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Resort Review: Canyon Cove

by Marionne Mancol
August 31, 2018

Batangas resorts come aplenty for everyone to achieve their vacation goals without having to brave the skies.

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Case in point: the municipality of Nasugbu is a special star among nature lovers for its pristine condition, marine-protected areas, and Mount Pico de Loro. One of its popular gems is only 2-4 hours from the metro: Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa. Upon arriving here, you’re hit by the cool sea breeze and an urge to take a dip in the natural turquoise waters. The long stretch of white sand beach and Batangas’ biggest swimming pool are perfect for relaxation while myriad of water sports are available to keep boredom away.

Put your beach face on because we’re telling you everything.


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Canyon Cove has various types of rooms for couples, friends, families, and teams that value comfort and design. The interior looks a little outdated, but no stress is to be had if you like old neutral palettes and classic wooden aesthetic. The rooms come with a mini fridge, electronic safe, coffee-maker, spacious shower-and-tub bathroom, flat-screen cable TV, and balcony that features a majestic view of the garden, pools, and West Philippine Sea. Most rooms also have day beds from which guests can catch the sunset. Sadly, internet is only available in the lobby, so it might be wise to bring a pocket wifi or LTE with your SPF. Their check-in at 3 PM and check-out at 12 PM also usually take a long time on weekends since the place is best known as a weekend getaway destination. DG Tip: To save time and money, consider their day tour offer which allows guests to enjoy what this paradise has to offer without staying overnight. You can just rent a locker room for your convenience.

A Water Paradise

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An experience for all ages, the large and well-secured adult pool in this resort has a connecting kiddie pool right by a playground. From the man-made beauty, one can see the picturesque, natural seascape of the beach. Plus, it’s not just a sight to behold, the fun activities you can do are simply endless: kayak, free drive, jet ski, paddle board, inflatable water park, snorkel, jet ski, giant volleyball, jetovator, island hopping, banana boat, speed boat, cliff jumping, bandwagon, and skimboard. Unfortunately, they are as much fun as they are expensive so be prepared to shell out extra. Those on a budget don’t have to worry, though: the clean and clear waters are also perfect for a leisurely swim. If you get tired, you can always just lounge at their cabanas that have “vacation mode on” written all over them.

Food & Shopping

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The food options in the resort’s restaurant, Island Cafe, are not exactly affordable or memorable, but will satisfy your cravings nonetheless. They serve a variety of American, Asian, and Filipino dishes, such as a silog selection, and good ole’ bacon for breakfast so you can fuel up for all the fun you're about to have. Since it’s the only restaurant, though, it usually gets crowded and the serving time might require some patience. While away the time by taking advantage of the consistently Instagrammable tropical aesthetic to stock up on feed content.

On the bright side, the resort is near Nasugbu town proper where you can sample a wider range of Batangas’ best without hurting your wallet. The mini nightlife inside is also worth staying up for: billiards and cocktails at the Blu Bar guarantee a cozy evening for guests, ideally paired with some night swimming. They also have a food stall in the al fresco area that serves Singaporean street food if you’re craving a snack. Before going back to reality, you can also check out the Gift Shop for some trinkets and delicacies you can take home with you.

Business and Pleasure

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Canyon Cove’s versatility also leaves room for “adulting” stuff. The resort has indoor function rooms and a 1000-capacity grand ballroom for all kinds of events which their special events team can organize. Wedding receptions, business meetings or conferences, 18th birthday celebrations—you name it, they’ve booked it. Their expansive garden and sublime shores are beautifully intimate spots where one can pop the question or hold their dream wedding. The open ground of 300,000 square meters also catapults the resort to the hall of fame of team building facilities. They even have in-house team building organizers and facilitators to turn the 3500-capacity beachfront into a place of bonding and camaraderie with fun activities such as an amazing race, giant beer pong, and sack race.

Other Things to Do in the Area

1. Eat at Kainan sa Dalampasigan

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Around 10 minutes from Canyon Cove is Kainan sa Dalampasigan, a Filipino restaurant raved about for its delectable home-cooked meals that don’t break the bank. Travelers simply can’t miss their classic binalot (bagoong, tomatoes, shrimp, and adobo bundled in banana leaf). The flavored crunchiness of their sisig also explodes in your mouth while their sinigang na baboy is just the right kind of sour to make you come back for more. Plus, the garden theme makes you feel right at home in the spacious dining hall with the calming breeze that comes from the many open windows. TBH, what’s not to love?

Kainan sa Dalampasigan
R. Martinez St., Dalampasigan Compound
(0927) 756 3162 / (0917) 671 0867
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Mondays at 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2. Climb Mount Batulao

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Tourists looking for a chill hike can climb Mount Batulao, which is popular among mountain-climbing beginners. Locals also live around the area so the journey isn’t scary at all. After around three hours of trekking, the peak offers a stunning view of the expansive Batangas landscape, embracing you in the fresh smell of the surrounding greenery. No filter needed, for sure!

3. Visit Fortune Island

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You don’t have to fly to Athens to get a glimpse of the Acropolis. A Korean businessman opened Fortune Island to the public in 2013 after it was abandoned in 2006 by a former Batangas governor who intended to develop the island as an exclusive Grecian resort for the elite. As a result, the limestone rocks surrounded by the ocean and its fair shores resemble authentic ruins in Greece made solemn by war and time. Since treasures from the 17th-century sunken Spanish warship San Diego were discovered around the island in 1992, it was called “Fortune Island.” Around here you can kayak, snorkel, scuba-dive, or cliff-dive, but even just basking in its beauty and history makes the trip one for the books.

Final Thoughts

Even just for the fresh wind in your hair, sand all over your feet, and the calming smell of the sea, Canyon Cove is the quick break we all deserve. Despite some kinks that need to be ironed out, the peaceful beauty of the place and the variety of water sports are still worth the trip. But don’t just take our word for it—take your family and friends and experience it for yourself!

Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa
Far East Road, Piloto Wawa, Nasugbu-Ternate Highway
(02) 908 1111

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About Marionne
Marionne Dominique Uy Mancol is a filmmaker and freelance writer from Samar. She graduated cum laude from Ateneo de Manila where she studied AB Communication on full scholarship and won Best Thesis for their campaign on women’s empowerment against sexual harassment. Her heart smiles for Jesus, her family and friends, chicken wings, dancing, traveling, and coming home.

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