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Best Western Plus Hotel Subic: A Review

Best Western Plus Hotel in Subic is one of the elegantly emerging hotels in the peaceful, safe, and controlled area of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.

Tucked away on Dewey Avenue, Subic, Best Western Hotel Subic will make sure that you will not just sleep in a hotel, but will also make your stay one of the most memorable one during your trip.

With its helpful, smiling, and lovely staff, sumptuous buffets, elegant rooms, picturesque roof deck view, and exciting and complete amenities, we’re sure that you will also enjoy the best of Best Western Plus Subic Hotel.

Very refreshing lobby!


It was early this year when I got the chance to experience the grandeur staycation in this hotel.

What’s more exciting is that I got to meet some people that I now consider friends. Before I start telling you all about my memorable experience, I just want to take the time to appreciate the then-Sales and Marketing Manager of Best Western Plus Subic, Ms. Alona.

With Ms. Alona at the hotel’s Sky Oasis Pool

The first time I got to talk to her is through a phone conversation, asking for a meeting for my past work. At first, I am quite nervous but after I heard her happy and sincere voice, I know right then and there that this Manager is very likeable! Thank you, Ms. Alona! I love you! (Yes, I love her this much!)

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After I checked out from one of my favorite hotels,  The Reef Hotel and Residences Subic, Ms. Alona, together with the cheerful and lovely Reservations Team (big shoutout to the beautiful Ms. Hershey!), welcomed me with all smiles!

I can still remember how warm the welcome is.

With the lovely Hershey!
The pretty ladies of Best Western Hotel Subic


After the smooth 5 minutes check in, I quickly went to my room and the posh  Deluxe King Plus surprised me! Deluxe King Plus boasts elegance in a different level. This spacious room with inviting bathtub, King size bed with thick white comforter (I wanna go back!), and glass showcasing bathrooms will make you want to stay inside the room the whole day!

Who wants to go out when everything you need for a relaxing day are all here? Huhu.


..and my most favorite part of the hotel, Sky Oasis Pool! 

I love it here! Overlooking Zambales mountains!

You have to try this at night because the lights are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Read Next: The Reef Hotel and Residences Subic: A Review


Because Best Western Subic is strategically located at the heart of SBFZ, you will never have boring days (and nights) if you are looking for that one great adventure!

Listed below are some of the establishments and attractions you and your family and friends will surely love.

1.Tree Top Adventure Subic 

If you and your friends are adrenaline junkies, I bet Tree Top Adventure is for you! Check out their amazing rides and ziplines that will thrill you to the bones!

Address: Jest Area, Upper Mau, Cubi Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone Phone Number: T: +6347 252-9425 / M: +63922 576-9156 / +63915 838-9354 Website:

2. Zoobic Safari of Zoomanity Group

Zoobic Safari is one tourist attraction you will find at Subic Bay Freeport’s ForestAdventureEmbracing a twenty five-hectare land, local and foreign guests can expect an astonishing sight of diverse exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their simulated natural habitat. It features a wide range of habitats present in the forest due to the terrain, presence of streams, and fringing grasslands. These represent the major habitats for varied exotic animals featured in Zoobic Safari Adventure Park.

Book online at TravelBook with discounts: Zoobic Safari | 12% OFF from Walk-in Rate

3. Restaurants and Bars

There are actually quite a number of great restaurants and bars in the area.

They are just about everywhere! However, based from experience, the prices are higher inside SBFZ. Some restaurants that I tried are Aristocrat near Harbor Point, Kusina ni Gerrys inside Harbor Point, Piesta sa Barrio near the port, Bayfront Hotel’s Restaurant (you should try their steak! The best!), and Spencer Fusion Bar and Resto.

We also tried a Koren restaurant near Best Western Subic. Yummy!


Best Western Plus Subic Hotel

Address: Lot C-5B Block C DEWEY AVENUE, Subic Free Port PHILIPPINES 2222 Contact Number: +63 47 250 8000
Email Address:
Book online with discounts: Agoda |

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Nayomi Sanctuary Resort: Best Glamping Experience [Updated 2019]

True to its tagline, Eat, Sleep, Relax, Repeat, you will never leave Nayomi Sanctuary Resort without having that glorious feeling of being pampered to the fullest!

Wanna know a trivia? Nayomi Sanctuary Resort is actually a property of the Prats Family. Yes! The resort has long been a family vacation resort ever since but eventually opened the establishment to the public around 2015.

Located in Balete, Batangas, this 14,418 square meters resort is an hour and a half drive from Metro Manila but around two hours if you chose to commute.

If you are looking for a place to unwind, relax, and just forget about the hustle and bustle of the city, Nayomi resort is one of the perfect places to go to.

Aside from the magical glamping tents that they are offering, they also have hotel rooms, villas, and dorms that has delicate interior designs which is perfect for your family, barkada, and special someone.

Nayomi Sanctuary Resort Glamping Experience

Last February 6-7, 2017, my best friend and I went to Nayomi for an overnight staycation in one of their glamping tents.

Even though we stayed for just a little over 24 hours, I fell in love with everything about Nayomi: overlooking Taal Lake and Batangas mountains, weather is cold just like that of Tagaytay, instagrammable spots are just about everywhere, everything is clean and well-maintained, and lastly, the employees are all so courteous, kind, and welcoming!

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Every time I enter a hotel/resort may it be for the purpose of review or just staycation with family or business trip, what I always look forward to is how the employees treats me and the people around me.

