Batangas is a haven for luxury resorts. It might not boast of fine white sand, endless stretch of beaches, and stunning tropical islands like the ones you would see in Bohol or Palawan, but its advantage is its proximity to Manila, the bustling metro that is the Philippine capital.
Batangas is roughly around a three-hour drive south of Metro Manila, and it is the quickest escape for those wanting to get away from all the chaos on weekends. Given the proximity, it’s no wonder that various luxury resort companies have taken their share in building and promoting Batangas (particularly Nasugbu) as a prime luxury destination.
I got to experience this with a few friends a couple of weeks ago after one of them won at a mall promotion and the prize was a two-night stay at a luxurious resort situated along the tip of a flame-shaped peninsula.
It’s called Club Punta Fuego (hence the name) in Nasugbu, Batangas.
I recall being invited by a classmate back in college about this exclusive vista but I never had the chance to go, so I guess the timing is more than perfect now that I have a blog I can write about it on.
Now since Club Punta Fuego boasts of its luxe amenities and impeccable services, one might think that it’s too expensive for a weekend trip. But perform a quick search on Agoda and you’ll see that the price really isn’t all that bad. A current search would bring me about PHP7,000 (discounted from 10-15K) for an overnight stay for two persons, breakfast included.
Before the trip I thought I’d check and so I did some research about the place, and found out that there is a yacht club in Punta Fuego. Perfect! Been wanting to experience going to a yacht club here in the Philippines so I guess I had more than a few reasons to go. Question is, is it worth the experience? Hmm, I’ll be the judge of that hehe.
The roadtrip to Batangas is a journey in itself
Its location being so near yet so far from the capital, the three-hour drive to Nasugbu is long enough to call it a legit road-trip, and short enough to not exhaust the excitement out of you (especially the driver, which was me). The stop-overs at the gas stations along the expressway and the cheap, familiar eats, as well as the scenic drive through Tagaytay and finally to Batangas, these all make the drive entertaining and worthwhile.
Turns out, ‘Club Punta Fuego’ (the resort) is inside ‘Punta Fuego’ (an exclusive, gated community)
This I realized only after entering the gates of this exclusive community. Pardon my ignorance, but I thought Punta Fuego or Club Punta Fuego is the same and that both refer to the same resort, and that it’s only a resort and nothing else.
Of course after realizing this we drove around the area to get a sense of how it is like inside this community. We did not only want to experience the club, we wanted to see what the Punta Fuego peninsula had to offer.
Driving around, what stunned us the most were the mansions and villas vying for our attention as we move along. The area sits atop an elevated, rocky terrain, so it’s no surprise when you see what kind of view these vacation homes have.
These expensive homes looked empty and gave the impression that the owners only bought the property to serve as their vacation homes (Fact: mansions here cannot be rented out by its owners). It only makes sense, given the distance of Nasugbu to the business capital that is Manila.
Dang, these luxury mansions are killing it!
The Club – A far cry from all the craziness of the city
Club Punta Fuego has that quiet and serene vibe to it. Upon arriving at the club’s entrance lobby, we were immediately assisted by the calm (and not to mention pretty) ladies at the reception for check-in. Without even a couple minutes’ wait, there already was a golf caddy waiting for us that led us to our casita.
The space we had in our casita was slightly larger than what you would expect in a standard hotel room – we also had our own balcony that made up for a nice chill area. What’s most noticeable was the bathroom, it’s quite spacious and you even have your own chill area/mini-garden inside – perfect for those who’d prefer a view when showering or when you want to pop some cigs before doing the deed LOL.
The food at the club was satisfying, however there weren’t that may choices whenever we were around. They could’ve done more to satisfy our raging appetites, just saying! On the other hand, the service was faultless, and staff at the club always made sure we were enjoying our stay by constantly checking with us.
For those wanting to go, and for those who always prefer to stay connected, just know that there is virtually no signal at all in the area. But Club Punta Fuego makes up for the lack of it by giving free high-speed Wi-Fi access all throughout the club (though you still cannot make regular calls or texts).
Who can resist this sunset view at the club?
And this is what’s inside our spacious casita
Club Punta Fuego is famed for its stunning double infinity pools…
With all that stunning landscape and sexy setting, Club Punta Fuego seems to be mainly a family affair. For those looking into partying the night away, there is no venue for that, and you may be better off doing it in your spacious room.
Food options at the San Diego restaurant were satisfying
…and heaps of bacon, too!
“Meaty” breakfast, anyone?
Punta Fuego Yacht Club, for me, is a must in your ‘to do’ list
On the other side of the headland is this quaint wharf that gives off that countryside feel to it. It is just about a five-minute drive from the club, and yes, you can also ask the golf cart drivers at the club to take you there if you don’t feel like driving.
Punta Fuego Yacht Club has an impressive roster of luxury yachts berthed in its marina, and boy I felt like a kid inside, looking at each of these vessels up-close.
I’ve been wanting to try sailing on a superyacht and pop some Dom Pérignon champagne while at it, but renting one of these yachts is so damn expensive (starting at a whopping PHP 20K for just around three hours of cruisin’), so maybe just a photo-op will do for now. Some crewmen we talked to explained that the sky-high prices are due to the fact that they have to hire to man the yacht when cruising, and of course berthing at the marina is expensive as well, not to mention the steep gas prices and cost of maintenance. Come to think of it, with all those expenses of owning a yacht, the rental price only makes sense and makes it reasonable. Plus, since most are privately owned by affluent businessmen, not all yachts in the marina are for rent.
If you’re doing a research on how to go yachting here but only have a set budget, the most possible way to do so is to stay overnight in this motor yacht for around PHP8K a night. The price is only for the overnight stay while docked in the marina, and the pricing will only go up if you decide to take it for a cruise. I saw this yacht in the marina and it is a pretty decent one, only it is smaller and dwarfed by the other yachts that are berthed in the area.
But wait, I like this bad boy even more!
…or better yet, let’s hang out in its rear whilst sipping Dom Pérignon
But renting one of these out is so damn expensive, might as well just take a photo while at it
While you’re at it, have lunch at the Barracuda bar for some stunning views of the wharf
Facing the harbor is the classy but laid back Barracuda Bar that has this scenic, panoramic view of the marina, accented by these numerous nautical flags lining up the edge of the bar. One thing I noticed though is that the food options here are a little bit pricey compared to that of Club Punta Fuego’s menu prices at the San Diego Restaurant, but the Barracuda burger is superb, it makes up for its priciness.
Contact numbers for your reference
Club Punta Fuego +632-5844405, +632-8438700
Punta Fuego Yacht Club +63917-5111616