Thunderbird Resorts Rizal: A Weekend of Rest, Relaxation and Entertainment


Thunderbird Resorts Rizal



When In Manila, we are always on a constant lookout for places to visit, new things to try and new food to taste. Since the weather has been very unpredictable lately, one of the best ways to spend a weekend is to have a staycation on someplace new where you can have relaxation and entertainment at the same time — and you can get all that at Thunderbird Resorts in Binangonan Rizal.


Tired of the usual weekend destinations? Why not head your way to Binangonan Rizal, roughly an hour to an hour and a half drive from Metro Manila, Thunderbird Resorts Rizal is a good getaway alternative. 


Located atop the Binangonan foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, the Thunderbird Resorts Rizal is one on my list of recommended places perfect for weekend staycations. We were able to spend one rainy weekend in Thunderbird Resorts Rizal and I’m sharing with you guys our staycation experience!



 Welcome to Thunderbird Resorts Rizal!

No rain can stop us from having this relax-rewind weekend!


Getting to Thunderbird Resorts in Rizal won’t be a problem since they offer shuttle services in prime locations around Rizal: Cainta, Taytay, Antipolo, Angono, Binangonan and Morong. There are also shuttles available in St. Francis Square and beside Ever Gotesco Mall in Ortigas for their patrons coming from the Metro.



 You will be welcomed by their very friendly staff and their simple yet cozy lounge as you wait to be checked-in.


Most would probably associate Thunderbird with the one in La Union, little did we all know that there is also one in Rizal that has a very earthy vibe surrounded by greens and overlooking Laguna bay and Manila skyline as to the Poro Point that has a Mediterranean feel. Thunderbird Resorts is an international company that is a known provider of casino entertainment and hospitality services in Asia and Latin America. They operate in Costa Rica, India, Nicaragua, Peru and Philippines. And it’s only in the Philippines that they have two resort locations – it’s more fun in the Philippines indeed!





En route to our room! Thunderbird Rizal has a very laid back feel to it that I liked.




The woodwork interior and creme walls gives off a very classy feel. I honestly think that their rooms are perfect of wedding preparation shoots! Their Deluxe Rooms are very spacious and all you need for your stress-free stay is provided.



Comfy bed and fluffy pillows = check! I was sleep deficient that weekend due to work so you already have an idea who got glued to the bed that night!



The room is also equipped with an LCD television with home theater surround system. Movie marathon on a weekend staycation? Why not!




Now let’s check out the bathroom!


I love the giant mirror! What ensued was a series of shots of making faces that’s too embarrassing to post here! Haha!



I love bathtubs! And they provided branded bath essentials, you will surely have a relaxing bath with the minty cool hair & body shampoo and conditioner.


After settling our things, we went out to have our lunch at their Pool Bar.


Their Pool Bar serves charcoal-grilled dishes and bar snacks and that weekend they were having a Mongolian buffet.



We really enjoyed their Kilawin and the stir-fried Mongolian mix that Chef Toper made for us! 


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Let me show you the Pool area! Thunderbird takes pride of their infinity pools and this one makes me want to just jump right in! 


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And just right beside the pool area is their very inviting Jacuzzi. Just imagine yourself enjoying the warm water and looking at this view. Or just hang out and enjoy the splendor. Your relaxation is guaranteed at Thunderbird Resorts!


The skies started to drizzle so we had to retreat ourselves indoors. 


Thunderbird Rizal guests can enjoy a very relaxing and rejuvenating massage at the very zen Zaphira Spa


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Zaphira spa has a very zen vibe to it and they have a waterfall installation that is very calming and perfect while getting a massage.


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And since it just rained the whole afternoon, I took the time to get some shut-eye while my friends just enjoyed our Thunderbird staycation by lounging in bed and watching tv.


I must have overslept that when I woke up it was time for dinner already! 


 Grilled salmon and liempo — don’t mind if I go ahead and dig in! I really liked their grilled salmon that I had it all for myself! 



