Should You Go to Villamar Beach Resort This Summer 2015?

So, should you even consider going to Villamar Beach Resort in Cavite this summer?

Believe it or not, a lot of people are still asking that question – especially those who grew up in Cavite back in the 60’s and 70’s. Yep, it was VERY popular back then, along with Lido Beach Resort which was located right next to it.

I myself had the same question in my mind for quite sometime, so I decided to check it out. I went there with a friend just this March so I was able to check the place out.

In this post, you will see my honest and unbiased review of the place. It will help you decide if you’d want to spend some of your summer vacation time in this particular beach resort.

Villamar Beach Resort Review

Here I am standing by the beach. This was taken at about 5PM.

Getting There…

Villamar Beach Resort is located at San Rafael IV, Noveleta, Cavite. It is actually at the boundary of Noveleta and Cavite City, so it’s really not that far from Manila.

Commuters will find it easy to get there. Just a bus ride from Manila – either from Baclaran, Coastal Mall, or any place where buses destined for Cavite City pass by – and you’re sure to get there.

Cavite bus drivers and conductors are all familiar with Villamar, so just tell them that you need to go there and they will drop you off at the exact spot. It’s just a short walk from the highway (where you’ll be dropped off) and you will pass by fish ponds to the left and the right side of the road before reaching the place.

The beach can be seen from the highway. It’s really that near. I would say about 15 to 30 minutes of walk (slow, leisurely walk).

Of course, it would be easier to get there if you have your own private vehicle. First of all, you will be passing by major roads and highways. And it will only take about 5 minutes (or less) from the highway (the drop off point I mentioned above) to the main beach.

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Here I am with my bestfriend, Susan. This shot was taken just outside the Villamar 1 restaurant.

Really REALLY Affordable Prices

What really prompted me to go to Villamar again is its price. These days, it’s really hard to find beach resorts that only charge P30 per head as entrance fee.

Also, the tables, cottages, and rooms are very affordable. As of this writing, prices for tables and cottages near the beach area range from P100 to P250 and private rooms can be rented for 12 hours from P500 (non-air con) to P1,500 (with air con).

For this particular visit, we rented a non-air con room for P500. It had a private bathroom with shower and an electric fan. It also had a nice balcony at the back overlooking the fish pond (we ate our lunch here).

I liked the bathroom because it was clean. The shower was functional and the toilet flushes well too. The bed was also comfortable and it had clean sheets. We were even given some blankets for our stay.

Villamar Cabana

This is where we stayed in. It’s called “Cabana.”

Swimming….. Strolling…. Picture Taking….

No, we didn’t swim in the beach because it didn’t look that clean. Well, we actually expected it to be quite dirty because water pollution in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces is just terrible.

Still, we walked along the seashore and took some pictures. The sand was brown and didn’t smell that good. Yes, we can actually smell the sand as we trekked the beach. There were some dead jellyfish that had insects hovering over them too.

The smell didn’t reach the restaurants and the tables that were located away from the seashore, though…

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See the photobomber in this shot? There were plastic cups, junk food wrappers, etc. just scattered around the beach.

Oh, and Another Bad Thing…

If you got disappointed with the beach setting that I just described, wait ‘til you here this.

The public bathroom stank!

Yeah…. It smelled so bad when we passed by it that we decided not to pass by it again. It’s a good thing we had a private bathroom in our rented room! Whew!

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These are the cottages that are positioned near the beach.

What I Think of the Beach

Well, obviously, this is not the Villamar Beach Resort that I knew in the 70’s (and even early 80’s).

A lot has changed.

The water condition is no longer good And the sand is no longer that clean.

If I remember right, however (because I was very young in the 70’s LOL), there were no private rooms back then – just cottages and tables. So I was really quite impressed with the buildings and structures that are now standing there. The rooms actually look good too (inside and out).

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Here I am sitting at one of the cottages. There are more tables at the higher portion of the beach.

Will I Ever Go Back to Villamar?

Let me think…. hmmmmmm……

Yes. Actually, I can consider going back to this beach resort.

First of all, it’s really very affordable to check in their private rooms. Entrance is VERY CHEAP too (just P30!).

Although we only stayed in our room for most of our stay there to chat and catch up (we haven’t seen each other for more than a year, imagine that!), there were restaurants, stores and karaoke in the place too.

For this particular trip, we decided to bring our own food. So we didn’t really buy anything inside the resort.

Note, too, that Villamar Beach Resort is open 24/7. They also have security guards and life guards. The place looks safe and secure.

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Here I am walking along the balcony of the restaurant at Villamar 2 (the right side).

Should You Consider Going to Villamar?

If you’re a little low on the budget and just want to hang out with family and friends, you can include Villamar in your list of choices.

No, I wouldn’t recommend the place for swimming, but it’s a good place to have a picnic. If the tide is high, I am sure the seashore wouldn’t be as stinky too.

Also, you can opt for the tables that are located a few meters away from the beach, so that you can still enjoy the view without smelling anything. You can also rent their private rooms so that you can relax better during your stay. Having your private bathroom should also be one of your priorities.

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This was taken inside the Villamar 1 restaurant. There’s a Karaoke bar here too.

Reservations, Accommodations, and the Staff

Guess what? You don’t even need to call for reservations if you want to check in their rooms. I think it would be safe to assume that there will always be vacant rooms because this is not a popular beach resort anymore. In fact, even Cavitenos themselves no longer recommend this place – especially since there are a lot of better choices out there (but more expensive too).

Still, you can check out their official website by clicking here. You will find contact numbers there if you want to inquire about their prices, accommodations, etc.

Since we checked in at Villamar 1 (left side), I called a lady named Lolit first to inquire about it. Villamar 2 is located at the right side – this is where I’m planning to check in when I return to the resort.

Lolit (Villamar 1’s manager) was very friendly and accommodating. She provided us with a nice private room with a good view and was always checking up on us. She even gave us a few hours of extension when we were still there after the cut off time. We really appreciate that. Thanks, Lolit! :)

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Here’s one last look at the Villamar Beach Resort. It’s breathtaking especially during sunset. Yes, I will surely come back!

If You Know What to Expect, You’ll Surely Have a Good Time!

Sooooo…. If you know what to expect, I really think you’d have a nice time at Villamar Beach Resort. I was with my bestfriend, Susan, so we really had a good time.

If your purpose for coming to Villamar is just to relax and unwind, it’s worth checking out. I suggest bringing good company and good food – and everything will surely be magical!

A Teddy Bear Breakfast

A Teddy Bear BreakfastI saw this really cute picture of a Teddy Bear breakfast at obstacol.com and just couldn’t help myself from saving it on my computer and blogging about it too.

As you can see, it’s just rice, scrambled eggs, and cheese (and I can see a mug of coffee somewhere on the table too). But this breakfast is so appealing because the rice was made to take on the form of a teddy bear. A very cute sleeping teddy bear, I might say.

The scrambled eggs are made to look like little Teddy’s blanket. I’m guessing the cheese is supposed to be a pillow.

How can you not smile when this type of breakfast is served to you in the morning? I already feel like eating this breakfast every day. But of course, it would not be healthy, since eggs are very high in cholesterol. Maybe a few times a week will be fine.

Anyway, I hope this photo will inspire you to make creative looking breakfasts too. In the meantime, you can just imitate this design.

Serve attractive plates of “a sleeping teddy under a blankie” to your loved ones at home. And surely, everyone will enjoy their breakfasts and face the day with a smile! :)

Which is Better? Flying or Driving?

Which is Better Flying or DrivingGas is very expensive these days. And for this reason, you can consider flying on a plane if you are going on a cross-country trip.

Yes, there was a time when air fares are so expensive, but that’s no longer the case now. Because of stiff competition, airlines are offering budget packages to their customers several times in a year. And if you are diligent enough, you can get the best deals for your money.

Choosing one’s method for traveling is never easy, though. And you’ll need to make a careful study about this. Compute the amount of gas that your car will probably consume if you drive. And consider the wear and tear on your vehicle too. And most important of all, driving can be tiresome too.

It’s true that air fare can be very expensive too, especially if you are traveling with your family. So the number of people for the trip is taken into consideration too. But there’s the option of taking the economy class, so that you can save on money. And if you plan ahead, you can get special discounts for booking in advance.