What I love about Nayomi is that they know how to treat their guests with utmost care and they never forget to ask how’s your stay, how’s the meal.. And I think it’s not because they know that I am reviewing the resort but because I saw how they treat other guests as well.

So, kudos to the management for having such employees!




The Warm Welcome

After about 1 and 30 minute travel time from Manila, not to mention the long and cold tricycle ride to the resort, we finally arrived at around 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon. We were welcomed by their guard full of smile as he graciously assist us to the reception area.

As we entered the resort, we already saw how wide and beautiful the area is.

I don’t really know why but I feel like I was entering a familiar place, a picturesque, comforting haven that I’ve been longing for months – Yes! I feel home

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After months of thinking about an escape from the city, I was perfectly sure that time that Nayomi is the place I was looking for. The big NAYOMI letters to my left were as if smiling at me, saying that they have been waiting for us.

We then headed to the reception area and were welcomed and greeted by Ms. Len Zara, Nayomi’s Reservation Manager with a smile and welcome drinks.

Ms. Len Zara handing us the pad lock, key, and service cellphone.

Here’s our welcome drink, a combination of pineapple and orange juice! Surprisingly delicious!

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After a little chit-chat, off we went to our glamping tent which is Tent no. 4. We were assisted by two of their staff and we rode a golf cart! The road is in downward slope and Kuya drives a bit fast (or I’m just a bit scared. Haha!) but hey, we still managed to video the experience!

We were assisted by two of Nayomi Resort’s staff using their golf cart! So cool!

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Nayomi Resort’s Glamping Tent

Since it is my first time to try glamping and to actually see one, I am amazed how everything was done and organized.

Aside from the picturesque view from our picnic table, I was also interested on how the glamping tent was set up. After we settled inside the tent, I had a quick stroll around our tent and saw the delicate materials to ensure that the tent has a strong foundation.

Our glamping tent is beautifully situated facing Batangas mountains. <3

I so love the our overall glamping space! Here’s why:

  1. We have our very own toilet! Not shared!
  2. Nayomi Sanctuary Resort didn’t forget to make a separate picnic table inside the glamping area maybe for a more private chit-chat or sessions with the group
  3. As mentioned earlier, Nayomi Sanctuary Resort has been in its full operation since 2015 but everything on our area is well-maintained and very clean!
  4. Our glamping tent (no. 4) was situated facing the Batangas mountains leaving a perfect nature view while having coffee or relaxing inside the tent.
  5. Colorful banderitas added to the charm of our glamping tent!
  6. Big light bulbs are just so lovely at night <3

Here’s our glamping area at night and day time. So magical. 🙂


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Di naman masyadong halatang masaya ako. Haha!

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Ang sarap mag kwentuhan dito <3

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Want to know what’s inside our glamping tent? Let me tour you inside!

Our glamping tent is so big and wide that it can actually house 6 to 8 persons!

  • 3 Double Beds
  • 6 Big and Fluffy Pillows
  • 5 Throw Pillows
  • 3 Blankets
  • 1 Electric Mosquito Zapper
  • 2 Do-it-yourself Lamps
  • 1 Wooden Chest
  • 3 Power Outlets
  • 1 Industrial Electric Fan
  • Towels for each of the guest
  • 1 Dream Catcher (so cute!)

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Dream catcher 🙂

Super industrial electric fan na di namin nagamit nung gabi kasi super cold! 🙂

Cutie DIY lamp!!! And there’s the cellphone that was given to us for communication if there’s a mumu (charot!) and pad lock and keys.

They have this electric mosquito killer even though walang lamok. 🙂
Super lambot unan at kama!

How’s our sleep?

Angelic slept a bit earlier than the usual maybe because of the cold weather and maybe because our stomach is full! Haha. However, me on the other hand was starting to write about Nayomi. I think I slept at around 1:30AM to the sounds of crickets outside.

It was 6:15AM when we woke up. We were about to see the sunrise but was not able to catch it because it’s still so cold outside!

Anyway, I think had one of the best sleeps of my life.

I honestly thought that I would be a bit scared because you know, you’re just inside a pretty tent, what if someone peeks, opens the tent, or anything! Haha! But yeah, I had a really sound sleep.

Good morning! So cold!
This greeted us early in the morning! We weren’t able to witness the sunrise because it was so cold we just wanna sleep! Haha!

Glamping Rates and Packages

If you decide to go glamping with your friends, you can just spend around P1,350 each for the glamping tent.

Glamping Package Inclusions

  • 1 Big Tent
  • 1 Industrial Electric Fan
  • 3 Queen beds
  • 1 electric mosquito zapper
  • Towels
  • Bathroom
  • Picnic area/table
  • Free breakfast

A Quick Tour Inside Nayomi Santuary Resort

After settling inside our tent, we changed to our swimming attires but before we headed to the pool, we had a quick stroll inside the resort.

What to expect?

  • Overlooking Taal Lake and Batangas Mountains
  • Very cold weather from late afternoon till morning
  • Hot weather from around 8AM to 3PM (We visited last February 2017)
  • Peaceful and homey vibe
  • Delicious Filipino food
  • 2 swimming pools

Other glamping tents!

While on our way to the tent. 🙂
Swimming pool near the villas

Swimming pool near the villas

Swimming pool near the restaurant and our tent. 🙂

Sunset viewing is perfect here!

