Sabangan Beach Resort

Sabangan Beach Resort

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Deluxe Bungalow with veranda 
25 sqmts 
Capacity / 4 persons
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The Pavilion Hall is a dining experience that reminds you of the comforts of home.
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Set amidst Sigayan Bay and the Verde Island Passage, Sabangan runs along the renowned white sand beach of Laiya, San Juan Batangas with views of Mt. Daguldol and landscape filled with lush foliage. The 6,000 square meter resort offers guests a sanctuary enveloped in nature and rich in the comforts of home. Fully air conditioned units with spacious patios. Each unit is fully equipped with a private toilet and bath, hot and cold shower, coffee and tea making facilities, cable TV, Wi-Fi access, and a personal refrigerator. Each accommodation includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rooms are provided with complimentary bottled water and coffee. Check-in time is at 2:00 pm, check-out time is at 12:00 noon.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Secured parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Diving
Water sport equipment rentals
Water park offsite
Foot massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Convenience store
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Private balcony
Safe
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bidet
Seating area
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Filipino

Location

Laiya, San Juan, Luzon 4226 Philippines
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Bunsoy D wrote a review Sep 2018
1 contribution29 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
How much is the entrance fee
How much is the entrance pay
How much is the place
Its nice too see it beautiful
I see it only in the photos
The view is nice and beautiful
The sand is clean
The water is clear
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Mark E wrote a review Jan 2012
Makati, Philippines99 contributions45 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my friends/officemates gather round once or twice a year to have team building activities. This year, the 23 of us chose Sabangan Beach Resort over two others at it seemed to cover our demands just by merely reading through its website. We even called them up to confirm what was written there.

Much to our dismay when we got there:
- No 2 burner electric stove
- No 10 cup rice cooker
- No pots and pans
- No plates and bowls
- No cups and saucers
- No silverware
- No two extra single mattresses and pillows
- No Wifi
- Food is not as delicious as described by other reviewers

We talked to the agent on duty and explained that it is stated clearly on their website and their service representative verified that all written there are correct. To compromise, we were given a rice cooker. We won't be able to cook canned goods nor eggs. Or even heat up food left in the freezer the next day. So much for expectations.

The PM snack was terrible! Pancit Malabon had no taste nor have distinctive color. One would have mistaken it for carbonara, seriously. The buttered puto and orange juice made up for it.

Dinner was not good as well as the pork was not tender, inihaw na liempo was hard to the bite and their chicken tinola was on a tear down. Good thing their bite size pineapple was sweet and juicy.

We did not have high hopes for breakfast as Sabangan got two strikes already from our taste buds. So after gathering everyone at the pavillion for breakfast, we were a bit surprised. They served juicy pork adobo, tender young pork tocino, fried tawilis, scrambled egg and arroz caldo. They had us again this time.

After eating, we asked the front desk for assistance --snorkeling. They do not have an in house service but they forwarded us to people whom offer beach activities. 16 of us joined in. It was 1500 per boat that would cater for 10 people. We paid 200 each in excess of 10. And goggles are on 100 each rental fee. When we got back, the boatmen told us we lost one snorkeling gear. We had to pay 250 for it hoping that we were not scammed.

Our attention went to kayaking afterwards.

We did not have the chance to take our AM Snack simply because we didn't think it would be much better so we just waited for lunch to come and we planned to just eat outside.

It would be our last stay in Sabangan Resort.
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Date of stay: January 2012
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totnai wrote a review Feb 2014
1 contribution14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
we just stayed in a villa with 2 rooms and 4 bed. we paid 18000 for an overnight stay. You decide if this is worth your money-
-beds with bed bugs
-aircon not working(need to replace for 2x)
- so so food
- breakfast: adobo and egg with saging
- dinner: oily fish and chicken fillet with watermelon
-lunch? no lunch, only snack
- snack: puto and salty lomi
- no soap,shampoo and conditoner
- cable and tv is only in 1 room and both are not working
-the free kayak amenity, paddle is broken
- bathroom is not clean
- no new towels
- new blanket has bugs in it
- substandard bed linens comparable to very cheap hotels
- staff service very unpleasant. they just want us to write a bad review instead of doing something about our concern.

Hope this help you guys on choosing a hotel in Laiya.
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Date of stay: January 2014
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kahelyeah wrote a review Sep 2018
Luzon, Philippines103 contributions63 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Disclaimers:
1. This is a very long, thorough, review.
2. We booked our stay on an offpeak Sunday, which makes our overall experience way favorable than when booking on a peak weekend.

