If you’re one for water adventures and peaceful getaways, there’s an Airbnb in Batangas you need to visit stat: Batalang Bato Beach Retreat.
This tranquil escape in Anilao boasts a marine sanctuary just a few meters offshore and 3,000 square meters of private beachfront space adorned with greens, shrubs, trees, and stunning rock formations.
Check out what makes this the perfect summer escape for family and friends.
Batalang Bato consists of two gorgeous villas fronting the beach. One is a one-bedroom villa fronting the beach, which can host 6 people, while the other is a larger two-bedroom villa accommodates 12. The two villas share a walkway to the beach.
Each villa is equipped with the following amenities:
- 6 beds for 1-bedroom villa;
- Fully furnished kitchen with 2 rice cookers, a stove, dinnerware, and kitchenware
- Microwave oven
- Hot and cold water dispenser with free drinking water
- Oven toaster
- Coffee percolator
- Water kettle
- Kitchen towels
- Dishwashing liquid and sponge
- En suite bathroom
- Grilling area
The bigger villa is set up with a spacious wooden balcony with hammocks.
One of the best things about Batalang Bato is its house reef in front. This means guests don’t have to go far and wide to snorkel and dive. Snorkel gear for four are available for a small fee.
However, if you wish to see other dive spots, the resthouse can also make arrangements for scuba diving. Make sure to provide two-week advance notice. You can also rent a banca for P3,500 (good for 6) to take you to Sombrero and Fortalez Islands (excluding environmental fees).
The seaside rock formations, one bearing a small cave, provide a dramatic backdrop for those venturing out with their kayaks. A couple can be rented from the resthouse, both equipped with a life vest.
After a full day, hunker down by the beach for the most magnificent sunset, or make yourself a hot cup of tea while playing sungka or unwinding on a hammock, with the sound of birds, geckos, and cicadas. If you’re lucky to come by during the rainy season, you’ll be delighted by the sight of fireflies surrounding the property.
There is no restaurant on site or in the immediate vicinity, so it’s recommended that you buy fresh meat and vegetables for cooking. There is a wet market in Bauan, about four minutes aay, as well as fast food chains. Buy charcoal if you’re planning on grilling.
For those who would like to enjoy meals al fresco, the resthouse can set up a boodle fight table for you with banana leaves.
The property does not provide towels and toiletries, so be sure to bring your own. They encourage bringing toiletries in bottles or reusable containers, to keep it eco-friendly.
Bring beach slippers/ shoes as some of the parts of the beach are rocky.
The following are not allowed within the property:
- Karaoke and loud music
- Airbnb link: Book here
- Location: Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BatalangBatoBeachRetreat
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/sSMtYXcLYYJbBt958
- Price: P8,000 a night; P10,000 if peak season, holidays, and weekend