Puerto Azul: A Forgotten Paradise

Puerto Azul in Ternate, Cavite was a luxury resort in the early days. I remember hearing stories of how exclusive and grand it was when I was younger.
Since the place is now a little bit near our house in Imus/Kawit area, I decided to go on a day tour there with my boyfriend, my sister and brother-in-law and my couple friend. Upon checking information on Puerto Azul via the internet, you will find almost nothing. Only a few discussions will come up, contact information (thank heavens!) and some not very good reviews in Trip Advisor.
Despite the not-so-good reviews though, we wanted to push through. We became curious about the current state of the resort so I contacted the number and booked a daytour package for 5 people. The other couple booked an overnight stay instead. Most of the comments anyway are focused on how dated the place looks and how it needs renovation asap. The comments on service and staff though, was still very good. That is enough for us to push through.

After a few exchanges of text messages with a man named Edwin Martinez, I was able to confirm our day tour package for PhP 450 each inclusive of use of swimming pool, beach area and resort facilities and plated lunch.

We drove just a bit more than an hour from Kawit and arrived at the Puerto Azul Main Entrance at 8AM.

We've arrived!

We’ve arrived!

We were asked for an ID and asked who is our contact person. We gave Edwin’s name. Please take note that Puerto Azul is a huge property with different sort of exclusive villages inside much like Puenta Fuego. After the gate, there will still be about 5 minutes of drive to get to the clubhouse.

Puerto Azul Main Entrance

Puerto Azul Main Entrance

We entered the receiving area and I instantly saw what the Trip Advisor people meant with renovation needed. The receiving area looks very dark nad rustic in an old way. The furniture looks old. Everything looks clean and tidy but it is obvious that everything has been designed and purchased about 20 years ago.

Puerto Azul Clubhouse Facade

Puerto Azul Clubhouse Facade

The person in the reception was nice and polite. She gave us the total amount to be paid, provided a receipt for the payment, and asked a man to assist us to the pool area so we can settle in.

Main Lobby

Main Lobby

Old Furniture

Old Furniture

Same scenario can be found in the swimming pool area. The huts are already slightly dilapidated and only monoblock chairs are used with tables covered in old covers in bold colors. The pool is actually nice and is pretty big but also looks old.

The receiving are from the pool

The receiving are from the pool

A server immediately approached us and politely asked what we would want for our lunch. He gave the options and after we gave our choices, asked what time we would want them served. We opted for 11:30 AM.
We surveyed the area nd there was a medium-sized stretch of grey sand, a rocky shore side which seems great for a Photo Ops and some nice trees near the beach.

Tables and Chairs Behind Us

Tables and Chairs Behind Us

Thank Goodness the Pool is nice

Thank Goodness the Pool is nice

Rocky Area

Rocky Area

Trees by the seashore

Trees by the seashore

We changed into the comfort room at the back of swimming pool and it looks okayand clean. The downside though is there is no tissue available. You also cannot take a bath inside. For people who are not comfortable bathing in the open, this might be a problem.

Comfort Room

Comfort Room

We swam in the pool and I saw some hanging chairs by the bar. Although the bar does not exactly work anymore, It was fun sitting on the hanging chairs! I can imagine how this felt so posh during the Puerto Azul days. Today though, molds can alraedy be found in the tiles below the bar.

Hanging Chairs by the Pool

Hanging Chairs by the Pool

Couples

Couples

After having some fun swimming, we proceeded to take more pictures of thea area.

 

 

Rules

Rules

Trash Can

Trash Can

At exactly 11:30 AM, lunch was served. We had a choice of Grilled Chicken, Grilled Pork Chop and Grilled Spare Ribs. Almost all of us ordered Grilled Pocrk Chops and it was a great choice. This came with rice, atchara, one softdrink each and a fruit platter for all. Not bad. The food tasted pretty good and the fruits are fresh. The soft drinks were the small ones though (solo size) and will not be enough if you did not bring other beverages. Good thing we brought water and softdrinks with us.

Grilled Pork Chop Meal

Grilled Pork Chop Meal

Fruit Platter

Fruit Platter

Until this time there were only a few other groups who arrived in the resort, mostly with Foreigners. We heard some Koreans riding the jet ski by the shore and everything else is on the down low,, which I love. The other couple with us, Prin and Merb ordered Banana Split. I looked so cute!

Our friends ordered Dessert!

Our friends ordered Dessert!

After a littel chill time, we decided to explore more of the beach area.

Beach Area

Beach Area

There were also very few people in teh beach area so we had a little privacy to take pictures and chill. We needed that since it was pretty much a couples trip.

