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Camp Netanya: The Santorini of Batangas

by Stephanie Escuadro
August 26, 2018

Santorini, the ultimate bucket-list destination for many, has inspired numerous resorts in the Philippines—with Camp Netanya being one of the most prominent on social media these days.

The Greek island is truly picture-perfect: blue-roofed white structures match the serenely beautiful view of its sea and sky, and its crystal-clear ocean constantly invites you to swim in its waters. There are boats and yachts for rent in case you want to go sailing, as well as many ancient cities and natural wonders (like an active volcano!) to explore within the island.

However, for many of us, Santorini remains a distant dream. Traveling to Europe, after all, isn’t exactly cheap. If you're still saving up to cross the real thing off your bucket list, why not get a taste of something quite similar within our shores? Camp Netanya lets you experience the majesty of Santorini a lot closer to home—in Anilao, Batangas, a driving destination not too far from city limits.

Camp Netanya features an architectural design that takes its cue from the buildings and houses in Santorini, matching the island's stylistic blue-roofed white buildings. It has a village and a back alley that completes the Greco-aesthetic, and a windmill that serves as the perfect backdrop to your main feed-worthy photos. The mezzanine deck boasts a breathtaking view that will transport you to Greece, with the shimmering blue sea’s beauty instantly amplified when you witness the sunset's explosion of colors across the sky.

The Room Situation

Camp Netanya offers various room types, the smallest of which is their deluxe room. You can choose to get a deluxe twin (if you're staying alone or with one companion) or a family deluxe. The deluxe twin is composed of two single beds and a flat screen for you to enjoy during your downtime. The family deluxe, on the other hand, is composed of two queen-sized beds, which can accommodate a total of 4 persons. If you're going with your barkada, the family deluxe is spacious enough.

They also have their superior rooms, which are divided into the superior double queen, the superior king, and the family superior. The superior double queen and the family superiors are recommended for big groups who need space to move around, while the superior king is a perfect fit for those who want to enjoy sweet quality time with their significant other. Meanwhile, the premier rooms let you choose between the premier villa and premier suite, which offers a veranda.

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The family loft is unique because it features a private balcony, which overlooks a view of Balayan Bay’s waters. It can house up to six people, perfect for the bigger barkadas and bigger families.

The villa rooms can be found in the villa outdoor building, with an option to go for the premium villa good for four. The premium villa also has a veranda available for you to enjoy the outdoor view.

The master villa is the most spacious and most elegant room accommodation type Camp Netanya has to offer. It has four bedrooms available, which can fit around 14 people in total. With its own dining room and living room, you can celebrate special occasions here like birthdays and anniversaries. It also offers unobstructed views of the serene sea and the Anilao sunset from the privacy of your bedroom.

Where to Eat and Drink

In-house restaurant Greeka serves delicious meals created from the finest ingredients. Dine al fresco for an even more authentic experience, and once you've had your fill, head to Greek-inspired wine bar Fira, where you can sip on your poison of choice and take in the cozy but sophisticated ambience. Don't want to venture far from the pool? Get your snacks and ice-cold beer at poolside bar Crete, where you can enjoy the spectacular view while soaking up the company of family and friends.

If you only have a day to unwind, avail their day tour package which comes with lunch and complimentary use of kayak and snorkeling! Bonus: Groups of 4 can use an airconditioned Relaxation Room from 8AM to 5PM!

Stuff to Do (Hint: There's Plenty!)

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Camp Netanya highlights many exciting activities, helping you plan the best bonding experience.

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One of these is their trekking services, which you can avail of at only ₱1,000/maximum of 10 pax. The package includes a resort guide on your way up to Mt. Gulugod Baboy, a place where you can enjoy the breathtaking morning view.

They also offer various water activities worth checking out, some of which are complimentary. You can go fish feeding at Anilao Fish Santuary, have the island experience at Ka Oscar or Sombrero Island, go on a water ride to Sampaguita Beach, and explore by kayaking. Other fun water activities worth checking out at Camp Netanya are the glass bottom boat, the banana boat, the hobie experience, wakeboarding, and wake skiing. They even offer sailing to complete your Santorini experience!

There’s a Kid’s Camp within Camp Netanya as well, with tons of fun activities for children to enjoy. The resort also highlights their newly opened dive shop Blue ParaDive Center, with introductory dive packages priced at ₱3,500.

How to Get to Camp Netanya

By public transport, you would have to take a bus bound for Batangas in Cubao or Buendia. From the Batangas bus stop, you can ride a jeepney to Mabini, Batangas. Alight from the jeepney at the Mabini Crossing. Afterwards, you can take a trike to Camp Netanya.

If you’re driving up to the resort, get on the Metro Manila Skyway from Magallanes, EDSA and continue to Lipa. Take the exit toward Lipa City from Batangas - Quezon Road/Calabarzon Expressway. Continue on Batangas - Quezon Road/President Jose P. Laurel Highway. Take Makalintal Avenue to Bauan - Mabini Road/Mabini Circumferential Road in Mabini.

Camp Netanya
Anilao, Batangas
For inquiries, reservations, and rates:
(0927) 895 4092 / (0939) 753 5074

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About Stephanie
From telling, to writing, to watching, and to witnessing stories unfold, Stephanie's not one to miss out on a good tale. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and scripts in her downtime. She's an adventure-seeker, hoping to catch another great story.

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