(SPOT.ph) Batangas, like Tagaytay and Laguna, is a dependable destination for impromptu weekend getaways. Given all its beachy options, it's only natural that it's top-of-mind when you feel like dropping everything for some fun in the sand. Getting there takes about three hours (on a good day), but might seem a whole lot farther considering the private coves, white-sand beaches, and luxurious resorts that the province has to offer.
From the diving hotspot of Anilao to the laid-back beaches of Laiya, here are a few of our picks for where to stay if you're spending the weekend in Batangas:
La Luz Beach Resort
Barangay Hugom, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Contact: (02) 726-6687
Beach lovers would find a lot to like at La Luz—an intimate, no-fuss resort along the white-sand beach of Laiya in Batangas. After enjoying all the available water sports activities such as kayaking and snorkeling, you can just lie down on one of the beachfront beds for a relaxing massage.
Club Punta Fuego
Barangay Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact: (02) 843-8700
Club Punta Fuego used to be a members-only resort, up until it opened its doors to the public in 2015. Since then, weekend warriors have been enjoying the club's double infinity pool which offers front-row seats to Batangas' beautiful sunset. Other exciting facilities at this luxurious beach resort include a nine-hole golf course, a 20-seater theater, and a water sports hub that offers kayaking, wakeboarding, and diving.
Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort
Barangay Bagalangit, Mabini, Batangas
Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort's infinity pool is perched high above the sea so it almost looks like it's extending to the horizon of Anilao's coast. One side of the two-part pool has a depth of 15 feet, which is an ideal spot to practice your skills in scuba diving and skindiving before heading out to Verde Island Passage—considered the "Center of the Center of the Marine Biodiversity of the World."
Club Balai Isabel
Barangay Banga, Talisay, Batangas
Contact: (043) 773-0004
When it comes to wedding destinations, Club Balai Isabel is an old favorite because of its beautiful backdrop (Taal Lake), its own chapel within the compound, and a number of venue choices for either an indoor or outdoor ceremony. But just in case you're more interested in jumping around like a child than tying the knot, the resort opened its own inflatable water park in April, to the delight of both day-trippers and checked-in guests.
Pico Sands Hotel
Pico de Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact: (02) 464-7800
Unlike most resorts in Batangas, Pico Sands Hotel boasts a backdrop of verdant mountains and a view of a man-made lagoon. Guests have the option of riding a speedboat to a white-sand private cove called Santelmo and just spending the rest of the day lounging around the private beach or checking out the 45-minute eco-trail.
La Chevrerie Resort and Spa
Barangay Ligaya, Mabini, Batangas
La Chevrerie, which translates to "The Goat's Place" in French, is owned by a foreign diver who once wished of living in a simple house by the beach where his pet goats can roam freely. Now, the luxurious resort is not only a diver's overnight respite but also a beach-lover's private sanctuary—thanks to its limited number of rooms (it only has 13). Relaxing massage treatments are also available for guests at the in-house La Brise Spa.
Acuaverde Beach Resort
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Acuaverde Beach Resort is a good option if you want to bring your furry friends along on your weekend escape. This pet-friendly resort has its own lineup of animal-centered events during the holidays, such as a Halloween costume party for dogs or the annual summer games called Paws at the Beach. All their villas have large glass windows and a veranda—perfect for waking up to a beautiful beachfront view.
Barangay Santo Tomas, Mabini, Batangas
Contact: (02) 771-7777
If you're looking for a place to relax after exploring one of the Philippines' best dive sites, then Vivere Azure Resort should be on the top of your list. It has an infinity pool with a sweeping view of Maricaban Strait, nearby Tingloy Island, and other islets; 13 spacious suites that guarantee a quiet stay; and spa services at villas overlooking the sea.
Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
Barangay Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Ever dreamt of going to Maldives without going over your budget? Stilts Calatagan in Batangas may do for now with its Maldives-inspired cottages built above water. You can also choose to book the resort's tree house, tucked away on a hill on a private beach for a more romantic hideaway.
Acuatico Beach Resort
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Contact: (02) 368-5290
Acuatico Beach Resort has a total of 21 rooms and villas that range from the standard room for two to the three-bedroom villa that can fit up to six people. Its claim to fame is its infinity pool with a bridge-like platform in the middle. Just imagine all the profile photos you can take while seemingly walking/standing/sitting on water!