On a ridge at the foothills of Sierra Madre in Binangonan overlooking Laguna de Bay and the mountains of Rizal lies a wonderful resort-hotel that has all the amenities of a relaxing escape from the busy metro life.
THUNDERBIRD RESORTS RIZAL
Rizal has become one of the prime resort destinations in the country because of its close proximity to mega manila, the province is an ideal location for quick out-of-town weekend relaxation and other activities. I once managed a small private resort in Antipolo 3 – 4 years ago and I could say that it was the busiest experience of my life because of the number of actual reservations and inquiries that I received from families and business organizations looking for a place to do their team-building and family outing activities.
Rizal is indeed a booming place and with the addition of THUNDERBIRD RESORTS in their map, it is sure to become a first-class province sooner than we have expected.
THUNDERBIRD RESORTS is just a 40-minute drive from mega manila and for those who don’t want to bring their car with them, there are shuttle services strategically located in nearby areas specifically in the following places:
- Angono Municipal Hall
- Ever Supermarket, Antipolo
- Savemore, Morong
- Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Cainta
- SM, Taytay
- Binangonan Fire Station
- Ever Gotesco Mall, Ortigas Exr., Pasig
- St. Francis Square, Pasig
It was my first time to visit the place last Saturday and we took the shuttle service coming from St. Francis Square. The shuttle brought us to THUNDERBIRD RESORTS’ EVENT CENTER.
THE EVENT CENTER
The Event Center is a huge state-of-the-art ballroom type area at the heart of the resort that offers clients a venue for any kind of events and activities such as receptions, concerts, festivals, meetings, conferences, trade shows, exhibits, lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, product launches and many other occasions that deserves a memorable experience. According to our host at Thunderbird Resorts, THE EVENT CENTER was recently used as a shooting venue for the hit ABS CBN morning TV series “BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART.”
The number of people that can be accommodated depends on the table arrangements:
- Baquet Type (350 pax)
- Theater/Concert Type (450 pax)
- Classroom Type (350 pax)
- Cocktail Type (500 pax)
Aside from THE EVENT CENTER, Thunderbird Resorts also has other event venues in the area such as the MOLAVE GARDEN AREA, NARRA FUNCTION ROOM, NUEVA LAGUNA and LOBBY MEETING ROOM.
Majority of our activities that day were held at THE EVENT CENTER though. Another thing worth mentioning about Thunderbird Resorts are their fully smart automated restroom areas.
Our delicious lunch and snacks were served courtesy of KOI RESTAURANT, famous for their wide array of delectable Asian dishes. Had the chance to see their simple yet elegant restaurant which is located near the Casino area (yes, they have a Casino area and will tell you more about that later).
KOI RESTAURANT also has the lowest All-You-Can-Eat Lunch and Dinner Offer for only P299 pesos! Can you believe that? Starting this August, and during the weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) it’s going to be food-to-sawa at KOI’s. Also if you avail of 3 All-You-Can-Eat packages you get 1 FREE until August 31.
For those who just want to chill out at their pool bar or cabana area, grab a bucket of iced cold San Mig Light for only 195 pesos!
Here are some of the wonderful signature dishes of KOI
THUNDERBIRD RESORTS HOTEL and AMENITIES
In the afternoon, we went on a tour of the whole facility. We started with the hotel area. THUNDERBIRD RESORTS RIZAL has a total of 12 Deluxe Rooms with Garden View, 28 Superior Rooms overlooking Laguna de Bay and 1 Presidential Suite equipped with an HD LCD TV home theater, its very own living room and a pantry, coffee and tea making facilities.
All rooms has the following amenities:
- In-room Spa Treatments
- Cable TV with remote
- Stero system with DVD
- Fully stocked mini bar
- In-room electronic safety box
- IDD/NDD phone system
- Free Wi-Fi Access
THUNDERBIRD RESORTS RIZAL also has a 180 degree view Infinity Pool, a spa, videoke rooms, a lawn Volleyball-style court, Billiard tables, Team building obstacle course, bike lanes, offroad trails and the nearby Eastridge golf course.
Here are some of their existing promos that are really very tempting:
BED, BREAKFAST & MORE (July to September 2013)
For 4,333 Net get an overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Room with Breakfast for Two. You also get a 15% discount on all food and beverage, 15% discount on spa services, unlimited Wi-Fi, a special Green Fee at the Eastridge Golf Club and a P300 Entertainment Coupon. Free stay for up to 2 kids (12 years old and below) sharing beds with adults.
TRIPLE TREAT (until December 15, 2013)
For P8,100 Net get an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room with Breakfast, set Lunch and set Dinner for two. Unlimited Wi-Fi and a P300 Match Play Coupon at Fiesta Casino. You may also exchange set lunch or dinner for a 1hr in-room spa massage each for two persons.
STAY & PLAY (Until December 15, 2013)
For P8,888 Net get an overnight accommodation with breakfast for two, set lunch and dinner for two, one in-room massage for 1 hour, one round of golf, free unlimited Wi-Fi and a P300 entertainment coupon.
After the tour, our last stop was the FIESTA CASINO where we all got a crash course on playing the BACCARAT and the SLOT MACHINES. It was my first time to play both games inside a real Casino. During the mock game of Baccarat I won a game of five rounds tripling my initial chips of five. If that was a real game my 2,500 worth of chips could have grown to 7,500 pesos. I got to try the real thing later that afternoon.
Anyway, for those who want to try and play some of the games inside the THUNDERBIRD RESORTS RIZAL Casino, you could actually do some practice rounds before trying the real thing through their official website’s DOUBLEDOWN CASINO App. Just go to www.thunderbird-asia.com log in with your facebook account and you’re set to go to play slots, bingo, poker, roulette and many more. Oh, you must be over 21 years old to access this.
So that’s it! How’s that for a weekend experience in Rizal? Can’t wait to come back to THUNDERBIRD RESORTS RIZAL soon. Next stop: THUNDERBIRD RESORTS Poro Point in La Union.