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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Montemar Beach Club in Bataan » Discover Cozy Hideaway On A Rainy Day

Stone patio for flowering vines
While most Manila based corporate drones sink back into the post-summer daily office madness, it seems our HR got this “Summer ain’t over!” just-for-a-change idea of setting our summer company outing on the rainy month of June.

Why go on company outing on a rainy season? We’ll it has its pros and cons. The best reason of course is that awesome all-expenses-paid chance to escape our monotonous workday and spend a single day or two in some relaxing resort. And of course, this is the best season to avoid crowded beaches and resorts during summer.

The downside? Well, it's rainy season and there's a big chance the beach is not swimmable.
 
I still want to share this post, though it was a bit late, for those rain-seekers out there who are checking out some easily accessible cozy hideaway during this gloomy rainy season.

Montemar Beach Club in Bataan

Since I didn't had much time enjoying and exploring the resort's facilities and the whole area due to our really hectic team building schedule, I thought I'd share some quick snapshots of the area and some facilities so you can have an idea on what to expect if you are planning to visit the place.

May I remind you that I took these photos on a rainy day so they are a bit gloomy. 

Restaurant inside the Montemar Beach Club in Bataan
La Marea, the main dining facility of the Club located in between the blue pool and the Talisay garden serving Filipino dishes, Asian delights pastries and desserts.
After a quick walk at the beach, I came across La Marea restaurant, the main dining facility of the resort. Too bad we didn't had the chance to dine here but the area and ambiance looks nice. 
 
Room architecture at Montemar Beach Club in Bataan
Mediterranean-inspired inns with 89 rooms recently renovated by popular interior designer Letty Ruiz. At full capacity, the Club can accommodate 450 guests.
The inns are awesome, and the rooms are comfortable and clean, just perfect for a rainy day stay-cation. The downside is the room rates are a bit pricy. You can check out their room rates here: Montemar Beach Club Guest Room Rates
 
Concrete slabs over green grass under trees as garden elements
Set in a private cove around the Mount Mariveles range, the resort is blessed with lush greeneries that meets the beautiful West Philippine Sea
Lagoon with center island and mini hanging bridge in Montemar Beach Club
Mini lagoon with center island connected by mini-hanging bridge
Mini Hanging Bridge between two trees for team building activities
Two tree houses connected by a hanging bridge. 
Guests crossing the Lagoon mini hanging bridge.
Crossing the mini hanging bridge could also be fun.
Montemar Beach Club offers areas and amenities convenient to conduct team building activities and seminars. 

Beach area as Pawikan Conservation Area in Bagac Bataan
Pawikan Conservation Area as part of the Montemar Eco-Tourism initiative
One of Montemar's attraction is the the Grand Pawikan Fest being held as part of their Eco-tourism initiative. Unfortunately, when we visited the area, there were no Pawikan's there. The caretaker informed us that it is not their breeding season that time. 

Swimming pool for members of Montemar Beach Club.
Swimming pool exclusive for the Club members only
Blue swimming pool at Montemar
The Blue Pool beside Inn 2 with a depth of up to 5.5 feet
The waves are a bit deadly during our visit so we just enjoyed the swimming pool. They have three swimming pools, but we were advised that the 3rd pool is exclusive for club members only. Fortunately, there are only few guests during our stay so the other two pools are not that crowded.  

Coastline and beach area of Montemar Beach Club
Beach area within the private cove.
Mini bar serving cold drinks and fresh buko juice at beach area.
Refreshment huts within the beach area
Scenic beach area and coastline at Montemar Beach CLub in Bataan
No more white sands - main beach area of Montemar Beach Club during rainy season.
"Experience pristine waters and powder-white sand,"as described on Montemar Beach Club's official website. Well, we are very unfortunate we didn't experience this. Maybe during summer, the waters are pristine but I don't think they have powder-white sand. 

This is the main reason why I don't rely on official marketing websites of any resorts. They always tend to exaggerate - of course that's marketing.      

Woods ready for bonfire at the beach area.
Bonfire on the beach while raining? Why not!

Good Points / Pros  
  • Clean and comfortable rooms 
  • Family-oriented resort 
  • Very convenient place for company team building activities 
  • Easily accessible from Manila 
  • Courteous and helpful resort staff
Observations / Cons 
  • Expensive 
Tips  
  • Perfect time to visit the resort is during the Grand Pawikan Festival highlighted by the release of Pawikan  hatchlings to the sea. I didn't get any information if there is a regular date set for the festival but I think Montemar Beach Club is announcing the activity whenever their satellite conservation area has Pawikan hatchlings for release.

How to Get There

Via Olongapo, Subic or SCTEX
See the map here: Montemar Beach Club Vicinity Map

Contact Information: 

Montemar Beach Club
Sitio Pasinay Brgy. Pag Asa Bagac, Bataan
Phone: (+632) 811-5496
Email: mbci.online@gmail.com

Website: http://www.montemar.com.ph/

Manila Sales Office:
Montemar Beach Club
Manila Sales & Reservations Office
10th Floor Telecom Plaza Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City
Phone: (+632) 811-5496/ (+632) 8926497
E-mail: inquiry@montemar.com.ph

Online Contact Form: http://www.montemar.com.ph/index.php/contact/  





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