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Respite from the Metro Jul 18, 2010
Time to escape the heat of the metro in Manila! With a grueling 39 degrees, a weekend getaway to the beach was the best thing.
Hopping onto the beat up Lancer, we drove up north to Subic and savored the countryside views. Stopping here and there for chow and breakfast at Jollibee, the atmosphere was relaxed and we were on our way to Anvaya Cove.
The good thing about this country is that we have beaches everywhere. The best ones I tell ya.
Anvaya Cove is located in Subic, Philippines, just 2 hours north of Manila via car or bus. Subic is famous for its open port and the city's financial meteoric rise in recent years because of the influx of investors. When the American bases left more than 10 years ago, the city has risen from being base-sustaining to a hotbed of freeport importations and of course the scenic beaches as tourist come-ons.
From the main road of Subic Bay, Anvaya Cove is nestled along the shoreline going down from the airport and the former FedEx Hub. Carefully hidden among lush forests and animal reserves, it is a private beach and resort with tasteful amenities meant to give you a respite from the city. The resort is on a membership admission policy where the member can accommodate the guests on weekdays without joining the party. But weekends are purely for members only admission.
It was a Friday so we came in with a member accommodation from one of our friends. Paying Php 450 as entrance fee for a day trip (Php 250 was consumable for food), we settled in and got a feel of the fresh breeze. The gigantic and shaded pools were welcome with the native rattan lounge chairs. Inspecting the beach, oh well the shore line was impressive although the sand was not that fine and powdery. Still, the shore was clean and well maintained. What really impressed me was the very attentive staff who were all eyes and ears albeit discreetly, always on the look out for everyone's needs and safety.
We had our lunch by the beach amidst the lovely rattan lounges and katsa umbrellas. I was impressed with the big food servings. Greasy as everything was, still, the food was good.
Facilities-wise, the place is a top. The changing rooms were charmingly equipped with modern amenities and spacious cubes. I loved particularly the calachuchi flowers all over.
I am keen on coming back for a day of pampering at the Spa of the resort and staying overnight at the villas. It is said that the night scene with the twinkling lights is something you won't forget.
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