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“Good day trip for the thrill of wakeboarding”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Lago de Oro Hotel

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Lago de Oro Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Calatagan B&B and Inns
Manila, Philippines
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“Good day trip for the thrill of wakeboarding”
Reviewed 29 December 2010

Went here for a day trip recently to try cable wakeboarding with a group that included several teenage boys. Lago de Oro was the first cable watersports facility in the country but has since been eclipsed in a way by Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Bicol. CWC however is a whole day drive from Manila, or one has to take the plane. Lago de Oro is a pleasant 2-3 hour drive from Manila therefore very doable as a day trip if you want to experience wakeboarding. It is on the shore, but I wouldn't call it a beach. Not appealing for swimming in the sea.

The food was acceptable quality, not fantastic, though I should add it was a preset menu for the group and we didn't have a chance to try the house specialties. Food quantity was substantial for the cost, but again this was a group arrangement.

We had use of rooms for the day to shower, change and rest. The rooms assigned to us were in a newer building and therefore new, very clean, with strong airconditioning, cable tv, fairly good bathroom, minibar and small kitchenette. It would be more than acceptable for a family or group of friends staying the night.

The kids used the pool, which was clean when we were there. They have a sauna but I didn't have a chance to see if it was clean or even functioning.

For cable wakeboarding or kneeboarding, they have two manmade lagoons, actually converted from fish ponds that were used to grow prawns long ago until the owners had trouble with that and made the inspired decision to convert the otherwise idle ponds into watersports facilities. A smaller lagoon is set up for beginners, while the main lagoon is where one can really go all out. Their staff are competent and the equipment is well maintained. You are provided a helmet and lifevest, as well as use of the boards of course.

The attraction for this place is really the wakeboarding. It's a great experience - what a rush, and my body was aching for days after - and its easy to get to from Manila for a day or a weekend. However, that's really the ONLY reason I can think of to come here.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

If you are looking for somewhere away from the noise and pollution of Manila, and are a keen golfer, Lago de Oro fits the bill. The staff were great and provided great service. The pool was clean, which I was anxious about having read some of the other reviews.
The Calatagan Golf Course was in fantastic condition, and as usual, grossly under utilized. It is never-the-less well maintained. Management at the hotel went out of their way to ensure our stay was enjoyable. My one criticism would be that the prices in the restaurant exceeded what I would expect to pay in a rural Philippines location.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

My friends and I decided to go to this place, since we're running out of time. (My friend had to leave the Philippines in a week)

So without reading the reviews about this place, we went there.

ROOM: Our room is neat. The aircondition is OLD and leaking water. Quite disturbing when we sleep. You can't adjust the temperature, because the controller is with the receptionist. PLUS there's no phone inside the room. So you have to go down to contact the staff which is tiring since our room was on the second floor.

AMBIENCE: The place is simple. It has a 6ft-deep pool. A jacuzzi that is open only at night. The water is warm and clear. Although its small. You still get to somehow..unwind. :)

BEACH: I'm not a beach person, I don't really like beaches with black sands or rocky-ish. Well, Calatagan has BLACK sands. ugh..
Anyway, their beach is not well-maintained. It is dirty because of plastic cups, candy wrappers and stuff. At morning, There's NO SHORELINE. But the fishermen told us that the water will subside at night. Its true! We get to walk far from the resort.

STAFF: The staffs are Okay. They don't smile to the guests.

FOOD: Our breakfast was only good for two. If you go in group, better bring some food. Breakfast is good. :)
Their Pizza is expensive and under cook. Terrible.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2010

The hotel is supposed to offer swimming pool and jacuzzi, but the water is very dirty (it was confirmed that they change it ONCE A YEAR) and the jacuzzi is not working (you get bubbles but no hot water - how on earth is that supposed to be a jacuzzi?)
Also air conditioning units are very noisy and old. The staff are polite as with most Filipinos but the management (Australian) cannot be bothered to spend any money (how much does changing the water cost?). We decided to leave and go to another hotel. Avoid, just a total waste of time and money. Also location-wise, it is far away from any city unless you have a car, and you cannot swim in the sea either, until you walk for about ten minutes. Better go to Matabungkay beach.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

Expensive for a Filipino hotel and dirty. Had to tell the management that green pool water is not exactly clean. Although they did agree, after a few minutes of discussion to clean the water. The lagoon was cool but somewhat gritty from the algea so if you will go there swim after high tide comes in since the water is still clear and pleasant. Practically the whole lagoon is shallow.
I advise to skip this hotel altogether due the comparatively high price and the desolation you are forced to be into since the local town is 30 minutes away. If you must stay the staff is very nice like most filipinos and I suggest going out to the lagoon beach and just ask for a boat to ferry you around. 2000 to 2500 pesos should do for the whole day of beach jumping and snorkeling. Snorkeling was fun there though. That price is for a bigger boat.
The beach has ferry boats that take you further out and you could swim around in 5 foot water and have a bbq. Bring your own food and bbq coals if not then you could give the boat caretaker "Emma" money to cook something for you the next day.

If you don't want to fly out to Palawan, or Boracay there are other places that are really cool in the Philippines. There's Bagasbas beach in Daet, Puerta de Galerta, Subic Bay, etc.

Oh, one warning, Filipinos love karaoke. I mean really love it, all night long.

Hope this helps from an American with Filipino descent traveler.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Lago de Oro Hotel
Address: Bo Balibago, Calatagan, Luzon 4215, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Batangas Province > Calatagan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Calatagan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing South China Sea, Lago de Oro Beach Club is located in Balibago, in the town of Calatagan, Batangas, a two-hour drive from Manila. The first cable wakeboarding park in the Philippines, the resort treats guests to nonstop adventures. The beachfront resort offers accommodations furnished with cable television, refrigerator, and mini-bar. They also have a balcony/ deck to spur your mood for relaxation. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Lago De Oro Beach Club And Restaurant
Lago De Oro Beach Club & Restaurant Hotel Calatagan
Lago De Oro Hotel Calatagan, Batangas

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