Sofia's Lake Resort - bath tub view
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Sofia’s Lake Resort: Luxurious Island Getaway in Cavinti

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I’d been to Cavinti a handful of times and each one is a new experience. It still boggles my mind that it isn’t as popular as its neighboring municipalities in Laguna when it has some of the best nature attractions near Manila and different accommodations for relaxing getaways, but I believe that will change in the future.

My recent visit landed me on Sofia’s Lake Resort, a newly opened private resort in Lumot Lake in Cavinti, Laguna. What makes this resort different from others is that it caters to luxurious travelers, with gorgeous lakeside villas, top-notch amenities, and more.

Here’s my stay at Sofia’s Lake Resort in Cavinti, Laguna.

Our stay at Sofia’s Lake Resort

I went here with fellow bloggers during their soft opening. We traveled for about 2.5 hours to get to their port in Lumot Lake. Then our boat service arrived to fetch us to the resort. Not just a regular motorized boat – a pontoon, complete with cushy seats, mini-tables for dining, and sound system with soft music to play while we cruise.

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With the whole group. (Photo by Karla Ramos)

Then we arrived at the island. Sofia’s Lake Resort is huge — there are lots of open spaces, a reception hall, an open-air restaurant, a cabana with a view, and various accommodations including private lake view villas and glamping tents.

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Aerial view of Sofia’s Lake Resort. (Photo by Marco Dennis Esplana)
Sofia's Lake Resort in Cavinti Laguna
Large open grounds with glamping tents.
Kat in Sofia's Lake Resort
At Sofia’s Lake Resort.

We proceeded to the reception and were offered welcome drinks. Then we were led to our private villas.

Our Private Villa

The private villas in Sofia’s Lake Resort are some of the best accommodations you can find in Cavinti. There are four villas in total, each with two beds, a cozy table setup in case you want to dine in or work, a spacious bathroom with bath tub, and a private veranda with a lake view.

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Our villa.
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Private terrace.
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Our bath tub with lake view.

I’m in love with our room! Of course, the bath tub with the lake view is the highlight of this villa for me. It was nice just dipping in hot water after a long day.

During our stay in the resort, I did what I call bath tub hopping. Haha. We went to the other villas where our blogger friends were staying and tried their tubs too. If you’re looking for a room with great views, I think Villas 1 and 2 have the best bath tub views because they are facing the whole lake. The farthest one, Villa 4, has a bath tub facing the trees and gives more of a zen vibe.

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Bath tub view in Villa 2.
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Bath tub view in Villa 4.
Sofia's Lake Resort - bath tub view

Activities in the Resort

The best thing to do in Sofia’s Lake Resort is to relax, enjoy the comfortable amenities, and appreciate the surrounding lake and views of Mount Banahaw in the distance. But in case you feel adventurous, there are many activities that you can do here as well.

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(Photo by Karla Ramos)

This includes kayaking, padde boarding, and jetski. Each of us tried the jetski. I wanted to chill so I just rode as a passenger while Karla (of karlaroundtheworld) was at the helm. The jetskis at the resort are used for racing, so they are fast! And also Karla is a bit of a daredevil because she really sped up the jetski ride.

It was really fun, although it’s worth nothing that the area for jetski is a small one because guests aren’t allowed to go further due to shallow water levels.

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Jetski. (Photo by Milet Miranda)

Kayaking was also fun although tiring. With some of my friends riding the jetskis, waves were created at the lake which made it challenging to maneuver the kayak back to the port.

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Kayaking. (Photo by Karla Ramos)

Aside from the outdoor activities, there are also relaxing things you can do in Sofia’s Lake Resort including a kawa hot bath and bonfire at night. We scheduled the kawa hot bath right after our activities so it could help relax the muscles. The kawas are located at the resort spa and usually filled with flowers, although on our visit there were limited florals – nonetheless, we had a good time!

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After-sunset kawa.

For the rest of our free time, we just hanged out at the verandas in our villa and enjoyed the well-deserved staycation.

The Food

True to its luxury brand, you can expect only great cuisine at Sofia’s Lake Resort. Their dishes are prepared by a professional chef.

For our lunch, we were served with local dishes at the open-air restaurant. For dinner, we went out for a sunset cruise. We enjoyed good food, good music, and good company of course – while anchored in the middle of Lumot Lake. It was fantastic.

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Sunset cruise dinner.
Sofia's Lake Resort - sunset cruise
With the girls. (Photo by Karla Ramos)

The following morning, we asked the staff to prepare the breakfast in one of the villa verandas so we can enjoy breakfast together close to the lakeside. The breakfast options were plenty and include rice, eggs, bacon, tapa, toast with strawberry cinnamon syrup, ube champorado, and fresh fruits. It was my first time to try ube champorado and it was a clear winner. A little sweet for my taste but oh so good.

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Breakfast!

Final thoughts

We had a fantastic time at Sofia’s Lake Resort. As someone who’s been to Cavinti a couple of times, it definitely exceeded expectations. We were there during the soft opening and except for a minor hiccup (the generator runs for 4 hours and then needed to be turned off shortly), it was a great experience.

While there are many resorts in Cavinti, Sofia’s Lake Resort is unique in that it offers a luxurious experience. I think the rates are a bit hefty, but if you want to splurge and you can afford it, why not? It’s a great option for staycations and special occasions like anniversary or honeymoon, and it also has spacious outdoor spaces for group vacations.

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Book your stay at Sofia’s Lake Resort

Sofia’s Lake Resort is located in Lumot Lake in Cavinti, Laguna. It is about 2.5-3 hours away from Manila.

The best way to get here is by a private car. If commuting, ride a jeep bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Then ride a jeep to Cavinti. From Cavinti, charter a tricycle to the dock area at Sofia’s Lake Resort.

Here are Sofia’s Lake Resort rates (Updated as of June 2023).

AccommodationRate
Lake View VillasP21,700 good for 2 people / P29,500 for 4 people
Glamping TentsP9,100 good for 2 people
Guest HouseP3,360 per person (min 4 persons)

Each booking includes round-trip boat transfer, welcome amenities (welcome drinks and foot bath), full-board meals, 1-hour kawa hot bath, and 1 hour-use of kayak/paddle board.

You can contact Sofia’s Lake Resort via Facebook.

Disclaimer: My stay was hosted for free by Sofia’s Lake Resort, but as always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you been to Sofia’s Lake Resort in Cavinti, Laguna? What was your experience? If you have questions or comments, let us know in the comment section below!

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