Acuaverde Beach Resort Review

After our first summer escape at Club Balai Isabel, I promised my kids another summer getaway, and this time we headed for a beach trip at Laiya, San Juan Batangas.

Finally, after a long argue with husband why I choose Laiya instead for a more  convenient location, I won over to experienced the much anticipated beach escape and relaxation at a white beach resort which is tagged by the husband as \”too far from the Metro\”.


Oh well, to his surprised we traveled for only 2.5 hours as he was thinking for a 3 to 4 hours drive.

This is actually a family bonding time with my parents and siblings as my sister instructed me to plan ahead for her vacation here in PH.
I reserved a total of 3 rooms for 8 adults and 3 kids. The room is good for 2 persons only so we paid 2 extra beds for 2 extra persons with full board meals which cost 2,400 pesos per head. Full Board meal for kids aged 4-11yo is 1,000 pesos.
Overnight room rate cost 7,700 for a twin or Queen Bed Type. We should\’ve stayed for 2 nights but it\’s a bit pricey, so we just settled for a night and try to maximize the experience.
How to get there from Manila:
From Manila, take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) all the way to the new South Luzon Toll Way (otherwise known as the Alabang-Calamba-Sto. Tomas Toll Way) then straight ahead to the Star Toll Way entrance. Be advised that you do not have to exit SLEX because the 2 highways are now connected. You may choose to take the Balete, Lipa or Ibaan Exits.
Route from Ibaan Exit from Star Toll Way:
  1. About 45 kms drive on the Star Toll Way, you will see San Jose-Ibaan Exit (after the Lipa Exit). After passing the toll gate, turn left and drive 2.5 kms. You will reach an intersection with a sign pointing to Rosario. Please turn left at this intersection. After turning left, the Municipal Hall of Ibaan will be on your right, while a church will be on your left. After passing the church, turn left and turn right on the forked road going to San Juan. Drive 8 kms along this road to Rosario town proper.. Drive 8 kms along this road to Rosario town proper.
  2. Once you reach Rosario town proper, drive past the Jollibee and South Star Drug store outlets at your left. This road leads all the way to San Juan town proper, which is about 23 kms away. When you see the sign leading to the Batangas Racing Circuit, turn left and head straight for San Juan town proper.
  3. After entering San Juan town proper, drive past Jollibee and Dunkin Donut at your right and head for the Municipal Hall of San Juan. Turn right immediately after the Municipal Hall of San Juan. This is the main road of Laiya. Drive approximately 23.5 kms (25 minutes).
  4. Drive past Playa Laiya. This is about 3 kms away from Acuaverde. The entrance to Acuaverde will be found on the left side of the road.
Via Lipa Exit from Star Toll Way:
  1. Drive all the way on the Star Toll Way (approximately 20 kms) and turn right to the Lipa Exit. Follow the road toward Lipa City. Drive past La Salle Lipa, to a rotonda where you will see a McDonald\’s at the corner.
  2. Take the road to the right of McDonald\’s (C.M. Recto Ave.). When you\’re already on this road, make a right turn immediately. After the first block, make a left to re-enter C.M. Recto Ave. Traverse C.M. Recto Ave. then turn right at the corner of the Mercury Drug store, which is P. Torres St.
  3. Drive 8.5 kms towards Padre Garcia town. Use detour road (50 meters away from the main road) and make a U-Turn. Turn right at the corner of the street, and make another right turn (opposite Mini Stop) after passing Padre Garcia Town Market.
  4. Drive 4.5 kms and merge with the road coming from Rosario. This road leads all the way to San Juan, stretching approximately 19 kms. When you see the sign leading to the Batangas Racing Circuit, turn left and head straight for San Juan town proper.
  5. After entering San Juan town proper, drive past Jollibee and Dunkin Donut at your right and head for the Municipal Hall of San Juan. Turn right immediately after the Municipal Hall of San Juan. This is the main road of Laiya. Drive approximately 23.5 kms (25 minutes).
  6. Drive past Playa Laiya. This is about 3 kms away from Acuaverde. The entrance to Acuaverde will be found on the left side of the road.
Via Balete Exit from Star Toll Way:
  1. Drive all the way on the Star Toll Way and turn right to Balete Exit. Turn left going to Lipa City after the toll gate. Drive past Batangas State University going to the main road (approximately 2.1 kms).
  2. Turn right heading to Lipa City proper. Drive past Pag-ibig and SSS offices to your left and
  3. Lipa City Hall to your right (approximately 1.6 kms).
  4. Turn left immediately after the Rotonda (Gen. Luna St.) and drive past Puregold Lipa. Follow the main road to Lipa City proper. Turn left on the first street (Katigbak St.) after Metrobank and before Lipa Cathedral. Drive straight and turn right at NL Villa Hospital. Turn left at P. Torres St. (road going to Padre Garcia, Batangas).
  5. Drive 8.5 kms. towards Padre Garcia town. Use detour road (50 meters away from the main road) and make a U-Turn. Turn right at the corner of the street, and make another right turn (opposite Mini Stop) after passing Padre Garcia Town Market.
  6. Drive 4.5 kms and merge with the road coming from Rosario. This road leads all the way to San Juan, stretching approximately 19 kms. When you see the sign leading to the Batangas Racing Circuit, turn left and head straight for San Juan town proper.
  7. After entering San Juan town proper, drive past Jollibee and Dunkin Donut at your right and head for the Municipal Hall of San Juan. Turn right immediately after the Municipal Hall of San Juan. This is the main road of Laiya. Drive approximately 23.5 kms (25 minutes).
  8. Drive past Playa Laiya. This is about 3 kms away from Acuaverde. The entrance to Acuaverde will be found on the left side of the road.

