I’ve been to Batangas several times, and I never get tired of going back. They have great food, stunning beaches, welcoming people, and close proximity to Manila. Aside from their Kapeng Barako (Batangas coffee), balisong (knife), and Lomi (egg noodles), tourists go here for the best resort in Batangas for family vacations.
One thing you should know about Batangas is that they are blessed with some of the most stunning shores in the country. Its capital, Batangas City, is the jump-off point to the world-renowned Verde Passage. Marine experts dubbed this strait as the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity.
If you’re planning a family vacation here, the first thing you’d surely look for is a resort to book. To help you out, I’ve listed eight of the best options based on my experience and the accounts of my traveling friends.
If budget isn’t an issue for your vacation, I highly recommend the Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel in Laiya, San Juan. This is a premium leisure resort where you can indulge in the luxuries of a family vacation.
Acuatico offers modern villas for families, couples, and even solo travelers. Each villa has deluxe amenities, including a minibar. Moreover, the resort itself has a stunning infinity pool, Jacuzzi, and kiddie pool. There’s even a floating bar where you can sip some refreshments while soaking your eyes on the Laiya sunset.
If you feel famished, you can dine at the Azul Bar & Café. In the afternoon, you can lounge by the pool or take a dip on the shoreline. Don’t miss their infinity pool too!
The rooms here are stylish and slightly lavish. It still feels homey with a great view of the sea.
The best thing about the Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel is that it’s only three hours away from Manila. It’s a short drive for the kind of luxury you’ll enjoy with your family.
If utter relaxation is what you need, you can consider La Luz Beach Resort and Spa for your family vacation. This is a leisure-oriented resort in Laiya, San Juan with a beautiful private beach as well as the floating bamboo obstacle course.
If you want to wipe your stress away, you can enjoy the spa and massage services on the resort. The masseuses are trained locals, so each massage that you pay for supports their livelihood.
For those who want to go around, there’s a guided day trip and water activities. You can rent a bike here for $5 an hour with an extra $5 if you want a guided tour. There are tribords you can rent for $3 per hour as well as windsurfing that costs about $10 for an hour and a half. For families who want to host a game night, there are board games for rent for just $2 a day.
If you have the money to splurge, you can rent a yacht for around $140 per cruise or a motorboat that costs $100 per hour for a maximum of four people.
This is a small and intimate resort that’s been in business for over 30 years. It used to be a private vacation spot for the family with 13 kids who own the place.
Nowadays, La Luz offers family and team building packages. Couples and solo travelers can also enjoy a stay here.
If you want a posh vacation, you should make a reservation at the Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas. This property is situated in the modern special economic zone. This is a full-service hotel so the price can be higher than most, but every dollar, or peso for that matter, is worth it.
You can choose from 136 deluxe suite rooms for your family’s vacation. There are three restaurants and bars here as well as a fitness center for the guests to enjoy. There are even two ballrooms here where regular events are being held. And being in an economic zone, you can expect excellent internet connectivity.
The relaxation starts at the massive outdoor pool of the hotel. It’s perfect for families or romantic getaways of couples. This isn’t a beach resort, but it still offers some peace and quiet for a weekend getaway.
For families with babies, the Lima Park Hotel also has babysitting services. They also offer airport transportation and a shuttle bus service.
If you have a car, you can drive around to visit attractions like the Milea Bee Farm, Marian Orchard, and the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
If you want to enjoy beach accommodation with luxurious accommodation and picturesque views, you should check-in at the La Chevrerie Resort and Spa.
This place was established by a French diver who was just visiting Batangas. La Chevrerie literally means “The Goat’s Place” because the area used to be a grazing spot for goats. From being a simple home, the owner decided to build a sanctuary on this side of Anilao, Mabini.
Mabini is a diver’s hub because it’s the jump-off point to the famed Marikaban Island.
For family vacations, La Chevrerie offers al fresco dining with a breath-taking sunset view. There’s also a dive shop here where you can rent gears and avail of guided plunges.
