Disclosure: I have partnered with Casa Antonio Vacations for this post. All opinions are my own.

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If you love to camp, you’ve probably already heard of the word ‘glamping’. It’s a term taken from the combination of glamorous and camping.  Glamorous? Yes, you get to experience camping with style.

I know a lot of people who don’t like camping because of how ‘rough’ it can be. You’ll have to sleep in a tent, often without the comfort of a mattress or a pillow (unless you brought your own). You’ll also have to grill and cook without the convenience of a stove, or a decent kitchen. That’s what most people think camping is.

If you want to experience camping at its finest, try glamping. I’ve tried glamping in La Veryol’s, but no place compares to the Playa Calatagan Beach Glamping experience. Where else can you find a swimming pool behind your tent and a beach in front? Only in Playa Calatagan! This place is a dream, to be honest.

Want to give it a try? Here’s everything you have to know about Playa Calatagan Beach Glamping.

About Playa Calatagan Beach Glamp

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Playa Calatagan Beach Glamp is brought to you by Casa Antonio Vacations in partnership with Playa Calatagan Exclusive Beach Club. It’s within the same compound as Aquaria Waterpark and Crusoe Cabins and a few meters away from Manuel Uy and Stilts Calatagan.

If you’re looking for a beachfront accommodation that’s not too crowded, this is the place to be! Casa Antonio Vacations is well-known for it’s “strictly no overcrowding” tagline. They even allow flexible check-in and check-out times! I love this about them. There’s no need for you to hurry. You can arrive as early as you want and as late as you want.

I heard the sunset here is stunning! Just look at the photos on Facebook. Unfortunately, we had to deal with the monsoon rains when we went there so we didn’t get to see the sunset.

And the best part? Every time you book, you’re helping the locals specifically the students since they have working students within their staff. Booking fees provide educational materials for one child, as well as sustain the soup kitchen. This is what made me love Casa Antonio even more!

Things To Do

Wondering what things you can do at Playa Calatagan Beach Glamp? Here you go.

Swimming

Playa Calatagan offers two spots for you to swim, float, and have fun.

Pools

There is an infinity pool and a kids pool within the vicinity. If you want to swim, you’ll have to ask the front desk for a pink tag. The swimming pools are only open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM so be sure to take note of that.

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Beach

On the other hand, the sand at the beach isn’t white but a bit of creamy brown so don’t go expecting Boracay feels. Nu-uh. During the rainy season, you’ll find seagrass and seaweeds around the beach area. The waters are very calm and shallow around these parts. However, be sure to pack some aqua shoes since the beach has rocks all over.

Glamping

Glamping is what you came here for. With the touch of Casa Antonio Vacations, the Playa Calatagan Beach Glamp is made up of Bohemian dreams! You get all the mandala roundies and sleep in cozy tents (complete with mattresses, blankets, and pillows). Plus, you don’t have to pitch your tents.

Not only that, but you also get to eat yummy foods. The staffs make the best dishes! (Seriously.) And for every meal, you get 3 viands. I’ve never been so spoiled until I went to Playa Calatagan for a beach glamping experience. Happy fiesta everyday!

I’ve written about this in my Seven Reasons Why You Should Try Camping post wherein the best part about camping is that you get to wake up a few steps near the beach. That’s what you’ll get in Casa Antonio Vacations.

Massage

Don’t miss this. I love getting massages especially when I’m having a writer’s block, stressed, or just plain tired. After the commute to Calatagan, the massage provided by Playa Calatagan Beach Glamp was amaziiiing!

The masseuse (Jelly) was very much skilled in providing us with a soothing and satisfying massage that hit the spot. I felt like she not only rubbed the body pain away, but the stress I felt as well. True to her name, after she is through,  I felt like a jelly too, in a good way.

Stargazing

If you’re lucky and you have a clear sky at night, it’s best to sleep a little bit later and just watch the stars as they glisten in the sky. It’s a must-try especially when you’re by the beach, holding someone close to you. If you are alone it kind of makes you feel the serenity and beauty of taking the time off from the world. Regardless of who you are with, the stars are an amazing and timeless thing to look at and ponder what your journey has been.

What To Expect

Let’s set your expectations and explain the house rules.

