It’s our Fifth anniversary and we were supposed to travel to Bohol to celebrate it. Everything was planned. However, since we’re back to ECQ then GCQ, our flights were cancelled. I didn’t want to stay at home (if I’m being honest), like what we did last year. I want to travel even if it’s just somewhere near Manila, as long as we get to breathe fresh air and relax. It took a while before we were able to find a resort that allow kids, and I finally did!
Camp Netanya is located at Brgy. Ligaya, Mabini Road on the coast of Anilao, Batangas, just around 2-3 hour drive from Manila. Anilao is a popular destination for diving trips. Santorini and Mykonos are popular tourists attraction in Greece, and since we can’t afford to travel that far for now, this will definitely suffice.
- All guests are required to present a valid government issued photo ID
- All ages without restriction are now allowed
- All incoming guests are required to submit the following documents:
- Negative swab RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test result within 72 hours. Ages 12 and above are REQUIRED to undergo COVID-19 testing. Children 11 and below are EXEMPTED. We had our Antigen swab test at Centro Medical and Laboratory Clinic in Marikina for PHP1249 per person
- Proof of resort reservation
- Valid government issued ID per individual and school ID for students
- Note that there’s a PHP 50 environmental fee per person upon entering Mabini
- Before entering the resort:
- Temperature check and sanitize
- Face mask must be worn at all times except when swimming or eating. We took out ours when taking photos for a few seconds
- Social distancing is six feet apart
Room/Day Tour Rates:
We got a Superior Double Queen room
There’s a bath tub in our room, fancy! We brought bath bomb and rose petals because we’re extra like that! LOL.
They have a restaurant near the lobby and it’s called Greeka. Food is good with big serving. It’s a little bit expensive though, but, considering that this is a luxury resort I think it’s worth it.
I just love their interiors so much! This is the lobby area
Even the restrooms are fancy!
There are lounge areas in every floor. These are my fave!
Pretty tiled floors
Some recreational areas are non-operational due to COVID-19
This is a Santorini inspired resort. Greek design is characterized by pairing shades of blue with white which provides a sharp and effective contrast. It looks fresh as well as modern. The whitewashed walls throughout with different accents of blue painted on furniture. The pool area is so refreshing to look at!
My little one enjoyed it! He even swam in the 12 feet part of the pool. It is used for practice before doing the actual scuba dive
They have free water activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and chill at the floating thingy in the ocean
You may also try scuba diving, sailing, and island hopping to Sumbrero Island for an additional fee. You may check the rates in their website. This is the dive center.
We spent good times in this pool and view. We had the pool all to ourselves when we arrived. But, expect people to go out of the rooms around 4PM and in the morning around 8-11AM.
Sunsets are my favorite!
This is how it looks like at night. The color of the pool changes too.
During our Anniversary night, we asked them to set up a place for us. And, they gave us an Anniversary mango sticky rice gift!
So much Instagrammable areas, mind you! These blue doors are one of those and they’re everywhere!
There’s also a placed called Santorini Village and we took advantage of it!
They have funny quotes around that place too
We enjoyed our stay, and we really love the ambiance of this place. Although it’s not the usual budget travel that I used to post, I’m telling you, it’s worth it! Even the staff are friendly and helpful. I must say that this is one of the best resorts I’ve been to in terms of their interior design, I just love everything!
How To Get There:
- By public transportation, catch a bus bound to Batangas at Cubao or Buendia Bus terminals
- From the stop, you can ride a jeepney to Mabini, Batangas
- Go down to Mabini Crossing, from there you can take a tricycle to Camp Netanya Resort
- By private vehicle, you can just use Waze
You may watch our experience here: https://youtu.be/lfidJNXaKww
I know a lot of people are still scared to travel, which is understandable. We didn’t interact with people during our stay, we practiced social distancing even when ordering food. If we’re not swimming or eating, we’re just inside our room. We made sure to be safe and you should too. I hope this blog helps especially for those planning to travel within the NCR Bubble during GCQ. For more of my adventures, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Stay safe everyone!