Spend the night in the middle of a lake at Aquascape, Caliraya
There's a floating cottage!
(SPOT.ph) No matter how much we love the city, we have to admit that it gets tiring sometimes (or most of the time). You have to deal with hopeless traffic every day, annoying online trolls who can't spell, and the nine-to-six job that you have to keep unless you want to live on the streets. All you just want to do is be off the grid, preferably the ocean where no one can bother you.
But if the ocean is too big and the "middle of nowhere" is too scary, you can just live (temporarily) in the middle of a lake courtesy of Aquascape (by Cottages and Many More), the newest destination in Caliraya, Laguna. It has no website nor a hotline number yet, that's how new the place is!
The resort was initially built as a private weekend retreat for the owners. More cabins were added in the first quarter of 2016 and by June, it became available to weekend warriors who want to get a taste of the floating cottages that Aquascape is now known for. It’s also pet-friendly so you don’t have to leave your furbabies at home.
The Floating Suite (P10,000/night) is the latest addition to its collection of six lakefront cottages and two floating houses. It can accommodate a group of six in its two double beds, one extra mattress, and a couch. There’s a dining table set, a mini-bar area, a TV set and DVD player with Bluetooth function, a small kitchen with cooking equipment (plus a griller!), and toilet and bath. The rate also includes unlimited use of the kayak so you can row all you want down the lake.
Since it’s fully equipped, you can have the motorized cottage driven to the middle of the placid lake or dock on the small islet across the resort. Spend the whole night completely disconnected and wake up to the chirping of birds flying from one tree to the next. The cabin also operates (and charges) on solar electricity so you don’t have to worry about losing power for the laser disco lights in your floating “party place.” (Just don’t forget to ask kuya to come back for you the next morning to drive you back to the resort.)
The smaller Floating Cottage (P5,000/night) is the first in Aquascape’s floating house line. It fits four persons and only has the basic amenities—bed, dining table, and seats. Since it doesn't have its own toilet and bath, you have to use the resort’s bathroom near the dock area.
You can also rent the Karaoke Function Room (P4,000) if you're in for a whole night of videoke and drinking. It has couches good for four people, perfect for when the tequila puts you to sleep.
Titas and titas-at-heart will be delighted to know that there's a special Mahjong Room (P3,000/night) with beds and a table that you can also use for board games.
In case you've had your fill of alone time, Aquascape offers a number of water activities. Except for the kayak (P300/hour), most of the rides don't need much of your physical strength, including the electric bike (P300/hour) and electric motor boat (P600/hour). You can also rent a jetski (P4,000/hour) to satisfy your need for speed, go on inflatable rides (P1000/15 minutes) if the jetski's acceleration isn't enough, and explore the camp site with an ATV (P600/15 minutes) or a buggy car (P600/15 minutes). There’s a small open-air tub and a fish spa where you can relax your tired legs and feet from all the swimming.
The next time you need to take it slow and calm down, you know where to live for a couple of days: the middle of the lake.
- Eco-saddle, where Aquascape is located, is maintained by the local barangay. They collect an additional P80/person upon entering the area.
- There are no nearby restaurants or stores so you have to bring your own food and drinks. Grilling area and dining halls are free of charge.
- Check-in is at 2 p.m. and check-out is at 12 p.m.
How to get there:
Option 1: Take the bus (P160) bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Ride a jeep (P30) going to Lumot, Caliraya and get off when you see the Mt. Carmel sign. It's about a 10-minute walk to Aquascape.
Option 2: Rent the resort's van (P6,000/roundtrip).
Option 3: Search for "Aquascape Lake Caliraya" in your Waze or Google Map and drive for three to four hours. It's right across the Lagos Fishing Village.
Aquascape Lake Caliraya is at Eco-Saddle, Caliraya, Laguna. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Aquascape Lake Caliraya on Facebook.