As for the accommodation, each room bears a spacious contemporary design. If you don’t want to take a dip at the ocean, you can settle on their infinity pool with the sweeping view of the Anilao shoreline.
La Chevrerie only has 13 rooms to ensure that every guest will be attended to properly. It’s also a big plus because you and your family will enjoy the privacy. Just watch out for the goats!
5. Vivere Azure
Are you looking for a five-star hotel? You’ll never go wrong with Vivere Azure. This paradise is nestled at Barangay Aguada, the southwest point of Mabini, Batangas. A vacation with your family here is a commune with nature.
The rooms at Vivere Azure has a contemporary design with an airy vibe that puts you close to nature. They also have rooms with excellent views of the sea. The best part is that this vacation spot is just 2 to 3 hours away from Metro Manila.
This is a boutique hotel, so each room is unique. And since it’s in Mabini, there’s a dive shop here where you can rent gears and pay for a guided dive. For starters, there are snorkels for rent at the resort.
You can also soak on the resort’s infinity pool that overlooks the Verde Island Passage.
Take note, though, that since this is a five-star hotel, the rates would be much higher than the other resorts I listed here. On average, this place will cost you about $289 a night.
For budget vacations, you can consider the Palm Beach Resort in San Juan, Batangas. It’s a family resort that was formerly known as La Frondosa. It lies on the coastline of Laiya, a very popular spot for family vacations and divers.
Palm Beach Resort is a quiet respite with all the vacation luxuries at a lower price point. They have an infinity pool with the sweeping view of Tayabas Bay. It’s a laidback place with simple rooms, which aren’t short of comfort.
This is a very family-friendly place with a children’s playground and family activities. There’s also a kiddie pool where little ones can take a plunge. For lazy afternoons, your family can lounge on the cabanas. You can even request a massage by the beach.
On the beach, there are team-building setups that families can use with permission from the resort. There’s also a resort cart going around the resort to bring you to and from the casa where you’re checked in.
Overall, the resort offers high-end services for reasonable rates.
Another pick as the best resort in Batangas for family vacations is the Acuaverde Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan. This is a laidback place dotted with cabanas and lush trees for a relaxing retreat. Although their accommodations are humbler than what you’ll see on five-star hotels, Acuaverde has its own charm.
There are also mini gazebos by the beach where you and your family can lounge. For families with young kids, Acuaverde has a children’s playground. This is a very inclusive resort where you can find the peace and quiet you want for a vacation.
For dining, there’s the Al Fresco Bar as well as Cocina on the resort. These areas have a rustic and traditional Filipino vibe where you can enjoy some privacy.
The Acuaverde Beach Resort boasts the stunning view of the Laiya beachfront. Unlike other resorts in Batangas, Acuaverde is tucked away from the noise of the tourists.
Overall, Acuaverde Beach Resort offers a laidback vacation close to nature with some luxuries to enjoy.
For luxury on a budget, you shouldn’t miss the Matabungkay Beach Hotel. It’s situated in Lian, Batangas, north of Mabini. It’s a perfect choice for family getaways since they have family rooms that can cater to four persons. If you have a larger family, you can book their beach house for a bigger space. They also have sea villas that stand right on the water.
One of the most popular activities in this resort is stand up paddleboarding. There’s even a SUP Center in the resort where you can rent a board and other gears. They also offer SUP lessons for beginners.
There are other aqua sports here where can you rent bamboo rafts for $30 for the whole day good for 10 people. There is also beach cove hopping tours for $10 an hour, jet ski for $70 per hour, and banana boat for about $15 per 15 minutes. There are more water activities in Matabungkay Beach Hotel that you can enjoy.
If you want to relax, you can head to their Solea Spa and Salon. You can get a holistic massage to ease your tensed muscles.
At night, you can go to the Wave Music Bar for some drinks and games. You can sing on the karaoke or play the billiards with your family.
The best resort in Batangas for family trips will let you rest and enjoy a vacation for reasonable prices. Batangas comprises a hub for tourists, but you can always find some spots where you can escape the crowd.