Having a child is different than during our early months of our married life. In the past, Lei and I go out every month for a date. Now, we have to consider Little Ahab first before going out of a date. Our baby is the reason why we didn’t have any vacation during our first year wedding anniversary last January. In fact, our last outing was during our honeymoon in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
So, for our anniversary as a couple, we decided not repeat what happened last January. We decided to go a beach resort nearest to Laguna and that is Canyon Cove Resort in the town of Nasugbu, Batangas.
Canyon Cove Beach Resort is nestled in one of coves in the Batangas town of Nasugbu. I believe that it was envisioned to be a private residential resort like Punta Fuego but very few people bought residential units that’s why we were welcomed with this:
Beside the gate is an unfinished condominium building. There are around 10 of such empty buildings near the hotel. However, don’t let those empty buildings scare you. The facilities of Canyon Cove Beach Resort are not as dilapidated.
How to Go to Canyon Cove Beach Resort
Canyon Cove Beach Resort can be easily reached by car. Go north along J.P. Laurel Street from Nasugbu town proper until you see the gate of Canyon Cove to your left. You will feel that you’re in the middle of nowhere while going to the resort because of the grass fields and trees along the way.
For the poor commuters like me, Canyon Cove Beach Resort can be reached by riding a tricycle from the poblacion. We paid 100 pesos for the special trip. Tricycles are also parked outside of the resort so it’s easy to go back to Nasugbu.
Tricycles are prohibited from entering the resort so we had no choice but to walk around 200 meters from the gate to the lobby. It’s hard, mind you, carrying the super-heavy and super-likot Little Ahab and our bags during that length of walk.
Welcome to Canyon Cove
I knew that our overnight stay in Canyon Cove Beach Resort would be good the moment I entered their lobby. The place is comparable to good hotels that I previously visited.
The sound of the sea is calling us. I really wanted go to the beach and dip to the sea rather than wait at the lobby.
We came around 3 PM, just in time for check-in. Lei and Little Ahab busied themselves by taking selfies while I processed our check-in. The lobby receptionist was quick so got our key card after a few minutes of waiting. No long queues – this is the benefit of going to resorts during weekdays.
The room that we got is nice too. Lei instantly liked it. Little Ahab, on the other hand, instantly liked the soft bed where he bounced without fear of bumping his head.
We booked the Superior Room with one king-sized bed and this day bed…
…which I think is for the children.
What we liked the most with our room is the view of the sea.
I guess all of the rooms have a veranda facing the beach. This is the perfect place for watching the sunset.
Meeting the Sea of Canyon Cove Beach Resort
We didn’t go all the way to Nasugbu just to stay in the room so we immediately changed to our “swimwear” outfit and then go to the beach.
Lei said that she liked the beach of Canyon Cove. She even said that it is better than the beaches of Laiya in San Juan, Batangas.
We purposely went to Canyon Cove Beach Resort during the weekday to avoid the weekend crowd. The result is that we have the whole beach for ourselves. It is as if we were in a deserted island. (Well…almost)
One of my intentions for going to Canyon Cove Beach Resort is I wanted to see Little Ahab’s reaction when he meets the sea for the first time. And his reaction is funny and will forever be imprinted in my memory. My Little Ahab is afraid of the sea. His I-wanted-to-cry face pleaded Mommy and Daddy to carry him away from the sand.
I think our baby was alarmed with the way the sand gave way in his every step. He is so accustomed with the stable concrete floor in the house.
The sea is a different case. Little Ahab likes dipping in the salty sea, as long as his head is above water.
The beach of Canyon Cove is protected by breakwaters so the waves reaching the beach are not that high.
We had a very good time in the sea. I’m glad that our baby is having fun.
Lazying by the Pool
If you’re tired of the salty water and the sand then you may opt to dip in chlorine…err…I mean in the swimming pool.
We tried Canyon Cove Beach Resort’s swimming pool the morning of the next day.
Since we’re with Little Ahab, we just dipped in the Kiddie Pool.
The pool is quite big so Lei and Little Ahab enjoyed “swimming” around without bumping another guest. Despite the size, I believe that the pool can be crowded during weekend and holidays.
There’s nothing much to see in the swimming pool area of Canyon Cove Beach Resort. There are sunchairs, which is perfect for selfies. There is also a playground where toddlers can enjoy the slides and the swings.
Our check-out time is 12 Noon but we were told that we could stay in the room until 1 PM. We were also told that we can go to the beach or to the pool until 5 PM. As much as we wanted to return to the beach, we decided to leave Canyon Cove around 1 PM because we want to reach our home before twilight.
Our stay in Canyon Cove is very brief. Nakakabitin, ika nga. Thankfully, we enjoyed our time in this resort. Maybe we’ll come back. If there is a promo (50% discount would be fine) then we will surely come back. (I do hope that the bosses of Canyon Cove read this).
My Verdict on Canyon Cove Beach Resort
On a scale 1 to 5, where 5 is the highest, I give Canyon Cove a rating of 4 because we truly enjoyed their place. Lei and our child had a good time in their pool and in the beach. All the hotel staff that we met was courteous.
The room that we got is well cleaned. Their water heater is convenient for us in preparing Little Ahab’s milk. There were signs of aging, especially in the bathroom but that can be overlooked.
Canyon Cove Beach Resort source their food from Max’s Restaurant so the food is expected to be good. Too bad that they only offer selected items from Max’s menu. Our free breakfast is limited to fried rice partnered with tocino, egg, etc. We have no complaint about that. We’re not that picky when it comes to food.
My major complaint is that their gate is very far from the hotel. This is inconvenient for us poor guests who do not own a car. This made me think that Canyon Cove Beach Resort is only for the rich.