Last week, I visited Costa Pacifica, Baler in Aurora, Philippines with office mates for team building. Baler is a 6-hour drive from Manila (230 kilometres or 143 miles northeast of Manila to be specific). We took a private tour bus on the way there, but other bus options include: Genesis Bus Transport goes to Baler regularly or you can try the JoyBus.
The resort was built in 2013 with 106 rooms (according to the website, but what I heard was that they had more), two pools, an events venue hall that can fit 200 pax called The Pavilion, and a restaurant called The Beach House which serves all-day local and international cuisine. (The food was a hit-or-miss during dinner, in my honest opinion. But when you serve bacon and pizza for breakfast, I’ve already forgiven you.)
Interior-wise, everything was eye-candy. It was like my large scale dream beach home. Flowers in pastel, furniture in bold red and teal, dining seats in pool blue… ah, love! Also, the beds felt like heaven.
This resort also has a “VIP” Policy or “Very Important Pet” policy. They allow cats and dogs as long as the owner can provide the medical certifications specifying that all vaccinations are up to date. Awww!
Regular Rates: PHP 6,723.75* to PHP 8,190.75* per night at the Pacifica Junior Suite complete with breakfast, bottled water, welcome drinks, and WiFi access
Special Rates (28 July 2014 to 14 October 2014): PHP 9,500* to PHP 12,434* for 2 nights at the Pacifica Junior Suite complete with breakfast, bottled water, welcome drinks, and WiFi access
* – Inclusive of taxes and fees
Costa Pacifica Resort Address: 80 Buton St., Sitio Labasin, Barangay Sabang, Baler, Aurora 3200, Philippines
Contact Details: Manila Office: +632 576 4555 | Baler Office: +63917 853 6040
Surfing et al.
We rented out surf boards and did quick surfing lessons with Charlie Does. Complete with rash guards and boards, lessons start at Php 400/hr. I’m proud to say I got the hold of surfing pretty quickly, all things considered (I don’t skateboard and I’m not exactly the best in balance). Okay, so the waves were steady. But, still!
Maybe my courage was from the waters. I was less afraid of falling. (#hugot haha)
I’m looking to explore more affordable options in terms of accommodation in Baler. Don’t get me wrong, I had an amazing stay in Costa Pacifica. But if I were to keep my promise that I would return and take surfing (somewhat) seriously, I’m going to have to do a lot of budgeting. 😉
So, that’s that. Enjoy these photos from Costa Pacifica, Baler: