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How to Be Off the Grid in This Perfect Weekend Escape Near Manila

Batangas

Christa De La Cruz
Christa De La Cruz | Feb 17, 2015

Because of Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G, and all the other letter combinations, the phrase "off the grid" is now a thing of the past -- unless you ferry yourself off to a remote island. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I managed to be out of coverage area for three full days and I didn't even have to be far away from Manila nor leave the shores of Luzon.

It was in the not-so-hidden paradise of Peninsula de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas where that out-of-office email reply actually means what it means.

(Disclaimer: Punta Fuego's management said that their internet and cellular signals have been down since the recent typhoon. Repairs are underway and will be back on tip-top shape in no time.)

Point of Fire

Historical accounts show that Punta Fuego's current location used to be the site of battle between the Spanish Galleon San Diego and the Dutch battleship Mauritius in 1600. The land mass' shape is even shaped like a flame, thus the name "Punta Fuego" or "point of fire." 

On the flip side of this fiery past is the Club's passionate goal to maintain its tranquility and exclusivity as an 88-hectare world-class seaside community.

Sprawled out in Peninsula de Punta Fuego are 12 beach coves: Crescent Beach, Coral Beach, Fuego One, Fuego Two, Long Beach, Lost Beach, Palm Beach, Pirate's Cove, Rock Beach, Sailor's Beach, Sunset Cove, and Weathered Rock Beach. Some of these sites are non-swimmable as they are preserved.

Lost in a Dream

Spending two nights in one of Club Punta Fuego's 33 Casitas was like a dream sequence that's hard to wake up from in spite of my alarm going off every 15 minutes and the rays of the sun trying to stream in from behind the curtains of the floor-to-ceiling glass doors. It didn't help that I was alone in the fully air-conditioned room furnished with two queen-sized beds. 

Aside from the standard amenities of a luxurious room, the 72-square-meter Casita also features a veranda with a picturesque view of the sea and a spacious bathroom that opens into a pocket garden. 

 

For a more intimate accommodation, Punta Fuego also has 16 Sunset Suites facing the West Philippine Sea.

Dining in Style

Mikel Arriet, General Manager of the Club and a chef himself, beamed with pride when he presented San Diego Restaurant's serving of tapas and extensive list of Spanish wines. The Spanish-born GM can't help but revel on the Philippine's abundant supply of ingredients, making the country — and the Main Club's in-house restaurant — an excellent playground for any chef.

Aside from the good food that comes out from San Diego's kitchen, the other dining options for Punta Fuego's guests are: Members' Lounge (also at the Main Club), Il Jardineto (at the Lower Beach), and Barracuda Bar (at the Yacht Club).

The Members' Lounge is an ideal place to relax over a cup of coffee or tea or get lazy on a good read while enjoying a glass of fruit shake.

 

The outdoor area of the Lounge overlooks the double infinity pool. It's a sight to behold especially during sunset (a.k.a. cocktail hour)!

 

Near Lower Beach and across a family pool is Il Jardineto, an open-air restaurant that serves Pinoy-infused pizza, pasta, and risotto.

 

 

Pizza Margherita is a classic pizza with tomato, mozzarella cheese, and oregano.

 

Linguini Matriciana is topped with bacon, onion, and tomato sauce and finished off with white wine.

 

Il Jardineto's Tiramisu is one addictive dessert.

Your Weekend Playground

Good food? Check! Great bed? Check! To complete the suspension of time behind Punta Fuego's escape hatch, it is a must to enjoy the recreational facilities and activities the Club offers.

Double Infinity Pool (Main Club)

 

Kiddie Pool (Main Club)

 

Family Pool (Lower Beach Club)

 

Mini Golf Course (Lower Beach Club)

 

The nine-hole Golf Course is designed by Nelson & Haworth, a well-respected and sought after golf course design company. The whole course offers breathtaking views of both land and seascapes around the resort.

 

The Lower Beach Club also has amenities for water sports like kayaking, wakeboarding, snorkeling, and diving.

 

The 20-seater theater at the Main Club is perfect for the film buff.

 

Bring your kids to the Game Room and do rounds of PS3 or Wii games yourself.

 

Ylang-Ylang Spa fuses the old and the new into its menu of body, face, and foot massages.

Because One Escape Plan is Not Enough

Ten minutes away from the Peninsula is also an exclusive property where one can get lost in for another day. If Club Punta Fuego provides an overnight escape, Terrazas de Punta Fuego extends your afternoon into one surreal and blissful vacation. 

Terrazas is a 61-hectare exclusive resort with 800 meters of white beach.

 

Twenty-eight Asian-inspired cabanas dot the landscaped boardwalk.

 

 

Doze off inside these cabanas or sign up for massage after a nice swim.

 

Multi-level pool sets with jacuzzi comprise the Turtle Pool — designed with statues of...turtles!

The next time you want to be by yourself, remember that this sanctuary is just two hours away from your four-walled busy life in the city. Or better yet, bring your special someone and disconnect from your phones, tablets, and laptops.


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