Definitely one with a notable historical past, the Kawayan Cove is a members-only beach resort unlike other beach resorts in Nasugbu Batangas. It is said that during the Second World War, while the troops of Filipinos and Americans were fighting off the Japanese invaders on the island of Corregidor, Col. Jose Razon was given special permission by then President Manuel L. Quezon to survey nearby areas to search for supplies and food for the ailing troops. It was said that he hid his boat somewhere along the cove upon docking at Bamboo Beach. It was here where the faithful residents assisted him in loading the provisions to bring back to Corregidor. After the war, Col. Razon came back to this beloved cove with 2 other friends and bought property near the beach. Succeeding families would continue to relish this beautiful place amidst a wilderness without electricity, summer upon summer of travel without good roads.
First-Rate Residence Pavilions and Suites
Some of the illustrious visitors of Kawayan Cove were Don Eduardo Roxas, Andres Soriano, Jr., and Don Enrique Zobel, who alighted from his helicopter above the sand during one of his visits. This legacy of grandeur continues through the Edge Properties Development Corp., run by Col. Razon’s youngest daughter, Isabel R. Puyat, her husband Jose G. Puyat and family. The masterplan, landscape design, engineering and construction were part of a combined partnership of leading consultants and experts in the country. The architecture is courtesy of Leandro V. Locsin Partners, of world famous designs such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine International Convention Center, and the Manila International Airport.
Members and residents have priority access to this private resort, one of the most luxurious resorts in Nasugbu Batangas. The facilities boast of a basketball court, a tennis court, its own amphitheater in the midst of a lush garden and scenic seaside view; a spacious children’s swimming pool with waterslide, climbing web, and kiddie tree house available for recreation.
Going further toward one of the promontories securing the cave you would find Meditation Point, a serene, relaxing place at the summit. Located here is arguably the largest rosary in the world measuring 57.29 meters, a series of naturally shaped boulders placed strategically like the beads of the holy rosary. It is a perfect spot for people looking to energize their spirits or seek peace of mind.
What is a cove without a picturesque beach people can enjoy? In the heart of the residential units is considered one of the most breathtaking shores among the resorts in Nasugbu Batangas, Bamboo Beach. This 650-meter shoreline had been home to one of simple Filipino feasts celebrated every summer a few decades ago – roasted pig and fresh fish on charcoal grills, food served on banana leaves topping a long bamboo table, and drinks in ice passed on floating tubs. Other dishes were served that included fresh mangoes picked from the very trees planted on the acreage. Back then, it did not seem to matter that there was no electricity or other modern conveniences.
More Than Just a Resort
The true essence of Kawayan Cove is its being a conservation space. Only 30 of the total 68 hectares of land are for residential use. There are about 300 units, all with their own captivating view. The cove is divided into 6 key areas – The Grove, Terrace View, The Ridge, Seaview, The Cove, and Seacliff. The average size of lots is 500 to 2,000 square meters, all of which enjoy the following:
- security 24 hours a day
- wide roads shaded by trees
- fresh water from deep aquifers
- underground power lines
- exclusive access to the Bamboo Beach Club
For bookings or more information, you can contact the sales and marketing office at the ground floor of the Karrivin Plaza along Pasong Tamo Extension in Makati City.
Photo from Daniel Y. Go