Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Day Well Spent at The Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Our First (and might be our last) beach getaway for Summer 2016 was spent at The Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort.
My husband agreed to have the quick getaway under one condition: No more than 3,000 Pesos should be spent for it. Challenge was accepted and Achieved. Read my post about my search for the perfect resort here.

We initially planned to leave the house at 5am aiming 8am as ETA at the resort but we woke up a few minutes after 4am, we were only able to leave by 630am.

Dogs are allowed at Stilts but since we are gong to stay at a table near the beach only, we decided to leave Jager at home for fear that he might not be able to endure the heat.

We took the route we usually take when we go to Tagaytay. It traverses through Imus, Gen Tri, and Amadeo, then we would end up near Mahogany Market in Tagaytay.



We brought along sandwiches for breakfast to save on money and time. We had 2 quick pitspots--- gas and bladder break.

We were in Lian, the town before Calatagan by 910am. There were some road improvement on the highway so we were at the Resort at 930am.



I could better tell you the story of our day at Stilts with photos.



When we entered the main gate, we were greeted by the guard, counterchecked our booking with their list and counted the number of persons in the car. We were then told to proceed to the front desk where we were given our welcome drinks and we were asked to settle the amount due for our booking. We were then assisted to our cozy nook.

Dear Husband enjoying our cozy nook. It was such a cool beachfront spot. McKenzie kept on telling us we should've brought Jager along, and I agree with her.

She brought along all her sand toys...

Kayak Time!


We rented a double kayak for half hour. I joined them after this shot.
We had lunch at their restaurant.


We toured the resort before going back to our cozy nook.



Serenity Beach is beyond the cove.
Cove between Harmony and Serenity
Serenity Beach
Campsite
Checked the Floating Cottages
Beach Volleyball

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool.
Thank You Stilts! We are coming back soon!

Okay so for the details of our Day Trip to Stilts Calatagan:

EXPENSES:
Gas- 600.00
Lunch- 410.00 (Grilled Liempo, 3 Rice, Crispy Wanton with Salsa)
Cozy Nook Table- 600.00
Day Tour Fee- 385 x 2 = 770.00
Kayak Half Hour= 125.00
Dinner (Tagaytay)- 480.00
TOTAL  2,985.00

Target Budget Achieved!

We were able to save some money by bringing along sandwiches which we ate on our way to Batangas rather than driving thru McDonald's which we normally do when we have an early calltime.

If we're going back there next time, we'd probably bring our own cooked food, and pay the 200 per person corkage fee. The food serving at the resto is not filling enough.

I've noticed that there are men who continuously clearing the seaweed on the beach which is really great.

The resort has more than enough people working on each corner.

I give them these ratings (1-10)
Security- 10
Cleanliness- 10
Staff Courtesy- 10
Food- 7 (serving too little)
Water Sports Assistance- 10
I can't wait to go back and spend a night or two at Stilts Calatagan.

Check their website:  http://www.stiltscalataganbeachresort.net/



The WAHM, Dulce Javier- Ansis