Posted by: Leap of Faith | August 16, 2010

Heavenly Hideaway

August is a special time for us since it is the birth month of two important people in our family – my mom and our second son, Rafael, who turned a decade old last week. In order to celebrate these important occasions, Pinky and I decided to take a short trip to Zambales where the Subic Freeport is located. 

Although there are a lot of decent accommodations in Subic, we wanted to make this trip very special and relaxing for all of us since planning it was a major task in itself considering that, until just a few days before we were scheduled to leave, there was still no available vehicle for us to use. Fortunately, heaven was on our side and my mom’s usually hectic workload surprisingly turned very light that week allowing us to borrow her van and also have her join us for some quality bonding time.

We googled up all the available hotels, resorts and inns in the vicinity but could not find what we were looking for.  Surprisingly, Pinky and I instantly found what we wanted when we did a quick search of Subic in Facebook.

Segara Villas is a (modern Asian) Balinese-inspired boutique hotel located at a secluded section of Subic Bay.  Its personalized service and beautifully decorated villas and surroundings makes it a haven for people who – like us – just want to take it slow and relax. Although we initially had some issues with the management regarding our booking, everything was eventually ironed out and we all had a great time.

The main entrance and lobby of the hotel was very much Asian (Balinese)-inspired.

These Buddha-inspired water features and lion statue greet you as you enter the premises…

… while these warm smiles assure you that you made the right choice.

We were booked at the Negara and Candida Sa villas, two of the ten available suites which are uniquely decorated making no two rooms alike.

Our king-sized beds and 600 thread count linens assured us of a restful sleep at night…

… while a generous living space provided us with enough room and comfort so as not to get on each others’ nerves.

One of my favorite places is the bathroom, where an open-air feeling was very noticeable.  The complementary amenities and toiletries were, likewise, top-notch  – definitely, no cost-cutting was made in this area as we were actually spoilt for choice in terms of variety of shampoos, conditioners and body washes – be it yellow tea,  mint or orange – name it, they seem to have it! :mrgreen:

The surrounding gardens, swimming pool and spa facilities definitely added to the relaxing ambience. Leaving this place is just so hard to do.

Overall, Segara Villas exceeded our expectations in all levels and we are very happy to have chosen it for our brief stay in Zambales.  Despite it being a bit pricey compared to the other facilities in the area,  we still highly recommend it as it is definitely money well spent. 














  1. This place was really a major find – thank God for FaceBook! 😀 Sarap to be able to be just by ourselves again as a family even for a while – it’s like taking a vacation from our vacation – what else could be better, right? 😉 Labyu, Hon! Mwah! :mrgreen:

    • You said it, hon! Super loved this place in every aspect. So glad we had a chance to go on a short trip with the kids too – hopefully, this is one vacation that we will all remember fondly.

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