Our trip to Pico Sands Hotel at Pico de Loro was probably the trip I was most excited about because of the pandemic. We have been stuck at home for a year so an out-of-town trip is really something to look forward to. I haven’t been there but I’ve heard a lot of good things Pico Sands Hotel from relatives whose been there and from social media posts which makes it even more exciting.
Pico de Loro is only a little over two hours away from Manila but it felt longer because of the scenery, or probably because we haven’t been out of the city for a year. You’ll pass by cost lines, beaches, rice fields, and mountains. You’ll also pass by Kaybiang Tunnel in Maragundon, Cavite. It’s a popular stopover for motorcycle riders but was later banned because they were already causing traffic and littering.
As soon as we reached the compound gate, we were asked for reservations and they took temperatures were taken. Since the province does no require tests we didn’t need to present any health permits or PCR results, but because we were still in a pandemic safety protocols are still in place.
- Temperatures were taken before entering the vicinity, and the hotel.
- Face masks were required while on the premises unless your swimming or dining.
- Rooms were sanitized, disinfected, and sealed.
- Seats set up for social distancing and buffets are closed to avoid congestion.
After a quick briefing on safety protocols we head straight to lunch, but since there was no buffet we ordered plated meals and ala carts. After lunch, we went straight to our rooms to rest a bit before we tour the place. To avoid contact, the elevator features a touch-free button.
Our room were sealed with a sticker signifying that it was sanitized, disinfected and sealed. I found a couple to safety practices in place as part of their campaign in promoting safe travels.
The room was spacious enough for the two of us and has a great view of the mountain and the lagoon. It has everything you’d expect in a hotel room plus the view.
It’s a 37sqm room with two double beds. which is enough for a family of four with a 7sqm balcony where you can just sit listen to the birds chirping. Inside the rooms and the hotels are photos of birds that were found at Pico de Loro. Pico de Loro, if I’m not mistaken is Spanish for Parrot’s Beak. If I knew that there were a lot of birds, I would have brought my binoculars for bird watching.
Here’s our first group photo at Pico Sands Hotel.
In line with the government’s COVID-19 policy, children below 18 years old and adults over 65 aren’t allowed entry until further notice. You can get more info regarding Pico Sands Hotel’s safety guidelines from their website – www.picosandshotel.com.
Watch out for my next blog that will feature a tour of the place and activities you can enjoy at Pico Sands Hotel.