If you’re an adult and a parent like me, then you must have muttered these words at some point in your life: “summer is for kids” (or its cousin, “Christmas is for children”). That comes as no surprise. Being an adult means a steady stream of real-world responsibilities in the form of work, bills, routines, meetings etc. Things we used to enjoy when we were students, like two-month vacations every year, are now a thing of the past – or something only our kids look forward to as their school calendars come to a close.
When I was looking for a beach to go to, almost all resorts were fully booked. Yan kasi si Alvin, he told me na go with the flow lang daw. I should stop being uptight about everything including schedules. Kaya daw ako nag-aanxiety. Hindi talaga pwede sa akin yung ganun. I need to plan everything in advance because I get terribly pissed if nahahassle ako.
One way of getting to know a people is through their food. It is a cultural artifact: food, and is imbibed with so much culture, stories of the people who made it and the locales from which it was sourced, not to mention the technique, skill, and emotion put into its making.
The ideal resort getaway for family and friends is just two hours away from Manila! Located in the seaside town of Lian, Batangas, Matabungkay Beach Hotel has been a top destination for local and foreign tourists wanting to get away from it all for over 30 years. With its comfortable accommodations, wide range of outdoor activities, pampering services, and music and sports lounge, Matabungkay provides the total resort experience.
The stay was great , we did some water sports particularly jet skiing and lot of eating. The pool is cool and the staff are really nice and accommodating. It was one of the trips that will be well remembered.
Adrienne Mickel P
The place is very relaxing and peaceful. I recommend this to those who want to spend some quality time with their families and friends. They have water activities like paddle boat, snorkeling, banana boat, etc. They also have a big chess, beach volleyball, and basketball. Beach is nice. It is better to swim on the beach in the morning while it is still high tide because in the afternoon, it becomes low tide. They also have 3 swimming pools.
We were there in a very quiet period so we pretty much have the resort to ourselves.
We booked a beach front villa with free breakfast.
People say that it's been around for a while - there are many new resorts to stay in. But I like it because it is not overly developed. It is raw - authentically Batangas, Philippines.
White sand beach - it is not. But it sure is friendly for the kids. They explore the beach and observe the crabs and fishes about.
The swings were also a feature. They sit there and watch the fishermen in the morning. We rotate among the 3 pools in the vacinity. The place is clean with modern ammenities. More than one can ask for. I had a massage every night of the 3 nights we stayed there. :-D The food are yummy and reasonably priced. Staff are attentive and professional. My son said he wants to live there forever.
This is an excellent beach resort hotel with plenty of atmosphere and plenty of beach! It occupies a great location along the beach, and offers an excellent service. The staff are very welcoming and friendly, and go to great lengths to ensure that your stay is really enjoyable. Good clean rooms provide more than adequate accommodation, whilst the restaurant and staff offer a good menu, plenty of choice and an attentive service. We will certainly stay again!
Stayed November 2015, traveled as a couple
looking for the place is quite easy, there will be a lot of signages to guide you looking for the place. security at the gate is tight, it's an add on to comfortability.
the people are very nice. everyone is smiling and greeting, regardless of what they do. the room given to us was perfect! it was huge! 1 queen sized, and 1 regular sized. the bathroom is also big, with complete toiletries. it also had a veranda with a beautiful view of the beach and the pool. perfect for a smoker like me. it also has a mini ref perfect for water. water alone, because you cannot bring in food or drinks unless bought inside the resort.
the pool is big, and nicely designed. i liked the pool chairs semi sunken in the pool. the beach is a stone's throw away from the pool. but, unfortunately, swimming in the beach is not that feasible for it has a lot of seaweeds and other marine life forms. plus, it is only shin-deep. moving further will only lead to a barricade. so swimming is best in the pool only.
the restaurant offers a wide array of choices, and they serve generously. just be patient because it may take some time for your order to arrive. but you will be amazed how happy the people are despite knowing that tough their work is. it's a plus.
overall, i did enjoy my stay and im looking forward to return very soon!
Room Tip: try the villas. nice design and cheaper for groups of 8
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Stayed September 2015, traveled as a couple
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Matabungkay Beach Hotel
Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian Batangas, Philippines
Fax: (02) 817-11-76
For individual bookings: (02) 752-52-52