On the edge of Laiya in San Juan Batangas is the much raved about La Luz Beach Resort. After two and a half hour drive from the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), you simply would not miss the resort after turning into Rosario Batangas.
Booking at La Luz can be tricky since the rooms are limited. The booking office of La Luz in Manila requires 50% deposit to confirmed reservations. The payment may be forwarded to the Makati Office or deposited to an account supplied by them.
The trip to San Juan in Batangas was swift since there are alot of visible signboards the moment you reach Rosario, Batangas and with the help of a printed La Luz’s easy to follow I-bet-you-won’t-get-lost How to Get There page from their website. The drive to the resort will take you 2 and a half hour from Manila. The last few kilometers before reaching the resort is a little bumpy, so prepare for a shaky and not too comfortable ride. When you reach the resort, you will notice a not so well kept parking lot with overgrown bushes and coconut trees. The parking lot actully overlooks the resort. From the overhang, which the resort has constructed for waiting guests, the water looked inviting. If you are planning on travelling with children, be wary of the area since the edge of the parking lot is an overhang and kids could easily fall on the side.
The resort is neat and refreshing. The rooms are furnished with furnitures made from bamboo. The Premier and Premier Lofts are bigger in size, with spacious shower areas, and separate toilets. The Standard and Deluxe are not too bad either as they are furnished with basic amenities and clean. All rooms have balconies and with fresh seaviews.
Food is included in the package and is pretty basic. They serve all meals at a simple eating open area and were served buffet style. For people with special regimens, I suggest taking your favorite food with you since the resort does not have any convenience store and restaurant.
For couples, who wants some peace and quiet, the resort is cozy and more or less romantic. The cabanas are nice, clean and one can actually smell the detergent used to wash the white curtains. There are not alot of resort sponsored activities, however the resort have diving and snorkling equipment for rent. For parents who are planning on taking their kids to the resort, I would not suggest La Luz because the beach in itself is not child friendly. The sand is rough and the sea shaky and rough. There is also no swimming pool for children or adults to wade in, therefore limiting the activities that can be done while in the resort. One of the downside of the resort is the fact that the beach is open for residents of the area to walk through the day and night. But if you would like a place with good accomodations and you need some romantic place with a special one, La Luz for me can be that place to unleash those romantic thoughts into action.
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