Escape to White Sand Paradise : Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Stilts Calatagan

Stilts Calatagan, Batangas Beach Resort

Right in the heart of Calatagan, Batangas lies Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort, which boasts of hectares of white sand beach and cottages on stilts directly above the water. A few friends and I got the chance to take some time off our busy schedules and enjoy an escape to what felt like paradise at the end of the world.

Stilts Calatagan Beach

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Calatagan Stilts Resort Batangas

Walkway to the Reception Area

It was a very long three-hour bus drive from Manila, then another tricycle ride all the way into the private beach resort. I can attest to the fact that the place is very private, because at some one-kilometer away from the resort proper, a guard house is situated wherein you will have to present proof of reservation before being allowed into the area. From the guard house, it will take you some five minutes by tricycle to get to the Reception area.

Stilts Calatagan Batangas

The staff were very accommodating. They presented us with welcome drinks and ushered us to our cottage. Because we made a mistake in estimating travel time, we arrived at Stilts at almost six in the evening and had little to check out the rest of the place before it got dark.

Stilts Calatagan Batangas

Stilts Calatagan Batangas

Boracay Cottage

We stayed in the Boracay Cottage, one of the small cottages available. It had one double bed and one single bed in the Master’s Bedroom, plus one more single bed in the loft. There was also a sofa bed available. Looking around, we found that we were welcomed by the staff with a welcome note which they placed on the table top.

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Boracay Cottage’s Loft

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Boracay Cottage’s Bathroom

We checked out the bathroom, and I was happy with what I saw: handrails! I think that every tiled bathroom should have this, just to ensure the safety of those using it. Their shower was really cute, too! It’s like the water’s coming out of the urn and into the shower. Also, instead of the bottled shampoo/ conditioner, they provided shampoo in a wall-mounted pump container.

We stayed in the cottage until it was dinner time. Dinner was not included in the package, but their restaurant rates were not very steep. Price range for dinner is around 150-300php.

Stilts Calatagan Resort

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort’s Restaurant & Bar

Their restaurant’s menu included a mix of Filipino and International dishes which would suit any picky eater’s taste buds. Their bar carried ice-cold cocktail drinks and other refreshments at a cheap price. We ordered a pitcher of cocktail drinks at 250 pesos/pitcher. At that rate, drinks here are even cheaper than in Manila.

Stilts Calatagan Beach

Refreshments for a warm evening

Stilts Calatagan Batangas

Centerpieces that gave a vintage feel

The Multipurpose Pavilion Hall had a very Hispanic vibe, with the wooden furniture that adorned the restobar, as well as the beautiful centerpieces that would catch your eye from time to time. They even have a cultural show wherein they play folk songs and perform cultural dances. At the end of the cultural show, they invite guests over to the stage to dance the Tinikling with them. Slightly tipsy, I still volunteered and had fun dancing Tinikling, while being assisted by the dancers, as I skipped over the bamboo sticks that threatened my feet.



In the morning, we woke up to the sun brightly shining through the window panes and filling up the room with sunlight.

Calatagan Stilts Batangas

Living Room Area

Everything was much brighter outside, and I was back to my trigger-happy self, taking photos of the beautiful scenery.

Calatagan Beach Stilts Batangas

The horizon that stretched on and on

 

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

A wooden ladder from the cottage to the water

Calatagan Stilts Batangas

Walkway to the other cottages

 

Calatagan Stilts Beach Batangas

Stairs going up the Multi-Purpose Pavilion Hall

Calatagan Stilts Beach Resort

Stilts Beach Resort’s Multi-Purpose Pavilion Hall

We headed over to the restaurant to enjoy our buffet breakfast. Most of the items served were breakfast items, like eggs, and longganiza. The food was delicious, but since it’s buffet-type, I’m not going to go into the details of everything I ate. I just remember leaving the table barely able to walk because I was so full!

Calatagan Stilts Resort

Breakfast!

We decided to walk some more afterwards, something we didn’t get to do the night before. And we were taken away by this paradise.

Calatagan Beach Stilts

Kubo and Picnic Tables

It was always the little details that blew me away. I loved how they had motivational placards hanged around the place. I think that in moments of zen, it is when your mind and soul is most receptive to suggestion. And with these motivational somethings that you see with every turn, it’s just very uplifting and the suggestion felt very powerful to me.

Calatagan Beach Stilts

Batangas beach resort stilts

Calatagan Stilts Beach

Calatagan Stilts Beach resort

And then, we found our way to the beach!

Calatagan Stilts Beach Resort

Hello beach! ♥

The soft feel of the sand on our toes, and the gentle warmth of the sun called us towards the water

Calatagan Beach resort

We spent some time in the beach, frolicking and having fun, until we decided to try out the resort’s pool.

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort’s Pool

The water was so clear that, unlike in other pools, we had no hesitation to jump right in and enjoy the water.

Stilts Calatagan really provided a relaxing and unique experience. Admit it, it’s not everyday that you get to sleep on a cottage that has its legs on water. The sound of the sea breeze will lull you to a restful sleep and a comfortable stay all throughout. I remember that I was going through some tough times when I decided to take a break and visit Stilts. And my short break really helped get me back from whatever disarray my mind has been thrown into by personal struggles that I had to face. We fell in love with the place, because it had everything we need: Quiet time + Fun activities + Great food! I could not ask for more.

Stilts Calatagan Beach resort

Thank you, Stilts Calatagan! ♥

I had an amazing time at Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort! It’s perfect to go pay the place a visit before the summer ends.  And for those who are now thinking of visiting the place, I hope you enjoy the white-sand paradise as much as I did. -HANA

Visit Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort’s Website for more information on their rates and accommodation.

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2 comments to Escape to White Sand Paradise : Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

  • michi  says:

    I’ve been meaning to visit this place. Thanks for sharing your experience. I like the idea of cottage ladder.

  • Sarrah  says:

    Hi! What’s the sign of the bus that you rode and what place did you ask for a drop off? TYIA. :)

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