In one online article I read about traveling, the author defines travel as an important activity in our lifestyle as it fundamentally transforms our individual uniqueness and personality. It is also an avenue to open your horizons to manifestly experience the beauty of nature, different cultures, delectable cuisines and magnificent landscape. Few things considered why almost everyone love to travel is to simply take a well-deserved break from our past-paced lives and busy lifestyle. It’s like rewarding yourself for a perfect and unforgettable travel happiness after working so hard in your chosen profession. It also foster great companionship and quality bonding with your family and loved ones and strong camaraderie with your set of friends and fellow adventurers. Actually there are so many types of travel or ways of traveling – weekend getaway, staycations, travel and road adventures, nature escapade, business (plus leisure) trip, group tour, holiday packages and a visit or stay to a private and secluded resort.
Sometimes, we travel to give us time to heal our mind and body from all the stress and worries mentally, physically and emotionally and at the same time helps us to bring back passion and self-possession to keep life moving with high spirit. During this time, a kind of travel we are looking is absolute seclusion and perfect peace in a location that limits to everyone and offers utter privacy and exclusivity yet accessible and not too time consuming getting to the destination.
In the Philippines, there are so many private island resorts that is surrounded by a vast coral reef and equipped with superior accommodation and traditional Filipino hospitality especially in the island provinces of Palawan, Cebu, Bohol, Boracay and a lot more. However, if you are living and working in Manila looking for quick getaway in a nearby private resort, one of the recommended places for private weekend (or any given day) escape is Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast.
Pico de Loro Cove
Pico de Loro Cove is a 40-hectare “Residential Resort Village” and is the first development in the “Premier Sustainable Coastal Resort Town” of Hamilo Coast. Hamilo Coast is an expansive 5,900 hectare property located in Nasugbu Batangas with 13 coves, a 31 kilometer coastline, rich marine life and abundant flora and fauna. 70 kilometers from Manila it is about 90-minute drive from Mall of Asia via the Cavitex-Ternate-Nasugbu route.
Hamilo Coast is a sprawling seaside sanctuary located near the southwestern tip of Luzon, one of the three main island groups of the Philippines. Bounded by the vast West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on the west and misty cloud-covered mountain ranges in the east, the property encompasses three major mountain peaks and thirteen coves, three of which are Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Pico de Loro Cove is the maiden community of Hamilo Coast. This premiere beach resort town of SM Group
For those who haven’t been visiting Pico de Loro Cove yet, I’ll take you a rundown for its superior and topnotch facilities and amenities designed to make your stay unforgettable and meaningful into total pleasure and copious of leisure opportunities. Of course, it’s a perfect backdrop for a good photo shoot too! So if you love camera, then you better make a reservation now!
Inside the Pico de Loro Cove gives you a chance to experience and explore a kind of eco-friendly vacation that combines green surroundings and utmost tranquility. It is a relaxing and eco-resort destination surrounded by lush mountains, tranquil lagoon and carbon-offsetting forests. During my 3 days stay in the cove, I had a chance to walk in the morning, visit different attractions inside like the hanging bridge and sightseeing at the lagoons. Taking time to stay outside your room and spend some time in nature is really stress-relieving.
Let me share with you my recent travel experience (of course I’ll be sharing photos) which I considered soooo special and memorable as far as my personal travel is concern because I was with my family. Yes, with my whole Family! What makes this travel special and significant as compared to my previous travels is because we celebrated my Mama’s 73rd birthday. And yes, we had our annual family getaway plus the birthday celebration at Pico de Loro Cove a few weeks ago.
Pico de Loro Beach and County Club is not-your ordinary travel getaway destination and inviting haven over the South offering the most wide-ranging land and sea-based recreational facilities located in a secluded and unruffled coastal area and sandy shore nestled in a tropical paradise in Nasugbu, Batangas. This premiere beach resort town of SM Group with a captivating views of the lush mountains and tranquil lagoon is indeed a perfect place for family celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries, welcoming a visiting balikbayan members of the family or a friend and any special occasions) and fun-filled bonding with your barkada (set of friends) and office colleagues to relax and stay away from the hustle and bustle outside the city for a short period of time.
Though the resort is an off-limits to everyone (meaning it’s NOT a public resort) if you are not an exclusive member of the Hamilo Coast community. However, don’t fret if you are not a member as there are also other ways to visit this private resort. 1) You can stay in the SM owned and in-house Pico Sands Hotel, a tropical contemporary seven-story hotel that offers spacious rooms equipped with modern amenities. The hotel is open for public and accepts reservations and inquiry. 2) If you know any members (you can also coordinate with its authorized agents) offering their owned unit for rent which you can arrange a scheduled resort visit for proper endorsement.
