Food and TravelA home in Costa del Hamilo

A home in Costa del Hamilo

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Pico de Loro Country Club of Hamilo Coast

It’s a wonder how people forget to just breathe from time to time. In order to live well, one must learn to pause. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of one’s life, it is more productive and beneficial to stop, reflect, meditate, and separate oneself from work and the toxic environment that often surrounds us.

Many who reside in Manila find themselves in nearby Batangas to rejuvenate or leave their worries behind by heading to the beach. Others may wonder, what else could be in that province that would help recharge one’s spirit?

Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas

In Nasugbu, Batangas is a beach resort that offers refuge from the harried pace of city life, the ultimate dream of urban dwellers. Imagine a pristine environment with a breathtaking view of the sea, a choice of water adventures, and a promise of languid afternoons waiting for the fabled sunset.

Hamilo Coast is a premier sustainable beach resort town, where resort living is an everyday lifestyle choice. It sits on 5,900 hectares of land, bounded by the blue waters of the West Philippine Sea and green, majestic mountain ranges. With a 31-km coastline, it has 13 coves, and a long stretch of fine white sand beach.

Upon arriving at the Pico de Loro Cove entry way, people can already see the rich green on either side of the road, giving the feel of a welcoming oasis of calm, where relaxation and leisure are assured.

A short drive from the entrance gate, a minimalistic structure can be seen at the center of the small tropical forest that is the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel, designed by the renowned architect Carlos Arnaiz. It is no wonder that this chapel is a favorite venue for romantic weddings, as it sits at the highest point of the Pico de Loro Cove. The chapel features modern materials like glass and metal, creating an airy space that is both solemn and meditative. Moreover, it is encased in glass, which affords a breathtaking panoramic view of the cove and of the sparkling turquoise waters.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel

Continuing down the road, a clearing opens up to the low-impact Tropical Contemporary-style condominium buildings, set against a towering mountain range and circling a man-made lagoon and promenade area, a residential community that is a series of structures built to complement the surroundings. It is comprised of three main locators: Pico de Loro Cove condominiums, Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club, and Pico Sands Hotel.

A view of the condominium buildings surrounding the man-made lagoon

It is in the great outdoors, however, that Hamilo Coast will let you breathe and see what it truly means to be alive.

Pico de Loro Beach

Offering a wealth of natural beauty, it is a place where everything throbs with life because the environment is safe. The water is alive, and kept clean with their advocacy of promoting and practicing sustainability. There are three marine protected areas with endemic marine life that thrives in the area, along with exotic birds that flit through protected mangrove forests.

Pawikan hatchlings scurry to the wide-open seas, lush forests and tree canopies dot the landscape, a hike through the forested mountains will not disappoint, and limestone cliffs and natural rock formations stand as silent sentinels in the clear, calm turquoise waters.

Boat rides are ideal to explore more within the depths of the mangrove forest.

The resort has long been ensuring the protection and preservation of its natural surroundings, as they partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines back in 2007. The use of alternative energy sources, coastal resource management, ridge-to-reef management, solid waste management, livelihood training, and local hiring of majority of the staff are some of the major efforts to achieve the goal of environmental and social sustainability.

Dinner set-up by the beach

Hamilo Coast is a beauty of contrasts, serene yet active, tranquil yet powerful, simple yet resplendent, and quiet yet reverberating in its stillness. It only takes seven seconds to make an impression. Here, these impressions will last a lifetime.

For inquiries, call tel. no. (632) 7-945-8000 or visit www.hamilocoast.com.

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