As I was packing up to check out from the hotel I stayed over the weekend when a message popped out on my phone asking me if I’m available the next day to an out-of-town getaway to Batangas. I love the beach and so I immediately agreed to it. The weather is really getting warmer and having missed the pool on my staycation, I’m looking forward to start summer at Aquaria Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas. So on a Monday morning, I braved the MRT shuffle to get to our meetup point in Makati. I’m glad I did. Read up to know why.
It was raining in the city but I’m not concerned at all. I know I’m going to enjoy the beach, rain or shine. But the sun smiled on us and gave us a good weather. Upon arrival at Aquaria Beach, we were greeted with a cold towel and a bottle of mineral water. Just what I need after a long ride.
We met our hosts who showed us around the resort. We first passed by the kiddie splash pool, and the cabanas surrounding the adult pool with a giant slide. Then we entered the beach area. In my mind, I know we’re in for a lot of fun that day.
We settled at the beach cabanas to rest for a while. Then we started getting into our grooves taking photos of the beach area. Aside from swimming, there’s definitely a lot of things to do at Aquaria Beach Resort. But before the activities, we headed to The Sands Restaurant for lunch.
Buffet lunch was prepared for us. The restaurant provides this dining option to large groups, but a la carte can also be ordered. We had a sumptuous lunch complete with bread and butter, salad, cold cuts and cheeses, pasta, seafood and meat dishes.
After a hearty meal, we all headed back to the beach. I changed to my beach attire and started to swim while the others stayed at the beach shore or went kayaking. Later on, I joined others for a banana boat which is being pulled by a jet ski. It was a first time for most of us to take a banana boat ride, and so we were given a short briefing on how to go about it. Then we sailed away. It’s a good thing that the water is quite silent, no big waves, although I would have wanted it to be a rough ride. You can see how much fun we had on the video shot by Ted Claudio of Wazzup.ph.
Then I joined another group for a banana boat ride. This time was even better because the water splashed all over us. It was really fun! After the ride, we joined the others at the pool. I actually love the pool with cabanas surrounding it. It’s obvious that the area is carefully planned! The main attraction is the giant 40 feet water slide which all of us enjoyed.
I also noticed that the pool has a beach-entry, meaning you can walk right into the pool easily and it gets deeper as you move along. I enjoyed laying down the shallow part of the pool while I’m partly submerged. It’s my first time to swim in this kind of pool and I feel like I can stay there all day.
Then I decided to go back to the beach for a massage. It’s an opportunity I wouldn’t want to miss, having no time to visit a spa in the metro. It was such an experience as the therapist work on my body. I can feel the effort that she put through for my massage. I had a blast and was thinking of laying down further to rest. But my buddies are nowhere in sight. That got me to get up and went straight to the shower.
Aquaria Beach Resort’s Bath House is located near the entrance, and can be quite a walk from the beach. Upon entering, I was surprised how big and nice the entire area is. I was in the men’s area and it’s divided into different parts – locker rooms, urinals, rest rooms and the shower rooms. I love that there’s privacy because each shower room is enclosed, with an area where you can place your stuff and get dressed.
Managed by Fuego Hotels & Properties, this awesome resort was developed by Landco Pacific Corp. It’s a complete water park fun experience for all guests. At the moment, overnight stay is not yet available at Aquaria, so be prepared for a day tour when you visit. This wonderful tropical escape is within the Playa Calatagan Residences. So expect premium accommodation soon.
The entrance fee to the resort is only Php500 for adult and Php250 for kids on weekdays; Php700 for adult and Php350 per child on weekends. You can use all the swimming facilities for the entire day. You can rent the Cove Pool Cabana (good for 10-12 pax) for Php1,000.00 while the Resort Pool Cabana which fit up to 15 persons is Php1,500.00. The Beach Front Cabana for smaller groups can be rented for only P1,000.00 for the whole day.
You’ll be glad you spent your summer at Aquaria Beach Resort. It’s a place where you can do a lot of things aside from swimming. You can even bring your snorkeling gears like one of us did and explored the waters. This place is highly recommended for an awesome beach getaway.