Here's what it looks like from afar. The buildings are all residential condos save for the white one on the lower left side of the photo (that's the Pico Sands Hotel) and the country club (it's the set of buildings surrounding the pools).
Since we were guests of the property, we were lodged at the Pico Sands Hotel. This is a photo of the hotel facade. It's a small and airy place, quite cozy and nice.
Anyway, here's our room. This is the premier room and it's big! Lots of space for a family! Each room also has a balcony. Yep, every room gets to appreciate the fresh sea breeze or mountain air! The bathroom's nice and big and modern, too. Yes, it passed the test hehe. My husband and I are hotel bathroom snobs but we liked the bathroom of Pico Sands. We weren't amazed naman. We just like that it was clean and efficient.
Vince and Vito, tired from the long drive, chose to chill out in our big room with the big TV, so it was Iñigo and I who explored the country club next door.
As you can see, I made Iñigo walk far away from the water!
The paths are right outside the residential buildings. When evening set, there was a lot of old people slowly jogging around, lots of couples out for a walk, and kids with their yayas playing in the grass.
Here's what the residences look like from the mountain side. Obviously, the coveted units are on the lagoon side, but I don't mind waking up to mountains and trees, so if you plan to get a condo unit at Pico de Loro, I'm telling you that the side of a mountain isn't so bad to look at!
Pico de Loro Cove is open to members and their guests only. It's a very exclusive community! So check if you have a friend or family who is a member there. Or you can become a member, too. It's a really lovely place! I'll show you more photos after the jump...
Anyway, the beach was too hot. Sand was hot, sun was scorching, and I preferred to take the boys for a swim in a controlled environment so we walked back to the shuttle station and rode back to the country club for a swim in the kiddie pool.
We enjoyed ourselves a wee bit too much that we stayed in the water till noon! So when we went back to our room and I invited the boys to go out and explore after lunch, only this little guy was up for it.
If, like me, you don't like sun exposure, there's lots of things to do indoors. There's basketball, badminton, tennis and squash. There's bowling and billiards. There's karaoke and video games. There's a gym and dance studio. There's a spa!
There's also a chapel.
Anyway! That was our little weekend trip to Pico de Loro Cove! A weekend is not enough really. We weren't able to enjoy everything Pico had to offer because we were just so tired. We should've stayed for three days instead of just an overnight trip!
To get to Hamilo Coast is easy enough. It's just go straight-straight-straight! From MOA, drive down Roxas Blvd until it becomes Coastal Road. Drive down that until it becomes CAVITEX. Then drive down that until you see a sign by a Petron gas station that says turn left. Go straight down that road again until you see another sign that says go left again. You won't miss it. There are so many signs after CAVITEX! Then it's a loooooong and winding drive up and down the mountains and then you'll see the huge entrance to Pico de Loro Hamilo Coast. You won't miss it! Here's a map!
That's our first summer adventure! Perhaps our last, too, since I'm a bit too big to be bouncing about. Vince is still thinking of flying off to Boracay. Our last big adventure before the baby pops out! But I'm scared airplanes will refuse to fly a 7-month-pregnant woman. Can I still fly pa ba? Seriously thinking of going to Bora next!
For more information on Pico de Loro Cove, visit their website.
*a few images here are courtesy of SM Hotels and Conventions.
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