I know you’ve seen photos of Santorini in Greece and I bet just like me, you wanted to book a flight and go there, however, there are so many buts.
Don’t worry! We found a little place that looked like Santorini. It’s called Camp Netanya at Anilao, Batangas, only 5 hours away from Manila if you have your own car.
My highschool friends and I went there last June 7, 2015. We came from Taal, Batangas and it took us around 2 hours. We left at 9:20AM and arrived there around 11:30AM.
We couldn’t find the place in Google Maps though, good thing that the contact number was posted in some blogs.
I contacted the manager and she gave us a landmark which is Vistamar. You’re almost there once you see it, around 10 more minutes of driving. You’ll know you’re in the right way if you see La Chevrerie Resort.
Tip: Book a reservation via Agoda or you can send an email at email@example.com
Resort Address: Barangay Ligaya, Anilao, Batangas, Mabini, 4202
Here are the photos of Camp Netanya the Little Santorini in Batangas:
The view from the parking lot and entrance area.We were in awe when we saw the full view of the area and it really does feel like we’re in Santorini.
We didn’t book any reservation nor call to inquire before coming. When we arrived, we discovered that they don’t accept walk-ins since there is no shower area or any changing room for a day tour. Just a dining area for public use with a comfort room and the rooms for overnight accommodations.
Lucky us that the odds are in our favor because we had convinced the manager to allow us for a day tour. (Wooohoooo!)
The pool is divided into three, 3 feet for kids, 4 feet and 10 feet for adults. We stayed in the pool lounge chair under an umbrella and we occupied two. My friends changed into their swimsuit on the dining area’s comfort room while I had mine on already.
One of the rooms
You can check the photos of what’s inside on my second article about this resort.
UPDATE as of 11202016: Camp Netanya is now accepting reservations and will be open on January 2017.
You may click this link to book a reservation through TravelBook.ph.
Day Tour was worth P500 per head inclusive of snorkeling and kayaking.
The overnight accommodation is worth P5,000 for 2 person then P1,000 per additional.
Kids that are 3 years old and below are FREE.
As for the food, you can order it at their office. Food price ranges from P150 to P300 per dish. I forgot to take a picture of their menu.
Choices are seafood, noodles, chicken, sandwiches at a very affordable price.
My friend Patrick Barry exploring and enjoying the underwater beauty of Anilao, Batangas.
Yours truly posing with the beauty of Camp Netanya.
The Gang! My highschool friends.
My beautiful friend (Carnilda) enjoying the sun at Camp Netanya and who loves to do a mermaid swim.
That’s me underwater of the pool, also feeling like little mermaid.
Underwater at the beach with my friend (Maritoni).
There’s also access to the calm beach but it has mosses, huge rocks and sea urchins. I got stung and had a little cut on my right foot. It hurts and it was my first encounter with a sea urchin. (Tssssk, I guess they didn’t like me.)
Yours truly having a hard time removing the spines. Be careful when you go to the beach.
The Little Santorini after the sun sets. See you again Camp Netanya.
Please do share your Camp Netanya experience too.
Credits to my friends for some of the pictures (Maritoni and Carnilda)
Proofread and edited by Vany Piol.