Monday, February 25, 2013

Pico de loro

Hi everyone!  It's the long weekend here in the Philippines (only for students, adult workers still had a 2-day weekend).  I was fortunate to be sponsored to a trip to the beuatiful Pico de Loro.  Pico de loro cove is one of 13 coves in Hamilo coast of Nasugbu, Batangas.  It has 1.5 kilometers of gentle sloping beach and 107 hectares of marine protected area.  (Info from their website)  This development is from the SM group of companies and the facilities are for the exclusive use of members and their sponsored guests.  It took us around 4 hours to drive from Alabang to Nasugbu (no thanks to the delay we had to endure at the South Luzon Expressway, before the Sta. Rosa Exit.  It was due to a jeep that turned turtle which probably hit a black Lexus SUV.).
The trip was very straightforward and there was not much traffic as you pass along the towns of Laguna, Cavite and Batangas.  If it were not for the traffic we had to bear in SLEX, the trip from Alabang to Nasugbu would have been less than 3 hours.  Anyways, once you get to Pico de loro, you would be awed by the beach, the facilities and the numerous activities you can do while staying in this place.
The first thing we did was hit the beach.  I'm actually not a beach person.  I love the view and all...I love nature too, but I don't want going under the sun.  He he he...But since I'm here already, of course I want to make the most out of my stay.
The back of the beach club
Another view of the back of the beach club

I love this beach.  The sand is not as white as that in Boracay (it's actually more a grayish white) but it is fine and it is clean (no litter, for that matter).

If you are tired of swimming in the beach, you could try swimming in the pool at the Beach club or the luxurious and vast pool of the Country Club.  This is by far, the largest pool I have swam in in my entire life.  I say it's luxurious since it has beach chairs submerged in water.  Ahhh...the life.  We even saw 2 eagles soaring in the blue sky while we were swimming in the club pool.  Thank you very much to my sponsor (it wasn't Pico de Loro or SM group; part of my work, actually...I attended a lecture.) for letting me and my companions experience the amenities of Pico de Loro.  I <3 this place!

The large and...
luxurious pool.
The back of the country club.
Look at the submerged beach chairs on the right side of this picture...nice...

There are low-rise condominium buildings surrounding the man-made lake.  You can buy a unit for you to either use or have it rented.

Still part of the luxurious and grand country club pool
Man-made lake
This is the back of Pico Sands hotel where we stayed.  I'll write a review about it in a separate blog post.

Aside from swimming, Pico de Loro offers a multitude of activities for both young and adult.  There is a kid's outdoor playground and an indoor playground.  There are tennis courts, volleyball courts and a basketball court.  You can also do outdoor activities such as water sports (kayaking, riding boats), bike trail, cove tour, ATV use, etc.  The country club also has bowling lanes, billiard tables, chess and other board games.  For a minimal fee (the rates are really good, inexpensive), you can enjoy these amenities.  Check out their website at for more information.

The indoor kids playground (fee is just Php 100/kid/day!)

The bowling lanes
All in all, I had a very wonderful time at the Pico de Loro cove.  If I had extra money, I would want to buy membership shares in this very nice club.  Maybe in the future...Kudos to the SM group for making something like this.

I highly recommend everyone to experience the amenities and facilities that Pico de Loro has to offer.  Until next time.  Thank you for reading!

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