  • Depending on the season, you will find a lot of sea grass and seaweeds by the beach. True this might make your photos a little less appetizing and the beach even more so. But the thing is, it is part of nature and there is nothing wrong with that. True, the beach club can just take them out but you should understand that seaweeds harbor fingerlings and protect them from bigger fish that tries to eat them. This in part breathes a livelier ecosystem for the ocean. So you should man or woman up and be part of it rather than changing it because it is uncomfortable.

  • In cases where there’s a really strong rain or typhoon, you might have to be moved to another area or homestay to spend the night. But we suggest you don’t come during the rainy seasons altogether. Remember that since you are on the beach front you will experience turbulent wind even though it is accompanied by just the mildest of rain. The experiences you will also feel might not be as enjoyable as you expect it to be once the rain and winds set in. Although their tents are waterproof and sturdy, you will not enjoy it as much.
  • You will be designated a staff to assist you. He or she will prepare your food in advance and your tent. This is why Casa Antonio Vacations strongly discourage canceling of bookings because the food prepared for you will go to waste and the person assigned to you will lose a day’s work. Keep in mind that the staffs are mostly comprised of students so better think ahead when you want this to go as smoothly as you deserve it to be.

  • Bring your own soap and shampoo. Get yourself a shampoo bar and use less plastic. Let’s save mother earth!
  • There’s a bar beside the pools where you can buy some food and drinks.
  • Night swimming is prohibited for safety purposes.
  • There are no lockers but you can request for a padlock so you can simply lock your belongings inside the tent.
  • What I love about Playa Calatagan Beach Glamping is that they don’t overcrowd. They will only be accepting a limited number of people per day. So be sure to book in advance!
  • There are no corkage fees so bring all the FOOOOOD!
  • In case you are bringing frozen foods, you can ask the camp staff to have it stored in their chiller. You can also borrow ice chests and coolers.
  • Eating inside the tent and cabanas are prohibited. You can only eat at the picnic tables to avoid attracting insects inside the tent.

  • Be mindful of the other campers so be sure to minimize noise by 10:00 PM (it’s in the beach club’s rules).
  • Take care of the camping equipment assigned to you or you might just have to pay for any damages. You wouldn’t want that to happen.
  • Pets are not allowed. Huhu.
  • Pool pass can only be used once. What does this mean? If you availed of the overnight package, you’ll have to choose which day you want to use your pool pass (but if you want unlimited fun, you can opt to avail of an additional pool pass. Rate is at 400 pesos per day.
  • There’s no wifi but mobile data signal for Smart is 4G. Globe, on the other hand, has 4G signal in some areas.

How To Get There

Commute

Option 1: From Buendia

Take a DLTB bus heading to Calatagan at Buendia terminal. Alight at the bus’ last stop (Calatagan Market).

  • Travel time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Fare: 210 pesos
  • Daily Trips are only from 4 AM to 3 PM

Then, ride a tricycle. Ask the driver to bring you to Aquaria or Playa Calatagan in Brgy. Sta Ana.

  • Travel time: 10-15 minutes
  • Fare: 160 pesos

Option 2

If you rode a San Agustin and DLTB bus Nasugbu/Lian route, drop off at Lian market. From here, take a bus, tricycle or jeepney going to Calatagan Public Market.

  • Travel time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • For the jeepney ride, trips are only until 4 PM. On the other hand, tricycles may cost you around 800 pesos.

Then, ride a tricycle. Ask the driver to bring you to Aquaria or Playa Calatagan in Brgy. Sta Ana.

  • Travel time: 10-15 minutes
  • Fare: 160 pesos

Option 3: From Taft Station

Find the vans going to Calatagan near the Kabayan Hotel by the MRT Taft Station.

  • Travel Time: around 3 hours
  • Fare: 200 pesos

Then, ride a tricycle. Ask the driver to bring you to Aquaria or Playa Calatagan in Brgy. Sta Ana.

  • Travel time: 10-15 minutes
  • Fare: 160 pesos

Drive

From Manila, take the Sta Rosa to Tagaytay way going to Nasugbu.

  • WAZE: Key in “Aquaria Waterpark”
  • Toll from C5/Makati is about 175 pesos one way.

NOTE:

  • Once you’re at the main gate, you’ll have to tell the security guard that you’re a guest at Casa Antonio Beach Glamp. You’ll then provide one ID. The guard has a list of all the guests, so if your name is on the list, you’re free to enter. They will then direct you to the Playa Exclusive Beach.
  • Take the number of your tricycle driver. It’ll be your ride going back to Calatagan Public Market. You’ll have to pay extra, though since they’ll be coming back for you from the Market.

