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The Suites at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club

My bf just started his sembreak and I wanted to take him for a vacation. While scouring through the net for possible weekend escape, I stumbled upon The Suites at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club. The place seemed to be a great venue to relax and unwind — I was correct!

I initially booked for an overnight (2pm-12noon) stay but we changed our mind a few days before our booked date and had it booked for day use (8AM-6pm) instead. The accommodation, free use of their pool, plus free breakfasts for 2 costs Php3050. The same amount for overnight booking.

Since it will be our first time there, I had a lot of questions. Good thing they were really very accommodating and they seem to answer all my queries 24/7 whether thru text or email. That’s great customer service! (As expected from a first-class hotel.)

How to Get There?

1. Take a bus going to Lipa via Calabarzon at Buendia Bus Terminal (Php100-135). Jam Bus with routes via Calabarzon seem to be able to get you there faster. We were given student discounts (yay!) and were charged Php100.

2. Take a trike from Lipa bus terminal to SM Lipa Terminal (Php40 for 2 pax). The buses used to end at SM Lipa Terminal but I heard that now Jam buses have a different terminal and are not allowed at SM Lipa Bus Terminal.

3. Take another trike from SM Lipa to The Suites at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club (Php60 for 2 pax).

The resort has a shuttle service (golf cart) that will take you to the reception area when you get there. That’s it then you go explore the place upon checking in.

Accommodation costs around Php2500 without the breakfast. Their breakfast meals cost around Php250 and their lunch costs around Php320 above. The breakfast was so-so but the lunch was really great. Big serving and definitely sumptuous. You may opt to have your meals outside of the resort. One trike ride away and you’re out there with several choices like  Shakey’s, Goldilocks, etc.

TIP: If you intend to dine in their resto, make sure you’re not wearing short shorts and slippers. They’re quite strict with the dress code.

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES:

TIME                               ACTIVITY                                                                   PRICE/person

7am             Buendia bus terminal to Lipa via Calabarzon                 Php100

8:15             Trike from Lipa Bus terminal to SM Lipa                           Php20

8:30              Trike to The Suites at Mt. Malarayat                                  Php30

9-5                Explore, Eat, Swim                                                                   Php1525

Lunch                                                                                          Php320

5:15pm       Trike to SM Lipa                                                                       Php25

Bus to Cubao*                                                                          Php132

*We decided to ride from SM Lipa instead of riding another trike at the Lipa Jam Bus terminal.

I liked the place so much I’m booked again at The Suites on November! This time with my family for my sister’s birthday celebration.

 

Tutubi gave a great and thorough review for The suites at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club.
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My Short Trips in 2012 #4: Club Balai Isabel

I was fortunate to avail of a voucher from Metrodeal for an overnight stay in Club Balai Isabel. The voucher includes:

  • Lakeside Suite (fully equipped with TV, private balcony) for 4
  • 3 luxury swimming pools
  • Breakfasts for 4 people included
  • 1 hour Kayak use
  • All voucher holders will also get a 30% discount on water sports activities, 20% off on massages
  • Free Balai Isabel cap

All for only Php5750 or Php1437.50/person. However, when we got there, we were only able to avail of the breakfast and use of swimming pool. In fact, we stayed in just 1 pool coz we were that satisfied. 🙂 We’re not really fond of kayaking and we didn’t bother to ask for the Balai Isabel cap.

Before our trip, I read a lot of negative posts/reviews for Balai Isabel so I was not expecting much when we went there. Good thing it turned out to be such a wonderful experience for us.

We used the public transpo going there. Just visit Club Balai Isabel‘s site for directions. The instructions are very helpful. We spent around Php140/person using the public transpo. Before riding the last tricycle ride going to Club Balai Isabel itself, we decided to eat near the tricycle station since I’ve read that food in Balai Isabel are a bit pricey. Lunch in a carinderia is around Php72. 🙂

Upon arriving at Balai Isabel, we were given our accommodation quickly (unlike some reviews that I read saying that it took long for some visitors to get their rooms). After fixing our things we decided to swim at once! We were awed by the beautiful sceneries from the pool. It’s breathtaking!

Food was okay (some reviews said it was not good) but quite pricey.

We enjoyed our sumptuous dinner there (Php235 each). 🙂 Then we had our free buffet breakfast in the morning. My sisters swam for the last time before we packed and headed back to Manila.

Total expenses: around Php2024.50

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My Short Trips in 2012 #2: Amana Waterpark

We went to Amana Waterpark June of 2012. It was a fun overnight stay with many pools to choose from. Kids as well as the kids at heart will surely like the life-size characters of their favorite cartoon superheroes.

For more info regarding their rates, you may go to their website: http://www.amanawaterpark.ph/home.aspx

One way to describe it is it’s like Tagaytay (the climate, horseback riding, ziplining, etc) with swimming pools. There are also food stalls inside so don’t worry about bringing in food. We brought our own food so expenses were kind of trimmed down.

I spent Php1,374 for an overnight stay with my family of 6. Expenses were divided in 3 since we’re the “host” of the event. These include the room and the dinner. Their food are okay. 🙂 We drove there so I have no details regarding the expenses for transportation. I advise bringing your own car though.

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