Spring de Laguna

For the second year in a row, we January babies got together to celebrate out birthday in Laguna. We wanted to go somewhere new but Laguna is the most convenient and affordable for our needs. A long road trip wasn’t an option since there were kids and babies with us who can be a little fussy if they’re cooped up in the car for hours.

After a lot of research, I saw Spring de Laguna‘s ad and made an inquiry. I had the initial impression that the rates for Spring de Laguna would be more than what we wanted to afford. It turns out that they had an ongoing promo for the off-peak season plus an additional discount for advanced bookings of more than 2 weeks. So yay!

Spring de Laguna

The resort is located inside a private subdivision so we are assured of safety and a quiet neighborhood. There are 3 units: A and B can accommodate up to 20 people and can be combined to accommodate larger groups; Unit C is their largest unit which can accommodate up to 40 people. The owners gave us a map when we reserved the unit which was easy to follow. Aside from this, the subdivision is familiar to Waze so you can use this app to drive there too.

Simple exterior of Spring de Laguna

Simple exterior of Spring de Laguna

I booked Unit A for our group. The standard rate is Php 15,000. But they had an ongoing promo when I inquired which brought the rate down to Php 12,000. They slashed another Php 1,500 off the price when I reserved 2 weeks in advance. The amount we paid for Unit A was Php 10,500.

Inclusions:

The unit was equipped with  a videoke, refrigerator, griller and stove with gas which we can use for free. If we wanted to bring other appliances like rice cooker, there is an additional Php 200 for each appliance we were to use.

Videoke room

Videoke room

Dining area

Dining area

Grilling area

Grilling area

Unit A Details:

  • Capacity:  10 – 20 persons
  • No. of Rooms:  3 Air-conditioned Rooms with own toilets
  • Total # of  Beds:  3 Queen Size Double Deck Bed with pullout
  • Sleeping Capacity:  20 persons
  • Each room can accommodate 6 – 7 persons (maximum)
  • Includes pillows and beddings, except for blanket & towel

    All 3 rooms had the same set-up

    All 3 rooms had the same set-up

The Pool:

The pool’s source of water was from a natural hot spring. The deepest part of the adult pool was about 4.5 feet so we were able to utilize the whole space. There was a small pool intended for the kids but that was where the hot water was coming from. It was more appropriate as a jacuzzi. The unit had a dedicated caretaker and we reached out to him if we wanted to adjust the temperature of the pool.

Pool!

Pool!

Areas of Improvement:

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. The kids never stopped swimming and us adults enjoyed the jacuzzi to relax our muscles. There were some areas for improvement however:

  • The lighting throughout the unit was not very bright. Fish was part of our dinner when we got there and we had difficulties removing its bones. The lights gave off a muted brightness that made our eyes sleepy.
  • The stove only had one range. This made cooking difficult as we could only cook one dish at a time.
  • We also had limited space on the kitchen countertop. The table on the dining area doubled as the cooking preparation table and dining table.
  • There was a limited number of sockets both in the ground floor and in the rooms. There were 2 sockets in our room but only one was working. Imagine having to share the socket with 5 other people in the room for recharging batteries and whatnot.

    The unit's refrigerator and tiny kitchen countertop

    The unit’s refrigerator and tiny kitchen countertop

Of Food and Birthdays

We never ran out of food during our stay. It seemed like I was eating every 5 minutes and the amount of food stayed the same. We wait for the food to cook, eat and then someone would immediately start cooking again. It was a cycle. LOL.

Mer-Nel's 12x16 Chocolate Cake. This is their biggest cake which costs Php 830 <3

Mer-Nel’s 12×16 Chocolate Cake. This is their biggest cake which costs Php 830 ❤

Foooooooood!

Foooooooood!

On the morning of the second day, I went out with my cousin to buy our birthday cakes from Mer-Nel’s. This was one of the reasons why we still chose to celebrate in Laguna. We also bought drinks and other supplies at a nearby grocery and when we got there, a feast was waiting ❤

We also hoarded buko pies to take home. Haha.

We also hoarded buko pies to take home. Haha.

