With its turquoise waters and sandy beaches, the relaxing, chill vibes at Calatagan South Beach is a great place for your next seaside adventure
This seaside resort is within the 15-hectare leisure tourism estate being developed in Calatagan in Batangas, three and a half hours from Manila by car.
Lodging has a unique twist with jazzed up container vans known as Crusoe Cabins and concrete drainage pipes converted into air-conditioned pods called Cocoons.
In our group of eight urbanites, five stayed comfortably in a Crusoe Cabin with two double-deck beds, sofa bed, small dining table, and en-suite bathroom with modern amenities. A wooden veranda spanning the entire length of the cabin with table and seats made of native materials adds to the rustic charm.
The rest opted for colourfully-painted Cocoons – each pod having a queen-sized bed, flat-screen TV, and minibar. Bathrooms are in other pods and also in an upcycled container van. Our millennials love the camping vibe, with humongous outdoor space for hanging out and playgrounds for kids.
We love the novelty of wooden swings as seats at the seaside Swing Bar, the Filipino cuisine at The Sands, and the eclectic menu at the Coffee Shack.
The Canopy is the events place for up to 500 pax. Aquaria Water Park has several pools and a high water slide, while The Boardwalk boasts 19 cabanas that can be rented out.
The beach is the vantage point for watching the golden sunrise and multi-hued sunset. It has an area for a bonfire, tree stumps for seats, several wooden swings – even one in the sea. There is also an area for picnics, and for volleyball matches and cycling.
Although it took longer than usual to check-in because of the health and safety protocols, overall service is attentive, from those who drove the golf carts to bring our baggage in and out to those who waited on tables.
Here, nature is within one’s grasp with the confluence of sand, sea and sky. The resort is spacious, relaxing and rustic. The entire property is eco-friendly and sustainability-focused, with everything solar-powered, except for air-conditioning. Pets are welcomed too. All in all, it’s worth the trip.
Tel: +63 2 8836 5055