We had a memorable weekend getaway in Anilao, Batangas which was a two and a half hour drive from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). The website provided clear directions to the resort so we had no trouble finding our way. After arriving at the designated parking area, we walked leisurely along the rocky shore to the resort.
Lilom is a quaint and charming family-run resort that offers full board and lodging at P2,800 per head (half price for kids) for an overnight stay inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
When you enter the property you are greeted by the warm and friendly staff. The first thing that caught our attention were the two small plunge pools facing the beach. The kids were so excited to take a dip.
Lilom is a Filipino word that means "under the shade". The lush surroundings and cozy huts provided just that. We rented the Tuko and Pawikan huts (left side of the main house) for our overnight stay. The interiors were simple but the scenery and service made for a delightful stay. This relaxing retreat draws you in with its casual, laid back vibe.
We arrived just in time for lunch. They served a delicious buffet of grilled liempo, chicken tinola, pancit canton, rice and fresh fruits. The kids decided to go for a swim after lunch.
It was around 4pm when they served our afternoon snack of french press coffee / native hot chocolate with suman (steamed rice cake wrapped in banana leaf). We enjoyed our snack while admiring the beautiful scenery.
Anilao is a famous dive spot for locals and tourists alike so we decided to go snorkeling with our 6 year old daughter. The resort provided us with life vests, aqua shoes and snorkeling gear free of charge. It was our daughter's her first time to try snorkeling and she was amazed at the sight of coral reefs, colorful fish, sea cucumbers and blue starfish. Even we were excited!
Just after sunset, we were treated to a pre-dinner appetizer of roasted tomato and basil salsa with toasted crostini and a pitcher of calamansi Mojito. The thoughtful details and friendly service really endeared us to Lilom. We had chicken barbecue, vegetable kare-kare (traditional Filipino stew flavored and thickened with ground peanuts), tilapia with coconut milk and ginger for dinner and sweet, ripe mangoes for dessert.
When we arrived in Lilom, half of me wanted to tell everyone about this place and half of me wanted to keep this peaceful getaway all to ourselves. The feeling of tranquility and relaxation when you are here will keep you coming back for more. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit.
For more information, check out the Lilom Resort website: