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[Golden Sunset 2] The Golden Sunset Experience

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I was actually skeptical when I first visited golden sunset because of the cheesy marketing gimmicks and later on, I found out that the resort does not have an actual beach front. But still we decided to stay for 3 days/ 2 nights during the holy week to rest and re-charge since this is "allegedly" the best resort (so far) in Calatagan. After our stay, I should say that we really had fun specially because the place caters to families with lots of things to do for the kids. Despite the hot weather, there is a gush of winds passing through the resort which makes the summer heat bearable and it is not that humid. Golden Sunset officially opened to the public just this January 2006 and there was a soft opening during the Ms. Earth pageant last October 2004. Ricky Reyes (commonly called Mader in the resort) proudly designed the entire place and I'm glad to see him during the Holy Week in his resort. The resort is very busy and it would be difficult to get a reservations during the summer weekends in this resort. I'll give you a virtual tour anyway of the resort which is similar to an Island Cove setup but in a much cooler ambiance at night plus a great view of Calatagan's famous golden sunset.

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Golden Sunset Resort, Brgy. Uno, Calatagan Batangas (www.goldensunset.ph)

Calatagan is about 180kms and 3 hours away from Manila. It's just funny how the brochures would normally deduct 30 mins from the estimated time of arrival in the place and would say that it is only two-and-a-half-hour drive. The best way is to drive south via Tagaytay going to Nasugbu and turn left in the Shell station going to Calatagan. There are signs along the way going to Calatagan. Once you reach this Calatagan archway, it is only less than 30 mins from here and it is right before the Calatagan town proper past the Lago de Oro and other resorts in Calatagan.

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After passing through the narrow streets going to the resort, you'll be greeted by this homy reception (small and simple).

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This is a very nice photo of Ricky Reyes with a welcoming smile that invites you to experience his Golden Sunset paradise.

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I've always believed in resorts or restaurants where the owners are there to entertain and welcome guests. Mader is right in the reception greeting the guests and would gladly pose for a photo or two. This is the lobby of Golden Sunset where there is also a photo gallery. One of these days, I also want to have my own private photo gallery at home.

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Just a reminder, the resort only accepts CASH and if you forget to withdraw money, you have to go to Balayan Town 30 minutes away. I've done this and believe me you don't want to go here to get last minute cash because of how far it is and how traffic it would be during busy hours.

One way to control the cash flow inside the resort is with the use of Golden Sunset Passports. You buy them in the lobby for 100, 500, 1000 denominations. I guess the passport system works so that you actually do not need to wait for your change. It is favorable for the resort because you end up maximizing the passport so it is a kind-of-up sell strategy and for us we ended up paying for P2,000 during our stay (which we did not intend to spend...)

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The Golden Sunset Golf carts are cool. The resort is huge and most of the rooms are 5-10mins walking distance so these carts brings you from the lobby to the center of the resort. This is very helpful specially when checking in with all your luggage and checking out. Nice overall branding and I like the way the entire resort is well branded and all the communication touch points conforms to an overall concept.

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Due to its popularity, Mader decided to setup up Tents for those people who are walk-ins and needed a place to stay overnight. Take note that these tents are air conditioned, carpeted, well lighted and nice folding beds with cushions. So it is a very comfortable place to stay and the only downside is you don't have your own private restroom.

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The standard rooms are located at the very end of the resort where the boardwalk is located in front of the fish pond.

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The standard rooms are nice with two single beds. This would costs P2,800 during the regular season and P3,080 during the peak season. It has a TV and ref with hot and cold shower rooms. The only downside is that you can already see maintenance problems in the restroom (leaky tubes, clogged toilet, etc...) and the water is salt sticky water.

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This is the closet to the beach that you can get. Ricky created a sandy boardwalk and a bar near the sea. Don't be misled by its appearance and there is no beach front in this resort.

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This is the view in front of the resort -- Fishpond! That is why there was a lot of fuss about how Ricky's resort is destroying the nearby fishpond areas (not sure how true this is and what's the status).

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This is Mader's place / mansion in the resort.


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Hi Anton.. Geez, you still look the same comparing how I remember you from our old busko days. I came across your wonderful blog spot after searching for online information on Golden sunset resort. Seeing your photos and comments was enough to convince me and my friends to go to the place. Thanks Man!!! This blogspot is one of the most creative and informative I've seen so far. Keep those blogs coming!!!

My group will visit Golden Sunset on Apr 8-9,08. Your personal experience gave me an idea of what to expect. I am hoping that the facilities and services have improved since your family vacation. Thanks a lot. I might try dancing...

Hey, you're right about the place. It's beautiful but not so well maintained. We went there on a weekday so there weren't many guests(were 18 and there were 4 families w/ average of 6-8 members). I expected better service from the crew. They seem to be busy chatting until you call on them.
Again you are right about the food. Only the fishport was open during our trip but they are offering cocina's menu.
We did not have the chance to see Mother. We were greeted by a life-size picture of him right at the entrance of the reception hall.
We have a very sad experience there. One of my friends left her cap at the swimming pool area on Apr 8. The following morning, we asked the assigned personnel if they happen to find it. They said they did and even described it perfectly and handed it over to the front desk. Honest! However, when we asked for it, they checked the log book (ola!, it was there), looked at the recovered items.... the cap could not be found! The cap was a "pasalubong" from Australia. They replaced it with an item from their gift shop. Sad...

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