Where to Stay in La Union and Pangasinan
In our five days of doing Lakbay Norte, we stayed at four different accommodations, each one with its own charm. Here’s a short review of each one.
Where to stay in La Union
Sebay Surf Central
Address: National Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, 2514 La Union
If you’re in La Union to surf, Sebay Surf Central is the place to stay at. It’s right smack in the thick of things, and if you’re just learning to surf, it’s near the area for beginners.
Sebay Surf Central is located just behind the 7-11 along the National Highway. Aside from the convenience store, there is also a laundry shop nearby, which comes in very handy if you are a long-staying guest.
The rooms are a good value for beachfront property and maximize the space to fit four guests inside. Can’t travel without your gadgets? Don’t worry, the electric plugs are right by the beds! Wifi is also available for guests of the resort.
The resort’s restaurant faces out towards the sea, so you have a great view of the beach when you’re having a meal.
If you’re there to learn how to surf, there are instructors and surfboards available right beside the resort. The good thing about La Union is that they’ve already set a price for all surfing activities and rentals, and the rates are clearly displayed, so you know you’re not getting fleeced.
Lotus Valley Farm
Address: Sitio Kasilagan, Dasaya, San Juan, La Union
Lotus Valley Farm is a bit hard to get to, but once you’re there, you’d never want to leave. It’s a huge farm, with only two modern bahay kubo that they are offering as a bed and breakfast. They are spaced with enough distance from each other, that when you are there, you feel like you have the entire place to yourself.
The huts are built with wood and bamboo and can accommodate up to 5-6 guests. They have modern amenities and have a kitchenette (no cooking facilities though). There is no airconditioning in the huts, but that’s okay because it does get quite cool at night. They do provide electric fans if it does get warm, and they lend you a water heater if the water is too cold if you’re taking a bath.
When you’re at Lotus Valley, you feel like you’ve left all the stress of the city behind. You are surrounded by lush green, from the trees to the crops that they grow throughout the property. This is a true farm to table experience: almost all of what they serve are grown right there in the property. The owners of the property have been on a plant-based diet for more than 30 years, and if you’re thinking of trying it out, it’s a good place to sample how varied and flavorful a plant-based diet can be.
Do note that if you plan to stay here, make sure that you have your own car because it’s quite a distance from the nearest road where public transport ply.
Where to stay in Pangasinan
MacArthur Samson Beach Resort
Address: Binmaley, Pangasinan
Located right on the coastal road that faces the Lingayen Gulf, MacArthur Samson Beach Resort is a pleasant drive from the Lingayen provincial capitol complex. The view and sound of the surf is a soothing serenade that takes all your worries away.
MacArthur Samson Beach Resort has spacious rooms that can easily accommodate families and groups of friends. There is more than enough space for all your things, and there’s a huge closet where you can hang your clothes or store your luggage.
The resort also has a pool, so you can take a dip if the waves are too rough.
Old Woods by the Sea Nature Resort
Address: Burubor-Olanen Rd, Bani, 2407 Pangasinan
Nestle at the top of a cliff in the town of Bani, Old Woods by the Sea Nature Resort is an experience all by itself. The resort takes pride in not having two rooms look exactly alike, with a different theme for each.
Our room is the Molave, a Seaview family room with two queen-sized beds, and two day beds, a separate toilet, and a bath, with a luxurious deep bathtub. The suite is perched at the very top and has its own veranda. The room is made with hardwood, with capiz shell windows and seamlessly blends the natural materials and modern amenities. There is also a hammock in the veranda, as well as a sitting area so you can have a nice view of the sunset. Do note though that to get to this suite, you would need to climb up two flights of stairs, so take that into consideration when booking.
There is little to no cellphone signal in the area, so you might go batty if you’re the type who is on your mobile phone 24/7. However, there are plenty of things to do in the property to keep you occupied. You can trek down to the beach, have a dip in the pool, play basketball, or just enjoy some quiet time in one of the many nooks inside the resort.
Lakbay Norte is an annual media familiarization tour made possible by the NLEX Corporation in cooperation with the North Philippines Visitors Bureau and sponsored by the Department of Tourism – Region 1, Victory Liner, Belo Medical Group, PTT Corporation, Café Amazon, UNILAB, Locally, and Klean Kanteen.
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