I may be a little late, but I think I’m falling in love with the view of Taal Volcano. Like any other Manila residents I’d been visiting Tagaytay every now and then, but until we’ve had a staycation at Taal Vista Hotel (one of the best hotels in Tagaytay for the views) I felt like I hadn’t really appreciated this volcanic scenery as much.
Lucky for me, my family booked a lakeside resort in Batangas with a fantastic view of Taal Volcano, as well as Mount Maculot. Here’s our stay at Lakeview Resort in Lipa City, Batangas.
Our stay at Lakeview Resort
Lakeview Resort is a multi-resort complex located in Lipa City, Batangas.
We booked here on a weekend. Our resort was Lakeview 1 Vacation Home, which comes with airconditioned bedrooms, kitchen and dining areas, a KTV room, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and a terrace.
There are six bedrooms in total, although occupancy depends on how large your group is. We were around 20, and we got four bedrooms. All are airconditioned, with good-quality beds and additional mattresses. Only three have attached bathrooms (with hot and cold shower), and the rest have to use the shared bathroom.
I love the aesthetics and comfort of the rooms. There are no towels provided, but there are complimentary toiletries. Hali and I opted for the loft room at the end of the resort.
It was raining on our first day but the view from the pool was still fantastic. There is a beautiful mountain on one side and the small volcanic crater in the middle of the lake.
We paid a little extra for the thermal heating on the pool. I wasn’t expecting to be hotspring warm, but I was still disappointed because it didn’t even reach lukewarm. So we had to take the cold to enjoy a swim.
The same goes for the jacuzzi. A booking comes with a 1-hour complimentary use of jacuzzi, and this is the most IG-worthy spot in the resort, so of course you want to make the best of that. However, the jacuzzi is solar powered and due to the weather it wasn’t able to heat the water properly. We asked if we could use it again the next day (for an additional fee), but again this wasn’t possible.
We enjoyed swimming and bonding in the pool and jacuzzi, but all in all it could’ve been better.
There is also a dining area, a grilling area, and a well-equipped kitchen. All are beautiful as well, and there are little add-ons that we appreciated, such as the complimentary coffee, tea, and chocolate packets and the vending machine for drinks.
The dining area is a bit small for a large group though, so you may have to ask for additional seats or just stand while eating together. It also would’ve been better if the dining area and kitchen are next to each other because it’s a hassle transferring dishes from here to there. And while the kitchen has most essential equipment, it doesn’t have a microwave oven which is really a must-have for vacation homes where people bring food and need to reheat them later.
We bought our own food and then ordered a budol fight from the resort as well. The boodle food is good up to 6-8 people and costs P3K, which isn’t bad at all. I enjoyed the seafood, particularly the crab and shrimps.
Overall, here’s a summary of my review:
- Location: Great location. It’s near Manila so it’s easy to reach for overnight trips. It also has fantastic views of Taal Lake and Volcano and the surrounding mountains.
- Amenities: Complete amenities and add-ons (complimentary toiletries, drinks), although we were disappointed with the lackluster thermal heating on the pool and jacuzzi.
- Service: One of the things I liked about the resort is the service. The caretaker was very accommodating and even helped us buy more food and drinks outside.
- Value for money: In general, with its reasonable price point + amenities + service, Lakeview Resort offers great value for money. I did have minor issues which I’ve elaborated above, but I can’t help but like the place because I could see that the owners and staff really made efforts for us to enjoy our stay. It’s rare to have a perfect stay, but a lot of times it’s the service that truly makes a difference. So all in all, I would recommend this Airbnb resort in Batangas for family reunions and outings.
How to get here
Lakeview Resort is located on a lakeside in Lipa City, Batangas. It’s about 1.5 hours away from Manila.
The best way to get to Lakeview Resort is by a private car.
Book your stay here
Lakeview Resort can be booked via Airbnb.
Here are the amenities:
- 6 airconditioned bedrooms (3 with en suite bathroom)
- Dining area
- Kitchen with essential equipment
- Grilling area
- Swimming pool (additional fee for thermal heating)
- Jacuzzi (free 1 hour use + additional fee for longer use)
- KTV room
- Terrace with view
- Parking space for 4 cars
Check-in time is strictly 2PM and check-out time is 11AM.
The resort is pet-friendly! You can bring 2 pets, with a minimal pet fee.
- Bring your own food and drinks. You can also pre-order home-cooked meals at the resort (we ordered their boodle fight package for dinner). The resort is also 15 minutes away from several restaurants and food joints (such as Andoks, Baliwag); however, due to its location it’s best to buy what you need first before checking in.
- The resort is close to A&B Lomi House, one of the popular lomi houses in Lipa City, Batangas. Try their overloaded lomi, topped with bits of chicharon and lechon kawali!
- Make sure to check out our top picks for private resorts in Batangas as well! If you’re looking for private resorts with heated pool, one place that I highly recommend is GC’s Farmhouse in Cavite.
Did you enjoy reading this review of Lakeview Resort in Batangas? If you have comments or questions, let us know in the comment section below!
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).