We heard about Punta de Uian from a relative who really enjoyed their stay in this place. And researching on the internet, we learned that this place is popular with tv shows and celebrities so we had to visit it ourselves and make my own blog.
Punta de Uian (pronounced You-Yan) is located in San Antonio, Zambales. It's a 4-hour drive to the resort, through NLEX and SCTEX, and then pass through Subic then Castillejos, San Marcelino and then San Antonio. Although it took us more than that as we had to take a lunch stop at the Fortune Seafood Restaurant in Angeles City, one of the best chinese restaurants in the region.
Arriving at Punta de Uian, we were greeted by the resort's beautiful facade and antique looking wooden gate. Upon entering, you would immediately see the beauty of the place. With the Balinese/Thai architecture, you wouldn't guess a place like this would exist in the middle of nowhere.
Punta de Uian has a lot of activities in store for its guests. The resort has 2 swimming pools, both of which have accompanying kiddie pools. One pool has a gazebo standing in the middle, so on a sunny day, and you're avoiding sunburn, you can frolick under the gazebo and still enjoy the pool.
Punta de Uian also has a big man-made lake in the middle of the resort which houses large quantities of tilapia. We didn't actually ask, but I'm guessing these fishes are here for guests who want to fish. Maybe they're renting out fishing rods, or maybe you can just bring one yourself. There is a bridge and a gazebo high above the middle of the lake that, I suppose, would be a great spot to fish. You can even plug your laptop and use the resort-wide WIFI while waiting for the fish to bite.
Punta de Uian has a 1 kilometer stretch of sea shore. Although the waves are a bit strong as the beach is open to the South China Sea. And you should be very careful with the beach as the sea bed is very steep and the currents are strong. We even witnessed someone drowning while we were there. He was rescued by the lifeguards.
The sand is typical gray all the way. No corals or large rocks, just sand and small pebbles.
There are some motor boats there you can rent to take you to snake island. The island is really close, it shouldn't take 10 minutes going there. Although, we weren't able to try this as we had small children with us, and with the size of the waves, no thank you.
The resort also houses a golf driving range, tennis court, basketball court, billiard tables and a playground for the children. You can also ride the golf cart to take around the place as the place is somewhat big.
Punta de Uian has one of the best tasting dishes we've encountered in any of the resorts we've been to. Some of the food they have are original recipe, or at least, was the first time I've tasted, like the Salmon Sashime with curry and Italian spices. I just love the Parmesan Fish Fillet and the Salpicao! Although, you need to be VERY patient with the waiters, if you know what I mean. Very! And the free breakfast menu isn't to die for. Well I guess you get what its worth.
We stayed in the Garden View cottages, which is very very close to the pool and the beach. Right in front of the rooms are small huts where you can have your meals in the cool sea breeze or open up your laptop and surf the internet with the resort-wide WIFI.
Although I'm not very happy with the rooms itself. I felt it was a bit dirty, but I'm sure it was our fault as well. The Cable TV had less than 10 channels, but why would you waste your time watching TV when there's so much to do outside. Although they had Star Movies and Nat Geo. Hehe. Furthermore, the WIFI is very weak inside the rooms. They should add more access points.
The bathrooms are a bit tight in the shower area, you'd probably hit the glass walls with your elbow while soaping more often than not.
All in all, Punta de Uian is a very beautiful and relaxing place. Plenty of enjoyment for the kids. I would recommend giving it a try. The 4-hour drive is well worth it, especially now there's NLEX and SCTEX, travelling is a breeze! The resort is also about 40 minutes to an hour away from Subic, so if you feel like going to the duty free stores there, it isn't much of a hassle.
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