|our beagle dog (my mom's)|
We were greeted by friendly staff and were ushered to our villa. The place is really quiet and serene; not like the commercialized resorts of other areas. This one has a very bucolic scene; fishponds all over with cottages scattered on the sides. Surprisingly, there was no fishy smell at all in spite of the fishponds everywhere. All villas were located a good distance away from the main cottage where they serve the food as well as the pool and beach. For us, we had to cross a wooden bridge just to get to the main cottage. It maybe a pain to cross it during lunch time because of the scorching sun but nevertheless, the bridge never failed to made me stop and appreciate the natural beauty around me.
|the bridge to the cottages|
The beach was surreal. Pristine white sand and the turquoise ocean made the scene picture perfect. However, there had been lots of jellyfishes when we were there so I did not really attempt to get into the water. I settled for the pool instead. There were lots of other things to do as well like billiards and of course, the ever present Filipino tradition of videoke or KTV.
|the way to the beach|
|they have a big pool|
|kimono and bikini top from COCO CABANA, shorts from FOREVER 21, eyewear from MARC JACOBS|
|see through tunic from COCO CABANA; bikini from CAMILLE CO SOAK|
|bikini top from COCO CABANA, eyewear from MARC JACOBS, earrings from GINA TRICOT|
|with mini me|
It was a trip worth going to and if you are into privacy and nature like me, then Balai Laiya is the place for you.
our trip cost:
group of six
3300 php for the cottage (approx.80 USD) per night
6,300 (six people)(mandatory) for buffet/1050/head (approximately 25USD per head)
location: San Juan Batangas