El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa Review

Last January 8, 2015, I was invited to join a group of bloggers and print media to experience an overnight stay at El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa (resort info) in Lingayen, Pangasinan. We left early in Manila and arrived at around lunchtime.

Salivating for Pinakbet
Salivating for Pinakbet?

Cheese Stuffed Squid
Cheese Stuffed Squid


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Upon arriving at the resort, the crew immediately served us lunch: grilled pork liempo, grilled boneless bangus (Pangasinan’s specialty), and a bowl of Pinakbet, a national dish with a local Pangasinan twist!

El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa
El Puerto Marina Beach Resort & Spa in Lingayen Gulf Pangasinan

After eating lunch, I headed to my room to freshen up. I didn’t spend too much time in my room since we have a short tour of the famous Lingayen Capitol with the group afterwards.

Pangasinan Provincial Capitol in Lingayen
Pangasinan Provincial Capitol in Lingayen

Lingayen is the capital of Pangasinan province and has had historical significance. Lingayen Long Beach was where General Douglas McArthur landed during WWII, and, the Capitol, which is just near the town proper, became one of the bases of the American forces. In the late 1940s, after the outrage of the war, the American buildings were restored, and the glorious architectural designs remain to be a tourist attraction in the whole province until today.

The Capitol Complex features a mansion-like house which is usually opened to the public. Inside the mansion is a giant seal of the province, sculptures of animals, circular staircases, the official courtroom, the boardrooms, and even the offices! There’s also an assigned group of people in there who would guide you around the Capitol for free.

Travel Writers at Lingayen Capitol
Travel Writers at Lingayen Capitol

After spending much of the afternoon roaming around the Capitol Complex and the town proper, we headed to Lingayen Long Beach to see the picturesque view of the sun setting on the horizon. After burning the picture in our minds (and taking photos, of course), we headed back to the resort, which was conveniently just a short stroll away.

Melo Villareal inside Pangasinan Capitol
Melo Villareal inside Pangasinan Capitol

We had dinner in the resort’s open-air restaurant and headed to our rooms to rest.

Waterpark in Lingayen Pangasinan
Waterpark in Lingayen Pangasinan

The morning after, we visited Aquatica Marina Waterpark, which is maintained by El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa as well. It’s just nearby so we just walked. The waterpark, is, well, a huge waterpark, and offered a huge variety of twisted slides. Food (but not alcohol) is allowed inside, and there’re also cottages you can rent.

Aquatica Marina Waterpark
Aquatica Marina Waterpark

After yet another session of gallivanting with my travel buddies, I was finally able to spend some time in the resort.

Aquatica Marina Waterpark
Aquatica Marina Waterpark

El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa (check rates) was a very peaceful place. It was near the Long beach so the air was fresh, and it was also distanced from the busy streets so it’s really quiet at night. The rooms they offered were very traditional. They looked like cottages or ordinary nipa huts, but the inside was very relaxing and convenient. My room was air-conditioned, and I also had a hot-and-cold shower. Room service was also available. But my room wasn’t my favorite part.

New Building
New Resort Building

What I liked about the resort was that the environment was very green and peaceful, and there were several small cottages around the area where you can spend some time for free. The resort also has a saltwater pool, just in case you want to avoid the crowds at Long beach just outside.

Spacious Bathroom at the new building
Spacious Bathroom at the new building

The resort also has 3 massage rooms with steam bath, perfect for unwinding from the busyness of urban life. And, if that’s not enough, the resort also offers its guests free access to the Internet.

My Bedroom for one night
Spacious Bathroom at the new building

The resort’s open-air restaurant serves food all day, and the dishes ranged from traditional Filipino to classical Oriental cuisine. The food they served me during my first day was very well done, and even during my last day, I was left asking for more. There’s also a bar and lounge where you can get some beer and snacks at night while singing your heart out with the resort’s rentable videoke machines.

Spa Building
Spa Building

After Aquatica, we went to Lingayen’s public market to buy some pasalubong. The Lingayen locals are known for their handicraft, and the souvenirs sold ranged from wooden ear cleaners, dried fish to rattan slippers! There was so much to see here in Lingayen, and my stay in El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa made my stay more memorable. Sadly, of course, I can’t stay there forever!

Of course, the next time I’ll be touring around the area, I’ll be sure to book here again. If you want to experience Lingayen’s best as well, you may book your reservations at the resort’s official website (elpuertomarina.com), or via (Agoda.com).

El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa (book online)
Address: Maniboc, Lingayen, 2401 Pangasinan
Phone: (075) 542 2285

Also Read: Best Beach Resorts in Pangasinan

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