I’m so glad to be back as one of the reviewers on GMA News TV’s Pop Talk! I had such an amazing time with the team for their Baler Episode last summer and I was really looking forward to see them all again.
This time, they invited me to have a quick getaway with them and review three Batangas Resorts that I’ve never visited before. I’ve been to Batangas countless of times but I’m always surprised to discover new things in this area every time.
On the week of our travel to Batangas I was honestly feeling eek and meh due to a “monthly visitor” (T.M.I.?! Too Much Info, haha!) but was very excited at the same time. What made me excited besides seeing the team from Pop Talk again and reviewing new places, food and activities with them was when I finally found the right partner for my travel adventures and activities. And I’m ecstatic to bring and test my Blood Red Clothing with me this time.
I was wondering where I can have a chic and cleverly designed rash guard and leggings that would be sturdy enough for my getaway activities but would also give me the protection and style that I need. Then I found a Cebu-based and international brand that’s perfect for this need.
So how do I find them? And what was our verdict with the three resorts that we visited?
That we’ll find out below.
THE THREE RESORTS in Mabini, Batangas:
I have to be honest it was like a challenge and tongue twister for me when I first tried to pronounce the name of this resort. Having less sleep the night before didn’t help as well. But because of my constant mistakes I now know this resort’s name by heart.
If La Chevrerie’s pronunciation was challenging, liking this place was absolutely the opposite. It wasn’t difficult at all to feel immediate comfort and enjoyment once you arrive at this home far away from home.
If you like to feel closer to nature, to rest in a more traditional accommodation and to try new dishes like breaded and fried gumamela, then you’ll love this Balinese-inspired resort.
If you like your resort spacious and with salt water pool with slides, a good intro to diving spot and a natural spot for detox and relaxation, then Sea’s Spring Resort is for you and your family!
What a way to end our trip to Batangas with an Intro to Diving at the resort’s rich reef and to experience its natural source of Sulfur Spring Water (that contains calcium, sodium, sulfuric acid, choride ions, etc. In short, a detoxifying hot spring for the body) and Natural Sauna (emitted from geothermal heat).
So what was my verdict? I actually had a hard time deciding which one’s on top of my list (Pop) and which one was a Flop.
If I can only choose all three over a quick weekend getaway, I would prefer doing this:
Swim and Dive at Sea’s Spring Resort and enjoy their Sulfur Hot Spring and Natural Sauna. Dine and sleep at La Chevrerie.
Island hopping from La Chevrerie. Have a hearty meal at Casita Ysabel, snorkel and swim with their resident dogs and end my weekend break with their 1 1/2 hours of Tre Signature treatment.
Each of the resorts that we visited definitely had something special to offer. But I was caught in between two favorites.
FIND OUT about the FOOD, ACTIVITIES, PRICES, ROOM & INTERIORS | DESIGN of these resorts and our verdict tonight at POP TALK on GMA News TV at 8pm.
Thank God for my Blood Red pieces! I didn’t get worried staying too long under the sun or in chlorine-filled swimming pools, and wearing the right swimwear during quick changes for our water activites (first time I wore and tested a hoodie in a swimming pool, haha!) and shooting.
I love the fact that every garment that I wore was treated with UPF50+ Protection (protection from UV radiation), they were close-fit but still comfortable. They were tight so be careful in wearing / trying them on for the first time. I hope I didn’t tear my leggings. I kinda heard a screech when I was trying to wear it but checked and it was fine. Whew! Please be careful with your velcro stuff too as it can ruin such garment (like with my camera bag).
Would love to try their dry pouches for my gadgets, dry bags for my beach and travel stuff, and aqua shoes on my next travels. I saw their other collection for Men and Kids too – so nice! (Visit their website – click on my photo above. Sign-up for their newsletter and get 15% discount or you may also check their other offers or try their products at R.O.X. branches or conveniently shop online wherever you are in the world.)
Loving this brand and looking forward to the development of their designs and other products too.
Hope you’ll enjoy tonight’s episode of Pop Talk! Let me know if you have other recommendations for places and activities for a quick weekend getaway?
To those who missed the show on GMA News TV… Here’s what we experienced and our verdict! Yay!!!