Friday, January 1, 2010

Heaven in Subic

Friday, January 1, 2010
*author's note: I intend to edit this piece for use in my writing portfolio for BusinessWorld. - MB

One look at the website (and the television commercial) of The Lighthouse Marina Resort is enough to make anyone want to jump into their car and rush off to Subic. From the breathtaking view, the relaxing ambiance, mouthwatering food, and the extremely luxurious rooms, it's no surprise that this gorgeous resort ended up number 1 on Subic's top 10 list.

There are four types of rooms to choose from: Aqua Room, Aqua Terrace, Aqua Veranda and the Aqua Spa Suite. Obviously, the Aqua Spa Suite is the way to go if you really want to indulge, but personally, upon seeing the huge bathtub in the picture of the Aqua Terrace room, I wouldn't mind staying there. I can just imagine myself relaxing in the tub, bubbles overflowing and spilling onto the tiles, as I listen to the television blaring in the other room. With the everyday stresses I encounter in my mentally-demanding job, this sounds like the perfect way to unwind.

And the good news is, it's not overly priced. This is a very important selling point for people like me who don't want to spend too much on our vacations. The room rates are similar to that of 5-star hotels here in Metro Manila and include breakfast for two people (kids 6 and under eat for free), welcome drinks and fruits, afternoon cocktail, as well as hot chocolate/midnight tea nightcap. Not a bad deal at all.

If that's not enough, the various facilities here have something for everyone. Foodies can eat to their hearts' content at Sands Restaurant. Videoke fans, on the other hand, can satisfy their singing craving at 720 Bar which hosts a nightly karaoke session. There's also a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and water sports activities. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely all for a family yacht cruise.

This resort is definitely number 1 on my list of must-visit places this 2010. Why not add it to your list too?


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