Living in Manila can be such a tire after some time. The excitement we had coming here for the first time seemed to have dwindled over the years. One of the ways we relive that feeling is going on a weekend trip to a nearby province. This time, we decided to go to Batangas. Where else did we stay than in Pico Sands Hotel, one of the most talked about four-star hotels in the town of Nasugbu.
Pico Sands Hotel is located within the premier seaside development of Hamilo Coast by SM Prime Holdings Inc. Despite its fame, the hotel manages to keep its exclusive vibe and it didn’t take long before we fell in love with it.
The entire property is spotless and has a hint of freshness, something we always look for in hotels. The staff handled us like royalty and we found it hard to get used to that kind of attention. And just as we thought things couldn’t get any more exciting, our eyes caught the stunning man-made lagoon with the mountain views in the background.
Will we stay here another time? Of course! Pico Sands Hotel remains to be our favourite hotel in Batangas. We bet you’ll share the same sentiment when you experience it yourself! Read the rest of our Pico Sands Hotel review to know more about this coastal paradise in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Pico Sands Hotel offers an array of spacious and modern rooms fitted with all the creature comforts you may need. Floor to ceiling windows and balconies overlooking verdant mountainsides or a man-made lagoon provide an airy ambience and a sense of the outdoors.A small family or a group of friends can look no further than the 37 sqm Premier Room equipped with two queen-sized beds that can each fit two adults. If you wish to relax in the confines of your room, try the Corner Deluxe Rooms equipped with a huge wraparound balcony. This gives you a chance to witness varying views of the outdoors literally a few steps away.If only the best would do then the 65 sqm Penthouse Loft is for you. A bi-level room has a living area to entertain but still maintaining privacy in the bedroom upstairs. A Nespresso Coffee Machine and Non-Alcoholic beverages are also available for everybody to consume.
Whether it’s in the morning, the afternoon, or throughout the night, Pico Sands Hotel has got you covered with a variety of dining options that’ll bring out the gastronomic adventurer in you. Take your shot of refreshing drinks and tasty casual meals at the beachside Reef Bar, or go with Spanish, Filipino, and International favourites at Pico Restaurant open round the clock. The adjacent Pico Bar offers fruit juices, signature concoctions, and Mojito blends.
You can also choose to visit the Country Club for all-Asian dishes at Lagoa, mouth-watering snacks and beverages at the Lagoa Pool Bar, pizzas and burgers at B&B while you play bowling and billiards.
Having the mountains and water around you is comforting enough. But if you are looking for more, Pico Sands Hotel offers a few more R&R activities that will purify your body and soul. Start with the Rain Spa. Here, you can experience traditional and innovative therapeutic wellness services that’ll blow your mind. Head to St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel if you want time for meaningful peace, or watch the day go by at the 1.5-km beachfront.
Pico Sands Hotel already provides THE perfect ambience to just lay down on your bed or chill by the beach. Still, it gives its guests a variety of opportunities to get into the all-out fun and active mood. Achieve this by heading to the basketball court, badminton courts, squash courts or tennis court. You can also find a video game room, music room, fitness centre, bowling & billiards area and outdoor lap pool. Kids will also enjoy the outdoor kiddie pool with slides and the Club Pico children’s playground.
Think that’s all? Not even close! Get a bit closer to nature through activities such as pony riding, bird watching, fish feeding, and hiking which are easily available at the Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club. With the beach just a few metres away, you can embark on thrilling water adventures like snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, banana boat riding, jet skiing, cruising, and more.
Pico de Loro Cove’s dreamy setting is perfect for hosting your life's biggest milestones. For weddings, the hotel offers pre-event activities, ceremony and reception venues, and amazing wedding packages. You will surely say ‘I do’ to your happy ever after in no time! Pico Sands Hotel also offers modern corporate facilities and events management services. They'll ensure you have productive meetings, banquets and team building activities.
Pico Sands Hotel is one of the three main entities of Pico de Loro Cove in Hamilo Coast. Just a 90-minute drive from Metro Manila, Hamilo Coast encompasses three mountain peaks and 13 coves. Three of them are marine-protected areas, including Pico de Loro Cove. This seaside sanctuary is also home to Pico de Loro Condominiums and the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club.
Being a member of Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club gives you access to a wide selection of leisure and recreational activities for life. Members get preferential rates at Pico Sands Hotel and access to the Beach Club. The latter also houses the Sun Coral Restaurant, pool bar, Arribada Function Room, and an infinity pool facing the beach.
Hamilo Coast is located at the opening of the Verde Island Passage, considered the world’s centre of marine biodiversity. Hamilo Coast maintains environmental and social sustainability in its everyday operations. It has partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF Philippines and the SM Foundation.
Pico Sands Hotel is located in the coastal town of Nasugbu in Batangas. It is less than 80 km from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
You may take a 90-minute drive via the Ternate-Nasugbu Road. Start driving at the Coastal Road from the SM Mall of Asia Complex. Go straight through the CAVITEX exit to Kawit using Bacao Road and Tejero. Take the road from the Petron gas station to Tanza and Naic before reaching Ternate. From here, follow the main road to Puerto Azul. Turn left to the Kaybiang tunnel until you get to the Hamilo Coast main gate.
Another option would be going to Tagaytay via the SLEX. However, this will cover a distance of 133 km and almost doubles the travel time.
Aside from Pico de Loro Cove, which was named after Mt. Pico de Loro, Hamilo Coast houses twelve other beautiful coves. The easiest to access is the Santelmo Cove. The hotel actually offers a tour of the area for its guests. It has one of the best beach fronts in the entire Hamilo Coast development area and is visited by Olive Ridley and Green Sea Turtles for nesting.
Next to Santelmo are the Subli and Etayo Coves. Subli’s name was derived from a local dance celebrated during town festivals every May. Etayos, on the other hand, shares Pico de Loro’s reputation of being a marine reserve. Hence, fishing here is prohibited. The other coves are Balibago, Arkaya, Papaya, Neela, Dorado, Patungan, Bucanita, Limbones and Baybay.
If you’re up for some hiking, Mt. Pico de Loro is only less than 20 km from Pico Sands Hotel. Outside the community, more beach options await including those in the nearby towns of Lian and Calatagan. Tagaytay is also about 70 km from the hotel. The city is perfect for couples and families who like to experience a slightly different environment.