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.
- 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