Matabungkay Beach Hotel Review
“Been there, done that“, is probably a statement you wouldn’t hear from seasoned travelers. A real traveler looks at a destination with a different perspective with less expectation and they pretty much look for an entirely different experience. When exploring new paths, I seek for something new to learn by talking to locals to know more about their culture and help me re-discover the destinations old glory.
Matabungkay’s famous Floating Tent or Balsa
Much like food, a better way to appreciate it is to know its basic recipe and know how an heirloom recipe was passed on from one generation to another. Last weekend, I accepted an overnight stay invitation from Matabungkay Beach Hotel last week together with fellow travel bloggers and friends from the dailies for the launch of their new website, facebook pages and logo.
Adult swimming pool
It was already my third time in the resort but my previous visits didn’t gave me a chance to checkout their amenities and know more about the resorts history and background. It was raining hard when we arrived but the warm welcome we had from the resorts management and staff is priceless.
Set against a backdrop of the beautiful exclusive Beach that is away from beach vendors, Matabungkay Beach Hotel is a unique tropical haven, offering a wide range of fun and leisure facilities. The perfect blend of 3 star resort amenities with the extraordinary beauty of the natural garden landscape covered by century old trees, together with friendly and famous filipino hospitality, ensure that the Matabungkay Beach Hotel experience really is a sensational indulgence.
Cocktail Party by the Beach
Upon arrival in the resort, we headed to the resorts Club House to meet Mr. Robert Crespo – the resorts Marketing Head and while having an ala carte “al fresco” lunch, we shared stories as if were having a reunion with old friends. After lunch, we went to our designated rooms to freshen up and prepare for our scheduled massage.
Designated bonfire area
The room we had is huge and clean and each standard room can accommodate up to three guests. The resort offers 57 combinations of Superior and Executive Guest Rooms, 12 Suites and 16 Villas Hotel Every room is air-conditioned with private bathroom and spacious private verandah. Suites and executive rooms have hot and cold baths, mini bars and cable television.
They recently launched their pool bar and karaoke / music room and along with these new amenities, they also have swimming pools, indoor games (dart boards and billiard tables), outdoor mega-sized chessboard, volleyball court, tennis court, indoor kids’ corner, spas, steam baths, water sports, floating bamboo rafts, Fortune Island Adventure, and other services.
Inside Calatagan Suite
After series of renovations, the resort is now fully equipped with new amenities offering the same relaxing feel that families have been enjoying for over three decades.
Kayaking in Matabungkay
After the relaxing massage, our group gathered at the beach activity area for the cocktails and to meet the resort owner Mrs. Charley Antonio and staff and the band members from the Bloomfields.
I had a nice conversation with the resorts General Manager – Rico Violeta. His vision is to bring back the resorts old glory and to invite new visitors to experience the resort and its new offerings.
Matabungkay Beach Front
Being a resort that already existed even before Boracay became a destination of its own, the resort unlike the later was able to maintain its good reputation and with its glorious past, the resort became a part of each family’s tradition.
Back in the 80’s, the resort was a favorite hangout of Manila’s who’s who, foreign travelers and local celebrities. One interesting fact is that the resorts club house was designed by our national artist – Leandro Locsin.
Matabungkay is for Happy Campers
As part of the resorts relaunch, the resorts target according to Mrs. Charley Antonio is to offer a wider range of activities for their guests and to maintain the same relaxing experience that they have been offering for the past three decades.
More than its amenities and history, the resorts greatest asset is its hospitable people. Families and group of friends who visits to the resort keeps on coming back to see familiar faces and enjoy their visit much like their own vacation homes.
The cocktails was followed by a dinner while listening to the concert. Sponsored by San Miguel Beer, the resort hosted a concert to officially welcome the summer season, the resort offered a beach concert featuring the Bloomfields. Its my first time to listen to this band and after couple of songs, I became a certified fan… A huge fan!
Superior Family Bedroom
The next day, we were greeted by a beautiful morning and perfect beach climate with a blue sky. After having breakfast, Joie B. Oliveros – the resorts Marketing Manager toured us around the property to checkout the amenities. Before leaving the resort, we had lunch and a short meet-and-greet with the resort owner. Our visit maybe short but its truly worth remembering! If ill be given a chance to go back, I surely will!
The Cogon Bar
Although the town has too many resorts to choose from, Matabungkay Beach Hotel is the only resort that offers best in class dining facilities serving local and international cuisine, grilled local dishes, cocktails, and total entertainment.
The Bloomfields Concert – Matabungkay Beach Hotel
The Matabungkay Beach Resort and Hotel is located in Lian, Batangas. It is about a two and a half-hour drive from Manila. To get there, you’ll have to go through South Superhighway, then to Tagaytay via Sta Rosa. From there you head on to Nasugbu and then turn right to Lian.
The Bloomfields Album – Signed Copy Yahoo!!
Everyone, from couples to families setting forth on a weekend jaunt, to corporations working to build team bonds, will find bliss in Matabungkay. Affordable rates and easy accessibility make the place a top destination for families, corporate outings or barkadas.
For more information and online booking, visit www.matabungkay.net, or call +632. 917.834.1269. For the latest news and promos, join the Matabungkay Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/matabungkay.
Btw: Thanks for giving us a signed copy of the Bloomfields Album!