Anahaw Restaurant

From breakfast to merienda and dinner, we have enjoyed all dishes served to us! Especially the Sinigang na Baboy!

Tips and Reminders

  • Bring toiletries as this is not included in the package
  • Bring jacket!
  • If you are looking for a night life, this one is not for you. But you can also order drinks from Anahaw Restaurant and chill in your own picnic table
  • Absolutely no wi-fi
  • Children 0-7 years old are considered free of charge
  • Bringing of food that are not from Nayomi are not allowed. Please take note of this as you will be charged accordingly
  • Additional per head is PHP 1,000++ with free breakfast
  • Bringing of any drink that are not from Nayomi are not allowed. Corkage is PHP 1.00/ML
  • Pets are not allowed

Resort and Glamping Recommendations 

While we love our stay at the resort, listed below are just some of the recommendations to the management that I hope they would somehow consider to talk about 🙂

  • I think our glamping experience would be the best if we have a campfire nearby. Or maybe at least a common campfire area if it’s not possible to have one per tent. I can imagine myself while roasting marshmallows! That would be so much fun!
  • I hope the T&B has hot water because it’s really cold in the evening and morning haha!
  • Maybe you can also consider to have a shuttle from Manila to the resort. While it’s perfectly fine for me to travel by bus and tricycle, I’m actually thinking about families who doesn’t have their own service going to the resort. Plus, the tricycle ride is really long and bumpy. I also can’t imagine myself riding the tricycle to and from the resort at night.

How to get to Nayomi Sanctuary Resort

From Manila via PUV:

  1. From Shaw, Boulevard, take a bus going to Lipa, Batangas. In our case, we waited for around 15-30 minutes for buses bound to Lipa. Luckily, Alps stopped for us. We also learned that they are not allowed to stop along Shaw. So better go to LRT Buendia or Cubao terminals bound to Lipa, Batangas to save time waiting.
  • Travel Time: 2 hours
  • Fare: P124
  1. Inform conductor to drop you off Tambo Bus Stop just right after the Lipa tollway. Anyway, if feel like the traffic is slowly building up, then you’re already near the frop off place. One sign as well is the Jolibee on your right which is also after the tollway.
  2. Once you got off, cross the street and take the jeepney going to SM Lipa/Robinsons Lipa. Tell Kuya Driver to drop you off Starbucks/Shakeys. It is just right after the footbridge.
  • Travel Time: 10 minutes
  • Fare: P7
  1. Cross the street again to the side of Shakeys and Starbucks. From there you will see a line of tricycles. Tell Kuya Driver that you’ll be going to Nayomi Sanctuary Resort. Typically, all the drivers know Nayomi already.
  • Travel Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Fare: P200- P300

Tip: Make sure to ask Kuya driver how much the fare is. Based on our experience, Kuya Driver first said that fare is P150. Then later on changed to P200. After we get off Nayomi (after 30minutes, I guess), we handed P250 to him instead of P200 since we feel like P250 is really worth the long and bumpy ride.

Nayomi Sanctuary Resort Details

Location: JM Katigbak Street Barangay Alangilan Balete Batangas, Philippines 4219

How to Book:

  • Book HERE via Agoda
  • Contact them at:
    Contact number: (02)645-3092 / (02)986-5487 / (02)534-9644

Resort Amenities:

  • 2 Infinity pools (Upper pool – Lake View with jacuzzi & lower pool – near Anahaw Restaurant; bigger pool with jacuzzi)
  • Kiddie Park
  • Lounge Area
  • Bar
  • Anahaw Restaurant

Activities (with additional fees)

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Taal Volcano Tour
  • Marian Orchard Batangas Tour
  • Water Sports Activities

For reservations you may contact them below:

Contact Nos: (02) 645-3092 | (02) 986-5487 | 470-2708 | 240-3478 | 240-5021 | 470-9334

Email Address:

Facebook page:

Overall Experience

Since I have been looking for a quiet place to unwind, Nayomi Sanctuary Resort was actually the answer to it. I highly recommend this resort if you also want peace and full relaxation to end a stressful week. What adds to the thrill is that I spent it in a beautiful glamping tent. 🙂

From my first glamping experience, to the staff, food, services, and cleanliness of the resort, I can say that I am now in love with Nayomi! Can’t wait to be back soon with my Mama!

The Prats family really knows how to train their staff and maintain the resort. Two thumbs up for this amazing experience!

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    Top Bataan Hotels & Resorts for Your Next Adventure

    Bataan is so much blessed with nature, filled with history, and lovely people that is worth the 2 to 3-hour drive.

    So, if you would like to know more about what happened in World War II, the infamous Death March, and the life in the past, plus check out some eco-tourism sites, we suggest you secure two whole days to explore the beauty of Bataan.

    To help you prepare for your escape, we listed here some of the best hotels and resorts in Bataan that you may want to consider!

    1. Casa Veles Hotel Bataan

    • Location: Freeport Area of Bataan, Mariveles, Bataan
    • Room Rate Range: PHP 2,800 to PHP 3,000
    • Inclusions: Breakfast for two and (strong) WIFI

    If you are looking for a place to stay after a very long day, I suggest you check-in at Casa Veles Hotel. Not only that it will give you a fresh welcome upon entrance, but also, every corner of the hotel will give you that relaxing ambiance asking you to just stay inside the room and tuck yourself inside the bed’s soft mattress.

