Who doesn’t love the beach? Or the sunset? Combine them both and you’ll have Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel in Batangas. I am a sunset kind of guy. I just love how the colors clash and how the light fades into darkness, the slow transition. I know it sounds extremely cheesy but don’t you just love watching the sun set into the sea? It’s like a dramatic movie, a poetry wherein it reminds you of how beautiful yet short life can be. That’s probably why I am always up for adventure. I crave for adrenaline rush. Because life can stop at any moment so while you still have a chance, go ahead. Grab it. Carpe Diem.
Last week, my blogger friends and I went to Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel for a 3D/2N trip. Located in Lian, Batangas, Matabungkay is about 120 kilometers from Manila. We left Manila at around 2 and arrived by 5:30 pm. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Capiz shells chandeliers and bamboos at the reception. We then proceeded to our room, a Deluxe Suite (Php 6,800/night; Php 800/additional bed). There were four of us that shared a room and it is spacious enough to accommodate from 4-6 persons. Right after that, we headed to the restaurant just beside the reception where we had our dinner.
I’m not a fan of buco pandan but after trying this, I think I’m converted. It’s soooo good!
Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel officially launched their newest pool that night and you know what comes after that? A night party! A couple of drinks while taking a dive at their pools (they have 3 pools) was an awesome way to spend the night.
Day 2. The next day, we decided to roam around the area and just be at peace with the beach.
The “I woke up like this” pose.
What’s a trip to the beach without experiencing the much-awaited sunset? If there is one thing Matabungkay is famous for, its the sunset. Aside from that, they are also known for their balsa and floating restaurants. And since I’ve just acquired a new camera, (a much needed upgrade from my old bridge camera that’s been with me for almost a year), I went out and did some long exposure landscape photography. It’s my first time doing that kind of thing so while the photos didn’t turn out as great as the other photos you’ll find online, I’m still proud that at the very least, I was able to capture something that was beyond what I was expecting.
From the Deluxe Suite, we transferred to the Villa (Php 10,000/night) which has 2 bedrooms (one is in the attic). It can accommodate up to 8 persons. Right after we watched the sunset, we went back to the pool, had dinner by the beach and some bonfire! Then we stayed up late in our villa watching Killer Mermaid on and Gone Girl before calling it a night.
Our Villa. Did a lot of shoot on my trip to this place. I’ll post all of them soon 🙂
Day 3. I can’t believe it’s time to go already. But before that, we rode the balsa, did more shoot and just maximized our stay.
Back to the concrete jungle called “the city”.
This has got to be part of this post. Thinking of a good name for our band. LOL! (L-R: Rodel Flordeliz, Justin Vawter (that’s me!), Ruth Dela Cruz and Michael Macalos) photo by: Michael Macalos
Group shot before heading home. Photo by Rodel Flordeliz
Once an adventurer, always an adventurer. My stay at Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel was so fun. Got to hang out with my co-bloggers and it was a time to relax, unwind and just live life to the fullest. Overall, the place was great, the accommodation was great, the pool was A-mazing (the pool service is not 24/7 though).
My summer is just starting. I’ve just climbed Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River yesterday (expect it on the blog soon!) and I’ve a got a couple more places to visit. Plus, I’ve been eating a lot these past few days (as you can see on my instagram) which means, more food posts soon so watch out for that 🙂
For more info and reservations at Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel, check out their website at www.matabungkay.net and Facebook page. You may also contact them at (Globe) 09178341269 / (632) 752-5252 / 819-3080 / 751-6683 and 85.
Life is too short to live without adventure
– Justin –