Kabayan Beach Resort Review- Laiya Beach, San Juan, Batagas, Philippines
Kabayan Beach Resort Introduction
Kabayan Beach Resort is our favorite family beach resort on Laiya Beach in Batangas, Philippines. The resort caters mostly to families, couples, and large groups. In fact, Kabayan Beach resort is one of the few resorts that can handle large groups of people in comfort.
We stayed at Kabayan Beach Resort on three different occasions and will definitely come back again. Their resort fits our needs perfectly. We go to the beach and bring most of Lea’s immediate family. Kabayan Beach Resort has two refreshing swimming pools, perfect access right on the beach, great facilities, and added amenities.
Kabayan Beach resort is on Laiya Beach in the Town of San Juan, Batangas, Philippines. Specifically, it is in southern Luzon about 3 hours south of Metro Manila. Laiya Beach is a long stretch of sandy beach along the most southern coast of southern Luzon.
First, take transportation to the Town of San Juan.
Next, take the San Juan/Laiya Road until you reach Kabayan Beach Resort.
See the maps below for the location. The maps are zoomable to see nearby features.
Kabayan Beach Resort offers various types of rooms and cottages to accommodate the needs and price range of different beach loving vacationers.
The Hotel Gumela is a hotel room specifically for a single person or a couple. The room is a 12 sq. meter room with one double size bed. Also, the room has air conditioning and a flat screen TV with cable.
Dapo rooms are a little nicer than the Hotel Gumela. There are four dapo rooms. The dapo rooms are for a single person or couple. Specifically, the rooms accommodate a maximum of two occupants. The rooms are 24 sq. meter with of a queen size bed. Also, the rooms include a bathroom, air conditioning and a flat screen TV with cable.
There are four dorm rooms which are for a large group of people or family staying together. Specifically, the rooms accommodate a maximum of sixteen occupants. The dorm rooms are 29 sq. meter with eight bunk beds. Also, the dorm rooms include a private bathroom, air conditioning. However, the dorm rooms do not have a TV.
Outside of each dorm room is a porch area.
Dorm buildings are separate buildings for a large group of people or family staying together. There are three dorm buildings. The rooms accommodate eight to ten people. Also, the dorm buildings include a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV with cable.
Two of the dorm rooms have a porch area with living room, dining and kitchen area.
Kabayan Beach Resort has twenty-three of these magnificent cottages. As a matter of fact, each one is different and special on its own.
Depending on which one you choose, the Bahau accommodate four to twelve persons. Double beds are in each bedroom. Also, air conditioning is in each of the bedrooms.
Above all, the porch areas of the Bahay are the most family friendly. Particularly, because the porch areas are a gathering and interaction area for family, they are very special. The open air of the porch is very refreshing. The porch areas include a living room, dining and kitchen area.
The dining area has a large table with chairs for family style eating.
LPG stove, refrigerator, big washing sink, pots, pans, plates, bowls, eating and cooking utensils, and large area to prepare meals make the kitchen a great place for the family to work together to make meals.
Specifically, we love Bahay Sampguita because it overlooks the swimming pool.
- Swimming pools
- Multipurpose hall
- Convenience store
- Fast food cookery and seating
- Pavilion with bar on top
First, a large kiddie pool at 3 ft deep is for the enjoyment of the little kids. In fact, our kids loved to swim at the pool as much as they could.
Secondly, the adult pool is kidney-shaped which gives it a nice romantic feel. Actually, the pool is large enough to accommodate a lot of people and swim around without it being too crowded
The pools provide a refreshing swim from the heat. In particular, we enjoy alternating between swimming in the ocean and the pool. However, the little kids love the pool better than the ocean.
The pools are always clean. The staff cleans the pool every morning, maintaining it throughout the day, and in the evening.
At night, the lights in the trees around the pool create a nice atmosphere.
The multipurpose hall is perfect for wedding, seminars, team building sessions, retreats, and other big-group activities.
Additionally, the hall is fully air-conditioned and seats up to 190 persons, theater style.
Fast Food Cookery
The convenience store has personal items, souvenirs, ice cream, liquor, beer, char coal, ice or other things that you may have forgotten.
Pavilion with Bar on Top
This open-air bar is on the second floor of the pavilion, right in front of the beach. Aside from the very refreshing and cool sea breeze, the bar shows off a magnificent view of the entire stretch of Laiya. Additionally, the bar may be rented for functions and private parties.
Kabayan Beach Resort offers many great amenities to its customers including:
- Beach volleyball
- Speed boat
- Banana boat
- Flying fish
With regards to the beach, see our review of Laiya Beach for detailed information.
The beach is a long stretch of sandy beach with beautiful mountains marking its east and west ends.
The sandy beach is not as white and soft as the more famous beaches in the Philippines. Also, some portions of the beach are rocky and pebbly. However, it makes up for that by being quiet and very family friendly.
The sand is great for family fun making sand castles, kite flying, volleyball, frisbee and walking along the beach.
Laiya beach is perfect for family swimming as there are no big waves. Specifically, I would call them medium or small waves.
The beach is protected from big waves because it sits in a bay, has the mountains on each end, and the mountains of Mindoro across the bay protecting it. The large mountain to the west is Mount Lobo.
Truly, the water is warm and clean.
The water is also great for snorkeling, diving and fishing.
The Fishing Village
There is a fishing village about the middle point of the beach. On account of the fishing village, there are many colorful fishing boats and kayaks in this area. Hence, fresh fish is brought and sold to your door inside Kabayan Beach Resort. Also, the fishing village is open to buy fresh fish there.
Because of the mountains, it makes for beautiful scenic pictures and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
Kabayan Beach Resort has a web site for contact. For more information, click HERE to go to their website.
Our Honest Review
In all honesty, we love Kabayan Beach Resort. To put it briefly, Kabayan Beach Resort is the best family beach resort and Laiya Beach is the best family beach.
The staff is very friendly, accommodating and helpful. When problems arise, they take care of them right away. For example, the first time we stayed, one of our air conditioners stopped working. They changed out the air conditioner within a few minutes of telling them. Also, the last time we stayed, bees were living in the side of our cottage and causing problems. The staff came and took care of the bees right away.
The ocean and beach in front of the resort is spectacular. The water is clean and warm. The swimming is refreshing. The beach is not a party scene. In fact, Laiya Beach is a family friendly beach.
The pools are wonderful. We like that it has both an adult and kiddie pool. However, the only drawback is that the resort charges extra (100 php per day for the swimming pool above a certain number of guests.
Kabayan Beach Resort has very good security. For example, there is a security person at the gate. Staff is available 24 hours. Also, the gate to the beach is closed at night. Additionally, beach sellers are not allowed in the resort.
The beds are big and comfortable. Also, the air conditioning makes sleeping comfortable.
On the other hand, our only negative about Kabayan Beach Resort is the wifi. The resort offers wifi. However, the wifi is always not working or very slow to use. I don’t mind this very much. When I go to the beach, i like to not use my electronics. Although, wifi is very important to other people.
In summary, we highly recommend Kabayan Beach Resort for any couple, family or large group wanting a relaxing beach resort that is not a party scene.