We arrived early for our 2pm check-in. However, we are informed that 1 out of 3 rooms we reserved is available for early check-in. 

They served Tamarind juice as welcome drinks, and the room has complimentary Tamarind Candy snack!

Entertain the kids with Koi Fish Feeding! Just ask at the reception for FREE fish pellet.

Since its lunch time already, I requested to take our arrival lunch instead of having it for the next day. The food is tasty, we are all satisfied and took advantage of the buffet meal plus the relaxing view!

They don\’t have a swimming pool! My first choice was Acuatico Resort that has Infinity Pool but it\’s fully booked, as always. You know I\’ve been trying to reserved there for a looong time but couldn\’t get a slot.

Overall, husband agrees that this resort was a good choice. Although we find the rooms a bit small, it was never an issue as it is well maintained and the staff were courteous and approachable.

The resort offers Water Sports Activities, we only got to try the Kayak which is FREE to use.
  • Kayak
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Jet Ski
  • Fly Board
  • Banana Boat
  • Twin Banana Boat
  • Speed Boat
  • Fly Fish
We\’d been wanting to try the Banana Boat but others were eating or having their own time and so we didn\’t assembled our group for the ride. Oh atleast we tried Kayak and my youngest enjoyed the ride with her grandpa.




There\’s a playground but the kids didn\’t bother to jump in as they were too focus on playing and building sand castles at the beach.

My sisters bought some pearl accessories as souvenirs.

While I am too busy with my photo shoot with husband.

This Ruched High Waist Two Piece Swimsuit from Rosegal works perfect for hiding the pooch.


The place is well lit at night, so the photo shoot continues… 😉
The grilled salmon makes me have my second cup of rice! The kids loved it too…

The meals were all good, sulit! I actually take note the recipe for their Egg Omelette.

This getaway helps us build another memorable vacation for the whole fam. I don\’t regret choosing this resort and the place is definitely worth the price.

A relaxing time at the beach is the best summer escape! Also, the best place for all those sun-kissed photos with special help  from husband. 😀


Enjoy the summer vacation, everyone!

Review: Our Stay at Club Balai Isabel

Thinking of a quick getaway from the Metro? Why not head over to Club Balai Isabel, in Talisay, Batangas. It\’s a few hours away and right on the shores of Taal Lake giving you a chance to experience it up close!

