L A U N I O N L U X U R Y
Growing restless over work deadlines, I recently took a grueling 6-hour bus commute to La Union to relax with friends. I embarked on finding out the luxurious and the historical aspects of the province by booking a room at the Thunderbird Resort, the only 5-star hotel in Northern Luzon and visiting the ruins of a watch tower in Luna.
Setting foot at the sprawling property, I immediately sensed that guests at the hotel resort are well attended to. From the welcoming organic drinks served upon my arrival to being greeted by gardeners, staying at the Thunderbird Resort made me feel at home.
|Me with college friend Ariel before swimming|
Thunderbird is roughly 6 hours from Manila by bus and 45 minutes by plane via the San Fernando Airport.
I booked the necessary accommodations during the rainy season because I wanted to appreciate the place with less people. From the highway drop off, my entourage opted to ride the tricycle (P60) over renting the resort-hotel's van (P250). It did not make us arrive in style but when you're with friends, nothing non-fancy matters. Going home, though, we decided to rent the van anyway because we wanted to explore San Fernando.
|The edge of the golf course cliff|
|My Thunderbird hotel room view of the South China Sea|
|(top left) room with veranda; (bottom) rainshower with teak flooring|
|To further exude Santorini, we had Greek salad for dinner.|
|The fabulous reception ceiling|