Initially, I booked the Bamboo Bungalow room directly on their website, which only asks you for like a 10% reservation fee via credit card, while the rest is payable on site. They take both cash and cc. This, I think, is great as you are not pressed to commit fully, and cancellations won't be such a pain, having to let go of an entirely paid room.

Aside from being the cheapest, and although there aren't enough pics online, I was enticed by the room's unique, homey vibe. The room is only good for 2 pax. Being a 3-pax party, I settled an additional 2,850 fee for the extra pax, which includes the extra bed/beddings and full board meals for dinner/breakfast/lunch befire checkout. Let me tell you, this is sulit!

The most important reason why I chose Sabangan though is that they are pet-friendly. My partner and I were bringing our cat along on his first beach trip. My research brought Sabangan and Acuaverde down to a tie, because these were the only 2 pet-friendly resorts in the area. Well, Casa Amara was too, but they were situated somewhere else.

Acuaverde had a 900 pet fee, which includes a treat and a toy. You would also have to present recent vaccination docs of your fur baby. Sabangan had none of those. Your pet gets in for free and without question as long as they are leashed, behaved and supervised. Desicion-making was made easier by Sabangan having a pool, while Acuaverde has none.

En route the resort-lined areas of Laiya, unless you are a town resident, toll booths collecting a 20-peso/pax ecological fee will welcome you. Upon arrival at the resort, the guard posted at the gate asked if we had reservations. After confirmation, we were granted access. There's ample space for probably about 10 or more cars in their parking lot. The area was shaded with trees, cooling down the temp of your car.

We were welcomed attentively by Sabangan's courteous staff. The lobby was a bit dark. There were enough seating areas though, should waiting be nevessary. Check-in was a breeze. The reception clerk was quick to her feet and was able to answer all my inquiries. I gave half of the eco fee tickets as instructed by the toll booth personnel earlier. After settling payment, we were assisted to our room by a few staff members, who towed our stuff along: the humans' luggages and the cat's litter box, food and toys.

The Bamboo Bungalow was quaint and dainty. It had its own t&b as well as a veranda where people can lounge, smoke and have a few drinks. I requested for an electric fan, as it was humid at the time. That, as well as other requests were completed in a very timely manner. Although, you would have to call passing by staff's attention or walk back to the lobby, as they do not have a phone or intercom in the rooms.

We took off a bit late in Manila, and reached the resort before 3pm. To avoid any more delays, we drove thru a fastfood and devoured those at the patio. I wish we didn't get a 5-liter water at the grocery, because they hooked us up with our own hot/cold water dispenser right there at the deck.

After the meal, we decided to head out to the beach. But we had difficulty locking the bedroom room door, so I called for a handyman. After minutes of tinkering around, the handyman advised that the lock was busted. There were no available stores for parts nearby as it was a Sunday, so we were upgraded to another room nearer the beach. Lucky us, there were only 2 sets of registered guests that day.

They escorted us to the new room and helped us with our luggages. The busted lock actually was a lucky thing for us because the new room was meant for 4 pax and had 2 double beds. Everyone would be sleeping in a legitimate bed. The original room had only one, and the 3rd pax in our party would have to use an extra mattress on the floor.

Finally, at around 5pm, we headed out to the beach. The sand was coarse and pebbly, so walking barefoot is not a popular option. Have cash ready should you decide to stay at the beach. Various sellers of taho, pearls, henna tattoos, beach activities loiter the area. You don't know if you're up to any of those while you're there.

Our first meal served via the resort's kitchen was dinner. As there were only 2 set of guests in the entire resort, we didn't have the usual full buffet, but instead had a family buffet set up instead. Food was overflowing for our 3-man team. There were fish sinigang, chopsuey, chicken bbq, beef steak, rice and bananas. There was also fresh calamansi juice for drinks. That meal was nothing short of awesome. Well, I guess, because we're typical Filipinos. I can see how foreign guests can be turned off as foreign food options can come less.

Meanwhile, for breakfast, we had three kinds of eggs: scrambled, omelette and overeasy sunny-side ups. The latter, was only requested. We had fried garlic rice, fried bangus, fried dilis mixed with onions/tomatoes, pork adobo, cheese paninis. A kettle of brewed coffee was also available, and a serving of fresh cold cucumber/lemon juice. Bananas for dessert. Both meals were tasty, filling and sufficient.

We decided to go swim at the beach. My partner and I would take turns looking after our cat. I read that the sound of the waves and the new environment could be too much for a cat for the first time. This was the case for ours as he kept wanting to go back to the room. He was leashed the entire time. We didn't take long at the beach as the sand could turn into seemingly hot coals and the unstable waters isn't really great for the 2 non-swimmers in our group.

