Instead of flying to Boracay, opt for the more affordable Laiya Beach Resorts in San Juan, Batangas. You get the same white sands and blue waters sans the touristy cocktail bars and accommodations. Bonus point: There are not as much notorious social media “enthusiasts” in search of a perfect “Laboracay” shot, or whatever they call it.
We were supposed to book a room or cottage in another resort but for very strange reasons, the contact persons at that resort refused to answer our calls and text messages (perhaps their inner psychics sensed we’re serials killers and they won’t allow us within their shores) so we just booked one of the biggest rooms at Triple G Beach resort.
Riding a regular passenger jeep we contracted nearby, we left our meeting place in Tagaytay at 10:30 in the morning of March 28. Two hours and a half later, everyone (especially the more excited ones who didn’t had breakfast before leaving) was so hungry so we decided to stop at the random space along the road for lunch. That random space happened to be under a cotton tree held captive by political posters of, what else, politicians.
After lunch, we were back on the road (like we really left the road) to find the beach resort. One more hour, a rough road, and some fifteen annoyed and impatient souls later, we passed by a public cemetery and reach what seemed to be a dead end. Someone had to convince himself/herself that we were lost and badly needed to ask for directions. Thankfully, an almost willing volunteer told us we’re more that one kilometer past our destination so we had to go back and eat more dirt bu finally we found what we were looking for.
Thanks to the resort’s miniature sign board, we already saw that cluster of Laiya Beach Resorts signboards but still had to eat dirt because Triple G’s was just too small to be noticed. So here’s a note – if you’ll come here in the near future, look for the Sitio Magalang sign. That will lead you to a cluster of beach resorts.
Triple G Beach Resort
The entry road to Triple G beach resort is very very narrow. You’ll have to maneuver your jeep carefully and don’t let your ears outside the windows if you don’t want them amputated.
That narrow road will lead to the Triple G beach resorts entrance (the photo was taken from the exit side)
Which will lead you to the rooms here…
Which will lead you to the rooms here…
and finally, to here.
There already were too many people to think that we’ve only been here a week before holy week. Imagine how much more people would be here during the holy week.
I believe the whole stretch of the beach is called the Sigayan Bay. According to the Triple G Beach Resort’s website (no longer online as of 11-30-2016):
TRIPLE G. is at the 7 kilometers long sandy beach of Laiya in the Sigayan Bay, close to the Verde Island passage. You can recover, sunbathes, swims and snorkels at the easily falling beach wonderfully. At our beach, we have a volleyball-court for our sporty guests and in the picnic area, you can test your voice with Karaoke. It is possibly to organize boat-trips to the neighboring islands and some day trips for our visitors.
The colored flags along the shore, somehow, mark each beach resort’s territories. Although, no one’s being prevented to go beyond their corresponding beach resort’s shorelines. In fact, I visited all of them to take pictures.
Laiya White Cove Beach Resort
These photos are from the Laiya White Cove beach resort:
Based from the view from the shores, I will say that Laiya White Cove beach resort has the best facilities among the beach resorts in that stretch of white sands. If you want to book a room at their resort, you may contact their staff through the following:
Manila Office: Tel. No. (02) 925-2562, (02) 926-9348, (02) 994-7392, (02) 871-1235 TelFax: (02) 425-0161 Mobile: 09212707660, 09235966733, 09052854047.
Or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kabayan Beach Resort
These photos are from the Kabayan Beach Resort (website no longer working as of 11-30-2016):
According to our Googling, there’s a swimming pool and an aviary inside the resort. I didn’t see any pool because I wasn’t able to infiltrate (spy?) their inner facilities but the aviary was visible from the Triple G beach resort.
If you want to check if there really is a swimming pool or wanted to see the birds in the aviary, you may reach Kabayan Beach Resort management through phone at (02) 709-1470, (02) 709-0115, (0917) 6279357, (0917) 8963312 or email them at email@example.com.
Okay, back to where we stayed, Triple G beach resort may not have the best beach resort facilities as compared to that of White Cove and Kabayan beach resorts but they offer the lowest rates (as compared to the other two, I wasn’t able to check the others). If you prioritize beach amenities, book your rooms at either White Cove or Kabayan but if you only want a decent place to stay, dine and keep your things secured while you bask in the sun or swim in the sea, book your rooms at Triple G beach resort.
Now tell me, why would you go to the beach? Is it A: to stay inside the best rooms in the universe; B: swim in a swimming pool; or C: swim in seawater and build sand castles? Do not go against better judgment and choose A or B. For my daughter Tifa and I, the answer can only be the letter C: swim in the sea, build
or destroy other beach-goers’ sand castles and sun-burn our skin in perfection. In fact, as soon as we put of things in our rented room, we changed immediately into our beach attires and started exploiting whatever the sea and the shore has to offer. These are what Tifa and I did in the water until sun down of day 1:
If in the land Tifa and I would play horse-horse, in the water we play seahorse-seahorse.
And as soon as Tifa woke up on day 2, she demanded that we go to the beach immediately. So off we went to swim and play in the sands.
What I really liked about the Laiya beach resorts is the big potion of shallow water. Or whatever it should be called. Ten or twenty meters from the shore, Tifa can stay in the water without having to take her feet off the sands. You know what I mean? If you can’t figure out what I’m trying to say, try checking the photo below.
Ten to twenty meters from the shore, the water is barely three-feet high. It means there are more fine sand under the water and the kids could still play without having to eat sands that goes with every wave. Compared to the beach in Calayo, Batangas, the shallow water is only a few meters away from the shore and even in deeper portion, you could still feel the sands floating with the waves. Also, in Calayo, the water level would suddenly become deep so there’s a big risk of the kids getting drowned even with proper adult supervision.
The next time you hear a call from the beach, try one of the Laiya Beach Resorts in San Juan, Batangas. And always check and compare as many resorts to get the best possible deals.
How to go to Triple-G Beach Resort, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Contact information: Triple-G’s website is no longer online. Contact details will be updated once available.
Last updated: December 7, 2016