    Also, you will love this hotel more if you are looking for a strong internet connection as each room is equipped with its own free and fast wifi! Yey!

    After a good night sleep, Casa Veles hearty breakfast from Cafe Industriya will surely pump your day up!

    2. The Oriental Bataan

    • Location: Freeport Area of Bataan, Mariveles, Bataan
    • Room Rate Starts at: PHP 3,000
    • Inclusions: Breakfast, Balcony/terrace and (strong) WIFI
    Check room rates HERE

    Just like Casa Veles Hotel, The Oriental is also located in Mariveles, Bataan.

    With its close proximity to different highly recommended places to visit when in Bataan, this will surely be a good base for your adventure! The Oriental Bataan’s comfort will make you wanna stay a bit longer in the hotel though!

    The hotel offers a number of facilities for leisure to make your stay a memorable and relaxing one. Dip into The Oriental’s most photographed indoor swimming pool while watching the sunset; clear your mind and relax your body by availing their signature outdoor spa; lose pounds at their Fit and Tone gym; or simply chill at their relaxing cliff lounge where you can just relax with your family and friends.

    3. The Plaza Hotel – Balanga

    • Location:  Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, Bataan
    Check out The Plaza Hotel Rooms HERE
    Photo Credit: The Plaza Hotel

    With The Plaza Hotel’s convenient location inside Plaza Mayor de Ciudad in Balanga, Bataan, this hotel surely is the best hotel option for you with it’s close access to different must-see destinations in Bataan, whether for business or leisure purposes and will make your stay and gala a hassle-free one!

    Moreover, imagine staying in this hotel with its old-charm, quaint rooms? Definitely a must-try in Bataan!

    Check out The Plaza Hotel Rooms HERE

    4. Camaya Coast Hotel

    • Location: Bgry Biaan, Sitio Wain, Bataan, Bataan
    Check Camaya Coast Hotel Rooms Here

    Just for a three-hour drive to this posh resort, you will get to experience a kilometer stretch of beach, endless sunsets, and a relaxing feeling of being close to the mountains and sea — which the metropolis cannot give you.

    If you want to get away to the hustle and bustle of the city life and just wanna be close to nature, we highly suggest Camaya Coast – one of the best resorts in Bataan!

    What’s great is that they also offer another mode of transportation as you can just book a ferry ride to the resort with just a breeze.

    4. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel

    • Location: Brgy Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan, Bataan
    • Room Rate Starts: PHP 8,000
    Check Las Casa Room Rates HERE

    Located in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is to 17 restored old houses in this Spanish-inspired village.

    Although the ambiance of the resort is a bit reserved and old, each villa is still equipped with modern amenities for their guests’ comfort. Located near the beach, their guests can enjoy swimming at the beach or watch the sunset by the shore with their family and friends.

    Considered one of the best hotel and resorts in Bataan, Las Casa will surely give you an unforgettable experience that you will always want to go back to.

    5. Sage Leaf Hotel

    • Location: UN Avenue, Camp Kanawan Morong Bataan
    • Room Rate Starts at: PHP 3,200
    Check Sage Leaf Hotel HERE

    Step into one of the 10 relaxing rooms of Sage Leaf Hotel after a long day exploring Bataan! Located inside Camp Kanawan in Morong, Bataan, prepare to have a relaxing stay with its numerous amenities that will surely make your stay a pleasurable one.

    So, whether your with family or barkada, Sage Leaf Hotel is one of the best place to stay in Bataan.

    Check Sage Leaf Hotel HERE

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    Cheap Beach Resorts in Bataan

    While there are a number of posh hotels and resorts in the area, we can see a number of budget-friendly or cheap resorts in any part of Bataan.

    Here are some of the cheap beach resorts that you can check out still with the best service and amenities.

    6. Juness Beach Resort

    • Location: Cabildo, Nagbalayong, Bataan, Bataan
    • Room Rate Range: PHP 1,700 to PHP 2,000
    Check out Juness Room Rates HERE

    Beach Resort is located at Cabildo, Nagbalayong, Bataan, Bataan.

    If you are looking for a cheap resort in Bataan but still with excellent service and amenities, go with Beach Resort. Plus, with its convenient location, you can go to many different tourist spots as well in Bataan.

    Check out Room Rates HERE

    7. Playa La Caleta

    • Room Rates Start at: PHP 1,500
    Check Playa La Caleta Rooms HERE

    Playa La Caleta is a home to 38 guest rooms. Conveniently located in near the beach, guests can enjoy beach bumming and swimming for a very affordable price.

    This budget-friendly/cheap resort in Bataan is equipped with different amenities as well that will complete your Bataan escapade!

    Check Playa La Caleta Rooms HERE

    8. Romalaine Resort and Restaurant

    • Location: Mariveles, Bataan
    • Room Rate Range: PHP 2,800 to PHP 3,000
    • Inclusions: Breakfast for two

    If you are looking for a place to stay for the night, or to just put your bags for a very long day in Bataan, I recommend Inn in Mariveles, Bataan.

    What I noticed during our stay in was they are more focused on events. They have a number of places catering to events. Even their pool has two stages for pool parties.

    For more cheap Bataan hotels and resorts. Check the link HERE or search for your preferred hotel below.

    Photo credits: Agoda

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    The Reef Hotel and Residences Subic: A Review

    The Reef Hotel and Residences opened its doors to the public in January 2016. Conveniently located at the heart of Subic, The Reef is accessible to shopping destinations, restaurants, entertainments and tourist spots making your stay complete, memorable, and perfect.