The square pool was more like it. The adult pool which was a flat 4 feet was separated to the kiddie pool by a line of aesthetically pleasing white cement boxes. I usually see people utilize this for their selfies/groufies as it has a very appealing effect. The resort is lined with trees so it cannot be helped to have leaves in the pool. I personally don't mind. The trees provide great shade and makes the resort feel more homey, so a few dried leaves in the pool is a non-issue. The pool water is also warm, even at night, as swimmers are allowed until 10pm.

Knowing that we were one of the only 2 set of guests in the resort and having enjoyed ourselves too much, I asked the resort manager if we could possibly check out late. To our amazement, we were allowed to stay until 2pm.

For lunch, before finally checking out, we had misua/patola soup, ginisang ampalaya with egg and minced meat, fried tilapia, and pork binagoongan. For dessert, turon. And for drinks, refreshing kamias juice, which was a first for me.

In sum, ours was an amazingly perfect stay. I was worried about the negative feedbacks I've read in various traveller site reviews, but all we had was utmost satisfaction. This definitely had to do with our chosen trip schedule, so schedule your trip wisely. Consistency, I know, is a good quality a resort should have. But circumstances vary, so why not make sure everything tips in your favor.

What You Need to Know:
- Toiletries include: soap, shampoo w/cond, dental kit, towels
- Extra towels aside from the 2 provided are 50php each.
- You may bring cooked/fast food.
- Smoking is generally allowed in outdoor areas. No visible ashtrays though. Just please don't throw your cigarette butts anywhere. A used paper cup with a bit of water in it sufficiently serves as one.
- For patios, if there is none available, you may request for a fan.
- There's a play area for kids.
- Since calling out for a staff could be bothersome, especially at odd hours, you may ask the reception personnel for the lobby number. I was given the resort manager's number instead.
- Meal times are as follows: Breakfast 6-8am; Lunch 11am-1pm; Dinner 6-8pm
- If you're advised that yours will be a family buffet, make sure to inform them of your preferred time to take the meal because they usually serve it the earliest time, then call you in your room.
-Gratuities are welcome. Hats off to Charlene (?!?) and Francel of reception and Dining for their impeccable services.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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esilejoy wrote a review Mar 2014
Luzon, Philippines2 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been here for a few times already. All the good things we used to love about the place just dissolved into dust.

for those who have been here before, they NO LONGER PROVIDE KITCHEN FACILITIES. Service is terrible, staff all over the place but lacks initiative and not accomodating. NO MANAGER. Everything has to be coordinated in their manila office.
Food lacks selection and tastes the same. OVERALL, NOT WORTH IT. OUR LAST VISIT AT THIS HORRIBLE PLACE.
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Date of stay: March 2014
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shugz_21 wrote a review Jun 2012
4 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
By the time we reached the resort at 2pm, we were very hungry from the long trip. We asked for their food menu to order for the family lunch. They replied to "Sorry ma'am, kitchen is closed for lunch and we do not have a food menu" Then I got pissed off! It's my first time to encounte a resort that don't serve food upon ordering. 2PM my gosh.

I asked the waitress, so what food could you offer me? I have 2 kids with me very hungry. They replied, we have PM snack which is part of Sabangan's full board meals. Then we waited 1 hr. Guess what?! PM snack they served is tasteless Pancit bihon with turon. No other choices. To add, same procedure for dinner, breakfast and AM snack. Imagine if you are allergic to chicken and coconut milk that the food hey served during dinner, you have no other food choices bec they said they don't have a food menu esp to foreigners!

PM snack-pancit bihon/turon
Dinner- chicken/coconut milk veggies/pork grilled liempo
breakfast- did not bother to eat bfast
AM snack-tasteless palabok

I believe this is constant food they serve.

Dont be deceived by the good pictures in the internet, the rooms are bad and lots of bed bugs.

I will never come back in this resort ever again!
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Christine D wrote a review Sep 2016
21 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Room:
We stayed in the bamboo hut. I think that is the only room good for two. Fully airconditioned with private toilet and bath. Quite small but decent and clean. With TV and mini fridge. Towels and toiletries provided. No wifi and cell signal for Globe in the room.

Food:
They serve buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. All delicious but lack variety. Like for breakfast, they don't have bread and tea. Only rice and coffee, juice. Or maybe it can be made available when requested. I didn't ask. You can buy chips, soda, beer, ice-cream in their ministore. Or buy outside.

Beach:
Beautiful. Fine sand. Deep. Big waves. Just the way we prefer it. I'm not sure if it's like that all season though. We went August. Turn off: No lifeguard.

Staff:
All very courteous and helpful.

