Have you ever dreamed of traveling, enjoying tranquility by listening to the sound of the waves, watching the sunset . . . all by yourself? Well, I have, and I have sworn to myself that I will do this at least once a year. Of course, my father knew about this, and I have saved a part of my savings for my alone time to celebrate my birthday at Lilom Resort in Mabini, Batangas.
- Please visit their website. They have pretty much detailed what you needed to expect.
- Reserve your room here: https://www.lilomresort.com/ and pay half of the total amount beforehand. Since I want my birthday celebration to be extremely close to the sea, I chose Satcho’s House, their most expensive room worth Php 3,500 (which is inclusive of food and tax), but I swear I had no regrets. Most sulit resort I’ve ever been.
- Lilom has towels and rolls of tissue paper. Bring your grooming needs (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush).
- Lilom is a smoke-free resort, but if you can’t resist the urge, there is a smoking area in front of their office.
- They offer arrival lunch, afternoon snack, sunset cocktails (that I drank after dinner), dinner, and departure-day breakfast. They have complimentary water and coffee, but if you’re the “I always want to eat” type, I suggest you buy chips from the market.
- During your idle time, since there is no TV inside the rooms (and karaokes are not allowed), I suggest you bring your laptop (perfect place for writers like me to have some quiet time and maybe brainstorm ideas), tuck your earphones, and watch that TV series you haven’t started yet or, better yet, finish that book you’ve longed to read.
How to Go to Lilom
- From Cubao, ride a Batangas City/Batangas Pier in JAC Liner terminal. The ticket is worth Php 195.
- Go down at Batangas Central Terminal (the conductor will shout Central as cue).
- Take a jeep to Mabini. The fare is worth Php 40.
- Go down at the Mabini plaza.
- Take a tricycle going to Lilom resort, costing Php 300.
Upon going home . . .
- Lilom’s caretaker will reserve a tricycle for your departure. The trip costs Php 250.
- The tricycle driver will then drop you off at a jeepney that will drive you to Diversion. Remember to ask the jeepney driver you to drop you there (minimum fare).
- From the drop-off point at Diversion Road, ride another jeep going to Batangas City Central Terminal (minimum fare).
Take note of the following:
- It would be best if you depart from Cubao as early as 7:00 a.m. The earliest you’ll arrive at Batangas Central Terminal is at 11:00 a.m., meaning the whole bus trip takes four hours.
- The jeepney at Batangas Central Terminal waits for passengers. Be patient.
- The ride going to Lilom is faster than the ride going back to Cubao, especially if you’re leaving at exactly 11:00 a.m. at Lilom.
Ah! The place is almost my haven, only if their theme weren’t about geckos. But it’s okay; I still loved the place. For one, since I arrived there on a Thursday, I shared the whole resort with only three other guests. Whatever they stated on their website was true: “Lilom is rustic, casual and homey and welcomes all guests who are equally easygoing and laidback.”
I chose Satcho’s Room, their most expensive room, because its hammock is overlooking the sea. Plus, the resort’s pools are closest to Satcho.
Batangas is known for its stunning sunsets, and Mabini for its stony beaches and worthwhile snorkeling spots. Lilom has snorkeling gears, but of course, it’s better if you have your own. I have no pictures of my first-time snorkeling experience because I do not have a waterproof camera, but it was amazing. I wish I could go farther, but I was too scared. I swear, next time!
As stated above, Lilom will prepare guests an arrival lunch, afternoon snack, sunset cocktail, dinner, and departure-day breakfast. If you’ll be arriving later than noon, text Lilom’s manager Eugene to reserve you food. I suggest you also avail of their departure-day lunch as they serve delicious dishes, but you have to pay extra.
Upon arriving, they gave me calamansi juice as refreshment. For lunch, they prepared mangoes, tinola, adobo, and rice. I ordered an extra pineapple juice (to be added on my final bill). Lunch: 10/10. Of course, how did they know tinola is my favorite dish?
I was not able to take a picture of the afternoon snack, but I remember it was some sort of kakanin and hot chocolate mixed with muscovado sugar. Afternoon snack: 8/10. Not a fan of muscovado, but I heard of its health benefits.
The picture above is their sunset cocktail: 7/10. I honestly did not like the taste of the drink (I’m not sure if it’s mojito, but the bread and the dip were awesome.
My dinner is composed of fried chicken, pancit, rice, and ginataang saging for dessert. Just my normal dinner for my tiring day: 8/10.
Just looking at this picture makes me salivate. Here’s my breakfast: corned beef, egg, rice, kapeng barako, and pancake: 9/10.
Lilom Resort and Gallery Cafe
San Teodoro, Mabini, Batangas