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Review: Cristina Villas Mountain Hotel and Resort

Okay. Confession time. This is a really and truly delayed post (so sorry!). Anyway, let me get the ball rolling and babble away.

We went to Cristina Villas last March 15, 2014 at around 12 noon. We were actually expecting a crowd since it was a Saturday, and a payday to boot. To our surprise, there were very few people in the resort.

Cristina Villas is not actually a new resort for me. I have been here a couple of times during my dalaga days with my friends. I am quite pleased with the developments done without changing much of the original setting.

There is ample parking space should you and your guests decide to bring a car. Since the said resort is also a hotel, you may also opt to stay overnight (though if you plan to swim throughout, then, there is no need to check in anymore!).

This sari sari store is right in front of the hotel. Before, this is where we used to pay for entrance and cottage. Now, the guard will direct you to the front desk personnel so that you can choose the cottage you want, explain where the chosen cottage is near which pool, as well as the prices. Rates for daytime (8 AM to 5 PM), night time (10 PM – 7 AM), and straight slots () differ.

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In house sari sari store. They sell drinks, chips, crackers, toiletries, and such.

There are a bunch of sights to see as you go along. There is a Malakas and Maganda sculpture, a sort of belfry, an overlooking area that can be rented for a wedding or such, a couple of lounge chairs, and lots of trees and plants. The resort also is under renovation but it is not something that would cause any hassle during your stay. The workers pretty much keep to themselves.

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Malakas at si Maganda. There are a couple of sculpture scattered all over the resort. Even on the pools.

 

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A nice area for photo ops.

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A couple could get married here. The view is fantastic 🙂 

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See?

We stayed in what they called a lower casita. This one costs Php700 and is good for 3-4 persons according to their guidesheet. It is very near the kiddle pool, the first adult pool, the dormitory, toilet and showers, and the overlooking area.

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This is what a lower casita looks like. It can easily fit more than 4 persons, and each casita is spaced appropriately, providing privacy to the customers. We stayed in 5. 

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LC 5 is located at the far end. What’s nice about it is that it has another set of stairs leading to the toilet and showers, a terrace, and the pool. If you’re the shy type who would not want to pass by the all the other casitas, you have the option to do so.

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This was the mini pool beside the lower casitas. It has this sort of shower, and 2 slides leading to the main pool.Slides lead to 4 ft deep and 6 ft deep end of the pool below.

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Though the slides were not that high, it still served it’s purpose and we enjoyed it a lot!

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Pool rules and regulations

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A view of the terrace and the alcove where the water is only about waist high. There is a stairs on the left side leading to our side of the Casitas

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The other end of the adult pool, the jets of water were really harsh!

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A closer look at the slides

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There is a bench on the terrace where you can hang out once the sun is down

A few steps from the main pool, are the kiddie pools. There is one small pool above, with an overlooking view, and one bad ass kiddie pool below.

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More of a chillax corner. Water level is below the knee. The mushroom cone provides some sort of a shower effect.

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First angle – from above 

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From one side. This is the side where Geoff enjoyed the most as the slides were more slippery than the one on the other side

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The slide where you can’t slide (LOL!). Honestly, Geoff was disappointed when he found out he had to work hard to reach the bottom 😛

For large groups, they have the option to rent the dormitory. This area was closed off (thankfully!) during our visit.

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A strict warning for non dormitory users.

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There is a lonely bench swing inside. Must be fun to try that!

As with other resorts, a must have are toilet and shower stalls. This area, I like! There are lots of shower cubicles, toilets, and separate areas where you can change. There is also a long area for faucets, floor length mirrors and even an area where you can do a fish spa session!

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Notice the floral shorts on the lower right, he’s a kid who was about to feed the fishes his callused feet! (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture)

After our swim, we decided to take a look around the resort, as I was only able to explore the lower parts of the resort before. There were 2 or 3 other pool on the higher part of the resort among other things.

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Time out! The baby got tired of running around and opted to sit on the ground. Wala lang. Ang cute eh 😀

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Never mind us. These were the lounge chairs near the overlooking area of the resort.

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Signage on rocks

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A cross on the highest point of the hotel. This was right beside the tree house

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These are the big casitas

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The tree house

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The cross from another angle

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The hotel facade. The lobby looks normal, however, the third floor windows are boarded up. They must be renovating.

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This area was under construction but the swings were very relaxing to sit in.

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I am not sure what happened but I told babe to take a photo of the infinity pool. Well, this is the shallow part, with the showering falls

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Part of the infinity pool. Babe thought the shot was artistic. I think so too (I just wished he took a photo of the whole pool! -_-)

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Deserted steps leading to I don’t know where. This are is under construction too!

Overall, the stay was enjoyable because we were lucky that there were very few people. Just the same, the price was not that bad. I don’t even think that they raised their prices since 2007 or 2008 (last that I have been there), yet, the facilities were improved and the things I loved then were still there!

Promise, I will post the list of prices as soon as I see it.

Review: Gluta C Intense Whitening Body Scrub

When I was still single, one of my must-haves are whitening soaps. My skin complexion is fair, and I want to keep it that way. Let’s face it, most ladies want to be fair skinned. So aside from papaya and gluta soaps, I also make it a point to have body scrub sessions in nearby spas. Fast forward to the point when I got pregnant, I stopped the whitening soaps. Bawal daw kasi. Until I got used to using a regular bath soap until now.

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The Gluta C Intense Whitening Body Scrub – another miracle in a small container 🙂

I discovered the Sample Room recently. This is my second try with them, and this time, I opted to try the Gluta C Intense Whitening Body Scrub. I am no virgin when using scrubs at home. I chose to stop it before because I found the salt itself irritating to my skin, however, when I tried using this scrub, there were no stinging feel, and it rinses easy too. Perfect for someone who does not have enough to take a longer bath time (pathetic excuse of a newbie mom, I know!). In addition, the price is affordable. The regular price of the same container in the picture is only Php 99.75. Not bad if you are looking for an effective whitening product. Let me also share something else.

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This is my knee after about 3 uses of the scrub. This dark spot on my knee was twice as dark before usage

After I gave birth, I never really took the time in checking if my body parts regained it’s color. Sure the skin in my neck and armpits are ok-looking now, however, imagine my surprise when I noticed a really rough spot on my right knee. When I finally took notice, the skin was so dark, it really contrasted my natural color. When I wear shorts, kitang kita sya, kaasar talaga. Anyway, the photo above is a testimony that the scrub works. It’s not back to it’s natural tone, but it’s close. I can then once again flair in my shorts (LOL!).

Aside from wearing comfortable clothes as a mean of staying beautiful this summer (due to the heat), I will continue hydrating myself. This means 8 glasses or more of water and moisturizing before going to bed. I’d like to add exercise to the list, pero indoors lang. I have this bogus work schedule add up a very makulit toddler that I have to prioritize as well (excuses, excuses!). I will also add the Gluta C scrub to my grocery list to compensate my inability to afford a body scrub from a spa.

And so, to end this blog post, let me post some of my “adventures”. I will be going back to Palawan this September, this time with my hubby for our second anniversary. It will no longer be summer, but as long as there is sun and sand, there will be an opportunity for me to bring back my natural colors effortlessly. 🙂

My travels - I miss these!

My travels – I miss these!