We spent Maundy Thursday at Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. Since it's the peak season and I was only able to make our travel plans the Saturday before Holy Week, we were left with no choice but to book in one of Aling Ely's cottages.
I came to discover Aling Ely's cottages (now more popularly known as La Luz Labas) from a travel blog. The post was made way back in 2007 when the place still looked great. So I called up Aling Ely who was able to give us a small non-aircon nipa hut which is good enough for the four of us (I, the boys, and my mom-in-law). I found it expensive at Php 3,500 a night.
Still, it was cheap considering that we can bring and cook food in our own little cottage. The high-class resorts in that area implement a "forced buffet" policy wherein you are obliged to pay for your meals at around 1k per head. At least, I was spared from building a propane fire pit for our camp which was my last resort should there be no cottages left for us to rent.
Aling Ely's cottages are not for travelers who expect the best facilities. Although some of the cottages are big and have aircons, they are still no-frills nipa huts that are just ok for spending the night. They are perfect for large groups who want to spend less on accommodations and more on food since they'll be spending most of their time in the beach. Aling Ely is not strict with the head count. The nipa hut beside us even had camping tents set up outside their hut to accommodate some of them.
However, I do not advise staying in the area if you're looking for a peaceful and quiet retreat away from the city. The huts are too close to each other so expect noise and loud music from your neighbors. If you're interested, Aling Ely can be reached through 09206192060.
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