Batangas is a province in the Philippines located in the south-western part of Luzon. Most of the towns are surrounded by water, thus leaving Batangas with its famous beaches and tourist spots. That’s the reason why the province is one of the popular destination for weekend escapades.
Where to stay?
If you’re interested going on a road trip to beautiful Batangas, here are some of the resorts/hotels you can check out:
1. Canyon Cove (Nasugbu)
It showcases a private beach area where guests can enjoy water sports activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving. This beachfront property is just a 10-minute drive from Nasugbu Town Proper and St. Francis Xavier Church. Metro Manila can be reached within a 3-hour drive, and Batangas City is approximately 69.2 km away.
2. Club Balai Isabel (Talisay)
Overlooking Taal Lake, Club Balai Isabel features modern decor and wood furnishings. Most of their rooms have balconies with lake views–obviously one of the highlights of the resort.
3. Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort (Calatagan)
Set amidst 24 hectares of rolling hills and white sand beaches, Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort is the perfect sanctuary a stone’s throw away from the bustling city of Manila. Beautiful beaches, breathtaking sunrises and gorgeous sunsets, cozy cottages that remind you of home.
4. The Farm At San Benito (Lipa)
The Farm at San Benito is a world-class holistic healing sanctuary. Resting on 119 acres of lush, green jungle at the foothills of Mount Malarayat, the award-winning resort offers guests idyllic surrounds.
5. Acuatico Beach Resort (Laiya, San Juan)
Opened in 2008, it is the perfect destination for travelers who seek solace and a different kind of relaxation that no other resort in the area can provide. And it is the reason why this luxury resort has garnered a number of awards in the past few years, including the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence from 2012 to 2015 that paved the way to the Hall of Fame Award. Acuatico is likewise a recipient of the Travelers’ Choice award for 2 consecutive years.
What to eat?
Here are some local delicacies you must try!
Bulalo has been the signature dish of the province. Also known as bone marrow soup, it is a very simple dish when you break it down to its ingredients. Basically, it’s just beef shank boiled in water with onions, garlic, black pepper, and salt. At least, these are the most basic ingredients but other vegetables like cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, potatoes, and corn may be added according to their availability or the cook’s preference.
2. Batangas Goto
Goto means tripe. But if you’re in the Ala-eh province and you order goto, expecting a type of congee topped with bits of tripe, then you will be shocked. Rice porridge or congee, regardless of what its meat ingredients are, is lugaw to us. Whether it has chicken, hardboiled egg, or ox tripe, they’re all called lugaw. Goto is a different dish altogether. It is a thin, loose soup with beef tripe among others. And by “others” we mean other innards. But there are also varieties that had more meat.
Panutsa, also called peanut brittle is a delicacy that is a hit among the people of Batangas. It is commonly sold in buses for inbound or outbound trips to the province and in stalls around Batangas.
4. Tapang Taal
Usually, when you hear the word tapa, you would think of beef. But in Taal, their tapa is pork marinated in soy sauce with garlic and calamansi. It’s best paired with fried rice and kapeng barako. Have it dipped in vinegar with onions and chilis. Yummy!
5. Kapeng Barako
I am very sure when you hear Batangas one thing will cross your mind, KAPENG BARAKO. This variety of coffee is grown in Lipa due to the town’s high altitude, which is apt for growing quality coffee beans. The good climate and the soil around the area add up to the advantages. Preparing and drinking coffee is an art to those passionate about it; for most people, it is a major part of their day.
Now you read a few glimpse of Batangas, so what are you waiting for? Packed your things, call your family and friends and visit the beautiful province of Batangas. Batangas all here so near!