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BIG FAMILY TRAVEL: Tips in Planning your Next Awesome Family Adventure!

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Our boys are growing up so fast, so each adventure we have with them is precious. Usually, one adventure fuels creative ideas for the next awesome adventure. It gets very addicting.

When you have kids that are more than 2 years old already, you have to be creative in managing your budget for the trip because:

  • You already have to pay full fare for flights;
  • You usually need to have a bigger room or have options for extra bed/s; and
  • They already have growing appetites.

Big Family Travel (with kids of 3 or more) continues to be a challenge in terms of costs and the logistics of organizing it. There are no travel packages, deals or incentives catering to the needs and wants of this travel segment.

I’m still learning how to do it efficiently, and I’m sure there are OAP readers out there who would have smart tips on how to go on a big family travel creatively.

I’ll start first. Here are my Tips & Tricks for a Big Family Travel Adventure:

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Family Escapades

SOFITEL Overnight & SPIRAL’s Champagne Breakfast!

Read FirstPlanning Your Awesome Sofitel Escape

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SOFITEL is one of the best “staycation” escapes for Manileños because of its awesome sunset experience; Spiral – the best buffet in Manila, and Le Spa — a favorite massage experience for couples.

We have blogged about this a number of times through the years, and it continues to be our favorite hotel resort in Manila:

Here’s an updated photo essay of a Sofitel “Staycation” experience and SPIRALS’ Champagne Breakfast:

2013 Luxurious Sofitel Escape Series:

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LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual @ Sofitel

Read this First: A Suite Romance Anniversary

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LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual is one of the most romantic couples massage experiences and best- kept secrets in Manila. I had second thoughts of sharing this secret but I believe this would be an awesome experience for happily married couples in Manila.

Here are some tips to plan your own LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual experience:

2012 Luxurious Sofitel Escape Series:

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Our Favorite Philippine Vacation Photos!

1. Diaz 360 Diaz Family Portrait in Bluewater Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

We love to travel and we love to collect souvenir family photos during our trips.

One of our best family travel photos is a 360 photo in the family suite of Bluewater Panglao resort. The 360 was created by Milo Timbol of 360philippines.com đź™‚ 

Here are our favorite Philippine travel photos with the family…

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#Travel, Bicol, Family Escapades

The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there? (3 of 3)

Misibis Bay Resort is one hour away from the Legazpi airport by land. You can also get there via a fast craft from Embarcadero in Legazpi City.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

Here are some tips on how to plan your trip to the resort and how much to budget:

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#Travel, Bicol, Family Escapades

The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat? (2 of 3)

Good food is part of our criteria when deciding where to travel next. Our travels and food adventures have made us realize that just because an establishment is charging high-end prices, the quality of food will also be high.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

Here is what you can expect with the quality of food in Misibis:

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#Travel, Bicol, Family Escapades

The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do? (1 of 3)

Misibis Bay Resort in Cagraray Island in Albay, Bicol is marketed as “Your Luxury Island Playground”. It is a beach escape where you can relive your childhood fun with a lot of sports and adventure activities that both adults and kids can enjoy.

It is located on an exclusive cove in Cagraray Island, which is an hour away by land from the Legazpi Airport. You can stay in pool-side or beach-side villas, enjoy good buffet food, and relax with all the urban comforts of cable TV + Wifi.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to Eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

Here are the top activities you can do with your family in Misibis (biased towards those with kids below 7 years old):

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#Travel, Family Escapades

Thunderbird Roars

Thunderbird Resort is the best resort in the La Union area. It is located in Poro Point Freeport Zone, San Fernando, La Union (about 6 hours away from Manila). This is quite near the La Union airport and about 30 minutes away from the popular San Juan Surf Resort (for those interested in surfing).

The place created a buzz when it opened because it was the first to provide a Santorini-themed resort — ahead of Bellarocca. Unlike Bellarocca, which is located on an island, Thunderbird is part of the La Union mainland and is easily accessible by car. Also, the resort has a decent Mediterranean restaurant called Olives, which makes up for its so-so buffet breakfast.

For the first time, we brought all the boys on a road trip to Thunderbird. I would like to share with you our Thunderbird experience…

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Bellarocca Rocks! [1 of 3]

OAP | Bellarocca Blog Series
Bellarocca Rocks! 
The Food @ Bellarocca Awesome Things to do in Bellarocca 

Bellarocca, which means beautiful rock, is the latest, much-talked about destination in the country. I would like to share our experience with you to sort through the hype. We did have an awesome experience in Bellarocca but with a few disappointments — particularly with the food.

 

The Santorini-themed geometric architecture (with its super white walls against a backdrop of deep blue sea and clear blue sky) is psychologically refreshing when you see it. To have the best experience, reserve the garden or cliffside villas where you can have a private scenic view that you can enjoy in your own infinity pool. 

 

 

 

 

 

People visit this rock island off the coast of Marinduque to re-energize and have a relaxing, incognito escape. I was expecting to have decent food for its 5 star-hotel priced menu, but the food was not good for me. Also, with its Greek theme, we were expecting some Mediterranean options at least, but it was only limited to continental and Filipino dishes. I felt robbed every time I ate because we were “captive customers” of their food for 2-3 days. I don’t mind paying for overpriced good food but paying for overpriced ho-hum food is a bit insane.

 

Quality of food aside, the overall Bellarocca experience rocks because of the unique ambiance and the French GM who interacts with every single guest. To think, the resort is allegedly second to Amanpulo in terms of revenue even with its not-so-good food and not-so-great beach. I’m amazed actually by how they were able to market the place. (I salute the PR agency that promoted this island rock, turning it into one of the hottest places to go this 2010.)

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