For our company outing, we decided to go to a Batangas resort. I have heard great things about Laiya beach resorts, and I was really looking forward to the trip, especially since me and my officemates have already pored over the pictures of the Batangas beach resort on the Internet, and we were excited by the magnificence of the hotel and the inviting blue waters. The resort we went to was called Estrellas de Mendoza Plaiya Resort owned by Batangas Congressman Mark “Dong” Mendoza.
It took forever to get to the resort but the wait was worth it because we were served a very filling lunch buffet which quieted rumbling stomachs when we arrived. We were served soup, beef, pork, chicken, and a selection of fruits like pineapple, melon, mangoes, and watermelon. They also had rice cakes. For drinks, we had red iced tea.
A coffee shop by the beachside allowed us to enjoy looking at the beach while sipping cold refreshing drinks such as the choco banana shake I ordered. Buko juices you can sip straight from the buko were also available.
Up close, the infinity pool looked as good as it did in the pictures, and seeing it from the glass windows in our rooms made me want to change immediately into my swimming suit so I can take a dip in it. Right next to the infinity pool was a kiddie pool where some of our officemates lounged, but mostly, it was the infinity pool where we spent our time swimming and taking pictures. Too bad it was raining, though. We would have swimmed till sunset if only the weather was not so cold and we had to go inside for cover as raindrops were dripping down our eyes at the pool.
Another special feature of the Estrellas de Mendoza resort hotel was the scenic elevator which allowed us to see the pool, the people, and the activities all the way up from the 7th floor of the hotel. I was thankful for the downy white comforters and pillows, as it helped me fall asleep immediately and warmed me up despite the cold weather. We had a really nice stay at the Batangas resort hotel that we even extended to watch the Pacquiao-Mosley fight in the morning after a breakfast of tinapa and personalized omelet eggs that were cooked containing ingredients we chose right in front of us by the chefs. Of course, the viewing experience was only made better by the lunch buffet we had with it, consisting of pancit, barbecue, papaitan, fruit salad, buko pandan gelatin and iced tea.
I would definitely visit Estrellas de Mendoza again, preferably in warmer weather. I think it depicts good Batangas resorts.