Hi, everyone! My name is Gretchen Gatan and I’m a writer and editor based in Metro Manila, Philippines. Welcome to Greta’s Junkyard—a dumpsite of my favorite things! If you’ve stumbled upon this article, then you must be interested to read more about Vivere Azure in Anilao Batangas.
If there’s one thing that my husband Cayo and I enjoy, it’s getting away from the busy life in the city and simply enjoying some quiet time with each other. That’s exactly what happened during our first Valentine’s Day weekend as a married couple. We drove down south to Anilao in Batangas, which was about a 2-hour drive from our studio unit in Makati. We left on Valentine’s Day itself at about 11 AM and arrived at Vivere Azure just a little past 1 PM. I didn’t expect the drive to be so quick—but then again there was no traffic at all!
If you visit their website, Vivere Azure is meant to be a paradise situated by the mountainside of Anilao, where one can relax and break away from the monotony of city life. It’s exactly the kind of place Cayo and I love being in.
About Vivere Azure
Vivere Azure was originally a family rest house. There are thirteen suites. Each one is unique and exudes a sense of openness without sacrificing privacy. Their names evoke an uplifting feeling. If you want, you can read more about the different suites!
The Ultima Suite at Vivere Azure
We stayed for two nights in one of the grand premiere ocean-view suites, Ultima. It’s a 60-square-meter space that offers the most breathtaking view of the landscape. Amenities included an in-room safe, widescreen TV, refrigerator, insect repellent, citronella oils, resort bag, slippers, hygiene kits, a night light, and a Nespresso machine.
The suite’s interior design made me never want to leave, if not for the tempting snorkeling adventures that waited for us just right outside. After settling in and eating lunch on our first day, we went snorkeling right away to get a glimpse of the diverse ecosystem. Cayo used to come to Vivere Azure a lot with his whole family (since his relatives own the resort) and still knew his way around. He immediately showed me the giant clams, one of the many amazing things you’ll find underwater! You can watch the video below to see them.
Staying at Vivere Azure Includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
When you’re checked in at Vivere Azure, you don’t need to worry about where or what to eat. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included. And it’s always a delicious buffet of simple comfort food. That evening, we were even served a complimentary large slice of chocolate cake that we enjoyed over cups of coffee. They surprised me with a long-stemmed red rose as well!
Island Hopping in Anilao
The following day, we booked a private tour and went island hopping to visit Sombrero Island and Fortalez Island. We met a couple of beach dogs in Sombrero Island that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of. Cayo and I also took the longest time snorkeling in Fortalez Island. The beautiful corals and fishes mesmerized us. I got to feed them, too!
We relaxed for the rest of the day. We swam in the infinity pool, sipped on fruit shakes, and booked a massage for two. It was definitely a fun and memorable weekend. Our weekend in Vivere Azure was also the last time I got to bask in the sun and take in the smell of the ocean right before the lockdown started. I feel very fortunate to have experienced all of that.
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