I’m from Rizal, and I love my mountainous province dearly. I love it more in the cooler months of December to February, yet I am starting to feel like each passing summer day slowly strips my cardigan-loving soul naked. Nowadays, the temperature is so high, I just want to stay inside an airconditioned room, or in the case of my swimsuit-addict self, head to the beach and enjoy the cold, blue waters.
There are several resorts I am eyeing to visit this year. At the top of the list is the Atmosphere Resorts in Dumaguete, others are in Bali and Lang Tengah island in Malaysia. The second on my domestic list is the Club Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas WHICH I am now crossing off my list because I recently got to go with 8 fellow bloggers.
Club Punta Fuego, I quickly found out, is a premier membership resort located in the historical flame-shaped headland Punta Fuego in western Batangas. Despite it being exclusive to its members and endorsed guests, it recently opened its gates to the public. Vacationers can book a stay through online booking platforms. But that is not to say it’s lost exclusivity; even by being “bookable online”, it manages to maintain all the elements that make it a first-class luxury resort limited to only a few.
As an upscale and relaxing property, Club Punta Fuego features top-notch facilities such as private beaches, nine-hole golf course, and a spa to name a few.
It has 15 rooms and 33 casitas (small houses) all furnished in Spanish-Mediterranean architectural style. When you step out of the room, you’ll be greeted by palm trees and flowering bushes typical of a calm tropical environment. Walk a little more and you’ll find yourself in the resort’s famed double infinity pool. This is one of the three stunning swimming pools in the area and is a perfect spot to get a picturesque view of the West Philippine Sea and the gorgeous sunset too…
While laziness is very tempting in this exclusive hideaway, there are rather creative laid-back activities to enjoy during your stay. Similarly, active recreation is plentiful!
So, Fun Things in Club Punta Fuego – Where do we start?
Now, this is just me, but usually, I start at the beginning—that is, what we did when we arrived.
1. Get around the property
Well. OK. NOT in this ride. Wouldn’t it be insane though to get around the property in this huge-scale tractor?
On a serious note, you can explore the area on a golf cart or a bicycle.
The excursion takes you through rich palm trees guarding residences, up easy slopes adorned with florid bougainvillaeas, then proceeds down to a community of boat enthusiasts, and later to the Peninsula de Punta Fuego where the main beach rests.
2. Test out local dishes and house specialities
It may sound silly, but I think dining is one of the most fun things to do at Club Punta Fuego.
Imagine most of it alfresco dining with a panoramic view of the sea and choices of dishes ranging from continental to oriental cuisine… I’m positive you’ll love every single house special as I did. But might not be easy to pick a favorite.
What’s easy though is choosing a suitable place to dine. For food and drinks, you can choose from among a full-service restaurant, an outdoor refreshment spot, and a central bar and lounge:
San Diego Restaurant – The sheer array of the cuisine served in this restaurant reflects its area. Even the most discriminating tastebud will find something to indulge.
Inside the restaurant, the options include traditional Filipino meals, Spanish-Filipino dishes, Italian, other Asian delights such as Chinese, Indian, Mongolian, Japanese. The selection of dishes varies each week.
For my buffet-style breakfast, I ate Filipino dishes like longganisa, dried fish, and fried rice. I also had grilled vegetables and my favorites—salad and desserts.
For lunch, we ate Bulalo, Pancit, Maryland Chicken, and Pinakbet.
Dinner was again a sumptuous buffet. But this time with a live Pasta/Noodle station where you can experiment on the flavor of your dish. I tried playing on the Indian spices and oriental ingredients too but I really fell for the Mongolian style.
There’s a separate table dedicated for CRISPY PATA. It’s like it’s a star. And the taste justifies. You must try it!
If you crave for Spanish dishes, you must also try their Paella!
Il Jardineto – I ate more than I should have at Il Jardineto and I have zero regrets.
Il Jardineto is another gastronomic spot that offers alfresco dining and specializes in Italian food. I recommend you try the chef’s special pizza amongst others.
