Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Travel: Birthday Getaway at Canyon Cove, Batangas

This is where we spent our first summer getaway-slash-my-birthday celebration two weeks ago. We booked a 3D/2N stay with friends from college. After the Ilocos trip with them, we all agreed that we should do this yearly bonding with an out-of-town rendezvous and this year we decided to do it somewher near. The Ilocos trip last Holy Week was sooo tiring (but fun nonetheless).

The room. We booked superior room for each family. The rooms have either 1 king-sized bed or 2 twin beds and a daybed for all superior rooms


As soon as the kids saw the beds, they went for this. Kawawang kama.


 We adore the daybed. We love waking up here with the view and sound of the sea. I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the loo and when I came back to bed I can hear the soothing sound of the sea. Such a priceless moment. My kids said we should never leave Canyon Cove, they suggested we live there. I like that too :)

The study, TV and bar a.k.a patungan ng kung ano ano. My son was looking for ch.31 (that's Disney Junior channel in our cable at home) every time we're in the room. Sorry honey, no Disney Junior for 3 days muna.

 
 The bathroom. Pretty basic but clean and generally well equipped.  It's got hot and cold shower so that's good enough. We brought in our own bags of toiletries anyway especially with the kids in tow. We always travel with their own set of toiletries, towels, insect repellant, sunblock, vitamins, meds and first aid kit. I also packed their own snacks which the resort allowed as long as their kiddie snacks.




The picturesque view of South China seas from our balcony

Ehem, someone tried to order room service...

The kids couldn't wait to get to the pool so we headed out as soon as our stuff got settled in.

She was smiling here but after she experienced the waves, she preferred the pool. I was amazed and surprised that Sophie still remembered her swim lessons from last summer. Great job little girl :)

Floaters first before hitting the water. I watched them like a hawk despite those swim gears especially since the place has quite a number of guests that weekend. Good thing the resort has humongous pool so it didn't feel crowded even with that much guests. There are two dedicated pool for kids. One of which is about two feet, safe enough for Sam to swim in which makes it kid-friendly in my book. They also have a playground by the pool area.
 

Beside the pool is the volleyball area that's always occupied
 
We decided to just lounge in one of the cabanas (free use for guests), enjoy the outdoor and some chit chat. As I posted on my Instagram, I can get used to this life :)

The poolside also has an al fresco grill/bar where you can orderd grilled pork, fish and other bbq-ed meals and drinks. We enjoyed grilled everything for lunch, although a little pricey in our opinion. On the subject of food, it was okay (as some Tripadvisor reviewers said) but a little pricey for what they serve. Anyway, you can go to town for dinner or lunch as what we did when we feel like going out. We found this gem of a binalot (rice meals with viand and salted egg wrapped in banana leaves) resto beside Mercury Drug in town. They serve delish tanigue steak, silog and binalot meals :)

One of our very few beach photos. The kids prefer the pool.

Oh and one more thing I like about Canyon Cove is the 'mirror' elevator doors. Why? Because I can do this every chance I get. hehe.

Wouldn't leave Batangas without a sunset photo to add to my collection.

The gang (minus 2) before heading back to Manila. I hope our Bohol trip next year pushes through. We definitely had a blast guys :)

The attendants were very helpful and accommodating. Check in was a breeze and check out took a few minutes because of a number of guests checking out as well on a Sunday. We were immediately assisted by the bell boys and concierge because we brought in sooo much stuff you think we’re gonna live there, hehe.

Oooops, wouldn't miss Leslie's bulalo and crispy pata in Tagaytay City. Lunch at Leslie's on a Sunday was a test of patience. We were #10 in the wait list. Good thing the queue moved faster than we expected so we were seated after less than half an hour. Yup, mabilis na yan. We were so famished I forgot to take photos of our food.


And some treats we brought home from Rowena’s. The fruit tarts and sylvannas are simply the best! 


How was your summer coming along so far? Have a great one guys and stay safe ! :)

4 comments:

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xoxoMrsMartinez | Mrs-Martinez.com said...

Janaki,

Si Sophie ang cute. Lalong gumaganda. At ikaw ah fashion blogger na ang peg mo hahaha

xoxo
MrsMartinez

Cristal said...

Also went there last month using the Metrodeal voucher (http://www.metrodeal.com/deals/Metro_Manila/Canyon-Cove-Resort/157660628) and superb ang experience ko so far! worth it ang voucher na nabili ko because of their amenities! :)

Janaki Garcia said...

@Che - thanks! Fashion blogger? Hmmm, I always like to dress up but for now I'm just a fashion observer :)

@ Cristal - Had doubts at first because of mixed reviews but we had a blast too in Canyon Cove. You just have to be ready with the moolah :)

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