Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015
The view of the Volcanic Spa from my booked Anne Room


T O W N 

Bataan is more than its rich WW2 past. It has the old mountain-filled town of Morong, an hour of commute from the capital city of Balanga. Hidden there as a gem of an escape from the farming plains of the peninsula is the charming Vista Venice Resorts where I recently stayed for three pleasant days. It was where I communed with nature after bearing a couple of bus commutes from Metro Manila that took no more than four hours in total.

Shorter Route From Metro Manila

An alternative ride aboard a private vehicle via Mariveles from Pampanga’s San Fernando Exit can cut the journey short of 2 hours less if ever. The route can even provide visitors the chance to visit other nearby destinations such as Mount Samat (Dambana Ng Kagitingan) and the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower in Bagac along the Governor JJ. Linao Highway.

The set of Anne rooms
The exclusive Westnuk Beach Resort
(Top) Pork Sisig for lunch and Bangus for breakfast;
(Bottom) Lemon Fried Chicken for dinner and Tocino for breakfast
The Extreme Sports terrain for team-building activities

Semi-Remote For The Senses

Vista Venice Resorts is more than a semi-remote mountainside resort that’s surrounded by lush greenery. Within its premises, the convenience of fully-air conditioned villas and rooms in various formats are creatively erected next to state-of-the-art amenities such as its own restaurant, a set of swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a so-called volcanic spa that offers rejuvenation from the hustle-and-bustle of city life.

Access To Westnuk Beach and More

What’s more, guests are offered short 10-minute packaged trips to nearby affiliate beaches namely the very private Westnuk Beach and vast stretches of the La Salle Beach and Stella Mariz Beach.

I visited all three affiliate beaches on the second day of my stay at the resort but lingered more at Westnuk for its charming white sand cove that I found to be surprisingly named after the Bataan Nuclear Plant which sits next to it. The highly exclusive area actually has cottages and a villa for overnight accommodations that can be conveniently arranged with the resort for day trips and overnight stays. I remember the cove to have a private appeal and its white sand didn't get that hot during the day time.

Access to Stella Mariz Beach (10 minutes away)
A side strip on the same day to La Salle Beach and Stella Mariz Beach was an eye-opener for me in that Bataan can offer beach loving vacationers the chance to experience vast shorelines of white and gray sandy beaches that no longer need travelling to the other distant provinces of Central and Northern Luzon.

Well-Maintained Facilities

During my stay at Vista Venice Resorts, I was booked at one of its villa rooms called Anne which was quite spacious for me. It could actually fit a total of four guests with its fully-furnished space of two comfortable beds, a giant closet, a mini-refrigerator, LCD television and bathroom with bidet and hot shower provisions. I certainly found the facilities well-maintained even with the challenges of being in the mountainside.

My booked spacious Anne room
Sunset at the resort
The romantic beach and mountainside view from the resort's White House
The well-maintained bathroom at the resort

The resort’s sought-after spot is the White House which sits next to a romantic cliff facing a portion of the South China Sea that’s partially secluded from view by highly vegetated hills. It was there where I spent my moments of my Bataan sunset since the whole villa has a terrace view that afforded me such a spectacular view.

Extreme Sports Terrain 

More than its high-end facilities of tourist-friendly villas and rooms, the resort also has an enormous space for team-building activities that include rappelling, wall-climbing, zip line ride and air soft via its Extreme Sports terrain. Its function hall can also provide a space for intimate events for 100-250 persons.

I did not realise Bataan to be quite memorable with its accessible beaches and the presence of Vista Venice Resorts itself until I visited Morong and experience the cool breeze of rural life.

I honestly had a pleasant experience of communing with nature during my 3-day stay at the resort and the side trips to the beaches was a real bonus. Any guest will always feel welcome to return and I intend to revisit soon once I'm given the chance.

Bataan is definitely more than its capital city of Balanga and a secluded escape gave me my well-deserved post-birthday me-time.

Vista Venice Resorts

Official website of Vista Venice Resorts

Address: Sitio Marudoc, Brgy. Nagbabalayong, Morong, Bataan, Philippines
Phone: (02) 373-5052 or (Smart) 0918-965-9960 or (Globe) 0906-282-6543 or (Sun) 0922-859-3888, 0922-851-5932 and 0922-839-2307

More Photos Below:

A pool at the resort
La Salle Beach (10 minutes away from the resort)
Vista Venice Resorts' beachfront cottage and bathroom facilities at the nearby La Salle Beach
The fine white sand of Westnuk Beach Resort
The exclusive Westnuk Beach Resort (10 minutes away from the resort)
The resort's reception area
Stella Mariz Beach (10 minutes away from the resort)
The scenery at Stella Mariz Beach
Camping is possible at Stella Mariz Beach
The Extreme Sports terrain of the resort
The resort's Volcanic Spa facility for rejuvenation
More accommodations at the resort
La Salle Beach (10 minutes away from the resort)
Enjoying my refreshing frappe at the poolside of the resort
The resort's souvenir shop
The vast Stella Mariz Beach (10 minutes away from the resort)
Getting a glimpse of the secured Bataan Nuclear Power Plant that's exclusive to resort guests


  1. In visiting La Salle Beacha and Westnuk did you pay anything and how exactly did you go there? I am planning to go here on Saturday, June 11. Thank you!


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