Just before holy week, my family – including my husband, my mom, my father, sister and her husband, my niece, younger brother and my in-laws went to Laiya to escape the heat here in Manila.
Batangas is near to Manila. So it’s a famous place to escape the busy Manila. It is just a three-hour drive through open tollways and smooth highways. Laiya is a good place to go for people who want simple summer beach fun.
I’ve been hearing about La Luz Beach resort in Laiya. When I checked their site, the accommodation was okay but we were on a tight budget and we felt that it would be too much (spell MAHAL) if we decide to book in that resort. kasi, you have to pay additional 1,100php per person for a food package for an overnight stay. Additionally, we also have to pay for the accommodation, fuel and other expenses.
Husband did his own research and came across another La Luz…La Luz Labas, hahaha. It’s a cluster of Nipa Huts (cottages) which was outside of La Luz Beach Resort’s property. He discovered that it was managed by a lady named Aling Ely. Husband gave me the number and I contacted Aling Ely. I made a 2d/1 night reservation. Aling Ely gave 4k per cottage with air-conditioned room with 1 queen bed with extra mattress. The cottage comes with its own restroom with shower. So I reserved two cottages for my family and in-laws. Aling Ely was kind and very accommodating. She answered every query. So we’re done with the accommodation.
It was April 7 when we headed to Laiya. We left Manila around 6am and arrived the place around 9.30am. Ang sarap mag byahe that time, walang traffic.
It’s not that difficult to find the place. Just follow La Luz Beach Resort’s direction, You will pass by La Luz Labas first before the entrance of La Luz Beach Resort or if you are not sure, you can call Aling Ely (contact number given below) if your near the place na, so she can give you the exact direction. You can also ask and look for Aling Ely. She’s a well-known person in the area.
Another shot ng Laluz, from our cottage.
We had a loft type cottage by the way, downstairs naman was reserve para sa mga in-laws ko. Mas malamig sa place namin.
Peak season and thus there are a lot of people. Loud karaoke music generally stops at about 10pm but people don’t stop making noise around you. Hindi naman kami nahirap matulog kasi we were so tired because of the whole day swimming.
Here is a shot of my happy family. Ang kalat di ba?
My twin cute pamankin, enjoying the sand.
There are lots of fisherman offering their boat. I’ve heard 1500php for 10 people. The boatman will bring you to a part where you can do snorkeling.
The lovely sea. So calm. Very relaxing.
That’s me..enjoying the water.
It was an enjoyable stay, however, I do not advise staying in the area if you’re looking for a peaceful and quiet retreat away from the city. As I’ve said above, there are huts that are too close to each other so expect noise and loud music from your neighbors.
If you’re interested, Aling Ely can be reached through 09206192060.
My husband and I will be going to the Visayas next week. Abangan….it more fun in the Philippines!
How’s your summer going so far?