Pico de Loro

 

 

Pico de Loro Cove
Pico de Loro Cove

 

A couple of weeks ago we brought our family to Pico Sands Hotel, upon the invitation of the Pico de Loro group. It would have taken us over three hours if we had taken our usual Batangas route via Sta Rosa and Tagaytay. But this time we passed through Cavite. It was a very pleasant drive. And much faster. We got there in less than two hours.

Pico de Loro Cove is a 40-hectare “Residential Resort Village” and is the first development in the “Premier Sustainable Coastal Resort Town” of Hamilo Coast. Hamilo Coast is an expansive 5,900 hectare property located in Nasugbu Batangas with 13 coves, a 31 kilometer coastline, rich marine life and abundant flora and fauna. Pico de Loro Cove is named after Mt. Pico which resembles a parrot’s beak. Parrot is referred to as “Loro” in the Filipino language.

 

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Pico de Loro Cove is 70 kilometers from Manila. It can actually be a 90-minute drive from Mall of Asia via the Cavitex-Ternate-Nasugbu route or 114 kilometers (2.5 hour drive) via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu route — depending on the traffic. The view really is that pretty. I shot this from our moving vehicle using just a Samsung S4.

 

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The Ternate-Nasugbu road is beautiful and scenic. I imagine though that it isn’t really that safe to take this road at night because there are no lights yet. But daytime is a real breeze.

 

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The Kaybiang Tunnel allows us to cut through the mountain and reach Nasugbu. It has become a tourist destination itself.

 

First time through the Kaybiang Tunnel in CaviTEX. Cut our travel time to Pico de Loro Cove by half. Beautiful scenic road.
The tunnel.

 

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There is a gorgeous look-out point after passing through the tunnel. It’s worth the stop for the sorbetes alone.

 

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We only stayed the weekend. And that Saturday night, we got this gorgeous sunset! This is just my phone camera (Samsung S4).

 

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Pico de Loro cove and its residential community. Myna, Jacana, Carola and Miranda are the four residential clusters located in Pico de Loro with a total of eight low-impact, mid-rise condominiums. Each cluster has two residential condominiums with  22 residential units.

 

Pico Sands Hotel Lobby
Pico Sands Hotel lobby.

 

Premier Room
Premier room.

 

Corner Deluxe Room
Corner Deluxe Room.

 

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The lovely hotel staff surprised our kids with their mascot, a memento of our beach-side dinner, and a lovely greeting.

 

Country Club Lobby
Country Club lobby for members and hotel guests. Facilities include Lagoa Restaurant, Grab n Go Convenience Store, Baia Ballroom, Cala Function Room, swimming pools, athletic courts, fitness centre and St Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel.

 

Swimming Pool at the Beach Club
The beautiful swimming pool at the Beach Club. Members and accompanied guests have access to the facilities located at the Beach Club: Sun Coral Café, Arribada Lounge, Brisa Bar, Reef Bar, Kultura Butik, Swimming Pool and 1.5 km white sand beach.

 

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The kids couldn’t wait to jump into the pool. Beautiful setting.

 

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The Country Club pool had a lovely design. Kids enjoyed the shallow terraces.

 

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My water baby asked me to take her on the kayak.

 

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We had a yummy lunch at the Sun Coral Cafe. This platter of various Filipino dishes was so good!

 

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We really enjoyed this quick weekend getaway while we were surrounded by lush green trees and rolling hills. I appreciated the design of the hotel with its tropical contemporary feel. Service at the hotel and country club were excellent. It was nice to see a thriving scene within the Pico de Loro community.

 

Directions via the scenic Ternate-Nasugbu route.

Take Roxas Boulevard toward Cavitex toll booth. Go straight until you reach the 2nd toll booth.

Go straight through the towns of Tanza and Naic. You will see a fork on the road with a Petron gas station in the middle. Keep left following the sign that says to Puerto Azul.

This will lead you to the town of Maragondon then keep right at the Petron station going toward Ternate.

Keep going straight until you see the turn left to Hamilo Coast sign. This road will take you through the Kaybiang tunnel with a scenic ocean view drive to Hamilo Coast Pico de Loro main entrance.

*You will see Hamilo Coast directional signage after Cavitex up to Pico de Loro

 

For membership inquiries, please contact +63 2 945 8000. To make a reservation at Pico Sands Hotel, please call + 63 2 464 7800 or +63 2 464 7888. Stay connected by visiting www.picodelorcove.com, www.hamilocoast.com and facebook.com/picosandshotel.

 

 

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