My friends and I were rooting for La Union this last long weekend but for some reasons our group of 10 (supposedly) went down to 3. But as they say, “the show must go on“. So me and my girls just decided to go for a much less travel time for our weekend getaway.
After endless browsing and searching on the internet, I came along Crystal Beach Resort in Zambales (formerly known as La Paz Beach Resort) which is just 3-4 hours away from Manila.
At 7am, we took the first trip to Iba Zambales at Victory Liner Cubao. We arrived at the resort at around 11am. Upon arriving at the Resort, we were greeted warmly and happily by their staff at the lobby.
*Crystal Beach Reception Area
*there’s a sari sari store where you can buy some of your basic toiletries, also some snacks and drinks.
Since their check in policy is at 2pm, we ate first our lunch at their restaurant which is the King Solomon’s Hall. Food price is around P150-300, takes about 20-25 mins to prepare but their food really tastes good and the serving is good for two persons already.
*King Solomon’s Hall
*inside King Solomon’s Hall
We finished eating at around 1pm and we’re so happy that the resort allowed us for an early check in.
*House of Ezra
I prebooked our “house” which is the House of Ezra. It is a unique type of accommodation. An Ifugao type house with two floors inside, four beds and has a chill dining/gathering area underneath ( me and my girls’ fav part! Also the hammock just beside the house). I mean how cool is that? Haha
There are also a lot of other houses in the Resort which are named after Bible characters which I find as another plus because I think it added a peaceful and retreat type of ambience to the resort. You can choose your type of House depending on the number of people staying. If you prefer the camping type, you can also set up your tents with just a minimal fee of 200 pesos if I’m mistaken.
Next on our agenda is the beach! One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen. The sand is not white though but I still love everything! From their small cottages, nipa huts and hammocks and the white chairs by the beach! Perfect place to grab a beer or two and just enjoy the view.
The accommodation also comes with a breakfast buffet.
Traveling Tips to Crystal Beach
✔️Victory Liner trip to Iba Zambales is every two hours. It is advisable to take the first trip at 7am so that you can have your lunch before checking in.
✔️There’s a corkage fee
✔️No toiletries provided, be sure to bring your own. They have really nice and clean common bathrooms.
✔️Rashguards are provided when you avail their surfing package (P400/hr)
✔️Beer is priced at P70 per bottle
How to go to Crystal Beach Resort
And oh! Did I mention that you can experience this on a budget?
Fare (Victory Liner) P310 one way P720
Tricycle to the Resort P15 one way P30
Accommodation (Tent pitching fee) P200
Food/ meal at King’s Solomon Hall
(good for two) Price Range P150-300
*we just ate lunch and dinner
So that’s around P300 for the food
Total: P 1250
You can also share tents so you can cut costs.
House Accommodation ranges from P500-✔️1500 per pax (depends on house type and number of people)
✔️Island Hopping tour is also available
House Accommodation comes with breakfast buffet so I think it’s really worth it if you avail their houses.
see www.crytalbeach.com.ph for their house rates and more information.
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