Service is good and the location is quiet compared to other resorts in the area, the beach area is better too and plenty of choices on types of rooms.
What I like most is the layout of the stilt houses. You have your own privacy and stilts are quite stable compared to other stilts I had in Palawan. A perfect place to watch the sunset. The rooms are clean and the houses can accommodate 5-8people...family size!
Golden Sunset Resort may not be the best there is in Calatagan, Batangas (I have only been in Calatagan just this once) but it is definitely worth the 3 hour ride from Manila. At first glance, I thought, not as good as it looks on the website but just let the place unfold its charm to you. Surely, you will see beyond what their website presented and fall in love minute by minute.
As the name suggest, the sunset really is golden. They have so many amenities that an overnight stay will not be enough. The staffs are all friendly and they accomodate so well. The resort also gives out this "close to nature" feeling. The owner made sure that the time spent inside their resort is a time well spent and worth remembering.
I wish to tell you every details but let them surprise you. As I said, let the charm unfold one by one.
-Boat Rental 100/hour 4 persons capacity
-Bike Rental 50/hour
-Volleyball Rental 50/hour
-Videoke Token System
I stayed here in the summer of 2007. Its a luxury beachfront villa that accepts guests. It's right in front of the Calatagan Marine Sanctuary where they built over 40 fish-home pyramids with an abundance of fish. Excellent weekend spent diving and snorkelling.
Banak House itself is filled with artworks and made from wood taken from galleons and old houses The property is really one conducive to long discussions, romance, friendships and chilling out. This was my most restful vacations while in the Philippines. Perfect for friends, divers, and families.
It was also very affordable Php10,000 per night for 14 people so I had a lot of money saved for the weekend's food and drinks! Here are some of the pictures my new brother-in-law took.
Unlike hotels which are just utilitarian, this designer house is filled with artwork and is ultimately different from other places I've been to. It just has a lot of character and is built using logs from old wooden ships and houses.
It is also five minutes from a beautiful old Spanish lighthouse so there were long walks along the beach as well as awesome dinners by the sand.
It's here where I brought my girlfriend to propose to her with the rest of her family around so it really stands out as one of the best places to stay in the province.
We booked a Garden Villa with Loft for a weekend to celebrate my birthday with my family. Each of the garden villas have a room that fits 2-4 people and a loft than can fit 2. The ground level has an a/c, but the loft doesn't. It gets pretty warm in the loft during the mid-afternoon. It does provide a fan, but it still gets hot.
They have a huge pool with slides. They have a fish pond where you can kayak or paddleboat.
The bad side is that they do not have a beach to swim in. But they have a viewdeck on the breakwater where you can watch the sunset. Sunsets is Calatagan are beautiful because its right on the west coast of Batangas.
They have two restaurants. One serves international dishes, and another serves Filipino. Frankly, I'd rather dine at the Filipino/Seafood restaurant.
They also have a spa.
The garden villas have their own kiddie pool and jacuzzi located within the compound, so it's great if you're travelling with kids.
The loft is pretty cool, too. I stayed there alone. However, the lofts aren't safe for small children as the ladder is pretty steep. In addition, it doesn't have a door to secure it. The walls are paper thin, too--even the flooring, so anyone downstairs can hear the goings-on upstairs.
They also have a cultural show every Saturday nights. They remind me of the old resorts we went to as a kid.
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