 The Pool Bar also has a pool table so you can just hang around here with your friends, dine, play a round of pool and perhaps go for a swim afterwards.


 Thanks to the awesome chefs and staff of Thunderbird Rizal’s Pool Bar!


Thunderbird Resorts is not only perfect for staying in, lounging in bed, dining or taking a dip in the pool as it also houses the Fiesta Casinos. Thunderbird is known around Asia and Latin America for providing branded casino, entertainment and hospitality services.


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Too bad cameras are not allowed inside the casinos!


 If card games and slot machines are not your thing, Thunderbird Resorts Rizal features different artists from time to time to perform in their Cabana Bar inside the casino. We were able to catch Sitti perform that night, Thunderbird sure knows how to give good entertainment!


It was time to call it a night! It was a fun Day 1 of our staycation weekend at Thunderbird Resorts Rizal!





Day 2 of our weekend getaway!


How about waking up to this view?


What could be more serene than sipping a cup of tea or reading a book on your room’s private balcony with this magnificent view!


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 I could spend an entire morning just chilling at the balcony and enjoy a moment of admiring the nature.


And look at the time — Breakfast is ready!!


Thunderbird offers a breakfast buffet at the Koi Restaurant. I personally think they have an impressive variety for their breakfast buffet, a lot of bread choices, cereals, soup, staple filipino breakfast meals and the best part is, they have an area wherein their chef will cook fresh eggs to your liking! Isn’t that great? 




After breakfast, I was faced with the reality that our staycation weekend at Thunderbird Rizal is soon to conclude so we took the time to explore and enjoy the place.


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We were supposed to go around and see a nearby attraction, the Agono Petroglyphs, but the weather that Sunday morning didn’t permit us to leave.


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The Thunderbird Resorts Rizal villas where the rooms and suites are located.


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This side is where the Fiesta Casino’s main entrance is.


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We also got the chance to take a peek inside their newest Rizal Event Center, the ballroom was huge and its perfect for banquets and special events.


When we got back inside, I wasn’t surprised that it was time for lunch already. So we head to their Koi Restaurant to try their asian fusion cuisine.




They were also offering their Mongolian Buffet at the Koi Restaurant but passed on that and decided to try other dishes.


Always our favorite part of our trips — eating!!


Five Spice Pork Bargnet and Tofu with Black Vinegar – This made me miss Ilocos so much! The bagnet was so crispy and the tofu was cooked perfect to my liking. Dipping it in black vinegar makes it even more tasty!



Next up was their US Angus Beef Kare Kare! It was one of the best kare-kare I tasted!


I was already full upon finishing the Kare Kare but they say there’s still one more to come!



Say hello to their Hickory Country BBQ Baby Back Ribs! It was huge slab of barbeque goodness! They were very generous with its sweet and smokey ketchup-based sauce and the meat was of superb quality and served very tender.



 *BURP!* We were definitely so full after taking in all that good food!



Thanks to the chefs and staff of Thunderbird Resorts Rizal’s Koi Restaurant for warmly accommodating us and filling our stomachs to the brim! Our gratitute to as big as our appetite!


Our weekend staycation is so coming to its end. Time to pack our bags and head back to the busy city.


All our bags are packed and we’re not yet ready to go.

I took the time to leave a thank you note for everyone in Thunderbird Resorts Rizal for having us that weekend. 🙂 


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We had a real great time at Thunderbird Resorts Rizal, thank you to everyone who made our staycation the best!!


When In Manila, if its rest, relaxation and entertainment you’re after, head your way to Thunderbird Resorts Rizal! You need not to go far to enjoy all of these just like we did!


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Thunderbird Resorts Rizal

 Eastridge Avenue, Binangonan, Rizal

Contact Number: (+632) 651 6888


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Thunderbird Resorts Rizal: A Weekend of Rest, Relaxation and Entertainment