When I want to spend time in the water, I prefer going to the beaches, falls, or rivers rather than to pool resorts. I like getting wet around nature than being in a pool — feeling the earth rather than the concrete and tiles. We were looking for a nearby resort where we could just chill and swim, preferably a beach resort. We checked Facebook and found nothing that we like at that time. Then, my girlfriend bumped into a resort called Villa Jovita Resort in Agoncillo, Batangas… a pool resort.
VILLA JOVITA RESORT
There is something different with Villa Jovita Resort. It composes of pools surrounded by nature — swaying bamboo trees and a river. But what’s more wonderful about the resort is that it uses spring water for its pool rather than the water we’re used to — water with chlorine. No harmful chemicals, just clean and clear natural water.
Villa Jovita was a home converted into a resort. Rooms are located in the house and just below the house area is where the pools, benches, and huts are located. There are 5 pools in total that were constructed in levels. This resulted to the water continuously flowing down to the bottom pool and then straight to the river.
What I liked about it the most was that the resort was designed to be in line with nature. It is surrounded by bamboo trees and the river. There’s a feeling of zen surrounding the area. If you want to feel relaxed and at peace, this is the place to spend that vacation.
We arrived in the afternoon and planned to rent a room but other guests were first to rent them so we end up renting a tent. They offered a tent with pillows and covers which we pitched beside the huts. It was not the peak season so we enjoyed the pool by ourselves and a couple of guests. Swimming while watching and listening to the striking bamboos. That night, we cooked our own dinner and stayed under the stars. The next day was probably when I appreciated the place more. The rays of the sun reflected onto the surface of the water which made the pool look like liquid crystals.
I thought Villa Jovita was a typical resort but I was wrong. This probably is one of the most chill places I’ve ever been to. A haven where we found peace and are surrounded by nature.
- Santa Cruz, Agoncillo, Batangas, Philippines
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Take a bus (DLTB) at Buendia Bus Terminal bound to Lemery. (Travel Time = 3 Hours, Fare = ₱178)
- Drop at the bus terminal in front of Xentro Mall. Take a tricycle beside the mall and tell the driver to drop you off at Villa Jovita Resort. (Travel Time = 30 Minutes, Fare = ₱50-₱80, depending on your haggling skills)
- If you want to spend less, take a jeepney bound to Agoncillo and tell the driver to drop you off at Villa Jovita Resort. Walk a few meters and you’ll see the entrance.
- Entrance Fee (Day Tour) = ₱100 (Adult), ₱75 (Kids)
- Entrance Fee (Overnight) = ₱130 (Adult), ₱100 (Kids)
- Accommodation (Rooms) = ₱3000 (Couple Room), ₱3500 (Family Room, 4-6 Persons), ₱3800 (Family Room, 6-8 Persons)
- Accommodation (Tent) = ₱1200
CHECK OUT THESE DISCOUNTED/PROMO RATES IN KLOOK:
- Aquaria Water Park Day Pass
- Cocoons Club Laiya Beach Staycation with Add-Ons
- Cintai Corito’s Garden Staycation with Breakfast and F&B Voucher
- Mobile Number (Globe): 0917 108 9462, 0956 562 0182
- Facebook Page (Villa Jovita): https://www.facebook.com/Villa-Jovita-453065921704808/
- Website: http://www.villajovitaagoncillo.com/
- They don’t offer food but you can ask them to cook the food (Raw fish and meat) that you will bring.
- If you’re planning a day tour, huts, tables, and benches are available where you can leave your stuff and eat your lunch.
- They offer rooms and tents for those who want to stay overnight.
- If you’re planning to stay overnight, make sure to contact them first to reserve a room.
- They just opened last year (2017) and they have plans to put other amenities to the resort.
- You can visit Taal Heritage Town and the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours (the largest church in Asia) as your side trip. From the highway, take a trike and tell the driver to drop you off directly at the church.