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When was the last time you lingered over lunch with well crafted menus? Or reveled in the liberating sensation of sea breeze touching your skin? Bespoke luxury or not, the need to escape from one's urban pursuits can only be satiated according to one's terms. The only challenge is boarding a plane to and from one's ethereal destination that's tucked away in some isolated island.
Mabini strikes that rarest balances between procrastinating and being online. Someone with business acumen saw it fit to raise the standards of experiencing an accessible getaway. Soon, a sad pebbled beachfront was transformed into Anilao Tanlak Beach Resort that caters to guests with discriminating taste for exoticism and quick getaways. Many previous guests can testify to the wow factor upon entering the unpretentious entrance. They did not expect to see such a charming pocket of paradise in the coastal town. And they have to be right because the resort just opened last December of 2013.
|Lechon Paksiw lunch|
Accessible and Relevant
Decadent Manila is less than two hours away from Anilao Tanlak Beach Resort via a bus ride of Alps (with an hour of jeepney ride from the Batangas City Bus Terminal and five minutes more aboard a tricycle) or by private car. It stands out from its neighboring establishments for being a patch of relaxation by channeling the rustic timelessness of the iconic tanlak. The native grass which grows up to 15 feet long intricately adorns the resort in numerous ways from serving as window blinds to being wall accents. It was just natural for the place to embody the name.
Delicious Dining Experience
My overnight stay at one of its three so-called Maruja rooms was also an experience of a complimentary breakfast, welcome drinks, access to the swimming pool and common areas, resort Wi-Fi and overflowing kapeng barako, a potent coffee variety in Batangas. Food can be conveniently had at its restaurant facility with a plethora of gustatory choices. For lunch, I had a delicious lechon paksiw (roasted suckling pig stew) which I paired with a refreshing glass of mango shake. For dinner, I had a cordon bleu salad. Breakfast the next morning was equally impressive with a plate of longganisa and sunny-side up.
|Sea view veranda|
|Fancy stairway to the upper floor's quaint garden|
Most coveted at the resort is the Daniel room being a sea view and poolside crib. Room rates for double occupancy range from P4,500 to P5,500 while family rooms can set you back anywhere between P6,500 and P8,500. The Barkada Room can accommodate at least 10 guests for P10,000 while an air-conditioned kubo can be rented for an overnight stay at P2,500++. For those visiting during the day, Day Tour starts at 8:00am and ends at 5:00pm. Guests can rent modern-styled cabanas that are next to the swimming pool.
Kayaking and More
Ocean kayaks can also be rented at the resort since the tranquil shoreline of Mabini allows for fun and easy maneuvering of the canoe-styled boat. My favorite activity during my stay was doing nothing, a procrastinator's bliss. For lovely views of both sunset and sunrise, I rested in one of the fancy recliners and had power naps being serenaded by the soothing sound of gentle waves.
|Stylish poolside restrooms|
Looking good is part of Anilao Tanlak Beach Resort's charisma and guests certainly imbibe the credo. I did. There's certainly no price tag to making fond memories. I went back home to Manila refreshed and I did not have to suffer the grueling vehicular traffic within the NCR region just to satiate my need to relax.
Anilao Tanlak Beach Resort
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Address: San Jose, 4202 Mabini, Batangas, Philippines 4202
Phone: (043) 410-1846
More Photos Below:
|Common restrooms next to the upper floor courtyard|
|The resort bar and entertainment area|
|Cordon Bleu Salad Dinner|