Last year, my company had its Christmas Party in Morong, Bataan, an adjacent town to Subic. Going there meant passing through Subic, towards the Safari and Ocean Adventure to the Morong Gate. From there, several beach resorts line the coast of Morong. We did an impulsive ocular one afternoon, and decided to go with Coral View Resort, which is around 30 minutes from central Subic. I've already talked about Subic Sweetwater and its gorgeous sunset in a previous entry. Coral View Resort is further away, in the town of Poblacion, which is after Anvaya Cove. Poblacion Beach is a long 2-kilometer stretch of light gray sand, and is also known for the Pawikan Conservation Center.
Coral View Resort is like one in a score of resorts along that beach. We chose Coral View for its charm and intimacy. The one beside it, White Sands, was huge, and we just didn't feel at home there. Coral View was smaller, but still big for a resort. They have different types of accommodations, from the standard rooms for two, some by the pool, some facing the beach, to dorm types, that can fit up to 16 people (perfect for barkadas). It has two swimming pools, something I find weird, since both were not small. I'm assuming it gets full during the peak Summer months.
The resort is surprisingly well kept (clean and comfy), despite its hugeness. One can walk around the resort without finding any trash. Even the common restrooms were well-appointed. The restaurant has a sufficient menu, and the prices are not that steep.
There were around 20 cabanas of different sizes on its beachfront, which was also wide and sandy. It had three floating cabanas, where one can lounge at or have a feast in. You can even paddle yourself to the sea with 4 of their small outrigger boats. There was even an obstacle course, a camp fire area, and a pavilion by the beach for functions.
Over-all, Coral View Resort provided us with the right ingredients in having a wonderful vacation after a very busy year at work. We thank the equally wonderful staff who attended to all the needs of our 30-strong team. I see Coral View Resort as a perfect weekend getaway for families and friends, and even companies who plan to have their planning sessions or team building activities on a beach (Call us 6874639 for events like these, haha, sorry for the plug).
It's just a delight to have such a clean and affordable resort near Manila, definitely an alternative to the crowded Batangas area.