Monday, August 21, 2017

Azure Urban Resort Staycation

Our family is not a fan of staycation.  Vacation for us would always include transport to somewhere far and checking out several tourist destinations in that said area.  However, when Holy Week 2017 came and we don’t have any plans yet, we decided to try doing a staycation.

Hotels would be the best choice for staycation, but since we have been hearing nice reviews on Azure Urban Resort Residences, we gave it a try.  Azure Urban Resort is located in Paranaque.  It is a condominium residence with a lot of units; some of which are being rented out to guests.  Azure Urban Resort boasts its wonderful swimming facilities with man-made beach and wave pool.



We rented a unit at Azure Urban Resort through Airbnb.  It is a one-bedroom unit with complete amenities.  It has cooking and dining utensils.  It air-conditioned with television and cabinets.  It has everything you need for an overnight stay away from home – except for washing your clothes.  The unit we rented out has an overlooking view of the man-made beach and wave pool area.  Parking fee is not for free for guests. Unless the unit you rented has its own parking space. 






We arrived in the afternoon and decided not to swim yet and just do so in the morning.  We roam around the area where guests are allowed to enter.  There is the Paris Beach Club where a restaurant is located.  We went to the nearest 7/11 (which is still far from Azure) to buy our food as the restaurant offers only few choices and we have cooking amenities in our unit.



We ended the day early so as to hit the swim area early the next day.  I woke up early to take a photo of the beach area from our unit on the 10th floor of one of the buildings.  I wanted to see how the swim area looks like without people as it is open from 7am to 7pm only.  This is my photo taken around 6am.

To be honest, I was quite disappointed with the look of it.  It doesn’t look clean right?

After eating breakfast we head down to the registration area.  The access to the wave pool and man-made beach is Php20 when we went there.  You need to bring your guests ids to be able to register to access the swim area.  Swimming attire is also a must.  Life guards are very vigilant in reprimanding guests that do not follow the swimming attire policy.




There are three swimming pools in Azure Urban Resort.  The wave pool which generates waves every 11am and 5pm; the man-made beach which has the kiddie playground – both of which can be accessed by condominium guests.  The lap pool can only be accessed by homeowners.



As of May 22, Azure Urban Resort’s fee for swim area access is Php500 – to maintain its exclusivity.  I am not a homeowner, but I quite agree to this given the state of the wave pool and the man-made beach when we visited this place.  

Overall, it was a fun staycation.  We might include staycation as a yearly activity.  It’s a good stress reliever. J




15 comments:

  1. My gee.. How much is the rent of the condo.. hahha,planning to go on a staycation too. ahhaha (maiba lang ) kunyari sosyal Us.. hahah

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    1. It cost us around php 3k overnight. Not bad no?

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    2. 3k? overnight?? We booked 2nights through Airbnb to tagaytay it cost us 3200+ with free use of swimming pool

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  2. The P500 for swimming is on top of the room rental? Isn't tha expensive. You can rent a private pool in Antipolo for P4000 and that is for 20pax. P5000+ for overnight. Plus you are sure its clean since they change the water for you.

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    1. I agree with you that the Php500 fee for swimming is quite high. Siguro they should lower it, but not php20.

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  3. Its lucky to have AirBNB because a few years back, you only have hotels and resorts as staycation choices. The pool looks nice but preferably clean. I guess most of the people who stay at Azure are guests and not home owners. I agree with the P500 swim access if they hire more staff to clean and for the pool's upkeep.

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    1. True. Most people who stayed at Azure are guests.

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  4. I agree with Edel, I heard that most of the people in Azure are guests so parang naging business na lang ng mga unit owner. Nagcomplain na siguro yung ibang owner na nakatira kaya okay lang na increase yung swim access though medyo mataas siya. Pwede ka na nga magresort sa iba.

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    1. Most of the people there are guests nga. Siguro nga the homeowners buy these condo units for business talaga.

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  5. We've been wanting to book a staycation there as well but changed our minds when we found out that they charge a swimming fee on top of the rent. We actually just came home from a staycation this week. We booked a condo in BGC via Airbnb as well and was really pleased with our experience. Cost of the booking included use of all amenities already.

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    1. There are other condos that offer nice amenities naman no? We'll try that next time.

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  6. Hmm. I still new to this airbnb thing. The 500 can be too much. Maybe 100-200 is reasonable, but since it's a condo they won't lower it. Still! Haha I like the units for a place to live. It's small. Walang masyado lilinisin. Hahaha!

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  7. I loooove staycations. It's my thing. Sometimes I'd rather have a staycation than travel hehe. Azure seems really nice and charming. The unit looks homey!

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  8. So sad if the pool isnt that clean. But im glad that there's airbnb. Owners can rent out their place and those renting can experience the place for not much of a cost when compared with going directly to hotel management. Ive got to see what's inside there na coz I find the place too intriguing.

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  9. We were considering spending the long weekend here since this is so near our place in Taguig; however seeing the reviews and feedback online made me think twice. Sobrang dami daw talaga ng tao :(

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