Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

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.

With the West Philippine Sea as its backyard, the resort boasts of having ocean view rooms. Mine had a veranda which served as a lounging spot to clear my mind the morning after my arrival. I was mesmerized by the shoreline beyond the paved walkways of the resort. The raging waves of the sea this side of Luzon are infamous for being harsh. This harshness was clearly etched in the rock formations that littered the beach.

Me with college friend Ariel before swimming
Even before the hotel resort got a special role in the Anne Curtis -starrer No Other Woman as the fictional Costa Luz, I already stumbled upon it online. The one fascinating review that made me interested was about its Santorini, Greece-inspired architecture. The white and blue palate of the establishment conjured images of the European town. I appreciated how the setup also hinted of being aboard a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.  Hallways and open windows cleverly capture a view of the ocean or the landscape of the venue’s golf course.

Accommodation and Transportation From Manila

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


  1. I like the location of this hotel. I think it's nice and quiet place. :)

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  2. hi sir! we're planning on a road trip going to Baguio, with my husband 7 yr old daughter and a niece, what will you suggest? things to do and places to go? from april 26 to may 2? planning to go to some place in pangasinan before going to Baguio, thank you!

    1. You can visit the capitol at Lingayen, Pangasinan (behind it is the Veterans Memorial Park) >>

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