A few months, ago I thought already about it, how and where to celebrate my 50th birthday. I would like to celebrate with my honey in the Philippines on a beach without its hustle and bustle. At that time I didn’t know that the Philippines will be my new home and I will no longer return to Germany after the usual vacation.
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About 2 weeks before, we have looked at a few eligible resorts and hotels on the Internet, the condition was that it is easy to reach by car and the journey does not take too long. In addition, it should be classy (or classier than our usual accommodations) fitting the occasion, but still affordable for us. To make it worthwhile, we have decided to spend at least 2 nights there.
Ultimately, we chose the Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa, also because there was a promo offer from Agoda. (Affiliate).
Unfortunately, the hotel was booked out on one of the days, so we chose the Matabungkay Beach Resort and Hotel, that is not so far from the Canyon Cove … and there was also a promo offer.
The journey started from San Fernando Pampanga across Manila. It was the second time I drove through Manila. For me as a boy from the countryside, it was something special. I will not call it driving actually… haha … it was more of a stop and go anyway .. haha…traffic was so terrible! Well, this time it was not that bad. The first time I drove (or parked) through Manila, going to Laguna, we needed 8 hours for 140 km, ok, it was on a holiday, to be honest.
After leaving Manila behind, it was actually quite fast, except for a few towns and cities with the usual traffic jams, of course. We drove the R-1 and then the Nasugbu-Ternate Highway through the Palay National Park. It is really beautiful there and the roads are very curvy, which of course I really enjoyed. When we reached the Kaybiang Tunnel, I wondered about the many people stopping there taking pictures. But in the Philippines, tunnels are a bit rare and it seems to be a tourist attraction there, after all, it is the longest tunnel in the Philippines with 300 meters.
On the other side of the tunnel, we had a great view of the sea. There was a small sari-sari store where we indulged a fresh coconut. Afterwards, we drove further towards Nasugbu and then through Lian, where we reached the Matabungkay Beach Resort after a short time. Altogether that was 190km and just over 5 hours travel time.
After arriving at Matabungkay Beach resort and checking-in to our deluxe suite, we are off to explore the area. The beach is clean and quiet, the water is very shallow. There are several bamboo rafts nearby that can be rented for a full day.
Also for water sports enthusiasts, there are lots of activities, such as jetski, banana boat, kayaks, helmet diving etc. But we only had a walk on the beach and then went to the bar afterward. After a drink, we decided to have dinner. The restaurant impressed us with its very high wooden ceiling and with the wind it was very airy and pleasant.
The dinner was quite generous and tasted very good. The premises were not very new but overall still left a good impression.
The next morning we are off again and after checking out at 12 we took some pictures and drove around 1 PM towards Wawa,Nasugbu where our next destination is.
At about 15 o’clock we arrived at the Canyon Cove, we got a Superior King room in the main building and the view from the balcony was quite nice.
After we settled in the room, we went again on a discovery tour. Arriving at the beach, the first thing that stood out was the inflatable watercourse.
The long sandy beach was quite nice and the pool was very attractive. Of course, there are many children in the pool during the day, but in the evening it was almost empty. There is another, but a smaller pool, in which actually nothing was going on.
After our little tour, we went to check the restaurant and decided to indulge in a cheesecake that was really delicious.
Then we had a small afternoon nap … I just got 50 years old on that day and at this advanced age you need enough recovery periods
In the late afternoon, we sat outside and there was this live barbecue, so we chose a few delicious things, which were then cooked on the grill.
The evening passed quickly and the next day we got up relatively early to take some pictures and fly the drone.
After checking out, we drove to Manila China Town, because we have bought a few things there.