We didn’t get to sing a birthday song or blow our candles. Everyone was busy with swimming, eating or running after my hyper nieces and nephews. Haha. It was a fun and relaxing weekend getaway for all of us 🙂

A group photo to end our weekend vacation :)

A group photo to end our weekend vacation 🙂

Birthday Weekend in Pansol, Laguna

Last weekend, my family and I escaped from Manila for a little rest and relaxation. The trip was primarily to celebrate three birthdays: mine, my sister’s and my nephew’s. I first suggested that we go to Tagaytay, but since there were kids with us we settled for Pansol, Laguna so the little ones can go swimming despite the cool weather 🙂

Pansol is famous for the abundance of hot spring resorts. We decided to rent a private resort since there were around 20 of us and we wanted the privacy. The prices were a little steep for me though. I had to ask my cousin to split the resort rent with me. If it was a barkada trip and everybody would be paying for their share, it would definitely be affordable. In my initial search for a private pool, I discovered that the private resorts have three classes with their own price range. Class A resorts cost 15K-20K, Class B 10K-15K and Class C 7k-10K. The class A resorts are very posh but we could only afford a class C resort 😛

In my search for a resort for rent, I came across Sir Eugene’s contact details. He handles bookings for several resorts in Pansol. I gave him the date of our stay, the number of people who would be going and the budget. I also asked for a discount since we were going during off-peak season.

A little controversy with the booking

Sir Eugene gave me three choices for resorts that fit within our budget. I chose one and told him that I would be depositing my down payment at a certain date (Jan 20). He texted me on the 20th to ask about the status of my downpayment and I said I’ll go to BDO at 3PM. I did exactly that and waited for his confirmation. It didn’t come until 6PM and he informed me that the owner of the didn’t receive his text that I made the deposit (a delayed text I guess). So the resort gave the slot to someone else. I chose to stay calm. It was my birthday and I didn’t want to be stressed out. Sir Eugene told me he’s going to find another resort for us and I agreed. I didn’t have any choice.

EJ and Nicole Resort

EJ and Nicole Resort it located in Purok 5 in Pansol, Laguna. Sir Eugene gave us a map on how to reach the resort. It was fairly easy to find but the road to the resort was small when we got near. There are three rooms (2 aircon and 1 fan room), two toilet and bath, a kitchen, a 4-ft. adult pool and a kiddie pool. For entertainment, there was a videoke machine and billiard table. The garage could fit two cars. We could also use the LPG for an additional charge.

The fan room where I slept. This was the second biggest of the three rooms.

The fan room where I slept. This was the second biggest of the three rooms.

The billiard table where the kids spent the majority of time playing.

The billiard table where the kids spent the majority of time playing.

The pool was comfortably warm. We had to stay in the water though because the wind was cold. The kids snubbed the kiddie pool and swam with us on the bigger pool. The water in the kitchen and the bathrooms was warm too.

4 feet at its deepest point. A plus for non-swimmers like me :D

4 feet at its deepest point. A plus for non-swimmers like me 😀

Kiddie pool

Kiddie pool

Cooking wasn’t an issue because there was an LPG and we brought all we needed with us.

Kitchen. All the pots and cooking utensils were ours.

Kitchen. All the pots and cooking utensils were ours.

We went to Pansol to eat!

We were supposed to prepare a simple array of food for our birthday celebration: spaghetti, fish fillet, grilled liempo and cake. But more food appeared: toasted siopao, steamed shrimp, ensaladang talong, taba ng talangka and not to mention the various snacks we brought for the weekend. Yes, takot kami magutom! 😀

An incomplete group picture with our Sunday lunch.

An incomplete group picture with our Sunday lunch.

For the cake, we bought one from Mer-Nel’s. This was the best decision I made. Mer-Nel’s cakes are so yummy. They definitely deserve the great reviews on their cakes ❤

A 9x13 super delicious cake for Php 600. Sulit!

A 9×13 super delicious cake for Php 600. Sulit!

We take breaks from eating by swimming in the pool. It is safe to say that we spent the weekend eating-swimming-eating-sleeping-eating again. It was definitely a fun and different way to celebrate a birthday. Plus, I received many hugs and kisses from my nephews and kisses with their birthday greetings ❤