West Coast Beach Resort, Botolan was our original reserved resort in Botolan. It wasn’t hard to find it as it was right along the highway and it had a poster as well, although it was a little small for their kind of resort.
West Coast Beach Resort spanned out wide and although it looked like it had a nice, very ethnic restaurant, some really nice looking rooms and cottages, it was packed on Good Friday.
West Coast had a very low area they had as a parking space. To enter the resort, you had to use a wide stairs or the conventional slide usually used for disabled.
The first thing you notice about West Coast is its swimming pool which was hoisted up on the first part of the resort along, that day, with the number of children who were swimming and screaming.
You also pass the restaurant which is also quite wide, although small looking and very nice with traditional touches like the table cloths and the bars. It looked like a very nice place to eat at. Just next to the restaurant and the bar is a billiards table.
Outside of the restaurant across the swimming pool is a badminton court, although it didn’t have a net.
From the restaurant, there are a few rows of nice-looking cottages with air condition. From there, another section of the resort is entered where more cottages, a little older and depreciated looking and some huts surrounded a beach volleyball sand court.
Only from here do you get to the beachfront which was actually very small, or more likely, none at all because from the stairs leading to the beach, you can already immediately access the wash of the sea.
The beach here reminded me a lot about the beaches in Papua New Guinea. The sand was gray, however, along the shores, the sand is black and I’m guessing this is because there’s a volcano nearby just like in PNG where a set of volcanoes surrounded the beaches.
The actual beachfront could be accessed just a short walk away from the stairs, although I’m not sure if this is still West Coast Beach Resort property. The waves and current of the beach is strong, but it was windy then. This side of Zambales also faces the South China Sea so extra caution must be taken.
Although we don’t really like to stay at a packed resort (the resort only had one availability that day and it would only be opened once the family left at 2pm), I do recommend this place if you’re looking for where to stay in Botolan because of the customer service the owners and staff had given us. The owner greeted us with smiles and looked really happy to see us. Their young staff was also very friendly and was bent on doing anything – even cleaning up the room first before the others just so we didn’t have to wait long – plus many positive points for that. They also promised to text us if they could find a better room for us. The owner who we had gotten hold of, graciously replied every time we texted or called for directions and questions. He even called back to ensure if we were still going to take the room.
West Coast Beach Resort offers midrange rates starting at P750 for nipa huts to P3000 for room for 4.
There are also entrance rates of P125 per pax during daytime, P175 for overnight and corkages for food and drinks brought into the resort.
We didn’t stay at the resort, however, it was one of the very promising resorts we looked into at Botolan.
West Coast Beach Resort