“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese“
To make the most out of the long weekend, we went straight to Canyon Cove. Another destination with fine white sand beach close to the city. The character and atmosphere of the place is different from Pico de Loro (Check out our Pico de loro experience) . It was a bit crowded but on a positive note, it was more alive and the rooms are near the beach.
We booked via Booking.com and got a good discount on room rates.
Upon arriving on the cove entrance, we were required to leave one valid id before entering the premises. After that we proceed with the check-in. It was saturday and is expected to have a lot of guests but we didn't expect it will be that much that the hotel couldn't handle. Instead of letting us check in at 2:00 pm, we waited up until 3:00 pm, then we were given a room key and wifi password.
The room was spacious for us with 1 queen bed, 1 window side bed, complete toiletries, bottled water, tea and coffee, refrigerator and cable channel tv.
Maybe because of the rush and the quantity of guests the bed sheets and blankets was a bit damp. The room was also too dim. Aside from that everything is in order and clean.
We also booked for a beach view from our room but there was a big tree branch full of leaves covering the window and the balcony. Because of that we weren't able to enjoy the view.
I decided to have an afternoon walk at the shore alone. By this time, Herbert is still asleep and taking the rest from last night remote work. The sunset was so beautiful and it was unfortunate that I wasn't able to take a picture.
On the morning we both went for a dip at the sea.
We also went for a night and morning swim at the pool. It was big enough to not be crowded for its guests.
Where to eat
We had our meal and drinks at the resort restaurant. The food and the service was ok but it can be improved if they have enough manpower to attend to the guests.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Pico de Loro, we took the tricycle and headed to the Canyon Cove. There will be no tricycle at the Hamilo Coast entrance, make sure to have a contact number of the tricycle driver.
If you are from Manila, preferably you can go to Canyon Cove via private car. But if you are not able to, you can commute from Manila via bus.
To commute you can either take the bus from Taft or Buendia.
- The BSC-MRT Pasay Taft bus is located at the back of the McDonalds building and the DLTB bus is located at the Buendia Taft Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue.
- When you reach the town proper, you can hire a tricycle to take you to Pico de Loro. They can be negotiated with the price but they're usual rate is Php 200.
- At the Hamilo coast entrance you need to request for a shuttle to take you to the hotel. Shuttle rate is also Php 200.
These bus terminals are both accessible to us but we took the bus from Buendia and unfortunately we were not aware by that time that this take the longer route so we suggest for you to take the bus from Mrt-Taft.
Tips and Reminders
- Use waze or google maps to know the route and estimated travel time.
- Bring a valid id.
- On weekends, try to go there earlier. They have queue numbers when the room is not yet available.
- Relax, enjoy and make the most of your time.
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