It would also be good if you schedule your trip not on a peak season like Christmas, New Year, and other holidays. At this time, air fare tickets are really soaring high. But if you really must travel during said times, it would help if you can get student discounts for the young members of the family. Senior citizens are also entitled to air fare discounts, so you better inquire about that too when you purchase tickets.

Take all of those things mentioned above, and you’ll be able to decide for yourself if you should go on a trip by driving or flying. Either way, the most important thing is that you will be spending time with your family and loved ones.

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Renting Cars for Vacation Trips

Renting Cars for Vacation TripsWhile it’s true that renting cars can be quite expensive, you can still strategize so as to save some money in the process. With due diligence and planning and not waiting for the last minute, you will be able to get affordable rates on car rentals.

With today’s modern technology, you can now rent a car online. Yes, car rental companies have their own websites and you can check out their services and prices by visiting their sites.

If you are a frequent traveler, then you might find it more practical to check out a few car rental companies to compare their services. But if you already find a particular company that you trust and feel comfortable with, then you might consider sticking to that same company for the rest of your future trips. By being a regular customer, they may be able to offer you discount and special privileges every time you need their services.

It can really take a lot of pressure from you when you are driving a rented car from a reputable company. You can even request for certain models if you want to, and that would be a great experience, driving different cars.

It would also give you peace of mind if the car rental company is offering road assistance should the car break down while you’re using it. So make sure that you arrange for all these before signing all those paperwork and driving your rented car.

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Some Tips When Checking into a Bed and Breakfast

Some Tips When Checking Into a Bed and BreakfastBread and Breakfasts are very popular these days because they offer a personalized treatment to their customers. You will therefore feel pampered and special when you check into one of these.

However, note that such establishments are different from regular hotels. And their facilities can be quite limited to meet all your needs. It would therefore be good if you are aware of certain things before choosing a Bed and Breakfast over a regular hotel.

If you have allergy issues, then you should take to the management about this. You might be allergic to certain types of food, and this can be a big problem if not addressed quickly and properly. If you are allergic to smoke, you should inquire about their facilities before even making a reservation. The kitchens in Bread and Breakfast joints are not as sealed as those in a hotel, and this can present a problem if you are allergic to smoke. Likewise, having pets can also cause problems, so you should ask about this too.

Their policies should also be clear to you before you go to the place to avoid misunderstandings. There are some places where children are not allowed, and this will not work out if you have kids with you. Now this really doesn’t mean that the place hates children. There are just certain restrictions in places like these since it is set up as a home too. So there could be antique items and furniture and thick carpeting that may not be suitable for children.

Another thing to consider is the use of bathrooms. If you want your own bathroom, then you should inquire about this early on. Some Bed and Breakfast joints have limited bathrooms and the guests share in these facilities.

Bed and Breakfast homes are indeed homely and cozy. But you should know the type of facilities that they have if you want to make your stay truly enjoyable and stress-free.

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Looking for Cheap Family Vacation Packages

Looking for Cheap Family Vacation PackagesBecause of the internet, you will now find it easy to make cheap vacation plans with your family. Like all trips however, you careful planning as well as research is required in order to get the best deals for your money.

First of all, you need to decide on the type of vacation that you want. Do you intend to visit a particular city or cities? The number of places that you will go to is important as both time and money will be utilized on this part of the trip.

If you are going to a family theme park, and would like to avoid long lines, then it would be advisable to go on an off-peak season. Theme parks are crowded around the holidays, but festivities and decorations are also more exciting then. So those factors should also be included in your plans.

You can also plan on going camping or hiking. The outdoors is always a good place to bond with loved ones as you are closer to nature. You will then be cooking food and working together during the entire time.

Planning on the means of transportation is also equally important as you would want to save on money. Consider bringing the car if it’s not that far. But if it will take you a few days on the road wherein you’ll have to check in a hotel, then it could prove to be very expensive. In this case, it may be more practical to fly. That is, if there are only a few members of the family.

With all the options available today, you will not find it hard to plan a vacation for your family. Bonding time is important as this will bring you closer to each other.

