After an hour of driving, we finally set our feet in our short but sweet escape to Southwinds Resort, in Laguna.
Southwinds Resort is located at foot of the legendary Mount Makiling. It’s a nice place to chill and get off from the busy ambiance in the office. It has 5 nice pools (5ft, 4ft, and 3ft and (2) Kiddie Pool), rooms for couples and families, a videoke, and a convenient store.
Before going in, we first settled our bills at the lounge area. Here are their rates (as of December 7, 2012)
Upon payment, they gave us entry tickets to assure that we’re already good to go. Then we proceed to our area, have a little chitchat, grab some snacks, made our grilled hotdogs and barbeques for dinner. And after an hour, we went to our group room-which made our stay sweet as honey.
The group room is actually good for 4-5 persons. But if you’re more than 5, you may ask the staff for additional beddings, like what we did.
Toilet and Bath was very neat, good job!:)
As much as I wanted to enjoy the comfort of white, good smelling bedroom, I chose my first love,videoke! We sang until the last drop of 5 peso coin. And after the bankruptcy, we dip ourselves in the 5ft pool and played there until 3 am, imagine that! But I’m sure if not for the cold weather, I’d probably sleep with the pool! haha!
For Videoke addicts, you might want to bring your piggy bank with you if you’re looking for a battle :)
Standby Lifeguards on white shirt and red short
That is where we played the game I called throw and seek. It’s a simple game. Find anything that can be submersed in the water, throw it then let your team find it. The first one to find it has the chance to throw. The game offers unlimited chances. Just a warning, it’s a bit tiring and might be boring if played beyond 15 minutes.
After hours of fun, we decided to hit the sack since we have to leave early in the morning. So we went up, take a quick bath, and rest our heads. Tip: Do bring towel or cover up with you in the swimming pool, you might not want to get our experience of getting frozen like fish in the fridge when you go to your room.
The next morning, we woke up at around 7am. We need to leave at 9 so I went out to grab a few shots of the resort. Here are some photos:
View from the window in our room
Going downstairs from our room
Segregated waste disposal around the area
Kiddie Pool with giant whale and octopus
After the short tour we headed to our room for breakfast, pack our things, some took a shower and finally to the cashier to turn over the key and say buh-bye to the beloved resort.
To sum it up, Southwinds Resort deserves a spot! It’s a good place to stay for those who have a budget but is time restricted. The place is very neat and the staff are friendly. The amenities are also commendable but I’d suggest to add a deeper pool for the sake of others (like me!)
HOW TO GET THERE
From Manila, take SLEX and exit to Calamba. Drive straight towards Calamba proper junction and turn right. SOUTHWINDS is located along National Highway.
Watch out for this signage
By Bus (in Buendia, Taft Ave, Cubao):
Take Tritran, Jam, DLTB or HM Bus Liners with destination going to Sta. Cruz Laguna. These buses will bring you right infront of SOUTHWINDS Resort. Bus Terminals are located at the Buendia,Taft Avenue and in Cubao for HM Liners.
Southwinds Resort is open 24 hours DAILY (Monday-Sunday). For more info, head on to their FB Page HERE.