Hamilo Coast is a very private leisure destination. I say "very" because, this is located at the end of the string of private beach clubs in Nasugbu, Batangas. Also, you'll only be able to stay here if (a) you own a unit, (b) you knew someone who has one and you're authorized to use it or (c) if you'll book a room in Pico Sands Hotel. We do not own a property here and staying at the hotel is not best option for us as a family (of six). Option B was definitely the way to go.
I found out about unit owners renting their place and I luckily stumbled into a blog with a previous renter's contact info. Unfortunately, her units were all booked but her friend still had a unit left. It was peak season and we were able to book with only a week left before our chosen dates. We were still lucky.
|residential condos around the lake|
For non-members, you still have to go through the country club for registration before you can check-in. You will be given the key to your unit at the condo reception.
|at the condo lobby|
We rented a 1-Bedroom with Balcony Unit good for 6 pax. The rate is PHP 6,500 per night. There's a King Bed, a sofa with pull-out bed, futons and lots of pillows. Yeah, there's a plenty of room for everyone. We slept soundly. My only complaint was, they should have provided us with extra blankets.
The unit is very minimalist. Well, if you are on vacation you wouldn't spend most of your time staying inside, right?
|the living room|
There are the basic amenities. A/C, fan and flat-screen TV with cable.
One of our main prerequisite when we go out of town as a family, is a fully furnished kitchen. Mom was happy to see there's everything we need. We always want to cook our own food. It's not just that resort food are overly expensive, sometimes you do not get the value of what you paid for (read: so-so).
I'm also glad that the T&B is very clean. It's a major turn off for me if it's dirty or moldy.
|don't mind me in the photo haha! ;)|
It's also very spacious which I liked. You know, the one can go take a shower while other person can still brush their teeth sort of thing.
Then, there's the balcony where you can see the verdant surroundings which is very relaxing. You can also convert this into a dining area like we did for our breakfast. At night, it became the location of our drinking session. :)
|get some fresh air from the balcony|
Our unit is located at the second floor of Jacana Building. It is very near and just a short walk to the country club.
|the condo building|
We enjoyed our stay here. If you are a group (barkada) or a family, you better just rent a condo unit. Aside from the fact that it's more practical, it's also more fun staying altogether in one room. We had no problems during our entire stay. It is a great place for family bonding and recreation.
Have fun in Pico de Loro! :)
Here are the details of our contact person:
Mary Jean Ner
Condo Unit Owner
Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club
Phone Nos.: 0935-7979636; 0922-8855552
Rates: PHP 4,500-4,800 for Studio Units; PHP 5,500-6,500 for 1 Bedroom with Balcony
She is very prompt to answer all your queries and will give you all the information you'll need to know. Transaction with her is worry-free too. She'll confirm your reservation and will provide you with the necessary papers for check-in as soon as she can.
Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Disclaimer: Please read the other readers' comments below. I've been getting comments lately about other people having difficulties dealing with Ms. Ner recently. I will not rewrite anything in my post as it was based on how we transacted with her before (May 2013) which turned out to be positive. Be informed of the recent negative feedbacks about her before contacting her for booking. To everyone who shared their bad experiences, thank you! It will serve as a warning to other potential guests. Thanks also to those who came back to this site to share their alternate booking suggestions. You are all welcome to share anything you think that may help. ~Liz 06/02/14; 02/26/15
My post about Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club up next.