    At the back of the hotel, overlooking Subic’s port. Love it!

    Strategically situated at the long stretch of Waterfront Road, The Reef Subic is not your ordinary hotel + residences. It boasts a very scenic view of the Subic Bay at the back and a green and peaceful view of the park in front.

    This ever-growing and potential hotel and residences in Subic Bay Freeport Zone has a number of room types with a total of 32 rooms suited for the diverse need of its guests, may it be for business or leisure.

    The Reef Hotel and Residences Experience

    The Lounge

    Last February 2016, I was privileged to be one of the first guests who tried the newest hotel in town.

    Even though the hotel was not that finished yet at that time, everything was lovely already. Once you stepped in the hotel, the tranquil vibe brought by this Santorini-inspired hotel will welcome you.

    I also love that the reception area has a number of rattan made furniture which have been my instant favorite!

    If you happen to stay in this hotel, never miss out checking their lounge because everything is instagram-worthy! The hotel’s open extended lounge as well has a way to the port which is really cool!

    Being a beach baby, I love that this hotel is really close to this clean port, giving me the feeling of being in the sea with the reefs and waves as their decoration peg. I also love their color which is white and turquoise blue which adds to the cold and relaxing aura of the hotel.

    Hotel Employees

    Personally, the thing I always check in any of my hotel stay is how courteous the employees are.

    Are they smiling at you?
    Saying good morning?
    Bidding goodbye?
    Are they asking how you’re sleep was?

    Something that The Reef Hotel and Residences do! Their pretty and handsome hotel receptionists are all with gentle smiles which I believe adds to the guests overall happy experience.

    Of course, I would like to commend Mr. Jayee Ritumalta, the Operations Manager of the hotel for being one of the most courteous, hospitable, and hands-on managers I’ve ever met.

    He gladly assisted me in all of my queries and even exerted efforts an Operations Manager wouldn’t normally do — like assisting me with my bags since the bell boys were helping other guests that time.

    And as a guest, this is one great way to feel really valued.


    I also forgot something in my room that night but they contacted me and even brought the things I left to Best Western Hotel Subic which was my hotel on my second night in Subic!

    Couldn’t help but smile and give thanks! Kudos to Team The Reef Hotel and Residences!

    I am so happy and blessed that the Managers of The Reef Hotel and Best Western Subic are now my friends. Lovely people indeed!

    Hotel Rooms

    The Reef Hotel has different room types suited for the needs and wants of every guest. What I love the most of their hotel rooms is it offers superior modern accommodation fully equipped with premium room amenities, free fiber-optic wifi for speedy connection, cozy bed and soft linens, and I so love their pillows too!

    Welcome to my room!

    Selfie muna sa CR. Haha!

    Also, every room has its own balcony giving you the option to choose rooms with Sea or Park view. During my staycation, although I love the calm sea, I chose the park view which is peaceful and relaxing – the green surrounding is just soothing to the eyes.

    Here are the hotel rooms at The Reef Hotel Subic:


    Room Details: Rate: P3,250 per night


    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Complimentary Bottled Water
    • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
    • Fiber-Optic Wifi Connection
    • LED Cable Television
    • In-Room Safe
    • Hot & Cold Shower
    • Balcony


    Room Details: Rate: P3,000 per night Amenities:

    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Complimentary Bottled Water
    • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
    • Fiber-Optic Wifi Connection
    • LED Cable Television
    • In-Room Safe
    • Hot & Cold Shower
    • Balcony


    Room Details: Rate: P3,800 per night Amenities:

    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Complimentary Bottled Water
    • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
    • Fiber-Optic Wifi Connection
    • LED Cable Television
    • In-Room Safe
    • Hot & Cold Shower
    • Balcony
    • Kitchenette (Suites Only)


    Room Details: Rate: P4,100 per night Amenities:

    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Complimentary Bottled Water
    • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
    • Fiber-Optic Wifi Connection
    • LED Cable Television
    • In-Room Safe
    • Hot & Cold Shower
    • Balcony
    • Kitchenette (Suites Only)


    Room Details: Rate: P4,900 per night Amenities:

    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Complimentary Bottled Water
    • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
    • Fiber-Optic Wifi Connection
    • LED Cable Television
    • In-Room Safe
    • Hot & Cold Shower
    • Balcony
    • Kitchenette (Suites Only)



    Room Details: Rate: P4,600 per night Amenities:

    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Complimentary Bottled Water
    • Coffee and Tea Making Facility
    • Fiber-Optic Wifi Connection
    • LED Cable Television
    • In-Room Safe
    • Hot & Cold Shower
    • Balcony
    • Kitchenette (Suites Only)

    If you also wish to have a custom stay, The Reef Hotel and Residences will gladly help you make your stay the most memorable one.

    How to book a room?

    1. Direct reservation at The Reef Hotel and Residences – Call 0920 959 0413
    2. Online Booking in Agoda – Cheaper! Book HERE.

    The Reef Hotel and Residences Subic Details

    Address: Building 532, Waterfront Road Olongapo City, Philippines
    Contact Details: 0920 959 0413
    Facebook Page: The Reef Hotel and Residences

    The Pirates Bistro

    The last time I stayed here at The Reef Hotel and Residences, the Pirate Bistro was still under construction but I was already informed that the name of their restaurant is Pirates Bistro.

