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5.355 Seafood Pizza

-Cycle 5, Item 355-
26 (Fri) December 2014

-Italian-
Seafood Pizza

1.0

at Eagle Point Beach & Dive Resort

-Anilao, Batangas-

with the family

Christmas with the Family in the PHL, Day 4 (see previously 5.354 Deep-Fried Tofu with Shrimp & Vegetables in Oyster Sauce).

The family is in town.  Arrived Wednesday.  Their second visit to the Philippines since I relocated here (see previously 5.121 Lechon).  We'll spend Christmas here through the weekend and fly back to Korea together on Monday.  No special plans.  Having everyone around, just hanging out, makes it feels like home.

Rather than spend the entire time in the city, however, we drove down to Batangas for an overnighter in Anilao, where we could get some fresh air and splash around in the ocean. 

Although I'd never been to Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort before, I booked us a room there for several reasons.  It's the only real family resort in the area, with full staff, restaurant and bar, and various amenities (other places in the area are geared towards divers (see for example 5.154 Kakuni Ramen), not families with young kids).  Among the four swimming pools on the premises, there's a shallow kiddie pool with a water slide! And a diving pool with baby sharks!  And a bird zoo!  They even own an island, accessible by a chartered boat for day trips, including BBQ lunch on the sandy beach!  Sounds grand.  


The first sign of trouble was, literally, a sign at the entrance that warned against bringing any food or drink on to the property.  "Management reserves the right to search bags.  Violations will result in corkage fees."  WTF?

Indeed, they charged us 33 pesos for a kettle of hot water.  

Then, as we were checking in, the receptionist saw the kids and offered us an additional mattress for an extra charge of 1,000 pesos (about $25) (the room itself cost 3,000 pesos).  Turns out, the mattress was already in the room, under the bed.  Nice try.  

Roaches, spiders, ants, flies, mosquitos.  Everywhere.  As we were dragging out the mattress, it came out encrusted with all manner of dust and hair and dead bugs.  Soon enough, their living brethren joined the party.  We huddled on the bed under the covers in fear of being eaten alive.  

As for activities, the dive shop was asking 900 pesos for a daily dive master fee (400 pesos elsewhere), on top of a separate boat fee and other bogus charges, while the chartered boat + beachside lunch would've cost us over 5,000 pesos.  Forget it.

And the food, total crap.

Looking at the crowd, which appeared to consist primarily of tourists, I'm guessing that the ownership isn't concerned with cultivating customer loyalty, just gouging the one-time guests as they pass through. 

Shoulda gone to Acacia (see generally 5.153 Buffet Crap).

Due to the weather, the ocean was cold and choppy, so we stayed in the pool.

At least the boys had fun.

We're checking out first thing in the morning.

2 comments:

  1. outrageous total rip-off;;; sorry to hear that it had to end up like that...

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  2. well, it all turned out for the best after we left.

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