Chateau Royale Hotel Resort and Spa, Batangas

Chateau Royale is a spa and resort in Batangas that is more or less 13 km away to Tagaytay. Its accessibility to Tagaytay is one of the advantages of choosing this accommodation. As Tagaytay is known for its cool weather because of its high altitude, tourists and even locals frequent here to relax and to enjoy the scenic view of the smallest volcano in the world, the Taal Lake. So if the best hotels in Tagaytay are fully booked, resorting to Chateau Royal Hotel Resort and Spa is a nice place to go.
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The Room

Chateau Royale has a lot of accommodations around since the resort is 100 hectares. From cabins, townhouses to hotels, Chateau Royale has it. My friends and I stayed in the Skylight Tower. The facade of the building is a glass that makes to look like a university from the outside. By closely looking at it, the glass looks like it was just added to the structure; I guess they have done this to keep the guests away from the rain. Nevertheless, it’s nice that we can already see the view outside even if we’re on the third floor.

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Our room is large and we were actually 5. The room has a living room with TV, a kitchen bar, ref, a cabinet, and 1 single bed and 1 twin size. We added 3 extra beds. Towels, linens, are clean but the blanket is not a comforter. There are also shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, and tissue.

Meanwhile, here are the other rooms we saw while strolling around. The log cabin looks pretty cool and the townhouses look like we’re somewhere in the US.

The Swimming Pool

The swimming pool of Chateau Royale is a thing that they can be proud of. The pool is huge and it also has waves but only works on a specific schedule. If I remember it right, the schedule in the morning is from 9 to 9:30 and 11 to 11:30, I guess.
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There’s also a pool bar where the entire pool can be seen and to where the picture above is taken.

Also, there are life-size floaters to play around. Look how fun this is! Even the setting of the pool area looks like a beach.
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Other than the wave pool, there is a clubhouse pool near the reception area of the resort that is also big.
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The Restaurants

We arrived around 12 noon so we have decided to eat at One Fishing Place. It’s a Filipino theme floating restaurant where there are coys swimming freely underneath our nipa huts. The food served to us tasted great. I just noticed though that they like thick sauce so much.

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The next morning, we ate at the Asian Grill. It’s a buffet type serving Asian cuisine. However, don’t expect much for the food. The exterior of the place looks posh, though.

There are other 2 restaurants which we have not tried, the Veranda Cafe and the Pan de Chateau.

The Spa

The Spa has a promising ambiance that totally made us feel relaxed. Aside from body massage, their spa has a gym, a sauna, and an indoor pool. We totally love the pool since it feels so private and luxurious. For promos, here are the Chateau Royale rates.

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The Service

Since Chateau Royal Resort and Spa is a huge resort, the from and to would take a lot of time for the guests so they have provided shuttle service for the convenience of everybody. The staff are all accommodating and friendly.

The Amenities

Chateau Royale Resort and Spa is very suitable as a company outing venue since the place is very spacious. There’s Forest Sports Bar, Tent Pavillion good for private functions. They have halls for conferences or functions and they also have the facility for team building like the obstacle course as seen on the picture below.

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Forest Bar
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Tent Pavilion

The garden is also a good venue for weddings!

Activities

Some of the outdoor activities that can be done here are rock climbing, zipline,  playground, basketball, badminton, orchidarium, badminton court,  swan lake, archery, and aviary.

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Overall

Chateau Royale has a lot to offer to the guests. While I was there, I can say that there are a lot of foreigners who chose to stay here. From the statues displayed to every part of the resort, I can guarantee that the owner is a Chinese. On the other hand, I hope they will continue to have a facility upgrade to have more recommendations from the guests. It was an awesome experience to stay in a large resort but the downside of a property this big is the difficulty of its maintenance. Overall, I can see the success of the business of Chateau Royale in the future especially that the people are looking for are mostly there. I hope that they will not only give what the guest needs but also what the guest wants and that is to feel like a royal!

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Km. 72 Batulao, Nasugbu, 4231 Batangas
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive reviews. All thoughts and opinion are my own. 

Abuela’s, Makati

The rainy season has started and everyone wants to stay and get cozy in their own homes. While the rain is continuously pouring outside, imagine getting up from the bed and your mother or your wife has the food ready for you. This certainly feels home, but what if you are far from it and yet you want to get cosseted like you’re home? From the busy city of Makati, a restaurant in Legaspi Village named Abuela’s can feed your soul and tummy a comfort of home.

Abuela in Spanish is “grandmother” so the restaurant is straightforward to where their dishes come from, but since it has passed from generations to generations, the food has come with a modern twist.

Appetizer

This is not your ordinary Chicken Wings, since it is a Spanish style buffalo wings served with chorizo and olives. The taste is leaning on the salty side.

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Chicken Wings P500

The Kilawin has a subtle touch of tangy because it has done the Negros way plus topped with coconut milk.
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To definitely wow your appetizer, here is Bone Marrow with Truffled Chimichurri and  Onion Mango Jam. The exciting part of eating the dish is when you’re scraping the roasted bone marrow with truffled chimichurri, topping it off at the humble toasted bread and adding the mango jam with it. It is a new taste in your palate. Highly recommended!

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Bone Marrow with Truffled Chimichurri and  Onion Mango Jam P420

Entrees

The Mechado stuffed with Iberico Chorizo looks good to take a photo because of the towering dried squid ink. Yes, that piece of art is edible! The dish has foie gras, and Iberico, a ham produced in Spain and Portugal so this dish must be pretty special.