    By just looking at the pictures, Pirates Bistro should be on top of your list to visit when in Subic!

    Let Your Senses Feast with our “Master Gibbs” the Ultimate Clubhouse Sandwich. Ham, Bacon, Egg and Cheese plus Freshly made Potato Chips all your Favorites in one plate.

    Captain Ammand – chicken and beef all in one Burrito with the side of Crispy Potato Chips!

    ..and this!


    For those who wants to go to Subic right now (like me!) and craves for Pirate Bistro, here’s some information about them:

    Contact Details: 0948 770 7606

    Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 12:00AM

    Facebook: Pirate Bistro

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    Top 10 Hotels in Quezon City with Swimming Pools

    After a stressful work week, we aim for a quick, peaceful and fun relaxation together with loved ones and friends. Though we also want to stay as far as Tagaytay or Baguio, we sometimes have to choose convenience over these. So, if you looking for staycations in Metro Manila, we made a list of hotels in Quezon City with swimming pools for your much-needed pamper time.

    Still looking for other hotels and resorts? Check this list out.

    Hotels in Quezon City with Swimming Pools

    Listed below are some of the most top-rated hotels in Quezon City with swimming pools that you might want to check out during long weekends!


    Torre Venezia Suites, established last 2011, boasts a total of 111 hotel rooms and suites and twenty (20) two-bedroom appartamento located on the residential side of the building.

    These Italian inspired rooms and suites have this fusion of modern and traditional designs, elegantly furnished with elegant hues.

    Each room has a state of the art spacious bathroom, mini bar, and 24hour WIFI access, and offers breathtaking city and sky views.


    • Check In: 2PM
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: 170 Timog Avenue corner Scout Santiago Street, Quezon City
    • Price Range: 3,100 to 6,500 pesos
    • Book online via: Agoda or
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    Located in the lovely area of Quezon City, Meranti Hotel enjoys a commanding position in the nightlife, shopping, restaurants hub of Manila. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

    Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Manila hotel. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk.

    Guests can choose from 59 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including outdoor pool, to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Meranti Hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Manila.


    • Check In: 2PM
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: 82 Scout Castor, Barangay Laging Handa,, Quezon City,, Metro Manila, Philippines 1103
    • Price Starts: P3,500
    • Book online via: Agoda or



    A comfortable hotel with a host of amenities, Sulo Riviera Hotel is located just 30 minutes from Manila’s city center in vibrant Quezon City.

    Set amidst the heart of the business and commercial districts, as well as the headquarters of national government offices, this property is a few steps away from the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City Hall, and Heart Center for Asia.

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    Recently renovated, the Sulo Riviera Hotel caters to all the needs of the executive with 71 redesigned and spacious guestrooms, all featuring working desks and internet connection. With 11 fully equipped function halls, a grand ballroom, two dining outlets, and a pool lounge, this property is equipped to deal with business and celebratory functions.


    • Check In: 12NN
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Price Starts: P2,780
    • Book online via: Agoda or



    Situated in the heart of Quezon City, The Contemporary Hotel is conveniently located in business commercial district of Manila. All guestrooms and suites are equipped with modern amenities for guests’ comfort.

    This hotel is perfect for guests looking for an excellent location, friendly services, and great value for money. Greenhills Shopping Center is three and a half kilometers away, and Luneta Park and Shangri-La Plaza Mall are about five kilometers away. On-site facilities guests can make use of include luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk, and meeting facilities.

    Massage treatments and an outdoor pool provide leisure and recreational opportunities for all guests. Please enter your preferred dates of stay and submit our online booking form to make a reservation at The Contemporary Hotel.


    • Check In: 12NN
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Price starts: P1,888
    • Book online via: Agoda or

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    Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub has 120 guestrooms housed in a 6-storey block in the UP-Ayala Land Technohub’s commercial development along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines.

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    The reasonably priced accommodations overlook a triangular, expansive garden that provide an ideal setting for relaxation. To further complement your stay, we have laid out facilities and services that are at par with international standards, including chiropractor-approved mattresses, cable TV, and wireless internet access.

    The hotel also features a restaurant with an al fresco patio, a function hall with a capacity of up to 250 persons, and 3 function rooms that can accommodate 30 to 40 persons each.


    • Check In: 12NN
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Price Starts: P2904
    • Book online via: Agoda or



    Known as the first eco-friendly property in Quezon, this smoke-free property provides superior in-room amenities for guests’ comfort.

    Apart from quality service, you will find each room ducted with a 32″ LED TV with cable channels, cotton bed linen, separate deep-soak bathtubs, and rain shower with open bathroom set-up with speakers for TV viewing convenience in most rooms. 

    The Cocoon Boutique Hotel is a great place to sleep and relax, befitting a genuine boutique hotel. Please enter your preferred dates of stay and submit our online booking form to make a reservation at The Cocoon Boutique Hotel.


    • Check In: 12NN
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Price Starts: P3843
    • Book online via: Agoda or

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    Perfectly located in the business district of Eastwood City, this hotel is close to Ortigas Center. Situated right beside the Eastwood Mall, guests will have easy access to most of the commercial establishments in the area such as SM Megamall, Shangrila Plaza Mall, and several bars as well as entertainment hubs.

    Boasting well-appointed guestrooms and suites, all are tastefully furnished and equipped with standard amenities including an air conditioner, cable TV, in-room safe, hairdryer, and a private bathroom with a hot and cold shower. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant that serves a variety of delicious cuisines.

