#TMCReview: Canyon Cove in Batangas – Is It Worth the Drive?

Feb 4, 2018 | Reviews, Travels

I love the beach. SO MUCH – and especially during my dalaga days. When the husband and I were invited by his good friend to go to his wedding in Batangas, we immediately said yes. We get to see his friends and at the same time, an opportunity to spend some time together as husband and wife. 

Unfortunately, Batangas is far from where we live (yup, we live in the North area). Going back home after the wedding is out of the question, so we were told that we could stay in Canyon Cove, which is five minutes away from the venue. 

So, how was our stay? Make sure to keep reading. 

First, let’s start with the good side. 

Rooms

This one, I’m fine. We booked the Superior Room since it’s just me and the husband. We got a king-size bed (which I find noisy even if you just sit on it), extra bed, spacious bathroom with shower area and bathtub, terrace with towel rack (which is a plus since we’re on a beach resort), and all the basic amenities like television, mini bar, and refrigerator. Overall, I like how the room looks, clean sheets, the bed is comfortable, and the bathroom is a clean (a must!). In all fairness, I the room is also kid-friendly since there are no sharp edges or anything that could cause hazard, the balcony is high enough for younger kids to lean on, and there is an anti-slip mat on the tub. Facilities I have to love the facilities of Canyon Cove. The pool is spacious, which the kids will absolutely love. 

View from our room

The beach is also right across the pool area. Of course, there’s a playground for the little ones. I also like how everything else is spacious. 

Lobby area

Area outside the lobby

Then, there’s the Waterpark Adventure Philippines, which sadly, we didn’t get to try due to time constraints. It looks fun though. Hotel Staff

Aside from the wedding guests who checked-in at Canyon Cove, there was also a convention of Korean people, which means there are tons of people everywhere, especially in the front desk. There was only one staff assigned for the Check In and three in the Check Out. While everyone else were fuming (note: I’m not one of them. LOL), the receptionist was still all smiles and doing her best to keep her cool so I have to commend her for that. Despite the flow of people, everyone in the Front Desk were composed and you wouldn’t see a hint of panic or annoyance in their faces. 

Now, let’s move on to the not-so-good side. 

Food 

Yup, the LINE

If you checked my previous hotel reviews, you will notice that I pay huge attention on food. This is a must because we’re on vacation and nobody wants to starve, right? Unfortunately, Canyon Cove disappointed me bigtime in this area. 

First, room service is not available (or maybe there is, but we searched the room and saw no sign of Food List). Good thing we bought food on our way there, so we had something to fill our tummies and we ate a lot during the wedding. 

Second, breakfast was extremely disappointing. Our reservation came with free breakfast, so we were expecting buffet since that what many resorts offer, right? It turns out Canyon Cove looks at breakfast differently. There were two servers who portion the food. Breakfast was limited to once cup of rice, although we were given an option to choose between plain rice and garlic rice, and two viands. At that time, they served one piece breaded bangus belly and three pieces of small Hungarian sausage, which I didn’t bother taking a picture because I was so annoyed. My husband asked if he could get one more slice of Hungarian sausageand the ate gave him an annoyed look. This was very disappointing since I don’t really like the feeling na tinitipid. I paid for my stay there, so the least the hotel could do is to offer quality service.  

Well, at least there’s unlimited coffee and juice. 

Security

Next to food and bathroom, this is one of my biggest concerns every time we check in. We’re away from home and safety is something we cannot control, which is why we always look for security personnel every time we’re out. Unlike in other hotels/resorts we went to, Canyon Cove has less visible security roaming around in the area, except for parking lot and entrance of the resort. Still, I have to commend strict inspection before you enter the premises where the guards asked for our name to make sure we are part of the Guest List. Other than that, I would appreciate it if security personnel are scattered in the premises since it’s a big place. 

Reservation Process

I understand that to guarantee reservation, the customer must deposit half of the booking fee or send credit card details for security. I don’t like the idea of paying the entire room reservation through bank deposit to guarantee reservation. But of course, this is hotel policy, so let’s understand that. 

Lobby area

Value for Money

Superior room costs P6,800.00 per night. We only got a discount because we were wedding guests, so we paid P5,440.00. It comes with free breakfast and free use of resort amenities. There was no Wi-Fi in the room, although you can have free Internet access in the lobby. If you are someone who needs Internet access most of the time, then you need to bring your own pocket WiFi. 

So, is it worth it? Considering the long drive plus all the factors enumerated, I say it’s not. I don’t feel that the experience we had was worth the price we paid, especially on food. I do hope they’ll improve on this because there are no restaurants nearby, so we had no choice but to eat in the hotel. Nonetheless, the kids will definitely love the facilities, though I highly suggest that you pack up on food so nobody gets hungry, especially in the middle of the night. 

