5 Resting Options in the Northern Destinations
Meyn Stay | Feb 22, 2016
Heading up north via NLEX is a fun experience whether you're going for vacation or seeing relatives or going to an out of town event. Whatever it is, you'll need a place to stay for the nights you'll be there. Some of us have family up there, so expenses are lowered. But for most of us, we don't. Here is a guide for you budget finders, high-maintenance crowd, and the pack of 20-something people.
1. El Puerto Marina
The Ultimate getaway. The fact that this places can house a whole corporate event with as much as 50 people that's really something for a resort. Companies or super big families may feel like they own the place. They have a spa, pools, restaurant and they are by the beach. There's a lot of things to do in here. The only downside I saw is the ambiance of the place, it's probably not right to some people with lux taste. But nevertheless this is a good option for people looking to host their wedding/birthday party at a budget.
Crowd Capacity 5
2. Punta Riviera
Bars, Jacuzzis, pools, kayaks by the river, spa, bonfires--there's a lot of things you can do at this place. If that doesn't keep you occupied you can go visit their dragon and coconut fruit farms, aquaphonics, and their wild boar farm. The owners of the resort is a firm believer and practitioner of permaculture. It is a system of agricultural and social design principles utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.
While being entertained a lot in this all-at-one place, there are a few drawbacks. The usual expectation of smiles and an eagerness to welcome guests from the staff is absent. A little more help with direction and proper cleaning is sometimes needed as well, especially in their restaurant [eg. wipe tables, get water]. Food, from breakfast, sometimes take at least two hours to arrive. It'd be nice if they informed their guests beforehand. Also, the bathrooms are okay but the doorknobs and the showers are rusting. Though there are some rooms that have new shower nozzles installed, so better ask for those instead.
Crowd Capacity 4
3. La Roca Villa, San Juan
La Roca is a quiet place to be. Its location is very near to the surfers beach. Restaurants and party places takes about 5 minutes to get to from here. Rooms are spacious and wide, but toiletries are lacking. They have big rooms for five people to small rooms for two. Staff are also accommodating and friendly but a bit inexperienced on how to receive guests. What stands out here is their beach front with rocky and smooth parts.
Crowd Capacity 3
4. Hotel Consuelo
It is a rustic hotel with a very rich history. Though the place needs an update and fresh new decorations, it is very spacious. It offers a separate building for the rooms and another for its restaurant. They have big rooms with so much space that you could fit another bathroom in it.
Crowd Capacity 5
Landline:  542 8932
5. Kahuna Resort
Almost Boracay. This resort isn't a 5-star hotel but the staff, food and its great location almost come close to it. Besides being one of the popular places for surfing, the view of the resort is awesome as the waves and surfers are just in sight. The rooms are spacious, well-lit and has everything necessary for a good stay--comfortable bed, wifi, toiletries and such. Food is not bad as well.
What stands out in this resort is this actual event hosting that they do. They have beach events that turn the resort into a beach club party with bonfires, drinks and great music. But that doesn't mean they aren't good for a quieter time. On non-peak season, it is also a great place to just stroll and admire nature.
Crowd Capacity 3
What are you waiting for? It's very timely to go on a trip now to the north for the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio.
Photos by Martin San Diego, Rafael Reynante, and Hopianidoraemon.
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