For inquiries and other concerns, you may call their trunk line number: + 63 2 464 7825 or 45
Pico de Loro Beach Club (For Members Only) and Pico de Loro County Club (Open for Members and Non-Members) is the pioneer leisure club of Hamilo Coast. It boasts of first-rate and premier recreational facilities in Nasugbu area. If you are a member of the club gives a lifetime access to its best of land and sea facilities centrally situated in one convenient location. If you are NOT a member during the visit but accompanied by a club member will automatically give you an access to other facilities exclusive for members.
During our stay, we were able to witness the Birds of Hamilo Exhibit that features different species of birds endemic to Hamilo Coast. It is a partnership of Hamilo Coast and the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines.
- Adult and Children’s Pool
- Baia Ballroom and Foyer
- Cala & Alegria Function Rooms
- Club Pico
- Covered Tennis Court
- Videoke Game & Karaoke Room
Pico Beach (For Non-Members)
- Lagoa – Located at the ground floor of Pico De Loro Club serving Filpino, Asian and American diner meals.
- Lagoa Pool Bar – Serves pizza, burgers, and other snacks that complement the selection of refreshing smoothies and cocktails
- Sun Coral Café (For Members Only) – A seaside bistro that specializes in Filipino fare.
- Pico Restaurant – Specializes in Spanish Mediterranean and Filipino cuisine located at the lobby of Pico Sands Hotel. Open 24 hours.
- Pico Bar – Serves a wide range of beverages including its signature fruits juices and Mojito blends located across Pico Restaurant.
- Reef Bar – A beach side bar that serves refreshing drinks and delightful meals daily. Here you can savor tasty appetizers and a variety of casual meals and grilled dishes.
- B&B – A casual bowling and billiards hall that serves all-day snacks, appetizers, and non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
- Grab N’Go – A convenience store and service outlet located at the lobby of Country Club offering variety of snacks, beverages and vacuum packed meals.
- Beach and Pool Bar – An al fresco bar located at the Beach Club serving light snacks and refreshing cocktails and smoothies.
- Brisa Bar – A seaside bar that serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and finger foods. A guest DJ or musical act often performs the latest hits on Saturday nights.
On top of the aforementioned in-house facilities where you can truly enjoy your stay inside the resort, there are other beach and off-island site seeing excursions and resort activities you can take advantage of which include the following:
- Banana Boat
- Cove Tour
- Jet Ski
- Paddle Board
- Volleyball / Football
- Water Taxi
- Wind Surfing
- Bird Watching
- Park Rides
- Row Boat
- Pony Ride
- Board Games
- Table Tennis
Good thing to know is that there’s a holy mass held every Sunday at St. Therese Of The Child Jesus Chapel. It’s always a plus factor when there’s a chapel inside the resort so that you won’t miss out the spiritual obligation every Sunday while taking a holiday break. Oh! Before I forget, the chapel’s location provides a panoramic and magnificent view of the cove and the nearby greenery mountains.
Other remarkable resort features and services:
- Several open air multi-seat shuttles operate throughout the complex, transporting guests free of charge to their requested destination around the area.
- First Aid. A nurse is on duty 24 hours a day to provide medical assistance. The resort have also partnered with Lifeline Rescue Services for medical emergencies.
- Special arrangement trips to unspoiled and exclusive coves within the coastal area such as Santelmo, Subli, Arkaya, Balibago, Baybay, Bucanita, Dorado, Etayo, Limbones, Neela, Papaya and Patungan
For our accommodation, we stayed in my friend’s unit located at the 4th floor of Jacana Building. Though, I’m not posting any photos of the unit due to privacy agreement but I can make endorsement to the owner if in case anyone is interested to rent the unit. One of my favorite spots inside is the small veranda where it has a great scenery overlooking Mt. Pico de Loro.
Take your time to discover the spectacular eco-friendly vacation resort at Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast where tropical luxury, comfortable temperature, tranquil community, environmental awareness, greenery surroundings and everything in between that will surely leave you relaxed and rested. Indeed, a perfect spot if you are looking for idyllic nature encounter and relaxing escape that is worth remembering.
Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast
Location: Pico de Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast. Brgy. Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact Number: + 63 2 464 7825 or 45
Instagram: @picodeloroclub / @hamilocoastph