Summer escapes: family-friendly resorts in Batangas and Laguna

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For waves, sand, and a whole lot of fun, head to the beaches and resorts in Batangas and Laguna.

With the scorching heat and bright sunshine adding a lovely blush on our cheeks, you know that the ripe days of summer are finally here! It’s time to revel in the cool, crisp waters of the pool or beach.

Thankfully the famed beaches and resorts of Batangas and Laguna are just a few hours away from Manila. Whether you're planning to go on a day trip or a vacation that spans a couple of days, each moment lapping in water is a day well spent. Kick back and enjoy the summer sun!

Here are some of our favorite summer escapes...

BEACH 1 ACUATICO

Acuatico Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas

Established in 2009, Acuatico Beach Resort has become a popular beach destination not only because of its beautiful, private expanse of Batangas beach, but because of its chic, modern style that tickles the fancy of discerning travellers.

Acuatico has 21 beachfront villas and rooms, an infinity pool and play area for the kids. Relax in style, with a cool drink in hand, and watch the sunset melt into the crisp, sapphire sea.

For more information, visit www.acuaticoresort.com.ph or email [email protected]

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BEACH 4 AQUARIA

Aquaria Beach Resort, Calatagan, Batangas

Aquaria Beach resort is a short 2 to 3 hour drive from Alabang. Aside from offering comfortable suites and accommodations, Aquaria Beach Resort is also a fun water park which boasts of a 525 meter private beach, overlooking the West Philippine Sea.

Located within Playa Calatagan, which is developed by Lando Pacific Corp. and managed by Fuego Hotels and Properties, Aquaria is a family-friendly resort where you can spend endless hours of fun sliding down the giant water slide, as well as enjoying the other water activities like water skiing, banana boat, snorkeling, sea kayaks, paddle boats. Weekday rates are P500 for adults and P250 for kids. Weekend rates are P700 per adult and P350 for kids.

For more information, visit the Aquaria Beach Resort Facebook page

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BEACH 5 PICO

Pico de Loro, Nasugbu, Batangas

Pico de Loro, the large-scale ecotourism and leisure project in Nasugbu Batangas, melds tropical contemporary tastes with the wonderful natural surroundings of the Hamilo Coast. Developed by SM Land Inc., Pico de Loro boasts of 154 tastefully decorated guest rooms amidst the awe-inspiring views of the mountains and a tranquil man-made lagoon.

For dining options, the Rain Spa and casual dining spot Pico Restaurant and Bar complete the leisure lifestyle at Pico Sands Hotel. Aside from enjoying pool time, families and friends can spend their hours playing billiards, tennis, basketball and video games at the entertainment room. Also, the beachfront is perfect for lazy afternoons, sipping your favorite shakes and margaritas.

For more info, visit www.picodelorocove.com

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BEACH 3 CALIRAYA

Caliraya Resort Club, Lumban, Laguna

Though more than 2 decades old, Caliraya is still a favorite destination among families and groups. Every visit offers a new thrill and exciting adventures.

Nestled atop mountains along the Caliraya Lake shoreline, Caliraya Resort Club allows its guests unparalleled views of its lush greenery as well as the man-made Caliraya Lake. From the lake, the resort is a short 2 to 5 minute ferry boat ride. At the resort, you can while away time, wading in the 3 swimming pools, or exhausting yourself at the slip n’ slide, earth ball, zip line, obstacle course, hanging bridge and playground.

Extend your day trip to an overnight excursion. Relax in one of its 72 hotels rooms, each fitted with modern amenities like cable TV, air-conditioning and hot and cold showers.  There’ll never be a dull moment at Caliraya.

For inquiries and reservations, visit www.caliraya.net

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BEACH 2 DONA JOVITA

Dona Jovita, Calamba, Laguna

An hour away from Manila, in Calamba, Laguna, a different vacation awaits at Doña Jovita Garden Resort. Taking advantage of Laguna’s famed hot springs, “the waters that fill most of the pools at Doña Jovita come directly from the Hot Springs at Mt Makiling. Mineral – rich and naturally heated, the waters of the Hot Spring can increase metabolism, accelerate healing, soothe muscles, improve blood circulation and detoxify the body’s lymphatic system.”

While the hot springs soothe the tired muscles of the older guests, the kids can take refreshing dips in one of Dona Jovita’s 9 pools with waterfalls and slides. If you book the family suite or villa, you can also enjoy use of the private Jacuzzi, which is just a step away from your doorstep.

For more information, visit www.jovitaresort.com

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