Another one of the places I remember from my childhood is Lian, Batangas mostly especially Matabungkay Beach. Since we felt like going to the beach in the middle of February, we decided to check out the Matabungkay Beach Hotel. My last visit was way back 2006 so I was curious to see if there had been any changes.
We came at a good time since we are able to take advantage of their Valentine Promo. If you are planning to book your stay, check their website. They normally offer a lot of promos. Accommodations are very affordable and we were able to book the superior family room good for 6 pax (PHP 6,888) and one deluxe room for 2 pax (PHP 3,999), all with breakfast.
Breakfast was satisfying even though you only had a choice between two sets. Since they have their own restaurant, we also tried eating lunch there when we arrived but I have to say that I wasn’t too fond of the food. So much so, that we looked at other options for dinner and we ended up buying fresh seafood and having it cooked for us by a local family.
What I liked about the resort was the number of activities they offered. Aside from the kiddie and adult swimming pools and the beach, they also offered water sports, a basketball court, a videoke room, bar and a lot more. The resort is ideal for families, groups of friends or even company events because of the large grounds.
The beach itself is actually quite nice. They ensured that their beach front is very clean and we enjoyed swimming right in front of the resort. I would probably have to describe the sand as
pinkish gold in the sun but probably more gray in the shade. Sam really enjoyed playing in the sand since it was the first time she had every been to the beach. She spent some time touching the sand and it’s different texture. We could rest easy watching her walk on her own because we knew the sand would be gentle to her if she fell down.
If you walked further along the beach you would come across the public beach which is actually very crowded and full of balsas or rafts. If you want more food options, that’s the area to go.
Early the following morning, we enjoyed walking along the beach and wading in the shallow water because of the low tide. One thing I really loved as a child when we visited Matabungkay Beach was the variety of sea creatures that we could observe during the low tide. One could see sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers, worm-like creatures, not to mention corals and small fish trapped within the tide pools. If you want to snorkel, it would be better to hire a boat.
They will take you to the areas which are still teeming with life, both corals and fish alike. The unfortunate thing about Matabungkay is that due to the number of visitors who have been coming to this beach in the last few decades, much of the corals near the beach have been destroyed.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay except for the food. I am rating it a 4/5 because of the varied choice in activities, their promos, very affordable accommodations and very clean beach front.
If you are interested in booking your stay at this resort, you can get in touch with them through the following contact details: Mobile: (63) 917-834-1269/Fax: (02) 817-11-76