Stayed during their Pawikan Festival. The hotel has their own Pawikan nursery and releases the hatchlings once they are ready for the sea. The good cause comes in because you become a sponsor of a hatchling and you can let your kids release them at sea. It was an eye-opening and one-of-a kind experience for my family.
The location is the BIG turn off---almost a 5-hour drive from Manila. But once you get to the resort---WOW!!! Excellent beach, excellent rooms, excellent communication of the staff---all excellent!!
Try the jetski---cheaper compared from other beach resorts. Book a massage a day before you plan it since they don't have a resident massage therapist and hire the locals living in the area per booking only. We had our massage fronting the beach---a first for me and my husband. Super nice!!! And if your coming with small kids, they will enjoy the pony ride, the kiddie pool and the playground with a hanging bridge. You can bring kids' stuff like bike and scooter so the kids won't get bored.
Food in the restaurant is so expensive!!! Imagine this---we paid Php16,000 for 3 days/2nights including SET and not buffet breakfast for 4 and paid additional 10k more for the food considering we sneaked softdrinks, snacks and donuts. There is NO near restaurant so you have no choice but to eat inside the resort.
We got the room with the LOFT. Really really nice!!! Can fit even 10 people.
They are strict with beach attires---only swimwear allowed.
The only near tourist attraction is the Las Casas Filipinas Acuzar. That's where the shooting of Zorro took place (a GMA network project). Prepare Php500-600 each person but snacks is already. Ask for directions....there's no street signage, will only be told of landmarks like left turn on the cemetery, right turn on the first store, etc.
Check the local market before returning to Manila! Try their Tinapang Galunggong and Tilapia---taste really really good!!! Don't miss their fruits---cheaper than Manila and fill your tank in Subic---gas is cheaper by 3pesos---a good deal!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montemar is in Bagac, Bataan, in a private cove where the Mount Mariveles range, blessed with lush flora and fauna, meets the beautiful West Philippine Sea. Rated "AAA" by the Bataan Department of Tourism, and an established leisure spot since the 1980s, Montemjar is regarded as the "most beautiful white sand beach resort closest to Manila." One need only hop into a car and drive less than 3 hours from Manila to experience the pristine waters and wide white-sand beach of Montemar. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Montemar Beach Club Hotel Bagac
- Montemar Beach Hotel