Stilts Calatagan in Batangas

Summer is here again and before school lets out and the beaches get crowded, the husband and I trooped to one for my birthday weekend. We had been looking for a pet-friendly beach so that our ten-year-old labrador retriever, Bishop, may experience how it is to frolic in the sand while he is still able to. When I saw that a friend was a fan of the Facebook page of Stilts Calatagan in Batangas, I looked at their photos of the place and saw that they are open to bringing in pets. I was excited for my babies!

It took about 3 hours from our house in QC to the resort via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu highway.

These lovely trees lined the road along a hacienda in Batangas owned by Enrique Zobel

These lovely trees lined the road along a hacienda in Batangas owned by Enrique Zobel

It was our two dogs’ first long drive so while we had them do their usual bathroom routine before we left, we braced ourselves for ‘surprises’ along the way. My husband was great at sensing when Bishop wanted to go, and true enough, when we pulled over the first pit stop along SLEX, it didn’t take long for Bishop to do the deed at an empty space behind Starbucks. We didn’t know that pets aren’t actually allowed in the area but they gave in to us anyway. 😀

Finding our way to the resort was a cinch with our trusty Waze app. (TIP: There probably won’t be any data connection at some areas of the trip so to make sure you don’t lose the navigation on Waze, plot your trip at home while you still have internet connection. You will lose real-time traffic updates but the directions will stay on the app due to GPS.) The road was rough for about a kilometer before the gate but it wasn’t too bad.

This is where the rough road begins

This is where the rough road begins

We arrived at past 10am and were prepared to camp out in one of the outdoor cottages until check-in time at 2pm, but we were told that our room was ready and they allowed us to check-in early. Great!

Photo of the gate - pardon the white streak. I took this from the car.

Photo of the gate – pardon the white streak. I took this shot from the car.

Love this pathway leading up to reception!

Love this pathway leading up to reception!

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Look who met us at the door!

 

They gave us the Passion cottage right on the beach which the husband really loved. I would have preferred one of those on the stilts but those were only for 4+ people. Next time then!

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I loved the all-white motif  inside our cottage. And the striped hotel linen! The bath and toilet were in separate rooms so that was very convenient. The room was clean enough. While we appreciated that they also have heating in the shower, sadly the shower head was set to jet stream that it felt like being struck with tiny needles each time we showered. And there was no way to adjust it. I used the bucket and ‘tabo’ (dipper?) instead which were thankfully available.

We had lunch at the resort restaurant and liked the cooking. As expected, the meals were a little pricey but that’s resort food for you. You may bring your own food and cook at the resort, albeit for a price. The entire afternoon was spent playing with the babies on the beach.

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We had hoped that Bishop would happily play in the (shallow) water, but perhaps 10 years is too long a time to wait to bring him to the beach. He did attempt to wade in but didn’t last long. Although, there were a couple of times when he was chasing after a ball and some birds that he ended up in the water without noticing. His retriever instinct kicked in! Ava wouldn’t budge though. I had to bring her in a couple of times but she would always swim back to shore (that was fun to watch too). It was a joy to watch them though, especially when they would play with each other on the sand.

Since our cottage was right on the beach, we also enjoyed the pretty sunset.

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Leaving the next day proved difficult as we had grown attached to the place. It was almost deserted – perfect for a getaway from the busy and noisy city. We do hope to be back soon and stay longer than a day.

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8 comments on “Stilts Calatagan in Batangas
  1. TPS says:

    Belated happy birthday, S!
    The place looks beautiful, and the two cuties seem to have enjoyed the outing.

  2. edelweiza says:

    Batangas beaches are love! Ganda pala dyan sa Stilts, ah! I’ve been to Virgin Beach Resort, Palm Beach Resort, and Vista Aplaya before (office outings). All are in Batangas and highly recommended.

    P.S. Belated happy birthday to you! 🙂
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    • Sheryl says:

      Thanks for the tip and the greeting! 🙂 My first Batangas beach experience was when I was ten pa lang and it was at La Familia – hinde sya white sand. So this was a welcome and memorable experience and babalik kami definitely.

  3. Kristine says:

    Hi! I just want to ask, how was the beach in Stilts? Thank you!

    • Sheryl says:

      Hi Kristine! The beach is okay, coarse and white. If you’ve been to Boracay or parts of Bohol where the sands are powdery, you will not like it here. We went to Stilts for our pets. Hope this is helpful! 🙂

  4. Renz Raule says:

    Thanks to this blog, it brought back memories. We visited The Stilts in early February 2017. Weather was not cooperative, it was drizzling the whole day and the tides were low. We could not swim deep and far enough from the shores because of the presence of see weeds. However, overall our stay was pleasant; the ambience of the place was really good, solemn and perfect for a getaway from the urban jungle. Every nook and cranny of the resort evokes poetry (literally and figuratively)! The food in their restaurant was a bit pricey but okay, though it took a long while for our order to arrive, the taste and servings made the wait worthwhile. Best of all is the pet friendly policy; we brought along our cocker spaniel and she did enjoy frolicking in the sand and barking at other dogs as if the place was their own home. I would come back and recommend it to others.

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