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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After having some fun swimming, we proceeded to take more pictures of thea area.
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.
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!
After a littel chill time, we decided to explore more of the 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.
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.
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!
– good service
– polite and helpful staff
– not crowded
– big swimming pool
– has beach area
– good food
– not strict with time
– 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
Edwin Martinez- Marketing Officer
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,