    Offering comfortable accommodation with excellent facilities, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is an ideal place to stay.


    • Check In: 12NN
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Price starts: P3895
    • Book online via: Agoda or

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    Located in the lovely area of Quezon City, Novotel Manila Araneta Center enjoys a commanding position in the nightlife, restaurants, shopping hub of Manila. Set 0.05km from the excitement of the city, this 4-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city’s biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

    First-rate hotel services and facilities that define the Accor Hotels experience await you at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

    The hotel features 401 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, linens, towels, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including fitness center, golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, spa, children’s playground. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Novotel Manila Araneta Center the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Manila.


    • Check In: 12NN
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Price start: P4463
    • Book online via: Agoda or

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    Offering quality accommodations in the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife district of Quezon, Luxent Hotel is a great pick for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is strategically situated at the center of a well-established entertainment community in the Metro. The city’s main attractions such as the Boy Scout Monument, Television Networks, SM Malls, and Eton Centris are a stone’s throw away. Within walking distance, you can spot many eating. 

    True to the hotel’s commitment to provide delightful services to all guests, Luxent Hotel provides all the convenience by providing facilities such as in-room service, laundry service, a fitness center, and a spa. There is a Garden Café that serves a buffet breakfast and dinner every day of the week. For a fun weekend, sit back, relax, and listen to the live acoustic entertainment at the Lush Bar and Lounge located at the hotel lobby. 

    Luxent Hotel has 117 meticulously designed rooms with available amenities for your comfort such as wireless Internet access, a bathtub, and satellite/cable TV.


    • Check In: 12NN
    • Check out: 12NN
    • Address: Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    • Book online via: Agoda or

    Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
    Know other Quezon City hotels with swimming pools? Let us know in the comment section below!

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    Crowne Plaza Manila Hotel Review & Staycation

    If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Ortigas Center, allow me to recommend Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

    True to its promise, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria offers one of the best and most comfortable stays in the metro. Though tagged as a business hotel because of its location among office buildings, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria is also great for staycations with family, friends, and, of course, your special someone. It towers along Ortigas Avenue and right next to Robinsons Galleria.

    As a travel blogger who’s stayed in countless hotels before, I initially thought that Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria will be just like the other high-end hotels in Metro Manila where you’ll have huge beds, gorgeous furnishings, a classy ambience, etc. It’s not that they’re bad but since I’ll be reviewing the place, I might as well expect something out of the ordinary, right? But Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria didn’t disappoint, as their very own Club Lounge and more left me quite impressed.

    An Elegant Welcome

    When my colleague and I arrived, we were welcomed by the courteous staff at the hotel lobby that boasts an eye-catching crystal chandelier, a grandiose hallway, and gorgeous floor tiles. Paintings hang on the rich, white walls while the hotel’s soft music adds to the whole glamorous vibe. Our experience at Crown Plaza Manila Galleria was certainly off to a good start.

    After the quick check-in, the staff informed us that our accommodation, a Club Deluxe Room, is located at the 18th floor, and one of the room’s inclusive features is access to the Club Lounge at the 19th floor. My colleague and I were all giddy as we made our way to the elevator.

    We love how well-lit the whole corridor. There is also soothing music playing in the background.
    The Not So Ordinary Room

    When we got inside the room, we were pleasantly surprised with how spacious it was. It has two queen-sized beds, a 42-inch LED TV, and a bathroom with shower and bathtub. I don’t know about you, but a bathroom with a tub where I can have a warm and relaxing bath always wins me over.

     After a very long day, this Club Deluxe Twin Bedroom is heaven to us!
    Even after a warm bath, you can expect the 41 square meter-room to keep you relaxed—it is painted with neutral tones, while the windows open up to an amazing view of Ortigas Center’s magnificent skyline.

    Here’s a rundown of the amenities of the Crown Plaza Manila Galleria’s Club Deluxe Room: 

    1. Access to Club Lounge with complimentary breakfast and cocktails with complimentary WiFi
    2. 42-inch LED Cable Television
    3. Safety Deposit Box
    4. Complimentary access to outdoor pool and Gold’s Gym Express
    5. Complimentary access to sauna
    6. Iron and ironing board
    7. Complete bathroom amenities with bath tub and phone extension

     You can see the busy Ortigas skyline here.

     A lovely work station inside our room.

    The Club Lounge

    My colleague and I were already perfectly content while lying on our soft beds when we decided to check out the Club Lounge. When we got there, we were ushered like certified VIPs. The Club Lounge looked like a combination of a fine dining restaurant and a modern library: the cozy lounge areas were complete with workstations and buffet tables.

    When we sat down, we were offered some refreshments and a list of the services and amenities that we can avail of: 

    1. Complimentary food and beverage services good for two adults
    1. Buffet Breakfast – 6:30H – 10:30H daily
    2. Afternoon Tea – 1500H – 1700H daily
    3. Evening Cocktail – 1730H -2000H daily
    4. All Day Refreshment
    2. Complimentary in-room internet access
    3. Free Local Calls
    4. Free Daily Newspaper
    5. Free use of the Board Room/Meeting Room (Up to 2 hours per stay)
    6. Free Pressing of one Suit or Dress
    7. Complimentary 15 Minute Back Massage or Foot Reflex
    8. A dedicated room attendant to address your needs

    My favorite about the Club Lounge will have to be the exclusivity. Imagine chilling in your favorite coffee shop with just a few guests around and an attendant ready to assist you anytime. With only the hotel’s soft music in the background, you can plop into a sofa chair and read a book or work on your laptop with the lounge’s WiFi. Refreshments are complimentary and they entertain special requests, too.

