Review of La Luz Beach Resort and Spa, Hugom, San Juan, Batangas
A View of the Beach from the Cabana
Easy Travel During Early Morn But The Ecology Fee Charged by the Locality is Disgusting
La Luz Beach Resort and Spa is located in Hugom, San Juan, Batangas, Philippines. It is just connected with the long stretch of Laiya beaches in that same locality. it took us 4 hours to reach the place but we enjoyed the entire travel for we started in the early morning while it was yet cool and there was no traffic mess.
As we arrived at San Juan Batangas, we were stopped at the Barangay checkpoint to pay an Ecology fee of PHP20 for each person. We found it quite disgusting. It was like a sort of daylight holdup. They should rather just charge the resorts who are actually charging exorbitant fee. The tourists should rather be appreciated because they bring in money to the place instead of being considered menace to their environment..
A Glimpse of La Luz Beach Resort (Beachfront)
The Beachfront of La Luz
Neat and Long Beachfront But the Cabanas Need Some Rehabilitation and Spa in Cabanas
This is my second time to see this place again. I noted that the pebbles that were once neatly lined along particular parts of the beachfront were gone and now it is entirely covered with off-white sand. It looks better though because this is anyway a white-sand beach and not a pebble garden.
There are cabanas along the beach where day-tour guests are accommodated. It gives them the chance to view the sea while sitting in their cabanas. The cabanas have adjustable white curtains which guests may opt to close for some privacy. But these cabanas mostly look old especially their nipa roofs and look like they need rehabilitation. Also the place looks still bare so I really wished they have open but secured nipa huts with tables for for guests to stay while chatting or playing board games.
This resort is also a spa so they have therapists that offer body massage for PHP250 per hour. But it is being done in open cabanas for day tour guests who have no cottages which I find not really decent especially for ladies.
Diligent Beach Staff, Bamboo Playhouse and Swings
I also noted that the maintenance staff is very busy. I saw one who quickly swept the falling leaves near the playground of the kids. . This is a good improvement because in my first visit, I was turned off by those fallen leaves.
They also have Medical Staff that give first aid to guests who suffered bruises or any other mishaps. My twins were bruised by the sharp rock on the sea and as I brought them to the medical staff, they were treated immediately.
I also noted the Bamboo Playhouse for the kids. The slide and the swing have been given a more native looks. It is not anymore the old unattended messy playplace with only but ready-made plastic slide.
The Reception Area of La Luz Beach Resort
Friendly Staff But No Welcome Drink Whatsoever
As we arrived at the Reception we were greeted by the friendly staff there. I like the native style of the reception area but I was a bit disappointed because unlike with the other private resorts in that same locality, there was no welcome drink at all.
Going Down the Beach is Hard for Oldies
The parking lot is on the upper side of the beach where the reception area is also located so this is one of the downsides of this beach as far as the oldies and arthritic guests are concerned. Guests who have cars have to pass through the stairway to the beach which is about 60 or more steps to tackle from the parking and reception area. Based on what I observed it is quite hard for them to go down and much more to go up again once they are about to leave the beach.
Very Disappointing Buffet Meals
The Muddy Tasting Fried Milkfish
Cheap, Tasteless and Limited Choices of Dishes
During my first visit here at La Luz what I truly enjoyed is the Buffet Meal. The cooking may not be that great but at least there were lots of dishes and there were even lots of fruits and various drinks. Unfortunately during this latest visit I was totally disappointed with the buffet meals.
They separated the stay-in guests from day-tours guests and there were flies around the eating place. I noticed the food for day-tour guests were very limited and the taste was disappointing. It is also very obvious they have lots of guests so they were unable to give the guests the best service during the meal.
The buffet table was too small so that the guests had to wait for long before they could get their chance to get food. None of the dishes taste great except perhaps the sauteed squash with string beans which is fairly good. The chicken pasta is ordinary, the fried milkfish has a muddy taste, and the chicken is so rubbery. There were no desserts served except for the cheapy sweet banana. No fruits were served. When I asked for fruits the staff said they have no fruits but later when almost all were done with eating, they brought some slices of pineapple. It was too late for we already lost our appetite while wrestling with the rubbery chicken.
On to the Cheap Food Buffet
The Mirienda Buffet, Another Tragedy
The Mirienda (afternoon snack) buffet is another tragedy. Again they opted to serve very cheap, choices. Just imagine serving the guest with fried camote. This is just a street food that I don't even eat and worst their cooking is not even good. Its wet and not even crunchy. And how much more disappointing is they also served this cheap delicacy called cuchinta also white bread which I don’t eat and very limited pancit. The late comers have to content themselves with fried camote and kutchinta because the pancit served was not enough. They had to rush cooking for another batch of pancit while the guests are waiting hungry and annoyed.
We paid PHP900 each for buffet meal and we only get cheap food choices like these? True enough, we went home hungry so we had to stop by the nearest restaurant so we could satisfy our hunger.
I Felt Shortchanged But Thanks to the Clear Sea and the Scenic Surrounding
Honestly, the food served ruined my day at La Luz. I can bear the other shortcomings but not disastrous food. I am happy though that the sea water is very clear and free from jellyfish and trashes unlike in Calatagan( another place in Batangas with lots of beaches),. I am also glad they have nice beachfront with some rock formations as added bonus which in a way have appeased my disappointment with the low class dishes served to us.
But I think I will think twice if I would go back to La Luz again. I felt quite shortchanged here this time around.