If it’s hard to start a blog, it might be that the topic is not an interesting one, or in my case, it’s hard to tell the things I wanted to say when I am lost for words. It should not have been the case, since I sensed that it’s just another long weekend(longer weekend for us here in Angeles because of a local holiday), and it’s just another trip to the beach. I think I am still having a hangover even 2 days after we got back home and having the laptop for myself all the time.
The destination this time was Bolinao. To think that it was just another beach was probably an understatement, and a mistake on my part. I guess I have to condition myself that we need to travel far to experience the best beach destinations. The uncomfortable long travel was transformed into awe as we stepped inside Punta Riviera and got a glimpse of its facilities, and surroundings. Depending on each and everyone’s preference, the place has its pros and cons, too. But with the kids as company, I have to say Punta Riviera would be a good choice to stay, sans the food and some lodging issues. Just bring lots of money though, as Punta Riviera is somewhat categorized as “big-budget” friendly resort along Bolinao.
The beachfront is shallow until about a hundred meters and more during low tide, perfect for kids and young people like me who are a little bit afraid of the waves. If you are into surfing and/or tackling West Philippine Sea’s awesome waves, Punta Riviera is not the place for you, you need to go farther unto Patar. Your kid/s (if you happen to have even just one) will surely enjoy the beachfront, though. Even the infinity pool is a great place to swim even at night, with its lukewarm water allowing our daughter to enjoy night swimming. Hunger and tiredness were probably the reasons that convinced her to stop at 8 in the evening and continue swimming the next day.
The adventure did not stop at the infinity pool and the beach. There was kayaking at the river beside the resort, a pool table and a badminton table, a videoke machine beside the bar which has the river and beach view, a Jacuzzi, lots of benches near the pool for some solitude, and even limited cable channels in your rooms. There are even attractions like the 400 year old St. James Cathedral, the Bolinao Lighthouse, and various caves in Patar, the Bolinao Falls aside from some rock formations on the beaches. Due to time constraints, we only got to visit the lighthouse, Cindy’s cave and a quick trip to the town proper to see the cathedral and taste some binaguey, but still those experiences were enough to make our trip an unforgettable one.
We’ve read some bad reviews prior to our trip so we brought food just in case. The bad reviews were, actually bad, considering the sumptuous meal served to us. The food was a little expensive and the breakfast was almost the same as your average meal, but some on the menu was quite a feast for us. I have never tasted fish as fresh and tasty as the ones served. Now, where did I saw that bad food review? It was total opposite of what were served to us. Still with kids around, we had to bring comfort foods for them in case they turned their heads away from the menu. You just have to pay the corresponding corkage fee.
The staffs were very accommodating. Even though we opted to change room because we are not comfortable over our reserved room, they assisted us every time. We even had our toilet bowl fixed as soon as possible. We were assisted when we asked for a barbecue grill (of course we also have to pay extra for that). We were provided with most of the things we asked immediately, and they were smiling every time if we’re out of earshot of their customary greetings. Even the guards were friendly and accommodating in some ways. Except for some problems in our room which were fixed immediately, our stay at Punta Riviera were satisfactory.
Bolinao, I would say, is one of the best destinations I have been to so far. Even though I read some different review from other travelers, it’s the personal experience that counts the most. I could only say this much about our stay in Bolinao. I will just let the pictures speak for itself.