Perfect moments at Pico de Loro — Part 2
Tina Santiago-Rodriguez (The Philippine Star) - May 30, 2014 - 3:30pm

Before you continue reading this article, please do check out my first post about making perfect moments at Pico de Loro here.

Exploring Pico de Loro Country Club

Our tour of Pico de Loro began in the Country Club, which is a short walking distance away from Pico Sands Hotel.

We were able to see the different amenities that club members and their sponsored guests, and hotel guests, could use -- like the swimming pool, bowling lanes and billiard tables, plus an indoor kiddie play place, Club Pico.

Here are a few photos from our tour of the country club, courtesy of my friend Patty of MrsPCuyugan.com (I found it difficult to take good photos then, because I was busy with the kids, including a wiggly baby!):

The Country Club also has a Game Lounge, videoke rooms, a restaurant called Lagoa, a Café Lounge and a Lanai Bar. It also has a ballroom for corporate and social functions, and a sports area complete with tennis and badminton courts, a basketball court, ping-pong tables, and a squash/pelota area.

There is also a convenience store at the lobby of the Country Club -- members and hotel guests can buy items like food, sunglasses and other things. There are also Kultura boutiques at the lobby of Pico Sands Hotel and the Beach Club.


Marveling at God's creation at the chapel at Pico de Loro

After the Country Club, our next stop was the chapel. Our second daughter was so happy to find out that it was named after her namesake, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.

According to Ms. Celine Arenillo, Area Marketing Communications Manager for Pico de Loro (and Taal Vista Hotel), several weddings have already been held at the chapel.

The area outside the chapel is also perfect for cocktails, receptions or intimate gatherings, or even photo shoots. Just look at the breathtaking view from where the chapel is situated -- truly, God's creation is one of a kind!

(Chapel photo credits go to Joanne Tan of WhenInManila.com.)

A delightful dinner at Pico de Loro Beach Club

From the chapel, we proceeded to the Pico de Loro Beach Club.


The kids were very excited to walk and hang out on the sand but enjoyed the cocktails we had at the Sun Coral Café, the Beach Club's Filipino restaurant, even more, even if they had already had the same drinks during lunch! Can you say "mango shake and Milo Dinosaur overload?"

After we were done with our cocktails (fresh calamansi shake for me — refreshing!), we stepped out onto the beach for dinner. The setup was wonderful and relaxing -- and romantic too!

Guests can request for the same setup if they want, so if you’re planning to propose or celebrate an anniversary with your special someone, you can just ask the helpful staff at Pico de Loro to do it for you.


Aside from the Sun Coral Café, which is exclusive to members, visitors to Pico de Loro Cove can also dine at other restaurants, such as Reef Bar by the beach, which serves grilled  food.
 
For dinner, we were all treated to a wonderful variety of Filipino gastronomic delights that night -- including a healthy salad of apples, arugula and walnuts and Batangas-style tinola, which the kids instantly took to (they love tinola)!


We were also served rice cooked in nilagang baka broth and topped with bulalo, pancit habhab, lechon kawali, binagoongan, bistek-style fish and gising gising (which I tried for the first time ever!).  For dessert, we had the Café’s specialty -- Pan Choco, which was sinfully delicious!


The kids also had their own food, prepared especially for them -- mini-sliders, pizza, mac and cheese. They also had ice cream -- in addition to the Pan Choco -- for dessert.


Needless to say, we were completely stuffed after dinner, so we decided to have some hot tea, from Pico de Loro's delightful selection of TWG teas.

A pleasant surprise before turning in for the night

Once we were done, we returned to our rooms and were pleasantly surprised to see these on our bed. Thank you for your thoughtfulness (even about the little things), Pico de Loro staff!


You can bet we had a great night's rest after our fabulous first day at Pico!

More perfect moments: Bonding through swimming, eating and playing

Our second day (well, half-day) was also full of fun and perfect moments -- the kids wanted to go swimming the instant they woke up, so after our family morning prayer, we headed to the swimming pool area. Even our one-year-old had a grand time splashing in the water!


We took a break from the pool to partake of the breakfast buffet at Pico Restaurant -- to 'fuel up' for more fun activities!

After breakfast, our son and Patty's boy had a blast at the video game room, with Patty and her husband, Bong, while I accompanied our girls to Club Pico, the kiddie playroom at the country club. Anthony explored the club grounds, and ended up buying a few souvenirs at Kultura.


To play at Club Pico, you need to pay a one-time fee of P450, which entitles one child to unlimited playtime for one day. Kids one year and below are free though (good for us!). All children and their accompanying adults are required to wear socks.

Once the boys were done with their video games, they started begging us moms to let them go swimming together, so back to the swimming pool area we went. Our little girl joined them too, and Patty and I enjoyed catching up on each other's lives while keeping an eye over them.


All good things come to an end though, so even if the kids didn't want to, our families had to part ways and head back to our respective rooms.

Ms. Arenillo had thoughtfully arranged a late check-out for us, so we didn't have to rush in getting our things ready. She even helped arrange for our accommodations that night at Taal Vista Hotel, which became our starting point for another day of perfect moments with our kids (but that's another story altogether!).

Looking back now, I am really amazed at how God granted our family's wish to have more perfect moments together, especially this summer. The moments we shared during our visit to Pico de Loro -- our first and, hopefully, not the last -- will certainly be etched forever in our hearts.

Do you want to build perfect moments with your loved ones too? Go ahead and do so -- and remember, Pico de Loro is definitely one of the places where you can go to do just that!

Special thanks again to Ms. Celine Arenillo and her team, and the wonderful staff at Pico Sands Hotel and Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club for your kind hospitality!

Pico Sands Hotel and the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club can be found at Pico De Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast, Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas.

Contact information:

Tel. no: +632 2147800 / +632 2147888 / +639178091289

Email: reservations@picosandshotel.com

Websites: http://picodelorocove.com  / http://hamilocoast.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/picosandshotel

(Note: All photos except those with the TrulyRichMom.com watermark are courtesy of Pico de Loro’s Area Marketing and Communications Manager. Those with the MrsPCuyugan.com and WhenInManila.com / JoTan23.blogspot.com watermarks are used with permission from the respective owners.)

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