Balai sa San Juan, San Juan, Batangas

18 Apr

As promised I will tell the complete story on my recent vacation with my colleagues.

We always go to Batangas because it’s near the Metro and we only go for an overnight stay. The owner of Balai sa San Juan is the owner of Balai sa Anilao as well as Balai sa Laiya (now Acuatico Resort).

We missed the resort by 15 kilometers we almost reach Laiya, which as far as the direction is concern we should have turned left at 6.7 kilometers right after we turned right from the Police Station. The reason behind this was the Arch of each Barangay in the road, the first two arch was present but when we looked for Brgy. Abung it was no longer an arch it was a different type of signage. Plus the resort signage itself is too small for people to notice, not eye-level also. The road was literally narrow but easy to follow. We reached the resort lunch time.

The Scenery

When I entered the property, I said “Oooh Temple Run….” It’s because of the wood bridges and brick walkways.

IMG_1832The place is so quiet, your voice will be echoed all over the place. You can hear the bird chirping the whole day. The sky is very clear.

But yes, there’s a bridge going to the clubhouse and other villas. The place is also a fish pond, they take care of different kinds of fish, I am not sure if they serving it to the guests. haha

They have 22 rooms all in all. The rooms were air conditioned and clean for you to sleep. The bathroom has hot & cold shower, but I didn’t use it cause it’s so hot.

The personnel were very accommodating, all of our requests were granted.

Since we checked in Sunday, we almost owned the place.

IMG_1842 see? Temple Run it is. Big Grin

The Food and Facilities

This is the best part. The food is amazing. Check out my lunch.

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I think that was: Yang Chow rice, Inihaw na Liempo, Mixed Veggies. They served soup and Sweet and Sour tilapia (I don’t eat Tilapia, so it’s not in my plate)

Here’s the lunch desert – almond jelly? haha

IMG_1821and the Kapeng Barako

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All meals were served buffet style. Their clubhouse looks like a tree house.

IMG_1819 I didn’t took photos of our dinner because I do not know, I was tired singing. hahaha They have a karaoke room.

IMG_1924 They also have a billiard table, chess board, word factory, scrabble, and books if you got tired swimming.

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They have complete signage on house rules.

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They have foot wash so that no sand will be carried inside the clubhouse.

IMG_1912 This was my second day breakfast.

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Banana

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I call this breakfast Tosilog: Tocino, Sinangag (Fried Rice), itlog (Egg). Complete with Tuyo (Dried fish), pancakes, bread, and fruits. Looks very yummy right? because it is indeed yummy!

My overall verdict for the food is 5/5. Winking

The Beach

This is the sad part of the place.

IMG_1846 Although the photo shows a very calm view…. The water has JellyfishesCrying

IMG_1847 See the whites and blues swimming in the water? That’s the Jellyfish and it’s near the shore. You cannot swim in the water because of fear.

So we ended up catching them.

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Then we headed to the pool instead. The people said that Jellyfishes are seasonal, sometimes they don’t exist, so I guess we were the UNLUCKY ones. haha

So my verdict for the beach is 2/5. Confused

More views

The sunset.

IMG_1876 The poolside.

IMG_1866 The coconut trees.

IMG_1869 The dawn.

IMG_1948.IMG_1939The sunrise.

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I took a video of the entire sunrise. I was up around 5 am and waited for it.

IMG_1961 The Chapel.

IMG_1990 More temple run photos.

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IMG_1983 The fish pond.

IMG_1989 The flowers.

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IMG_1992 My colleagues.

IMG_1904 and me.

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Ultimately, if you are looking for retreat I can recommend this place but if you are a beach bum I guess the place is not for you.

It is really more fun in the Philippines.

xoxo,

Sammy

Photos and post-edits: Sam | Camera used: Canon Powershot s90

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12 Responses to “Balai sa San Juan, San Juan, Batangas”

  1. thepinaslocalscene April 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Too bad there were jellyfish! gah. Were you able to try their mangrove trip? :-?

  2. chrisair April 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    can’t believe that you could find this place just in Philippines, I enjoy every pic you post on this blog thanks

    • Sam Lanuza April 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      Wow! Thank you so much for liking the photos, I took it myself. Visit the place some time.

  3. chinito April 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    haha taba mo na sam. cute mo pa naman sa profile thumbnail. sayang

    • Sam Lanuza April 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      haha this was last year and I really gained weight talaga because of my asthma. Will be posting the latest outing let me know kung pumayat na ko. LOL

      The photo thumbnail is recent. =)

  4. Angelica March 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Bad. Very offensive staff coordinator they have in Manila.. Her name is edith and she has filthy mouth to us costumers she even said maybe we shouldnt go instead! all because im asking question about reservation and their office and suddenly she gets pissed and throw words at me.. im paying customer of course i needed to be sure since it was just a bank to bank transaction rigth?! if only i could report her to the management of the resort i will!.

    • SL March 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

      Aww. That is so sad to hear. Customer should always be right.

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