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Mechado stuffed with Iberico Chorizo P550

The Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce is enticing to look with the grilled prawns with a Southern Filipino crab fat curry. This one has a buttery taste.

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Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce P350

The Pinangat is a fish meat and crab meat wrapped in gabi leaves. Drowned in coconut milk sauce, and a little salty, the right word for this dish is overindulgent of cholesterol.

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Pinangat P450

The perfect slice of the pork is simply irresistible. Their Bagnet is not oily and the crunchiness does not hurt or test your jaw. The meat is good itself and it was the best when dipped with the Thai sauce.
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Dessert

Their dessert is still on its plating game. The Molten Lava Cake and the Green Tea Cheesecake are also scene-stealer. Both of them are decadent, well-flavored and rich but the Molten Lava Cake is moister.

 

Verdict

Located on the second floor of Somerset, Abuela’s might be missed when you are strolling along Legaspi Village. The restaurant is spacious, it has a dim light with an elegant strike of home. If you are looking for a venue for corporate events, they can cater since they have function room with a maximum capacity of 25pax, minimum consumable of P20,000.

The price is not that budget-friendly but how the food is presented was the evidence with the price range of Abuela’s. The waitstaff are accommodating yet informal. The taste of the food is overall good. Hence, the modern twist is the interesting thing that you will keep to come back.

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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 4/5

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive reviews. All thoughts and opinion are my own. Thanks for not judging the quality of the photo. I forgot to bring my camera.

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Address: Second Floor, Somerset Millenium Makati, 104 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
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Utopia Resort and Spa, Puerto Galera, Mindoro

The company where I am currently working booked Utopia Resort and Spa for our team building for 2D 1N. This resort in Puerto Galera is just a 5-10 minute drive from the Muelle Pier so if saving the time for traveling is the concern, Utopia is the best resort to choose for the accessibility.

While it is accessible, Utopia still able to get what most people want and that is to see a majestic view. Utopia boasts the scenic view of the Mount Halcon, Varadero Bay, and the Puerto Galera harbor. Moreover, they have a big advantage among other resorts in the area since they offer a spa. The guests do not only de-stress through the eyes but also through the stroke of hands, a spa massage, offered by Utopia.
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We arrived at around 9 AM and the staff welcomed us with a roll of damped towels to clean our hands or to freshen up our faces. From that hospitality, they already showed that they have adapted the spa rituals.
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The Room

Utopia’s interiors and furniture are contemporary Filipino designs. They have 9 or 10 villas that can shelter the guests for the entire stay. The rooms are good for 2 to 3 pax up to larger groups.

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Our company had all the villas occupied. However, some of us had a problem checking-in. It’s already 2 or 3 PM but there were 8 of us left with no rooms. Nevertheless, they felt sorry for what happened and gave us a complimentary of biscuits, tea, and coffee sachets.

As we went in, the room gave us a satisfaction since the linens were clean, towels were a lot and so the toiletries. There’s a laundry bag, slippers, and bathrobe too. There’s a flat-inch TV, a rack for room service, a safety vault, good WiFi coverage, telephone, and a terrace with a nice view.

After that, we found out that the aircon is not functioning well and our shower mostly splashes us warm water no matter how much we control the heater. The rooms that got to experience these are Lily 1 and 2 for the aircon and Lily 2 for the water heater. The rest of the rooms I think functioned well. The good points for our shower room is it’s made for disabled or people who use a wheelchair.
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Swimming Pool

Beach resorts with swimming pool are what most people look for and Utopia also has it. It has a bar area where the other side of the bar will let your feet sink in the pool water.

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Contrary to the size of the entire resort, the pool is small. There’s a spot in the pool where the flooring is high that is good for kids. What weirds me out is that the pool is generally 5’4″ the shallowest and 6’2″ deep. There’s no lifeguard or staff on standby but there’s a life vest available.

The pool area also has a stage good for a dance performance or live band. The WiFi works well, too, in this area. I also like the elegance of the comfort room here.
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The View

I don’t see much the charm of the place when I was looking at the scenic view from the dining area so I stand at the center of the greenery, probably it’s between the pool area and the dining area. From that spot, it is where I have said that the view was such an enthralling beauty.

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I also like that Utopia has a big space that is deemed fit for events like garden wedding, team building, etc.

The Beach

Utopia Resort and Spa has an access to the beach but the stairs and the road going there is steep so it is not recommended for family with kids and senior citizen.

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the road going down to the beach

Moreover, the beach is not exclusive so there are some locals when we went down but it’s okay. There are nipa huts available, too. We also took our Amazing Race challenge here on the beach area. The rocks are also good as a backdrop for taking solo photos. I don’t have much photos here because I did not bring my camera.

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At night, we had a bonfire and burned the marshmallows to eat while digging in the cool breeze and the sounds of crashing waves.

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credits to our company’s FB page

Also, my officemates helped me see the milky way and enjoyed the night photography.
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Food

The food is good, but it was not something remarkable. Since this is a team building, our facilitators were able to request to have our dinner near the beach which is a big effort for the staff since the beach is far from the resort.

The Service

I appreciate all of the services done by the Utopia. The staff are all kind, humorous, courteous, and attended to our needs beyond their work, especially Lourdes. However, it seems they are understaffed.

Anyway, Utopia Resort and Spa is perfect in its own way. After all, we have our own utopias. Should you wish to book them, details are below.

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Address:  Utopia Resort & Spa, Sabang Road, Bgy Palangan, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines,5203

Disclaimer: While I have stayed here because of the company I am working, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am writing this purely to share my experience.