Greyish Sand

Greyish Sand

At around 1:30 PM, it was time to really chill. I asked my boyfriend to get beach bed (whatever you call it) and move it in the shady area facing the sea. I then borrowed my sister’s Samsung tab so I can read a book. I laid my towel on the bed and rested. Pure bliss! We ordered dessert as well so I had my dessert while reading. Buco with Ice cream was for PhP 90 and Buco Rico (Buko Juice) is at PhP 50. 10% service charge is applied.

puerto2

Unfortunately, some of my digicam photos got erased due to some problems while transferring so I do not have my pictures while lounging near the beach. Good thing I saved one in my Blackberry as shown above. That is the life, right?

My sister was able to have a little chat with one of the waiters and she asked her why the resort is poorly maintained. According to the waiter, when the former owner (Marcos Crony) died, the property was passed on to the offspring. This new owner is apparently more focused on generating income without investing money for renovation and maintenance. The resort is pretty much living on the money brought in by the semi-permanent tenants, mostly Koreans. This is very sad to hear because the Puerto Azul still has great potential and could be further developed to compete with other luxury resorts today.

My sister further found out through research when we came home that the employees are not being paid on time. That is probably the raeson why they have a lot of trainees when we went there and I also saw several ads for job openings. This is even more sad because the staff are very nice and polite to us guests. I hope the owner and management will look into this and see how investing more can actually bring in more income to them in the long run.

Over all, we had a great time at Puerto Azul. I highlighted the cons about the resort being old and not well-maintained but only because I am hoping that they can work on it in the future. I still think it is a beautiful resort that you should go to if you wish to relax and have fun. Do not worry, the old feel of the resort wont look too bad in photographs. I just look at ours!

Pros:
– good service
– polite and helpful staff
– not crowded
– big swimming pool
– has beach area
– good food
– not strict with time

Cons:
– location
– not amenable to public transportation
– old and dated facilities
– Shower area is Open
– Comfort room strictly for changing clothes and the usual bodily movements

Puerto Azul Day Tour Package Rates (8AM-6PM)

A. PhP 650/person- buffet lunch with 1 drink
B. PhP 450/person- plated lunch with 1 drink
C. PhP 300/person no lunch

Inclusions: Entrance, Use of Swimming Pool, Cottage (with Tables and chairs), Beach Area and other resort facilities

Contact Information:
Edwin Martinez- Marketing Officer
0932-863-6070
0919-533-5391

Driving Directions:
From Manila, take the Coastal Road Highway then take the Cavitex Road. Drive straight for a while going past Kawit and Naic until you see a junction with a white sign saying to Puerto Azul. Turn left on that junction and drive straight until you see a few signs again saying Puerto Azul nd Caylabne. Once you see a Petron Station, turn right. Drive straight again and after a short drive, you will see a sign saying to Ternate Beach Resort. Just follow that sign turning left. Go straight and keep a safe pace as you get past a bridge and an upward hill. You will then see a Puerto Azul sign on the right. Approach the gate and leave your ID.

Until the next trip, 

CLAIRE

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29 thoughts on “Puerto Azul: A Forgotten Paradise

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  2. Glad I found your review, been wanting to go back here. I have fond memories of the place and I’ve been wondering if the place and the beach is still good.

  3. We even had our honeymoon there when it was managed by Hotel Novotel. I don’t know what happened after that. But the place I must say was the best place that you should visit. No wonder why the lobby is a Maharlika inspired one it was owned by a Marcos crony.

  4. i’m pretty sure this is where San Miguel had one of their family outings. I remembered I almost drown here when I was a kid hehe but I also remember the place to be grand – the facilities and even the beach… too bad we didn’t have any pictures of that trip. Thanks for this 🙂

  5. hello.. is there another offer.? ??? like we are a gruop of friends.. want to come .. and we want to stay like 2 to 3 days….

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  7. thank you claire for this wonderful blog about puerto azul, i somehow felt nostalgic upon seeing the pictures, just by the signage of puerto azul gave me the goosies, it looks so old and sad. Back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, i would always feel jealous upon hearing my friends stories that they spent the weekend in Puerto AZul, it was where the elite people would go. I have been to Puerto Azul for a couple of times and I must say, eveything was gorgeous back then, i can vividly remember this place called caylabne which i would always wish living and owning one of the units there. it is just sad…hoping the management would restore its beauty

  8. Hello Claire! I am very much inspired to visit the place because of your blog! But anw, how can we get there kaya if we’re from SM Bacoor na?

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