I booked an overnight stay via Agoda for a Superior room which cost 4,706.24 for 2 adults and 2 kids, breakfast included.

We arrived 11 am, too early for the 2pm check-in. I went straight to the front desk and was advised that we are allowed to use the facilities while waiting for the room\’s availability and wait for a text message to notify as soon as the room is ready.

The kids  go swimming right away and after an hour, we had our lunch at Terraza Cafe. Buffet Lunch Cost 500 per head and half the price for our 4 year old. The food is okay but got really disappointed that they refill my all time fave buttered shrimp with Calamares instead.
By 1pm, I received a text message that our room is ready and allowed to check-in early. We were given a map and a quick overview of other activities they offer.
SPA SERVICES:
Traditional Hilot – 600/ hour
Body Scrub; Cofee or Salt – 900 / hour
Body Scrub with Massage – 1,500 / hour

  • Banana Boat – 350 per head for 15 minutes
  • Kayak – 150 for 1 hour for Single Seat / 300 for 1 hour for Double Seat
  • Jetski – 1,500 for 15 minutes / 2,500 for 30 minutes / 4,000 for 1 hour
  • Fly Fish – 500 per head for 15 minutes *min. of 4 pax
  • UFO – 500 for 15 minutes *max. of 3 pax
  • Speed Boat – 6,000 per hour / 3,500 for 30 minutes *min. of 4 pax

TAAL TREKKING:
2,750 for Check-in guests
3,000 for day Tour guests *max. of 7 pax

Boat Ride Inclusive of:
  • Tour Guide (optional)
  • Bottled water
  • Buri Hats
  • Tourism Tax
Optional:
  • Horseback Riding – 400 to 500 pesos
  • Meal – 120 per head *Binalot

DAY TOUR:

Package 1:  1,850 per head
Inclusions:
  • AM or PM snacks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance and Use of facilities
  • 1 hour access to Aquapark

Package 2:  990 per head
Inclusions:
  • Entrance and Use of facilities
  • 1 hour access to Aquapark
Package 3:  1,600 per head

Inclusions:
  • AM or PM snacks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance and Use of facilities
Room for 2 with 2 Allowable extra person. Each person over regular capacity will be charged Php 1,500. It has cabled TV and FREE wifi access.

  • Equipped with mini-refrigerator, cooking is NOT allowed.
Complimentary Bottled Water and Coffee

Lotion, Soap, Shampoo, Towels and Tissue are available, but there\’s NO Dental Kits and Cotton Buds!

The place is huge and I honestly didn\’t explore the whole area. You know, the kids are fully occupied and settled at the pool. I joined them and it wasn\’t hard keeping an eye while they swim because it is not crowded and we mostly stayed on 2 ft. and 4 ft pool area.

I\’m really looking forward to try the Aquapark. It\’s actually my main reason why I choose Club Balai, but hesitated thinking the kids were too young to try out this kind of activity and afterall I can never get to enjoy this activity while having to closely monitor the kids, plus we saw someone got injured so… 

AQUAPARK tickets for checked-in guests cost 1,250 for 4pcs. tickets or choose 450 per head  1 hour access.

The place was well maintained. They clean the pool during lean hours so the water stays clear.
It was very relaxing at night and thought of getting a massage, but we have to stay with the kids… so, you know… we have to set our priorities. 😃
Our room is conveniently located at the pool near the restaurant. Terraza Cafe doesn\’t offer a dinner buffet… much better!

The breakfast is good, nothing special. I was actually expecting that they will asked us to pay for the kids\’ breakfast thinking that the included breakfast is good for 2 persons only, but they didn\’t.
Overall, we had a great family time during our stay. The staff are courteous and attentive. Funny thing is, the kids are bugging us to try swimming on the lake which they referred as the beach. They also bring with them their beach toys that they didn\’t get to use.

Oh well, our next summer escape would have to be on the beach and yes to looking forward to more summer IG pics like this one!

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Enjoy your Summer Everyone!