the hey, for the memories right? It was a great beach trip and it was just an hour away from our home in Batangas, but I don’t look forward to going back and might consider looking for other beach resort options in Batangas like Puerto Galera or Anilao Instead.
PS: It was also weird that they only gave us 1k+ discount for my PWD ID and there were no discounts on additional food purchases.
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