Family Weekend at Kota Keluarga

Family Weekend at Kota Keluarga
by Danny Tariman

Laiya in San Juan, Batangas is known for its long stretch of beaches fronting the Tayabas Bay. My family had been to a number of resorts along this place and for a reason of trying other resorts, we opted to try as walk-in guests in this resort very near the town-proper of San Juan.

A view from the bar-resto area of the resort.

The entrance to Kota Keluarga is impressive. It looks like an expensive resort, but actually has a reasonable price structure. The resort itself appears to be on the higher-end of the spectrum with its glass-walled cabanas fronting the beach, 2 very well-appointed swimming pools, a nice bar, and of course, it’s well maintained, clean cream-colored beach.

Kota Keluarga’s swimming pools

The road from the entrance to the beach is a mix of paved, concrete road, and dirt roads. The paved road ends at the Kota Keluarga Village, after which, we drove on a dirt road for about 3 kilometers.

Upon our arrival at the parking area, I noticed several cabanas with red tile roofing. I told myself “This must be expensive”. We proceeded to the reception area near the bar. I was impressed as I walked passing though well-manicured garden, and really nice facilities.

To my surprise. It was reasonably priced! And so I asked my family if we will use this resort. All agreed!

Our family photo upon our arrival at the resort

We were helped by its staff to unload our stuff and bring it to our open cabana. As I surveyed the place, I feel blessed to have been brought to this resort. The beach was not full – just a few groups, the facilities are up-scale, clean swimming pools, and the shore swimming area is just right – not too deep, and no sudden change of seabed contour. Best for kids!

We enjoyed the place almost just our family, as there were only very few guests in the resort. Our children explored the place some more. They found a good place for free-diving just about 10 meters from the shore. I joined them, and I was awed by the beauty of the deep with its corals and tropical reef fishes.

With my children near the diving spot

I also enjoyed playing with our puppy. We ran back-and-forth along the shore. I got too tired running around I have to stop, while the little puppy was very active and playful. Haha!

And of course! We enjoy a lot our family bonding moments! I had a couple of 360-degree videos with my wife, the children and I enjoyed our swimming in the deep. Really priceless moments!

It is indeed another weekend of full-pleasure! We had just a day tour in this resort, and everyone enjoyed the beach, the facilities, and even the food and drinks!

One of the colorful attractions of the deep: clownfishes playing in its anemone territory
The full view of the shoreline
My wife and I enjoying the beautiful beach
My son in the deep
My daughter in her free-dive
Our very enjoyable meal of grilled tuna and pork belly
Another scenic view of the beach front as viewed from the open cabana area
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