Traveling is more than just a leisure; it’s apparently also one of the best ways to bond with your family and your so-called “kada”. And YAS, last summer, my former colleagues – turned – workada went on a beach escapade at Stilts in Calatagan, Batangas.
Prior to conquering this new landscape, I did some research and was instantly captivated by its “Maldives” vibe because of its cottages above the water.
How to get there is already an adventure (LOL) since we don’t have a private transportation. One of our friends told us to take a shuttle van at Magallanes, only to found out that it should be at Taft. HAHA! Well anyway, the terminal is just near the EDSA MRT Taft station, you just have to walk past the jeepneys bound to SM MOA. If I’m not mistaken the fee is around PHP 200? After more or less 2-3 hours, we arrived at the bus terminal in Calatagan town proper. Afterwards we had a quick lunch at a carinderia and then rode a tricycle and told the driver we’re heading to Stilts. I no longer remember how much we paid for that ride thou. Gomen nasai!
Finally! We checked in at one of the floating cottages (Wishes) that can house up to 10 pax (PHP 9,400) then for additional 4 pax, we paid around PHP 975 each. It is already inclusive of towels (would like to emphasize this, HAHA), welcome refreshments at the resort, and complimentary breakfast buffet.
Stilts is quite huge with 24 hectares of rolling hills, flower-filled gardens, and white sand beaches (Serenity, Harmony and Destiny). Upon entering, we’ve stumbled upon the façade with various uplifting quotes carved on wood scattered everywhere throughout the resort.
We fell in love with our cottage instantly! It’s cozy and has master’s bedroom, loft and a living area and is immaculately clean.
We also love the veranda with hammock, the perfect nook for chilling. In there, the sea breeze lulled us to a restful break. Not to mention, the cottage itself is Instagram-worthy! Butttt, there is no TV nor wifi in the cottage. I think they did it intentionally so that people can truly enjoy and relax without getting distracted.
Low tide sets in in the afternoon, so the water level at the beach is really very low when we arrived and that moment, we noticed the seaweeds all around and we can’t definitely swim in the beach. So, we decided to swim the next day.
After taking some rest, we then roamed around. The resort offers several aqua sports activities such as kayak, paddle board, banana boat, speed boat, and among others. Aside from that, they also have some other recreational activities like biking, billiards, pony rides, ATV and many others! Not just that, they provide tours and diving gear rental. These aren’t free but for in-house guests (like us) may opt to enjoy some for free such as billiards, scrabble and chess boards. Indeed, there are a lot of activities to do at Stilts.
The pool area is segregated with a shallow one for kids and a deeper one for the adults.
Near the pool area is the Sweet Spot restaurant where we had our dinner at the al fresco. Mind you, rates were not very steep, and the waiter told us the food is just good for 1 person but apparently is not due to its big serving! Anyway, lesson learned there. Haha!
Scrabble + Pizza before dozing off.
The next day, we availed the breakfast buffet which includes fried rice, scrambled eggs, bacons, sausages, fried dried fish, pancakes (which they cook right there and then), cereals and milk, coffee and juices, fresh fruits and many more!
After eating, we then explored the beach area and spent some time there frolicking and having fun.
Overall, we enjoyed Stilts Calatagan! You see, it’s not everyday that you get to sleep on a cottage that has its legs on water. I love the ambiance and the tranquility the sound of the sea breeze provides while we’re at the veranda or while chilling at the hammock. We absolutely fell in love with the place and had a comfortable stay, too! This short break really helped me get back from all the distractions and struggles on my mind (like work? HAHA).
So there, if you’re heading to Batangas, then you could consider Stilts in Calatagan. It’s definitely a must-visit! 😉