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Going on a Cheap Caribbean Vacation

The Caribbean is the perfect destination for vacations as the place is exotic and mystifying. In fact, it is one of the favorite vacation spots for tourists. But still, the place manages to be classy and magical.

Caribbean beaches are popular because you can go surfing with the waves. It’s also the perfect place for sailing. And if you want to see the world underwater, then you can go scuba diving or snorkeling.

They also have the best foods at the Caribbean; food that you can’t eat anywhere else. If you like going to the casinos, there are such establishments there too. You can also go shopping as there are a lot of unique stores and souvenir shops in the area.

You can do a lot of outdoor activities in the Caribbean. Aside from the beautiful beaches, the place is full of beautiful sights. Needless to say, it’s the perfect place to take photographs.

If you plan in advance, you can also end up with great accommodations and bargain deals. If you make reservations in advance and choose a date that’s not considered to be a peak season, then there’s a big chance that you can save a lot of money for an exotic vacation. You can choose from a wide variety of hotel services too. And if you want, you can get a room with a real nice view of the beach.

Other amenities include bars, pools, tennis courts, and gyms. Surely, you and your partner will have a wonderful and memorable stay at the Caribbean.

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Great Ways to Save on Plane Tickets

It’s true that plane tickets can be very expensive. But if you apply certain tips and tricks, then you can get some big savings. And this means a lot for frequent travelers.

Because of the competition, airlines are now offering discounts and special incentives to their customers. There are also dealers who may have access to discounted tickets because they purchase these in wholesale.

Note that a roundtrip ticket is less expensive than a one-way ticket. So if you already have a schedule or itinerary in mind, getting a roundtrip ticket proves to be more practical and economical.

You can also consult a travel agent if you want. An agent can help you find the best deals in airline tickets since he or she is aware of how the whole thing goes. Aside from knowing how to go about looking for discounts and other means to save, your travel agent is also aware about which travel airline is offering such deals.

Looking through travel magazines is another option as companies are always advertising their offers. You can get the fine prints this way, and also the telephone number of said companies. You can then call them up and inquire personally.

Should you be able to get a very low price for your plane tickets, you should inquire about the package in detail. Sometimes, getting such a low price would mean that several taxes and services are excluded from the package. It would be better if you know exactly what you’re getting.

Needless to say, off-peak seasons are the best time to buy plane tickets. And that means avoiding traveling during Christmas Holidays and New Year. But if you really must travel on those dates, then you must save for it in advance.

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Planning for Cheap Weekend Breaks

planning for cheap weekend breaksOnce in a while, we like relaxing in a different way during the weekend, especially after a week or hard work. While it can be relaxing to just sit on the sofa and watch TV while munching on chips and other junk food, going somewhere seems to be appealing too.

Sure, the budget is always the one getting in the way. But there are cheap ways to spend the weekends too. Like for example, you can watch sports events like basketball or baseball, depending on your interests. Or you can just see a dog show and see the different breeds of dogs walking on the ramp like models.

You can even go to a resort if there’s a beach or a pool near your place. Sightseeing with your partner is always enjoyable, and you can do this even at nearby places.

If you want to spend a little more, then you can consider going on an out-of-town trip. This really isn’t that expensive if you plan in advance. You can get discounts if you book early, especially if the planned vacation is scheduled on an off-peak season.

In order to maximize your stay at a certain place, you can even go on a Friday so that you can start early the next day. This way, you have more time exploring the place with your loved one.

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Choosing the Perfect Hotel Accommodation

There is one good reason why you should choose the perfect hotel accommodation when you go on trips and vacations. Certainly, you would want to feel comfortable even if you are not staying in your own home, right? Yes, this will make your trip more enjoyable and not stressful at all. After all, what’s the point of taking a break if you will be staying somewhere you don’t like?

There are certain criteria that you should look into when choosing a place to stay, and these will be based on your personal interests and preferences. If you can afford it, would you like to stay in a luxury hotel? Or would you like to spend your time in secluded locations like in a cabin perhaps?

But of course, your budget plays an important role in the selection process. But if you really plan ahead and know what you want, you can save up for it. This way, everything will be set when the time is right for you to take your vacation. As you will be staying in a place with perfect accommodations, you will be pampered during your stay and the whole trip will be relaxing and enjoyable as well.

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