The previous week had been very stressful and a trip to the beach was what I really needed. Weeks before, my friends planned a trip to Virgin Beach Resort. It was their go-to place, their place of serenity. They told us that the resort is a very good place to relax and find peace.
VIRGIN BEACH RESORT
Virgin Beach is located in Laiya, a part of Batangas known for its white sand beaches. What concerns me about this trip is the price. It was way over my budget but in the end, I realized it was worth it.
We took a bus in Cubao going to San Juan and rode a jeepney going to Laiya. The beachfront is part of the Tayabas Bay which makes the sea calm.
It was the rainy season but luckily we arrived with the sun high up in the sky. Days before, we booked for a Bed Parasol and a Cabana as our accommodations for us seven. After checking in, we went straight to our accommodations to check them out and appreciated the view of the sea.
Every guest was required to purchase a food package which was in buffet style. The package includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast for the next day.
There were few guests in the resort which really made us more comfortable having the place to ourselves. It was really peaceful and relaxing. We kayaked, played frisbee and swam to our hearts’ content.
THE STORM AND A FIRE TREE
During the night, the beach was lit by capiz lanterns and bamboo torches which added to the ambiance of the resort. We drank and played the whole night (Sorry, I haven’t captured any photos that night. XD).
Late that night, 3 of us stayed at the bed parasol, the rain started to pour strongly with very strong winds. Luckily, we remained dry and safe even the bed parasol was only covered by a tarpaulin and a white cloth.
The next day the sun rose high again. We went to the rightmost part of the beach where a lone Fire Tree stood. It added a different feel to the resort which amazed us and took a lot of photo with it.
Our trip to Virgin Beach Resort was expensive but it was worth it. It gave me the peace of mind that I really needed. It made me forget my problems for a while. The resort is a very good place to relax and to be with nature at the same time.
- Laiya, Batangas, Philippines
HOW TO GET THERE:
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
- Ride a bus (ALPS) at Cubao and drop off at the Bus Station in San Juan. (Travel Time = 3-4 Hours, Fare = P198)
- Go near the market and ride a jeepney going to Laiya. Tell the driver to drop you off at Virgin Beach Resort. (Travel Time = 45 Minutes, Fare = P40)
- You can also charter a tricycle from the terminal but expect it to be pricey.
BY PRIVATE VEHICLE:
- From Manila, take South Luzon Expressway and exit to Ibaan
- Proceed to Rosario and continue along Rosario-San Juan-Candelaria Road until you reach San Juan.
- Upon reaching the San Juan Municipal Building, turn right to San Juan-Laiya Road which will take you to Laiya.
- Pass Laiya Coco Grove and look for a sign on the left side of the road.
- Click HERE for discounted rates.
- Mobile Number: (+63)917 813-1301 (Globe)
- Landline Numbers: (+632)759-2020; 759-2828; 815-2584; 815-2587
- Website: http://www.virginbeachresort.com
- Overnight guests are required to avail their meal package which includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
- Pets are not allowed in the resort.
- Beverages and certain food items are subject to corkage fees.
- Aside from the open air Bed Parasols and Cabanas, they also have air-conditioned Casitas.
- If you are bringing watercrafts such as jet skis and speedboats, please coordinate with our Reception or Security. They will direct you to a designated beachside entry/exit area.
- The last trip for jeepneys going back to San Juan is 4:00 P.M. but this is also not reliable since trips going to Laiya are limited.
- Operating Hours: Everyday, 7:00A.M. – 7:00P.M.
- If you’re looking for other resorts in Batangas, also check this out: Villa Jovita Resort