Just came back from a rather short honeymoon at Acuatico Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. The resort wasn’t bad. The problem is we ended up with a room that was so cramped! I wasn’t able to snap a photo but the bathroom was like just the shower here, the bowl beside it, and then the washbasin beside it. The bedroom was similarly cramped. We stayed the night because we got there late already and we had no more time to look for alternate resorts.
But everything else was good. They got a really awesome infinity pool with a bar in the middle, good facilities, beach, and food. The resident manager and the staff were also nice and friendly. I didn’t see the other room-type but, even though expensive, it just might have ended up to be better experience and worth it.
Getting There: Getting there is a long process (a detailed map is available here). From Metro Manila, you need to go through the full length of SLEX, exit towards Batangas, take the Star Tollway, exit towards Lipa, then to either Padre Garcia or Rosario, then to San Juan, and finally to Laiya and a long stretch of resorts accessible via a mixed gravel and concrete road. Cars can navigate the road but you’ll need to moderate your speed. Total travel time is around 3 to 4 hours.
Rooms: Room rates are P5.5k for the cramped room, and P7.5k for the bigger room. All rooms with hot water, air conditioning, and wide-screen LCD TVs with cable. WiFi is available and the signal is very strong in the room.
Food and Beverage: The room is inclusive of breakfast for two. Your choice American or Filipino breakfast. Food at the in-house restaurant is about P100 to P300 per and drinks at less than P100 per.
Facilities: They have an awesome infinity pool, a good beach, kayaks (that you can row to nowhere really), and they can arrange for jet skis and snorkeling trips.