When Angela texted me that she wanted to spend the weekend diving in Batangas, I thought long and hard about it. For one, it was my birthday and I wanted to spend it in the city over a quiet dinner somewhere cozy. But an out-of-town trip sounded exciting, too. Plus, Angela will be flying to back to Kabul tomorrow and who knows when we'll see each other again. So I said yes, and I'm truly glad I did.
We stayed at Villa Trono, a beautiful little hotel that stands on a mountain cliff overlooking the sea. It's a few steps away from the shore. I heard that Ifugao craftmen helped in the construction of this hotel and sculpted floors and wall decors. Every corner of the villa is creatively and artfully decorated. It was cozy, homey, and utterly magical!
After-dive shower area. Instead of tiles, they used black stones on the floor.
Meals were served buffet style. There was always an abundance of food. And my, the food was absolutely delicious! I think all of us overate. All the staff were friendly and efficient.
When we arrived, we were greeted with friendly smiles, ice cold water and juice, coffee, and ensaymada.
View from the veranda.
This is the perfect place to stay when you want to rest, experience some peace and quiet, or go scuba diving.
Since we only stayed overnight, we did one dive to the Cathedral, a few swims away from Villa Trono. It has awesome coral formations and lots of different kinds of fishes. We found lots of Nudibranchs, too.
Will I stay in Villa Trono again? Oh, certainly will!
The view from the diving point.
That white building standing alone on the mountain on the right side and almost covered with all those trees -- that's Villa Trono.
Early morning colors. Taken at the dive point, a few meters walk from Villa Trono.
Rate: About P1800-2000 per person per day
Inclusive of three meals and two snacks.
So worth it!
For inquiries and reservations, please call Ana Trono at