Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015
An accommodation at Casa Basilisa Resort



The special interest resort called Casa Basilisa has a feel of an exclusive retreat. Located at a breezy enclave of the Bicol Peninsula in Albay’s Barangay San Rafael, it seems like a world away from the rural town of Guinobatan where it belongs. Roughly 510 km southeast of Metro Manila and just 15 km west of Legazpi City, it poses as an ideal escape for travelers seeking solace from the erratic urban life as it offers basic amenities that perform beyond the fray.

My booked Casita
Taking a dip at the natural pool
The resort's other swimming pool
The resort's reception area

Natural Pool and More

Accessible via a 50-minute plane ride from Metro Manila via Legazpi City Airport or by an 8-hour land trip, Casa Basilisa Resort can successfully nurture guests seeking its pleasant surprises that include odd-shaped villas with access to relaxing swimming pools. One of which is an air conditioned Casita where I stayed in that can fit two people. It’s just next to a batis-inspired pool with stones for base, making the experience of the stay semi-private and above the norm of typical resorts.

Casita Features

The trellis-surrounded Casita was spacious and complete with a comfy bed, access to more than one swimming pools (the main one and the natural or batis-inspired), access to Wi-Fi zone at the Main Pavilion where the restaurant and reception areas are, a cable television set, plus hot and cold shower.

Longganisang Guinobatan for breakfast
Fond Little Things

I loved the add-ons that came inside the bathroom – more than one soap and a so-called Good Morning Kit that includes a couple of toothbrushes, sets of toothpaste, and a comb for grooming. The toilet even has a bidet.

Other inventive rooms include Riverbank Cottages, Guests Villas, and Lagoon Cottages.

Filipino Breakfast

Inclusive to the room rate was a hearty Filipino breakfast. To sample the best of Guinobatan, I had its much buzzed about garlic-flavored longganisa for breakfast. It was tasty to the last bite and prepared me for a day of extended relaxation.

Private Luxury

Relaxing came easy to me as I stepped out of the front porch of my booked Casita and into the natural pool that’s just steps away from it. The sublime atmosphere of natural elegance provided me an interesting Albay-oriented escape that I did not experience before.

Inside my booked Casita
My booked Casita's private front porch

Special Events 

For residents of the province, Casa Basilisa can be an ideal special events place as its Multi-Purpose Hall can actually accommodate 100 guests at the open ground floor and 60 more at the second floor (air conditioned). The venue is perfect for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, baptisms, anniversaries, seminars and reunions.   

Casa Basilisa Resort

Address: Diversion Road, Brgy. San Rafael, Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines
Phone: (052) 736-0026 or 0949-168-6595

More Photos Below:

The resort's floating cottage

Poolside cottages are equipped with solar panels

The view from my booked Casita

The Main Pavilion where the restaurant and reception are


  1. awwts,, such a breathtaking view!! Niceeeeeee

  2. Perfect para sa honeymoon! I like that place!

    latest post:

    1. Honeymoon-friendly, indeed! Thanks, Diana.


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