Saturday, December 3, 2016

Reasons Why you Would Fall In Love with Acuaverde Resort in Laiya Batangas

This Mama just turned 40 (and proud)!



I was never a fan of big birthday celebrations. I always prefer spending quiet and quality time with my family.



So on my 40th birthday, we decided to book a room at the Acuaverde Beach Resort in Laiya Batangas.







Laiya is located 140 km south of Manila equivalent to about a 3-hours drive (assuming there is no traffic) which makes it perfect for a quick beach getaway from the busy metro. 


We are not new to Laiya's kilometers stretch of pristine beach. We have been here a couple of time in the past, but this is our first time in Acuaverde and given our experience, it would probably not be the last.

Here is why we fell in love with beautiful Acuaverde....

1. Lush green surroundings with direct access to the beach





2. Well kept facilities.



3. Clean-luxe guest rooms complete with all of basic necessities. There is even a hair dryer and bidet. 
- LCD TV with cable channels
- Air-conditioning
- Hot and cold shower
- Wi-Fi access
-Complimentary coffee and tea
-Refrigerator
-Safety deposit box



It was a luxurious hotel right next to nature. We stayed at the 2nd floor Casa Brisa with a private veranda that provides a grand view of the ocean.  It is a huge room with 2 double beds that can comfortably sleep 4 adults. 


We were billed at the second floor.



Comfortable beds and clean sheets - we had a good night sleep.

Our veranda

Glass doors and windows give the room a wonderful view of the beach and lush green surroundings outside.





Sunny day outside...


It was a long way down though... if you are travelling with senior citizens, please make sure you inform the resort at point of booking, so that you get a ground floor room.



The foot wash concept is cute
(clean feet... clean room...)



5. Wonderful massage at the Simona Spa.  Make sure you place an appointment in advance to get your preferred schedule, especially if the resort is full packed.  On hour body massage cost about P600+. 



6. I was a little disappointed that there is no swimming pool, however there are plenty of other bonding activities for friends and families.  That plus we were so enthralled with the view of the ocean, we never had time to miss the pool.   

Check out the Al Fresco Bar - they have board games, dart games, foosball and even table tennis. And if you are hungry  they also have short orders here.




Foosball kids...


Other resort activities include: banana boat, twin banana boat, fly fish, jet ski, fly board, parasailing, speed boat...








Fish feeding.
Ask for fish feeds from the receptionist.  They give this out free.


Play ground




My youngest, lost in thought :P










Beach bumming is the greatest!














6. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is part of the package (most Laiya resorts do this). All we had to do was relax and have fun. Food is served at the Cocina.






We left Manila late and was stucked in traffic. We arrived late and famished and ordered light merienda... we were a bit shocked since when our orders came, they were really huge and nothing close to light.

When in Batangas, order their specialty LOMI




All meals were served buffet style.... spread is plenty and quickly refilled. I have read in the other reviews that food was a bit bland, but they were definitely fine by our standards.



7. Efficient and sincerely amiable staff.  You can feel their honest desire to serve from the moment you enter the resort gates.

I was really surprised... when the crew came out with a cake on hand singing a Happy Birthday song. Oh and I have a balloon too...




8. Peace and tranquility ~ truly rested! Mission accomplished.








Garcia-Rosario-San Juan-Candelaria Road
San Juan, Batangas, 4226
Philippines

For Bookings and Inquiries: 
Phone: (+632) 847 0953, (+632) 403 1899

Office Mobile:

Globe -  0927-6807839 / 0916-4057388

Smart: 0939-9548464 / 0928-8543805

Or visit their website ACUAVERDE RESORT





Saturday, August 6, 2016

Oakwood Premier (Joy-Nostalg Center Manila) ~ A Fine Retreat in the Ortigas Urban Jungle

We again scored big discount on our latest hotel staycation via the Traveloka booking site. 

We needed to stay at the Ortigas Central Business district area and decided to book at the Oakwood Premier (Joy-Nostalg Center) ~ wondering if the excellent online rating was real!

We entered via the ADB Avenue entrance and was led to a short hallway leading to the hotel lobby (the hotel's main entrance and basement parking access was via Topaz Street)

The lobby was medium sized but impressively decorated.





We were really pleased with the a one bedroom suite that we booked. It was huge at about 90sqm ~ talk about space.

There is a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed, that screams "STAYCATION". 

(Note: There is also a television inside the bedroom, on top of the television in the living room and bathroom). 

Definitely no fighting over TV here!


A working kitchen ~ fully-equipped with microwave and convention oven, vitroceramic cook top, dishwasher, refrigerator, toaster, rice cooker, coffee maker, crockery and cooking utensils.





A dining area that fits 4.



The living room comes with a home entertainment system (40" LCD TV and sound bar home theater system). 
Cable channel options were quite good too.




A full work space ~ for business travelers (actually there are two of them, one in the living room and another one in the bedroom).



My favorite place in the suite is the all-modern/luxury bathroom (free-standing bathtub, double sink, shower stall with rainshower and STEAM GENERATOR).

Dual Sink


Free Standing bath tub ~ warm bath while watching TV anyone?



My very own in-shower steam (truly relaxing and such a perfect way to unwind and de-stress)! 



The rooms also come with all the essentials to make your stay comfortable ~
toiletries, bath robes, iron and ironing board and even a washer/dryer. They thought of everything.






Our stay comes with buffet breakfast at the famed The Nostalgia Dining Lounge ~ the place was classy and posh with an eclectic design. 



The buffet spread was varied and very good.   




We checked the hotel pool, but never got to try it.

It was well kept and clean.  My son, decided last minute that he wanted to try the bath tub, while watching TV (Yes the TV won it).




VERDICT:
  • Location is perfect. It is just a stroll away from Podium, Mega Mall, Robinson's and St. Francis Square.    
  • Fast and efficient check-in,  although I was a bit disappointed that check-in time was a little later than I am used to (3pm, instead of the usual standard 2pm).
  • Staff were attentive and pleasant!
  • Our room is clean, spacious and comes complete with all of our needs.
  • The Ortigas skyline view from our  room's floor to ceiling window was wonderful. It was nice sipping coffee, while we lose our gaze in the multitude of lights outside. 
  • For the bathroom alone, I am giving Oakwood an A+.       I so want an in-shower steam at home!
 
My family hands down love Oakwood Premier and we would definitely be back soon!


It is a luxury-business hotel, perfect for those who wants to mix business with leisure!  ...Or families who just want a retreat in the urban jungle. 


Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila is located at
17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
For direct booking and inquiries:

Tel: (63-2) 637 7888 / (63-2) 910 8888
Fax: (63-2) 706 7777
Email: premiermanila@oakwoodasia.com
www.oakwood.com

For Traveloka bookings check their webpage or download Traveloka mobile application: