By Mags Ocampo

Family vacations can be pesky little things that have to be planned out to perfection. Where will the clan spend Christmas — are we fans of snow or would we rather stay warm? Where will the family go for the summer — do we want secluded islands or do we yearn for a strange, bustling city?

You can debate all you want about snow and sunlight, but for a quick jaunt that has something in store from dad to the family dog, Morong, Bataan may have the answer: Anvaya Cove. Just a brief road trip away from the city, this seaside-resort-meets-mountain-retreat hybrid might just be perfect for any long weekend getaway.

Anvaya Cove's crystal blue swimming pool Eighteen challenging golf holes await the dads, uncles, and grandfathers of the bunch. Matched with beautiful panoramic nature scenes ranging from high grasslands atop the ridges to crashing waves by the beach, the Anvaya Cove golf course provides a mentally stimulating experience of both awe and intimidation unlike any other.

The golf course at Anvaya Cove

Moms, aunts, and grandmothers can indulge in soothing massages at the Veda Spa right before hitting the beach. A 60 to 90-minute break from watching over the kids — who wouldn’t be excited about that?

Children will be delighted to go to Anvaya Cove’s Nature Camp, an ecologically sound environment that offers a fun range of outdoor activities such as wall climbing, rappelling, and trekking. For the little tykes who would rather stay indoors, the resort’s Library & Game Lounge has a Wii, Play Station, and X-Box available for use. Kids can also enjoy air hockey, board games, and arts & crafts sessions.

The Natura Camp at Anvaya Cove

The beach itself is best experienced as a family. Water sports and activities such as riding banana boats, sailing hobie cats, and snorkeling in the clear waters are great ways to spend time together. For a more laid-back bonding experience, the whole group can indulge in The Pools or have a bonfire complete with a cappella karaoke classics and marshmallows. With something for everyone to enjoy, Anvaya — Sanskrit for “family” — certainly lives up to its name.

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