Montemar Beach Club is one of my family's favorite getaway destinations for many reasons. It's a beautiful, large and lush property, beautifully lit up at night, with a nice wide sandy beach and child-friendly sea that is even and shallow; the greenery is amazing! - it is very quiet - no loud music! - and generally not overrun (unless it is a holiday or teambuilding weekend, or during the Philippine summer period). The rooms are nice, large and comfortable - especially the rooms on the ground floor, with their own little veranda - some things are a bit rickety, like the screen doors and the sliding shutters, but these are fairly minor inconveniences. The food is good and the menu varied, with primarily Filipino dishes, with a lovely view of the sea when sitting outside; and the staff is very friendly and helpful. You can ask for a bonfire to be lit on the beach at night, which is magical. Lots of watersports activities, a small fishing lagoon, tennis courts, a kids playground, a tree bridge, 2 pools that are open to non-members, and they have a small pawikan (seaturtle) conservation center - once a year, there is a Grand Pawikan Day when people can adopt a baby turtle and help release them into the sea. In short, it's a wonderful place that feels like home - my children roam around freely, as it is a familiar and safe environment, and my husband and I can kick back and relax. It is a members' club, but non-members can stay, too. It's a 3-hour drive from Makati, but well worth it for a 2-night stay, and parts of the drive over SCTEX have spectacular views of green and mountains.
- 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