Celebrating Life and Love: A Blissful Retreat at Lilom Resort, Batangas

Birthdays are a time for celebration, reflection, and rejuvenation. As I turned 39, my husband and I embarked on a week-long retreat to Lilom Resort in Mabini Batangas. Little did we know that this enchanting destination would give us a perfect balance of work, relaxation, and delightful experiences. Join me as I take you through the magical moments we cherished during our stay.

The drive down the resort parking lot was a downhill struggle, with its narrow and sharp turns. Globe's signal was non-existent, too, so we needed help contacting the resort representative. But with the help of some locals, word was sent to Lilom, and we were finally picked up. And from there, we hiked down to the beach, cracking knees and all - but the sea view made all the aches worth it!

It was a warm welcome on our arrival at Lilom Resort. We were greeted by friendly staff who immediately made us feel at home. The resort's lush tropical surroundings and breathtaking ocean views instantly transported us to a state of relaxation. We settled into our charming cottage called Tuko (later transferring to Satcho's House), which boasted a spacious and elegantly designed interior with modern amenities. The scent of the sea air and the soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore embraced us, setting the tone for a serene and rejuvenating week ahead.

Morning Bliss: Watching the sunrise and inhaling fresh ocean air

My days began with the gentle morning rays of the sun casting a warm glow over Lilom Resort. As an early bird, I would wake up at 5:30 to work a few hours on my laptop. The resort's dining hall provided a conducive environment with a strong internet connection, allowing me to attend to my professional commitments seamlessly. 

By 7:30, I would wake up my husband, so we could both indulge in a hearty breakfast prepared by the resort's excellent staff. From warm pancakes and eggs (with different meaty dishes every day) to freshly pressed black coffee, every bite was a culinary delight that fueled us for the day ahead.

Afternoon Delights: Leisure, nature, and refreshing strolls 

After our productive mornings, we would find solace by the plunge pool area, basking in the tranquility surrounding us. Some days, we would take short naps to recharge before returning to my work tasks. 

The next thing you know, it's time to eat lunch. When you're in Lilom, you will never go hungry! The food spread is constantly something new. The dishes are new to our sights and tastes, so mealtimes are always exciting.

By 4:30, I would clock out from work, and we would walk to the rocky beach hand-in-hand. The sight of shells scattered across the shore brought a sense of joy as it contrasted with the bustling city life we had temporarily left behind. We savored our strolls, feeling the sand beneath our feet and reveling in the refreshing ocean breeze. These walks became a cherished ritual, allowing us to reconnect with nature and each other.

Sunset Magic: Refreshments, Scenic Views, and Culinary Delights 

As our afternoons gracefully transitioned towards the evening, we would return to the resort, eager to witness the breathtaking sunset that awaited us. We would indulge in some merienda and a refreshing calamansi drink with a hint of alcohol, accompanied by bread and salsa dip—a complimentary treat that became constant companions throughout our stay. 

We would sit nearest the plunge pools and wait for the sun to set while sipping our drinks. We'd watch it descend below the horizon as it cast vibrant hues of orange and pink across the sky—a daily scene that filled our hearts with awe and gratitude.

Evening feasts: Dinners fit for a king and queen!

With the sunset as our backdrop, we would excitedly sit down for dinner—a feast that consistently exceeded our expectations. Lilom Resort's full-board meals were remarkable, with generous portions that left us content and satisfied. The staff encouraged seconds, ensuring that no craving went unfulfilled. Every meal became a celebration of flavors, a symphony of local culinary delights that delighted our taste buds.

Cozy Retreat and Memorable Experiences

Returning to our cozy room after dinner, we found solace in its comforting ambiance. Our mini veranda with wooden chairs and "duyan" was a welcome respite after a long day. We'd drink our complimentary hot teas here before heading to bed.

The air conditioning in our room provided the perfect temperature, allowing us to unwind and relax. While the bedroom had a cozy and slightly dim atmosphere, creating a mood of tranquility, the toilet and bath area offered a brighter, playful touch with its orange interior and charming barrel accessories. 

Celebrating my 39th birthday at Lilom Resort in Mabini Batangas was an experience beyond compare. It offered us a much-needed respite from the bustle of everyday life and allowed us to reconnect with ourselves, nature, and each other. The pristine beaches, the invigorating adventures, and the genuine warmth of the resort staff made this getaway a true paradise. Lilom Resort will forever hold a special place in our hearts as the destination where we celebrated life, love, and the beauty of turning another year older.

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