Weekend at Crystal Beach Resort Zambales

Sunday, February 18, 2018


For the past three years, I made it a point to celebrate my birthday at the beach. Three years ago I celebrated it in La Union, 2 years ago in Puerto Galera and then last year in La Union again ( I really really love Elyu! Check out my Baguio - La Union Itinerary!). 


This year I decided to celebrate my 25th birthday in Crystal Beach at San Narciso, Zambales. I've read a lot of good reviews and saw tons of awesome photos from the place that's why I really wanted to visit the resort.



Our view while eating breakfast 
HOW TO GET THERE VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

We rode a Victory Liner Bus at Pasay Terminal (where I lost my phone a few minutes before we left for Zambales so be careful!) heading to Iba, Zambales. You can also opt to go to the Cubao terminal but we preferred Pasay since fewer people go there. One way fare from Pasay terminal to San Narciso is P314.


We were dropped off in San Narciso, near San Sebastian Church. From there we rode a tricycle going to Crystal Beach for P30 for special trips. 


TIP: Make sure to check bus schedules online. We got the first trip in the morning, 5:30 AM.



Welcome to Crystal Beach!

CHECK-IN AND ACCOMMODATION


We arrived at Crystal Beach Resort around 10 in the morning. Check-in is 2 PM so we just left our things in the lockers in the reception area. We ate breakfast and explored the resort. Cottages near the beach are free so we were able to chill by the beach even before check-in.


Cottages by the beach  

For accommodations, we booked online, thru their website. We were supposed to book the glamping tent but while browsing I really loved the Isaiah Beach Cabin so we booked that for P2,700 per night. It's a fan room with a common toilet and shower nearby.


  
Isaiah Beach Cabin - Good for 2 to 3 pax

BUT, when we checked-in on the day, they overbooked the Isaiah Cabin and luckily we were upgraded to the Naomi Attic!! It's an air-conditioned room with its own toilet and shower. It costs P4,650 per night though we weren't charged for the extra since it was an error on their part. We were really thankful for this since it gets really hot in the afternoon and having your own toilet and bath is just really more comfortable.

  
 Naomi Attic - Good for 3 pax

Aside from their cabins, you can also opt to go rent or bring your own tent and go camping.


One of the camping sites at Crystal Beach Resort
Accommodations at the resort range from P900 - P12,000. 
Note: During check-in, you will be asked to pay a P1,000 deposit which will be returned once you check-out.

WHERE TO EAT


The only place you can buy food is at the resort's restaurant, Domingo's Grill and Restaurant. They also have grilling areas so you can bring your own food as long as you pay the corkage. Meals range from P180 - Php400. They have complimentary breakfast buffet during weekends but the restaurant tends to get crowded and we had to wait long before the food trays got refilled.



AMENITIES

What I love about Crystal Beach is there are tons of activities that you can do. You can surf, go island hopping, get a massage by the beach, or get a henna tattoo and many more. And since it's a private beach you can chill comfortably cause they only limit guests to 400pax.


Pathway going to the beach

Loved the improvised swing sets!


During the first day of our visit, the waves were really strong so we just relaxed, soaked in some vitamin D, and waited for the sunset.


Tried capturing a time-lapse of the sunset

While waiting for the sunset, we got to really appreciate everything. The sound of the waves surrounding me, the heat of the sun on my skin, fresh air on my face and the cold wind blowing through my hair.


Ice-cold beer by the beach
NIGHTLIFE

At night, the resort transforms into an acoustic lounge. Tables and banigs are placed on the sand. Bonfires, candlelight dinners and a band serenading you through the night.



 

They also have Fire Dancers!!!!

THE VERDICT


All in all, it was a big thumbs up!! It's near Manila, the staff was really accommodating, the place was well kept, pricing is well within the budget and there are tons of activities to choose from. Definitely coming back here! 



Check out other photos of our trip.






EXPENSES FOR TWO:

Roundtrip Bus from and to Manila - P628 per head

Accommodation - P2,700 (P1,350 per head)
Food and Drinks - P1,000 per head

TOTAL: P2,978



xoxo

4 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this. May I ask how much was the Naomi Attic? Looks really nice! I’ve never seen this side of Crystal Beach before! Makes me want to go and I might just do that, soon! Happy weekend :)

    Nika | lostwithnika.com

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    1. Hi!!! The Naomi Attic is P4650 per night. Yess you should definitely visit the place. I especially love the breakfast buffet and the lounge by the beach at night! :)

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