A very rushed weekend brought me, my family and my office to stilts. Apparently, in Manila it is VERY hard to get reservations from a resort on a mothers day + long weekend or any summer weekend for that matter. So when I heard from Ms Amor, I grabbed the opportunity and booked 2 large over the water cottages for us.
My first impression when we entered the resort was good. There was a home-y feel, a little reminiscent of Bohol bee farm when you enter the pathway to the front desk. The staff assisted us well and accommodated to us promptly.
The rooms were very spacious, as advertised the Large cottages can accommodate a min 7 people generously, by "pinoy" standards a large cottage can accommodate more than 15 (like what the cottage adjacent to us did). But for me, I like my space, so the 7 people in our cottage stayed there comfortably. The large cottage had 1 full bathroom, 1 toilet only, 1 shower only: which was good, for big groups people don't have to wait in line for the bathroom to be free. Interior wise, the house was freshly painted, nice clean white walls, simple. Some doors and windows needed attention tho. The sheets, linen and towels were all very clean (and fairly new) a lot cleaner than other "boutique hotels" I have been to. Oh, and its secure. I was worried at first because of the number of people going thru the floating cottages, but the management put several staff by the bridge way to direct people, who aren't checked in, to pathways that they could go to.
Beach & Pool: the beach was white, with a some hint of gray sand. I'm not sure if they imported the sand there, maybe that's why gray sand comes out. Sand grain Isn't fine, so if your looking for powdery soft sand this isn't the place. But overall, the sand in the beach was a mix of shells and corals not that painful to the feet, I guess its just Okay. Yes, you will see alot of seaweeds, its more of sea grass since there are alot of fish that live there. the water is clean. Its swimmable water, its more of a I-need-aqua-socks-to-be-braver-because-of-the-fish kind of water, you can even see schools of fish living under the cottages. It would be nice to bring some snorkeling gear and snorkel by the cottages. The pool, was a pool, it wasn't bad. just like any other pools you'll see, it was clean too.
Food: You have 3 options with their food, you can either have it served in your cottage or eat it in their dining hall. Food quality was okay, nothing great but not bad. Price wise I say they're just like Manila pinoy food price (Php 150-200/ order) the 16" Pizza we ordered was a little over Php 500. The last option is to bring your own food, where you pay corkage fee. the last option would be great for large groups although the only kitchen appliance the cottages provide is a ref and a water dispenser.
The only thing I didn't like about their prices in the resort whether on food or lodging is that the Vat was exclusive. So you had to add the taxes still after (I'm lazy to add I want to know the full price right away).
Also, the resort gets a little too noisy (I hope its just on weekends). I chose the resort because of the fact that you can be unplugged from technology (no tv, computer etc). It was unfortunate that they allow groups to bring Videoke machines to their cottages. I don't want to be a grouch but I want to go there to rest and relax, the sound of the water is really enough for me. I wasn't expecting Loud music and noisy neighbors (good thing the cottages were a little far apart). Our cottage was a little near the beach and by 6:00 am loud music was already playing :(
Bottom line: if you want to relax, get away from it all book a room here, preferably on a weekday where you can really rest. Weekends, this place goes crazy, I have talked with one of the staff and they get as much as 2000 pax for 1 company outing (ya that's not what i want to see).
I'm glad we stayed here, definitely we will be back for more... when there's less people.
- Also Known As:
- Stilts Catalagan Beach Hotel Santa Ana
- Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort Batangas