What we ate here for lunch: Beef Cannelloni, Pasta Carbonarra, Pollo A la Diabola, Pollo Frito, Pasta vongole, Insalata Caprese, Classic Bruschetta, Caesar Salad, Pizza Margherita, Pizza Spinach and Mushroom, Sangria, fresh fruit shakes, and fresh coconut juice.
Isn’t a meal like this is what getaways are all about?
Traditions and Contradictions (T&C) Bar and Lounge – Before I talk about the food at “T&C”, I must say this place is lovely. I adore everything about it especially the warmth and character of its exposed brick walls. The light fixtures are gorgeous too. This is a perfect place to cap a busy day off if not a spa.
You can drink wine, coffee, tea or other boozy beverage. You can pair your tea or coffee with exotic yet tasty desserts. Find a perfect glass of wine for your mood. If you’re still famished, you can order Spanish-Mediterranean inspired food.
What we tried here: Devil’s Food Cake and speciality chocolates, also tea and coffee. I am a fan of cakes so desserts here are a hit for me!
You ought to add this to your list to taste while you’re here.
3. Get to the main beach, and be one with the sand and sea
If you’re like me who loves the beach, you’d be happy to know Club Punta Fuego has several private beaches surrounding its ridge, to name a few: Sunset beach, Palm beach, Rock beach, Pirate Cove, Sailor’s…
You can lounge on a mat, listen to music, sunbathe or if you’re feeling active maybe do some yoga or run through the stretch of fine sand. Just be careful not to ruin the sand castles built by the younger guests.
4. Keep busy above and beneath the water
It’s true that most of my days at Club Punta Fuego started and ended with high energy experience with plenty of busy activities at the beach. It was a blast. between meals, I got to burn off the calories by trying Discover Scuba Diving or DSD, getting around the entire coast with a paddle board, exploring the open waters on a kayak, and straining my voice screaming loudly on a banana boat.
My suggestion would actually be trying everything including jet skiing and kite surfing. Also, bring your snorkelling gear because there’s plenty to see beneath the water.
Active water sports at Club Punta Fuego is managed by THALASSA WATER SPORTS AND DIVING SERVICES. Aside from DSD and scuba diving certification, they also offer the following services with corresponding rates:
Aqua Glide (5pax) – Php1,600
Sumo Tube – Php1,200
Airhead shockwave (3pax) – Php1,400
Banana Boat (8pax) – Php1,800
Rave Sport Epic (3pax) – Php1,400
Fun Dive (1Pax) – Php2,500
Jetski (2pax) – Php 1,200 (15mins) – Php4,500 (1 Hour)
Boat ride (8pax) Php2,500 (30mins) – Php4,500 (1 Hour)
Paddle board – Php600 (1 Hour)
Life vest rental – Php200/ hour
Snorkeling gear rental – Php100/ hour
Tanks refill – Php200
Tanks rental – Php300
Yacht Rentals (15pa max) – Php12,000 (1 Hour)
5. Sail away
So, if you are a yacht owner, you probably know about the Punta Fuego Yacht Club. Located at the property’s marina, this place is perfect for those who share a love for sailing.
If you don’t own a yacht or boat but still want to experience the fun of sailing, you can rent one for Php12,000/hour.
6. Get a good night sleep
I included it in the fun things to do because getting no sleep is NO fun. Do I make sense? If I don’t get sound sleep, I’d be cranky or unproductive the next day. It’s not fun.
Also, in some of my travels, I experienced getting low quality sleep partly due to my room. Here at Club Punta Fuego, I cherished my sleep. Even though the bedroom doesn’t look indulgingly expensive, it has the important element shared by all luxury resorts: a well-made, cozy bed.
Because Club Punta Fuego is one of the best luxury hotels in the south, you can expect supreme accommodation which doesn’t only equate to a night of good sleep but also absolute comfort in the bathroom. Really impressed to experience both.
7. Hit that [golf] ball
No visit to Club Punta Fuego is complete without discussing its crowning sport: golf.
