I don’t really travel on my own much but this was an exception brought about by a call from a friend to help his company out with some technical issue to do with their web site. I just happen to have a little bit of experience with that sort of things and so I got the call. Along with that came also a full-paid 3-day trip to Pampanga. It was short notice so I didn’t really have a well-planned trip itinerary in my briefcase when I started to make my way from Rockwell towards the North Luzon Expressway.

I was invited to a company outing/teambuilding event by a friend last year. It was held in this lake resort in Clark called Clearwater Resort and Country Club. It was just a one-day thing so I didn’t get to say overnight in the resort. I took some very nice pictures so it was easy to remember what the place looked like. I decided to give it a try. Larry, my friend in Pampanga, took care of the reservations and paid in advance for a cottage of Clearwater Resort near the reception office of the resort. (I assume Larry didn’t want me to spend my time walking to and from my room to the parking lot of the resort.) Nice choice because it was not only very spacious which I like, it had a great view of the lake and it is just one-minute walk to breakfast at the hotel’s breakfast garden.

I hung around the resort for the whole afternoon after I checked out. Management of Clearwater Resort gracefully allowed me to do so. In fact the lady at the hotel’s reception desk said “stay as long as you like, the place it yours, please enjoy.” Now that’s what I call service with a smile.

It is a habit of mine to compile a list of 5 things I like and 5 things I dislike about a hotel or resort (three for restaurants and bars). Here are the five things I really like about Clearwater Resort in Clark Philippines (listed in no particular order):

1. Large trees and vast picnic grounds
2. A nice 400-meter track for a morning jog around the lake, 600 meters for joggers who go all the way out to the other end of this hotel where there is a large picnic camping ground called Brunello Gardens
3. Spacious cottages and cabins (reception showed me two other types of accommodation namely, Lakeside Lodges and the Outback tents. I must try the latter next time around, possibly in September, or earlier if Larry gets himself into trouble with things sooner than that.
4. Sunrise on the lake captured over breakfast in the outdoor patio of the hotel’s cafĂ©
5. Fishing

Five things that I hope this resort in Clark Pampanga will improve before my next return visit are:

1. A small but real bar. Reception recommended a pub down the road. I tried it, very nice but I couldn’t go there in my swimwear, could I?
2. Staff needs to be in uniform, a little too casual even for a family resort, in my opinion
3. More lighting at night but I do see the problem of lighting such a large presort
4. Put more fish in the lake and stop feeding the fish so much, they don’t bite much
5. Stock up the kiosk with more variety of chips to satisfy junk food addicts like me.

All in all, I like it. Clearwater Resort is not for everyone especially those who needs carpet and a grand lobby to make them feel important. For people like me who like the simple things in life, clean air, peace and quiet, lots of privacy, friendly staff, that sort of things, this resort might be the hotel of choice in Pampanga Clark Freeport.
For the convenience of travelers with upcoming trips to Pampanga, Angeles City or Clark Freeport Zone, in case they plan to visit the establishments mentioned in the above review, here are the contact details. Visitors are advised to contact these establishments directly for reservations and any other assistance required, well in advance to avoid disappointments.

The Lake in Clark Pampanga Philippines

Clearwater Resort
Creekside Road near Centennial Expo,
Clark Field, Clark Freeport Zone,
Pampanga Philippines 2023

Tel: (045)599-5949 or 0917-520-4403 or 0922-870-5177

Manila Sales Office: Tel: (632) 633-1566 or 0916-782-2643

The resort recently informed us that they have a special one-day excursion package which includes admission to Clearwater Resort, round-trip shuttle bus service from Manila to Clark Pampanga.

Click here if you are interested to know more about this Excursion package for Clearwater Resort in Clark Pampanga
Email: Concierge@ClearwaterPhilippines.com
Have a safe and pleasant trip to Pampanga, Clark Philippines.

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