Going Back to Manila

The last trip for vans going back to Manila is 4 PM. If you missed it, you can simply ride a van or shuttle heading to Tagaytay. Then ride a bus back to Manila (or just extend your vacation and explore Tagaytay).

Rates and Packages

Note: 3 years and below are free of charge

Daytour Packages

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

There are no cooking equipment and facilities here so you might as well bring cooked meals if you plan to avail of ‘no meals included’ packages. However, you can rent a griller for only 300 pesos per day.

Daytour Packages

Price: P1,200 per adult, P1,000 per child who’s 7 years old and below

Inclusions:

  • Lunch & PM Snacks
  • Gazebo Tent
  • Picnic Table
  • Beach & Infinity Pool Access

Corporate/ Group Daytour Package

Option 1 Price: P800 per head

Inclusions:

  • No meals
  • Picnic Table
  • Beach Tent Gazebo
  • Beach Access
  • 1 Day Use of Infinity Pool

Option 2 Price: P1,250 per head

Inclusions:

  • AM Snacks, Lunch and PM Snacks
  • Picnic Tables
  • Beach Tent Gazebo
  • 1 Garden Cabana per 10 persons
  • Beach Access
  • 1 Day Use of Infinity Pool

Overnight Packages

Tent for 2

Price: P5,000 for 2

Inclusions:

  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • Glamping Tent Accommodation
  • Picnic Table
  • 1 Day Use of Pool
  • Beach Access

Tent for 2 Deluxe

Price: P6,000 for 2

Inclusions:

  • Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast
  • Glamping Tent Accommodation
  • Picnic Table
  • 1 Day Use of Pool
  • 1 Hour Body Massage
  • Beach Access

Group or Family Overnight Packages

The Tan Line Project

Price: P2,500 per person

Inclusions:

  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • Glamping Tent Accommodation
  • Picnic Table
  • 1 Day Use of Pool
  • Beach Access
Serenity Seekers

Price: P3,000 per person

Inclusions:

  • Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast
  • Glamping Tent Accommodation
  • Picnic Table
  • 1 Day Use of Pool
  • 1-hour body massage
  • Beach Access

Big Groups/ Corporate Overnight Packages

Option 1

Price: P1,200 per person

Inclusions:

  • No meals
  • Glamping Tent Accommodation
  • Camping Picnic Table and Chairs
  • 1 Day Use of Pool
  • Beach Access
Option 2

Price: P1,850 per person

Inclusions:

  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • 1 Garden/Pool Cabana per 10 pax per day
  • Glamping Tent Accommodation
  • Camping Picnic Table and Chairs
  • 1 Day Use of Pool
  • Beach Access
Option 3

Price: P2,100 per person

Inclusions:

  • Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast
  • 1 Garden/Pool Cabana per 10 pax per day
  • Glamping Tent Accommodation
  • Camping Picnic Table and Chairs
  • 1 Day Use of Pool
  • Beach Access

Playa Calatagan Facilities For Rent

  • Pool Cabana Small: P1,500
  • Pool Cabana Medium: P2,000
  • Pool Cabana Large: P1,500
  • Garden Cabana: P1,500
  • Picnic Table: P500

Add Ons:

  • Casa Antonio Signature Massage: P500
  • Bonfire Session: P300
  • Extra Tent: P500
  • Griller Rental: P300
  • Electric Fan Rental: P250
  • Charcoal per bag: P50
  • Extension Outlet: P200
  • 5 Gallon Water: P100

How To Book

Follow the instructions listed here. Be sure to read all the reminders. 😉

 

You can also book via Airbnb here:

Get up to 2,600 pesos discount on your first booking by signing up to Airbnb using this referral link.

 

What to Pack

Unlike your typical camping trips, you don’t have to bring your tents or camping stoves. Just pack some clothes, swimsuits, and camera. Travel light but don’t forget your toiletries!

Contact

You can reach Casa Antonio Vacations here:

Contact Numbers:

  • Amal Hernandez – 0920 6729297 ( PLAYA ACCOUNT OFFICER)
  • Marvin Alcala – 0928 1565238 ( BOOKING OFFICER)

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