Thursday, November 4, 2010

A weekend at Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club

This is such an overdue post, but hey, better late than never right?

You see, it's been a couple of weeks since my hubby tagged me along for their office teambuilding activity. It was held at Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club in Batulao, Batangas.

The facade
For those curious, it's not a seaside hotel. Rather, it's located high in the mountains, so what surrounds the place are trees and greens.

From the gates alone, I saw that this is a relatively high-end hotel. The reception area was pretty airy and elegant.

The reception area
I just noticed that it had an eclectic mix of decors: a Balinese gold artwork behind the reception desk, Victorian-era paintings, Southern-style furnishings, and contemporary furnitures like the egg seats below:

That's hubby sitting in one of the egg chairs outside the reception area
Across the reception desk is one of the hotel's restaurants. We ate our buffet breakfast there the following day.

The lobby eatery
They have 2 other restaurants: the Veranda Cafe, where we had our dinner, and the Floating Restaurant.

The organizers of the teambuilding did a great job in choosing Chateau Royale for their venue. They have wide spaces that are perfect for team exercises. If you want to relax, they have facilities like a billiards hall, swimming pool, spa, kids' playground, wall climbing facility, and fishing area.

The swimming pool
Chateau Royale also has a ballroom that looks like it can fit 300 guests dinner-style, a mini-theater, and a souvenir shop. And they also have greenhouses where they grow their own vegetables.

The mini-theater

They have tons of greenhouses where they grow the veggies they serve for our meals
The rooms are located a bit far from the reception area that riding their jeepney shuttle would be very useful. Along the way, you'll find quite a number of Buddha statues lined along the pavement, in a fountain, and on the stone walls by the rooms.

That's me and one of the many Buddha statues
Hubby and one of the Balinese artworks found at the hotel premises
Chateau Royale's accommodations consist of log cabins and rooms. We stayed in one of the standard rooms with a queen-size bed, flat-screen cable TV, and air-conditioning. The room has a hot and cold shower, and soap and toothpaste was provided for us as well.

Our room
It was quite spacious. It also had a wooden sala set, a desk, phone, and loads of cabinets and cupboards. I don't know why there were too many cabinets and drawers.

While we were kinda confused as to what was really the theme of the hotel (European? Asian? Country?), I must admit I'm in awe of the place. Even if it was beside a highway, it was relatively peaceful and comfortable. I guess the only thing that I won't give them high marks is the food. It was pretty so-so, not really what I expect for a hotel of their kind.

But nevertheless, Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club is a great place to unwind for the weekend. If you want to check them out, you can visit their website here.


  1. im living for 19 years here in batangas yet i've never been here before. maybe kasi, sa city mismo ako nakatira. :D never heard about batulao before too. maganda pala po dun, i'll try to visit it someday. :D

  2. thanks for sharing =) will be here on Oct. 29 ..