For golfers, going to the Punta Fuego Golf Club, a nine-hole executive golf course within 2 miles of the resort, is expected. The golf course which was designed by the award-winning Nelson & Haworth company is also home to the annual Fuego Tee golf tournament.
If playing under the sun is not your cup of tea, you can stay active indoors at tennis or squash courts. You can use the pool tables or darts in the game room. You can also play beach volleyball at near dusk.
If you really feel lazy, you can watch a movie at the mini theatre. They have new film screenings daily.
9. When the sun goes down, head to the Ylang-Ylang Spa
Ylang-Ylang Spa in Club Punta Fuego offers a total pampering experience with its extensive, varied massages and body therapies all aiming to detoxify and refresh your body and spirit.
After a crazy day at the beach, I recommend you try the Punta Fuego Signature Massage. It is a relaxing treat consisting of a 75-minute whole body massage coupled with a deluxe foot treatment of soak, scrub, massage, and optional foot filing.
10. Get married or celebrate any special occasion at the Terrazas or Peninsula de Punta Fuego
There are venues in the property well-suited to a memorable event celebration—be it a wedding, debut, a corporate function or a launch event.
For couples looking to tie the knot, the Terrazas looks promising for a beach theme. Other parts of the property such as the country club or the events garden is an option too. Club Punta Fuego team can customize and create a wedding set to your liking.
In spite of the inclusions, Club Punta Fuego remains reasonably priced:
Room Type – Regular Rate – Summer Weekday – Rainy Weekday
Standard Casita w/ Breakfast – PHP 14,000 – PHP 9,800 – PHP 7,700
Standard Sunset Room w/ Breakfast – PHP 14,000 – PHP 9,800 – PHP 7,700
Seaview Casita w/ Breakfast – PHP 15,000 – PHP 10,500 – PHP 8,250
Seaview Sunset Room w/ Breakfast – PHP 15,000 – PHP 10,500 – PHP 8,250
How to get to Club Punta Fuego
If you’re from the metro, the proximity of Club Punta Fuego is appealing. As I noted earlier, it’s just a 2.5-hour drive from Ortigas, located on the Peninsula de Punta Fuego in Batangas, adjacent to Punta Fuego Yacht Club.
You can easily reach it via any of these routes:
📍Via Ternate-Nasugbu Highway:
• From Roxas Boulevard in Parañaque, head south taking the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Coastal Road) and continue on to the Centennial Road in Kawit.
• Stay on Centennial Road to Antero Soriano Highway then to Governor’s Drive until you reach Ternate.
• Keep following Governor’s Drive until you see the left turn to the Ternate-Nasugbu Highway.
• Take the Ternate-Nasugbu Highway as it winds up Mt. Palay-Palay and follow the signs, passing through Kaybiang Tunnel, and skirt the mountainside overlooking the West Philippine Sea.
• Stay on the highway taking you through Barangays Looc, Calayo, and Balaytigue where you turn right to reach the gate of Peninsula de Punta Fuego.
📍Via South Luzon Expressway:
• Drive through South Luzon Expressway and exit at Sta. Rosa.
• Continue on Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road and turn right at Tagaytay-Calamba Road. Cross the Tagaytay rotunda junction.
• Stay on the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway until you reach Brgy. Palico and turn right on the Palico-Nasugbu Highway.
• Turn right on J. P. Laurel St. and pass through Nasugbu town proper.
• Stay on the road until it becomes Nasugbu-Ternate Highway, heading northbound until you reach the entrance of Brgy. Balaytigue on the left.
• Turn left on Brgy. Balaytigue and follow the road to reach the gate of Peninsula de Punta Fuego and to the resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Contact Club Punta Fuego
Contact Club Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas via the following:
Phone Numbers: +63-02-8438700; +63-02-5844405
You can also follow their social media accounts for instant updates/ promos and events: @officalclubpuntafuego
There’s a myriad of activities at Club Punta Fuego. Adults and children can both enjoy on and off the water with its varied recreation. So perhaps next time you’re looking for a resort with fun things to do, I hope you’ll think of Club Punta Fuego!