Last month (August 2016), Rupert, Zuri and I stayed overnight at Kabayan Beach Resort to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’ve been to Laiya many times over the years. I’ve visited some resorts there like Blue Coral Beach Resort, Virgin Beach Resort and Southcrest Beach Resort and Nature Park. I also spent some time in San Juan, Batangas as part of my internship when I was still practicing medicine – which was the same time when my now-husband Rupert wooed me. This is why I will always look at San Juan with tender eyes.
Of course, Laiya is no Boracay, or Palawan, or Bohol. In fact, it looks quite ordinary for a Philippine beach. However, the biggest pull of Laiya is that it is relatively close to Manila. Being just a 4-hour drive away from Manila, a trip to Laiya is way less costly than a trip to more pristine beaches in the country that would require air travel to get to.
Because I thought I already knew the area well, I was actually not expecting much from Kabayan Beach Resort. When we arrived, my first impression of the beachfront was that it was something I’ve seen so many times before. Nothing bad, really, but nothing super special, too.
Of course, Zuri couldn’t wait to feel the water. Good thing she was wearing her aqua shoes, because the sand was not fine and there were many rocks.
With moderate expectations, I found that the rocky beach was satisfying enough. Then, our good friends told us that just a short walk away from where we were is an area, still in front of Kabayan Beach Resort, with fine sand. We all agreed to check it out.
Oh boy, what a pleasant surprise! Indeed, there is an area with fine sand if you just walk further into the sea in the area pictured above. It was low tide, too, perfect for swimming with my little one.
We had a great time bouncing with the waves! Zuri practiced using her new life vest in preparation for our trip to El Nido the following week. (Yup, my next series is about El Nido, Palawan. Watch out for it! 🙂 )
We would have loved to stay but it was getting dark, so we decided to tranfer to the resort pool. We stayed in the pool for a long time, too.
The resort has a clean, tropical vibe, with native-style cottages for rent, complete with air-conditioned bedrooms, private bathrooms with shower, open-air living area with tv, a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area.
I was not able to take a photo of the bedroom, but the Casa Blanca bedroom has four double-sized beds and one bunk bed, all with four fluffy pillows each, comfortable sheets and blankets. The beds are placed on tasteful wooden bed frames. The air-conditioning is really good. There is a wall fan and a big mirror,too, in the bedroom. There are also enough electrical sockets in the room. The bathroom has a shower and is clean enough. Casa Blanca is obviously meant for a comfortable stay.
The other members of our group stayed at a bigger cottage called Dama De Noche.
Both Casa Blanca and Dama De Noche are situated right beside the resort pool and are close to both the beach and the parking area.
For a quick get-away, I recommend Kabayan Beach Resort, especially for large groups. Just remember that you’re not in Boracay or Palawan or Bohol and you will be pleasantly surprised. 🙂
From the hotel website:
KABAYAN BEACH RESORT
Manila: +63 (2) 709-1470
For more information about room rates, amenities, day tour rates and directions on how to get to Kabayan Beach Resort, visit their website at www.kabayanresort.com.ph Their website is very detailed. 🙂
Thanks for reading! 🙂
XOXO, Mommy Kay