|The view of the Volcanic Spa from my booked Anne Room|
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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.
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)|
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 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.
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|