For many of us who were confined to the safety of our homes during the enhanced community quarantine, staying indoors at the height of summer was a trial. Even with electric fans, air conditioners, and a steady supply of cold drinks from the refrigerator, we found ourselves craving for golden sand under our feet, sea breezes with a salty tang cooling sun-kissed skin, and cocktails enjoyed with good company beside a sparkling pool. Now, it’s time to relax and wean yourself from the stress and anxiety of the past few months. The health-giving sea breezes south of Manila beckon, along with the hot summer sun that helps knock out infections, to a place filled with activities and sights that are guaranteed to help restore one’s vitality.
For that, there is Hamilo Coast, a 90-minute drive south of Manila. It takes travelers to a natural wonderland in the heart of Nasugbu, Batangas. Here, everything that one can possibly look for in a summer getaway is featured in one gorgeous location.
Active Fun in the Sun
Hamilo Coast is surrounded by gracefully rising mountains with lushly covered forests. Down below, there are thirteen unique natural coves where marine wildlife native to the region thrive and thrill those adventurous enough to plunge into the clear blue waters. Likewise, beachcombers and athletic types will certainly be drawn to the pristine beauty of white sand coastlines and its promise of romantic sunset walks. Offering activities scattered throughout the full expanse of the development, leisurely pursuits run the gamut from energetic land and water sports to more laid-back but equally-fun indoor activities.
Summer may have passed and given the abruptly shortened school year, it helps to keep the kids keen on learning regardless of the season. Through the Santelmo Nature Trail, kids can take in the amazing scenery while learning more about the region’s endemic flora and fauna. Bird-watching throughout the property serves as an introduction to ornithology and encourages a better appreciation for our fine-feathered friends. Likewise, meandering through the Mangrove Forest will give young guests a better idea on how these unique organisms work and how they are instrumental in keeping the delicate balance of the natural environment.
Pico de Loro Cove, the primary development within Hamilo Coast, is a place where sun, fun, and surf all come together to deliver on a promise of a good time. With over 1.5 kilometers of white sand beach, a seaside jog or walk is the perfect way to start or end the day. One can grab the gang (while still practicing social distancing) and zip off aboard a banana boat or skim over the waves while riding jet skis. The truly daring will certainly enjoy the thrill of taking to the skies as one parasails over the surface of the waters. Nature lovers, on the other hand, are in for a treat that many can only watch on Discovery or National Geographic, such as swimming with an extensive and colorful array of sea creatures as they snorkel and explore Hamilo Coast’s thirteen unique natural coves. Those who aren’t really into the great outdoors, on the other hand, can have a splashing good time at any of the swimming pools at the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club.
A Restful Escape
Of course, not everyone wants to stay out in the sunshine, preferring to stay in the relaxing cool indoors. But even they have a number options to stay happy and active during their stay.
The Pico de Loro Country Club, in particular, has several indoor courts for anyone with a hankering to shoot some hoops or a heart-pounding set of volleyball. Courts are also available for those into racket sports, such as tennis, badminton, and squash. The Bowling and Billiards facility also offers fun for those who want to enjoy some friendly competition.
Sports aren’t your thing? Not a problem. Musically inclined guests will be happy to belt out a tune or two at any of the videoke rooms, while die-hard digital gamers have a space to call their own.
All that fun can certainly work up an appetite, and Chef Pat Obia and his team will serve up delectable specialties from across the globe at the Coast’s various dining establishments. Those looking for a laid-back and refreshing way to end the day can also enjoy a pleasant selection of expertly mixed sundowners to sip as they wind down along with sunset.
Plus, with residential developments like FREIA rising within Pico de Loro Cove, it’s a place that a number of people now happily consider their home – and, for some, probably their permanent address in the heart of a truly relaxing enclave.
Whether you come to Hamilo Coast for an active afternoon or a laid-back getaway, the summer is bound to be more fun at this tropical paradise just south of Manila.
Hamilo Coast will be waiting and offering a bright sunny welcome to its sparkling shores.
For more information, visit the official website at www.hamilocoast.com or call (+632) 7945-8000.