Price:
I believe you'll get your money's worth. It is cheaper than the resorts beside it: Acuatico and Blue Coral. Also, it was on 35% off when we went August 2016. If you are going for the beach/outdoor swim and on budget, I highly recommend you try Sabangan. But if you are looking for the whole package, hotel-like room and infinity pool, you might want to try Acuatico or Blue Coral instead. But they are a bit pricey.

Overall:
It was a great overnight away from the city! We were happy during our stay. We'll recommend to friends. And we'll surely be back! :)
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Oyoboy6912 wrote a review May 2013
4 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to stay here better bring your own tank full of water together with your own staff coz the staff are all invisible. Food is ridiculous. This is the only resort that dont serve food as you order coz they dont have a menu at all. The pool stinks coz they never clean and sanitized. I will never never never never go back at this resort even if they offer me for free. What a waste of time and money.
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Date of stay: May 2013
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darlingSundsvall wrote a review Dec 2016
sundsvall20 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been here six times already and we are planning to be back here again next time :) As I have said it is a perfect place for us, we were staying at the cottage in front of the beach, the beach and their pool is clean and the staffs were very friendly.
I highly recommend this resort :)
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Gladys L wrote a review Dec 2015
4 contributions8 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We went there as a family to spend Christmas Day at the beach. There were 10 adults and three kids (all under 6yrs old) and we paid 27k overnight for the Loft D with two rooms, six twin size beds. There was a medium size refrigerator, large dining table, benches, and a kitchen sink.

The rooms were ok, comfy beds which were paired with clean towels and thin blankets. The TV was not working, they replaced it but not really important since we didn't need it. The bathroom had a nice hot shower, except there was nothing where you could hang your dry and wet clothes which I find very silly. There was a big sink and a toilet with bidet, but no towel or clothes hanger!

The food is ordinary, nothing exceptional. It's buffet, but they had nothing that'll make you come back for a second serving. They quickly ran out of utensils and there were not enough tables and chairs for all guests (fully booked at the time I guess). We ordered beer and it was almost convenient store price cheap which is cool as most hotels sell beer at 90php per bottle.

Massage is cheap at 350php, but don't expect exceptional service. The beach was ok, it looks dirty because the sand is beige-brown but good enough for playtime with kids. The pool was ok for kids. My booking said it had six hrs of free kayak. They didn't allow us though commenting that it was already "maalon". We had kayaking with much rougher waves. I didn't push it as I thought the "lifeguards" looked lazy and were not accommodating. The life vests looked cheap anyway.

Wifi service is bad. I had to ask the front desk at least three times because the password they gave me didn't work. I asked them to reset their router and that's when it got fixed. But then the wifi died out during wee hours in the morning, they probably turned off the power of the router.

The average payout is 2,700 per adult. A room, beach, lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Overall experience is Average. With good management, and a good cook, the experience could be way so much better.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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mcds74 asked a question Dec 2018
Shanghai, China16 contributions
Do you have water activities like kayaking, jetski and other stuff?
Answer from LadyAnne628
Manila, Philippines105 contributions5 helpful votes
Directly offered by Sabangan, there is none. However, along the beach area of Sabangan, there are other operators that offer various water activities like banana boat, flying fish, jetski, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.
Answer from Len Len
Taguig City, Philippines12 contributions6 helpful votes
Yes you can. tho I suggest you book directly thru their website ahead of time to ensure hassle free booking.😊
Answer from jlizaso
Paranaque, Philippines117 contributions31 helpful votes
Please contact the resort directly.
Answer from eric t
Paranaque, Philippines6 contributions3 helpful votes
I checked those dates are closed, if dates open, get a 2 bedroom yakal type, 15,000/night includes all meals
joymanuelhipolito asked a question Mar 2018
Quezon City, Philippines
Is this a pet friendly resort?
Answer from jlizaso
Paranaque, Philippines117 contributions31 helpful votes
Yes
MrsJ wrote a tip Mar 2023
Antipolo City, Philippines90 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"-Ample parking -Yakal B room is perfect as it is both near the beach and pavilion"
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Srlon wrote a tip May 2022
London148 contributions238 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Narra A (for 4 pax) and Yakal (for 6 pax) are beachfront cottages."
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Doonesbury wrote a tip May 2022
Marikina, Philippines106 contributions84 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking availability might bectiugh if the hotel is fully booked. You will need to wait outside the gate until guests are out the resort. Usually busy during chrckout"
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AnnLumbes wrote a tip Feb 2020
Marikina, Philippines10 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"My partner and I love Bamboo house :)"
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ROLANDO M wrote a tip Sep 2019
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"away from the center function room because it is open. noise is too loud to nearby cottages."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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