24 Comments

  1. Unnamed

    Thank you so much for sharing this, I’ve been wanting to go and visit the beach after my semester. I’ve been eyeing on this resort because it’s cheap and near from Manila. I might have to check other resorts. The room is nice though

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    • Ayi

      Hi there. Yes, I highly suggest that you consider other resorts 🙂

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  2. Maan

    For that rate, I would have been disappointed in that kind of breakfast, too. The facilities look pretty good though as what you said 🙂

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  3. Mhaan (@momyrockinstyle)

    I heard Canyon Cove as a popular beach resort in Batangas. We’ve been planning pa naman to go there this summer. Anyway, I hope they make some improvement in their food service. Madidisappoint din ako kung ako andyan. Gutumin pa naman ako hehehe.

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    • Ayi

      Hahaha! Me too. I was always looking forward kapag breakfast and talagang nadisappoint ako.

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  4. nocturnalmomtalks

    Oh, medyo mahal nga. Pero ang ganda nung room na nakuha nyo, weird lang walang wifi sa rooms hehe. Food din yung naging concern ko nung nasa Zambales
    naman kami.

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  5. Mommy Levy

    I’ve never been in that resort, ramdam ko yung frustration mo sa food, dapat naman talaga priority nila yun 🙁

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    • Ayi

      Hahaha! Iba talaga mommy eh. To be fair to them, breakfast lang naman ang na-try namin. I don’t know yung ala carte meals nila.

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  6. Rosellle

    Thank you for review. I have been eyeing on this place to go to for a family time but your review really helped. I am also very particular when it comes to food 🙂

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  7. momi berlin

    I also love the feel of a clean sheet. Thus, I invest on nice bed cover.

    Your review on Canyon Cove is helpful. this gives your readers and followers a nice edge – know the place and to push or otherwise if they are looking for accomodation. I just don’t like the no wifi in common areas

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  8. animetric

    The pool looks great but the room looks cheap, so parang mahal yun price for that kind of quality.

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    • Ayi

      I agree. I’m glad though that the room is clean kaya pwede na. LOL

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  9. Wanderful Mom

    We havent stayed at Canyon Cove yet, but Ive read a lot of reviews already. And most of them are not happy with the reception people. I wish they would change that.

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  10. Cheanne

    Awww, so sad that it’s a disappointing experience. Breakfast buffets pa naman are what I look forward to in hotel stays. I would be ranting also if that sort of food was served to me.

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  11. Edel San

    We haven’t been to the beach for like 2 years already. Glad to read posts like this especially the food part. I mean, having good food makes everyone happy.

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  12. Aci Bornea

    I love this place. The Beach and the pool is super ok. Too bad your breakfast didn’t went fine. Even me naasar kay “ate” ayaw ko pa naman ng may ganun while gutom or basta anyone dealing with food.

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  13. Janice

    We were able to stay at Canyon Cove a few years back and we had a nice stay naman. We knew going there that food was going to be an issue so we opted to eat out the whole time we were there. Regarding the price, we didn’t pay that much for a Superior Room because we got our booking using a Metro Deal voucher which slashed the price to half. So, for the price that we got, pwede na siya actually.

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    • Czar O.

      Yup. We got our bookings thru Metro Deal too. If you’re a walk in guest you won’t get the big discount. The trick is plan way ahead and pack up on food and/or eat out. If you do that, you’ll enjoy your stay, big time!!!

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  14. tweenselmom

    P6800 is medyo steep pero maganda ang outdoors and ang beach! We’ll consider this place this summer though marami kasing choices naman sa batangas.

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  15. Neri Ann

    Mukhang ok naman yung facilities pero being a food lover myself magiging malaking impact din sa kin ang food na inooffer. I remembered that one time staycation namin at anniversary pa namin un, hindi sila nag aallow mag order ng delivery sa labas. In short hindi masarap ang food nila which had a great effect on our stay. We thought on not going back and be sure to check reviews in terms of food.

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    • Ayi

      Diba nakakainis? We’re on vacation, kaya dapat masarap lalo food.

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  16. Denise

    The pool and beachside look okay pa naman sana! Thanks for sharing. Will stay away from this resort na lang. Sayang lang the money!

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  17. Ains

    Sobrang helpful ng post mo. Actually my family and I have a reservation this coming wed. Sana pala nag check muna ako ng reviews before ako nagpa booked. 😢 My main concern is.. yung makakainan since i have kids? Ano pwede makainan sa loob at allowed ba magdala ng food inside the room?

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    • Ayi

      Hi Ains. They have a restaurant naman but I’m not sure na on their food pag lunch and dinner. We hurriedly checked out na kasi. Hehehe. I suggest you bring food nalang din for the kids. You can also check out restaurants outside the resort narin. I’m just not sure kung anu-ano mga nearby restaurants.

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