    Dinner at Seven Corners 

    After a quick tour around the Club Lounge and some parts of the hotel, we went back to our room and prepared for buffet dinner at Seven Corners.

    Located at the 3rd floor of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Seven Corners Buffet Restaurant incorporates a themed kitchen concept featuring Indian, Western, Japanese, Asian, and Italian cuisines.

    The buffet has several cooking stations where you’ll have delectable food choices. I will just have the photos speak for themselves:

    Seven Corner’s dessert area is something you won’t resist!

     Seafood Area: Perfect for seafood lovers like me!

     Well done, please! One of the most delicious steaks I’ve ever had!

     My favorites in one photo!

    Lunch at Xin Tian Di

    Before heading home the next day, we had a sumptuous lunch at Xin Tian Di Chinese Restaurant. Located at the 4th floor of the hotel, Xin Tian Di offers an authentic Chinese dining experience—from the concept to their house specialties like roast pecking duck to their Dim Sum Bar.

    When we sat down for lunch, Xin Tian Di reminded me of the Chinese restaurants my family and I would visit when I was young: filled with round tables and with Chinese music playing in the background.

    We started our sumptuous meal with some steamed shrimp dumpling with crab roe siomai, steamed shrimp dumpling hakao, and Special Fried Asia spring roll. Their hakao and siomai are simply superb—each piece is packed with shrimp and crab filling and not like the cheap ones that are all just flour wrapper. But my favorite will have to be the Special Fried Asia spring roll. More than its real mouthful name, its crunchy outer layer is complimented well by the combination of lime juice, sugar, and hoisin sauce. Definitely a must try!

    After the appetizers, we had the following for main course: 

    1. Pecking Duck (2 ways)
    2. Steamed Seafood Dumpling Soup
    3. Sauteed Beef Steak Filler with Mango
    4. Braised Black Mushroom and Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce
    5. Hot Prawn Salad in Basket

    Also, if you are a dimsum lover like me, try their “Unlimited Dimsum” which is served from Monday to Sunday, from 11AM to 2:30PM!

    With our bellies full, my colleague and I decided to head home while nodding in agreement that Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria exceeded our expectations.

    It has everything you can expect from a high-end hotel, but with unique offerings and impressive service, this posh establishment is certainly something else.

    Book Crowne Plaza Hotel online at!

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    7 Activities and Attractions at Zoocobia, Pampanga

    Zoocobia Pampanga is a fun zoo theme park by the Zoomanity Group that boasts a variety of interesting and enjoyable activities and attractions including the first gravity car ride in the Philippines called the Zooc Ride.

    Zooc Ride is suitable for all ages and will surely give you a thrilling experience. Other attractions also include the Maze, Zoocology Museum, The Barn, Giant Slides and Birds of Paradise, a close encounter with different colorful birds nestled in the tree’s branches.

    Situated at the luscious paradise in the middle of Clark Freeport ZoneZoocobia offers the best nature and animal experience for families, barkada day tour, and other organizational and educational trips.

    Welcome to Zoocobia! 🙂

    Here are some of the attractions that you will see and experience when you visit Zoocobia at Clark Freeport Zone:


    1. Bird Thrill

    And yes, we were indeed thrilled of these cute and colorful birds! We had a very close encounter with these lovely birds, though they didn’t land on one of my palms to eat seeds. Guess they don’t want sweaty palms! Haha!

    2. Birds of Paradise

    I am honestly not a fan of birds perched on my hand or shoulder. I just feel like they would bite me with just one bad move! But then, I conquered my fear with this pretty and cute bird! You will find more birds here like the Philippines Eagle and many more.

    3. Garden Maze

    Zoocobia’s Garden Maze is not your usual maze! While checking how to get out of the maze, you will get to see different animal topiaries! Go through the labyrinth and find yourself out of it!

    4. Philippines Pride

    Philippines Pride will showcase you the best of the best — our Philippines’ Bests! One of my favorite animals here is the Bear Cat Civet! I was so lucky because I had a very close encounter with this pretty ball of fur.

    5. The Barn

    This one big barn is full of baby farm animals like goats, sheeps, pot bellied pigs, and many more! Experience bottle feeding to your delight! We also fed horses, camels, goats to name a few.

    6. Zooc Ride

    This gravity car ride is indeed one among the best rides I’ve ever had in my life! Experience the thrill of riding your own car with the help of gravity. This is a 400 meter track with three curves which will serve as your way to super thrilling ride!

    7. Animal and Bone Museum

    This museum boasts of numerous animal bones all with description and history. Though my favorite here is the ostrich egg which is equivalent to 2 dozen chicken eggs and takes 60-80 minutes to boil. Interesting!

    Zoocobia Day Tour Packages

    For your hotel needs, you may book at and get big discounts! Zoocobia Fan Park is indeed perfect for family adventure, educational tour, and the likes.

    For more information, you may follow and visit them on their social media accounts:

    BOOK ONLINE: TravelBook X Zoocobia





    Contact No.: 0922 717 2402

    Disclaimer:  Thanks Zoomanity Group for inviting us over to experience 
    the best of Zoocobia, Pampanga. Photo credits to Ace Paragoyo of


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