Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Zambales Resort: Canoe Beach Resort, San Antonio

Canoe Beach Resort is located in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. It is an hour away from the well-known Anawangin Cove via boat ride. This resort stands along with other resorts. What makes this a hidden getaway is the fact that this its not easy to find the website in the internet. I learned about this by patiently scourging the net for a budget resort. Usually, search results would give you Nora's and Patio Inn.

What makes this resort attractive for me is the fact that it has a pool. The beach in San Antonio is not as iniviting. The sand is grayish, the water is dark and the waves are big. A lot of boats are also docked along the shore. You have to go to the nearby coves to really enjoy the tropical beach ambience. So with its pool, one can satisfy the desire for swimming.

the pool area with poolside family rooms

When I went there last summer, I made early reservations through e-mail. They replied within the day. You can also make reservations through phone. You have to pay half of the amount through their BPI account.
We rented an airconditioned room good for two that costs P1300. This room is facing the beach but the cottages in front of the rooms block the view. It has its own private veranda.

cottages for day trips

The room is very basic- comfortable bed and a clean CR. The lighting is just a bit dim. No frills! You could actually have the room at a cheaper price if you tell them that you would want a fan room. The management would not just activate the aircondition system.

Their pool is also clean and medium-size. There's also a kiddie pool at the other end of the pool. Water is warm so you can swim even until late at night. Night swimming is until 11:00 pm as long as you won't be too noisy.

view on the beach of San Antonio

Staff if okay. They're accommodating enough but not very friendly. They serve food at a reasonable price.

If you're travelling through public transpo, you have to walk for about 5 to 10 minutes from the resort to the main road to get a tricyle. Just tell the driver to drop you at the Municipal Hall where you can get a bus ride to Manila.

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