Anyway, I didn't expect I would experience Pico de Loro's beach resort right away. Thanks to Mica for the last minute invite, I had a great weekend getaway in this lovely resort.
Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club
Getting to Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club
Honestly, this is the part where I got most excited. Only on weekends, Pico de Loro offers ferry services from Mall of Asia to the resort directly. I've never tried going to Batangas via a ferry. Hehe Anyway, this is really nice. Mica and I already felt we're on a vacation as we sailed our way to Pico de Loro.
Mall of Asia Jetty Terminal
For non-members and guests, the one-way fee costs P600. The ferry departs at 8:00AM. Travel time from MoA to Pico de Loro took 1.5 hours. It was a smooth ride.
the ferry for Pico de Loro members and guests
This Hamilo Coast property is really huge. There are nine residential condominiums which is surrounded by a four-hectare saltwater lagoon. For non-members, there's Pico Sands Hotel which has a hundred or more rooms. Shuttles are provided for easy transfers to anywhere in the resort.
Pico de Loro residential condominium buildings
country club area
The Hotel Room
Room rate starts at around 7,000 and up. This is already good for 2 adults and 2 kids, with free breakfast. As soon as we were handed our key cards, Mica and I immediately proceeded to our room and had a quick nap. Of course, we had lots of chismisan in between. ^_^
hallway on the 2nd floor
2 queen sized beds
veranda with the lagoon view
The room has 2 queen sized beds- with super nice comforter and soft pillows. There's a cabled TV with HD channels. Awesome, magkano kaya to monthly? I want this HD cable for our house. Moving on, there's also a fridge and the resort is not strict at all if you want to bring food and drinks inside the hotel room.
Of course there's the bathroom which is as spacious as the bedroom. Hehe Toiletries and hair dryer are provided.
with basic toiletries, bath towels, and hair dryer
The weather is perfect for some beach bumming. The light brownish yet clean shore of Hamilo Coast greeted us. There are many guests but there's room for everyone. Aside from swimming, there are lots of activities and water sports which guests can enjoy.
Sun Coral Cafe which is fronting the beach
beach lounge beds with umbrellas
1.2km long and light brown shore
2013 Pico-Tri Invitational
The annual Pico Tri event was about to start when we checked out the beach area. Im a bit excited because it will be my first time to witness a triathlon event.
Almost 300 world-class athletes and sports enthusiasts participated in this year's Pico-Tri.
the triathletes are almost ready
The race began with a 1.2 kilometer swim across Pico de Loro's famed shores.
1st part of the event: a 1.2-kilometer swim
The sun was unforgiving and I dont know how the athletes managed to swim for that long. Actually the sand alone is already extremely hot. Our slippers were not good enough to protect our feet. Obviously, I salute those athletes for their endurance against the heat.
a swimmer out of the water
One by one, the athletes got out of the water to perform the next event. Triathletes had to bike through a 35-kilometer challenging and rolling terrain. Oh my goodness.
2nd part of the event: a 35-km bike through a rolling terrain
all set for a long bike ride
Finally, the race ended with an 8-kilometer run within the resort.
final part of event: an 8-km run within the resort
one of the pretty iron ladies doing her last lap
I was very inspired to witness such event for iron men and women ages 21-50 years old! I was truly amazed with their strength, endurance, and determination to finish this race. It was a happy sight whenever families cheered for their loved ones. It was not a race afterall but more of a happy event.
Anyway, this man is the overall winner. He is really number 1.
he's really number 1!
All winners and runner-ups for all categories were awarded on an evening ceremony. It turned out to be a fun night of celebration.
the best among the 300 triathletes
Country Club Activities
After our BBQ buffet dinner by the beach, we intentionally left the party early to give way for our planned activity that night. Videoke session it is!
There's also some billiard tables for those who wanted to play and have a friendly pustahan. ^_^
And the best part is - Pico de Loro has its own bowling area! This place is really great for company and barkada outings.
care to have a friendly bowling competition?
The following morning, we had our buffet breakfast on the ground floor of Pico Sands Hotel. There were good tasting items like the tapa, bacon, and danggit.
buffet breakfast plates
Just when I thought I've already explored the best spots in Pico de Loro resort, this pool area proved me wrong. These swimming pools were the greatest places to just relax and have quality fun time with the family.
pool area fronting the lagoon and the residential buildings
kids and adults enjoying the water and the view
time to plunge
super thumbs up for Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club
It was indeed a relaxing and inspiring weekend getaway. ♥
Malay mo next year, isa na ko sa triathletes. Charot!
Pico Sands Hotel
Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Telephone: 214.7800 / 214.7888
Telephone: 214.7800 / 214.7888