Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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After a three hour-long bus ride from Manila, I was back in historic Bataan. If previously I traced its past in its epic shrines, museums, and local dishes, this revisit consisted of the timelessness of nature. I was determined to see a different side of the province via Orani which has a quaint village called Tala. It's known to be a jump-off point for hikers and mountain climbers who want to scale Mount Natib. It's also the site of a newly-opened mountain resort called Vista Tala. The 9-hectare resort and recreational park has recently been developed to lure sybarites out of their gilded cage called urban life and make them relax in the elusive company of woodland views and whoever they tagged along for the escapade.

The Art of Being Idle

My three-day version of such a getaway included a 10-hour hike to and from Pasukulan Falls on my second day of stay, but I almost canceled it the moment I stepped inside the resort. The property is at the farthest point of the chilly community where coffee-growing is common among residents. And, since the area is on a high elevation, front yards of houses are dotted with strikingly beautiful flowers. The best part of being at Vista Tala, though, is simply experiencing the art of being idle. With stunning fog-draped mountain views to gaze at from the resort's expansive view deck or its cliff-side swimming pool, any guest can easily be disarmed of an exhaustive itinerary. Suddenly, there's no point to anticipate check-out. Almost immediately, the notion is to either extend one's blissful stay or revisit the soonest time possible.



The Tale of The Eagle

The site is also where bird-watching can be very rewarding. It's been said that a prominent eagle used to visit the place on certain weekdays before the construction of the resort was started. Back then, it was an unpaved road so no major trees were felled for the venture. When construction began, another road was put in place of the old one next to it. These days, guests can sometimes spot the visiting eagle from afar and I think at one point I actually saw it. To make a permanent reminder of that, the resort owner commissioned to have a sculpture done in its image out of marble. It's the attractive landmark that guests can now see at the entrance of the resort restaurant.


Room Types and Features

Booked at one of the decent row houses with my contributing photographer and friend, I was prepared to lose track of time. Mobile signal was intermittent and the resort currently doesn't have Wi-Fi access for guests, but I did not mind going semi-unplugged if I was surrounded by lush greenery. I found out from the resort staff that the presence of modern KTV rooms (tucked away from the guestrooms) and computer game stations somehow compensated for that. Named after different mountains in the Philippines, the row house we stayed in was called Mt. Masaraga. Its 18 square meter space of two beds is perfect for four guests who are entitled to a complimentary breakfast and access to the swimming pool. It has the basic room features that include a cable TV and bathroom with bathing essentials (soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.).

"Named after different mountains in the Philippines, the row house we stayed in was called Mt. Masaraga."


Standard Villa
Villa with Jacuzzi
The balcony of Villa with Jacuzzi
(top) Villa with Jacuzzi; (bottom) The balcony of Villa with Jacuzzi


There are other types of rooms to choose from. For couples, the rustic Nipa Hut (12 sq. meter) can work since it can accommodate a total of two guests although they can always tag along a third wheel (extra bed and complimentary breakfast). That's just going to set them back a little more than a thousand pesos in addition to the room rate. It costs less to stay there than in the row house but it has an immediate view of the distant mountainside directly from the room window.

Couples who are more elaborate with their romantic needs can settle for either the Standard Villa or Villa with Jacuzzi. Although both room types are ideal for romantic couples, they can accommodate a group of four guests (family or barkada). For privacy, both have a splendid balcony to walk out on barefoot from the bedroom past its sliding glass doors.

"For privacy, both have a splendid balcony to walk out on barefoot from the bedroom past its sliding glass doors."

The view of Vista Tala from the Pasukulan Falls hike trail
(top left) Smoothies; (top right) Sinigang; (bottom) Seafood Pancit
Stunning Mountainside Views

Getting around the sloping terrain was easy because the ground has been well paved all around the resort. I noticed that there's no shortage of fancy trash bins anywhere which is indicative of the management's active effort in waste segregation. Even pockets of the resort's cliff-side have been creatively designed for leisurely strolls that allow a variety of views of the Bataan Natural Park. Its function rooms were also designed to showcase that same mountainside view which is a perfect accent to any event whether it's for celebrating a milestone or holding a typical seminar.

The Convenience of A Store and Restaurant

Since the resort's location is a good 15-minute drive from the Roman Superhighway, the presence of an in-house convenience store and restaurant is a great advantage to guests. Freshly cooked meals are available at the resort's own F&B facility and various supplies like snacks, slippers and souvenirs are accessible at a store that's a short distance away from it. As a result, the management adheres to a strict policy of not allowing guests to bring in their own food.

The swimming pool at night
Vista Tala Restaurant
The swimming pool for adults
A view of the restaurant and villas







I actually appreciated the convenience of a fully operational restaurant since the resort is on top of a high terrain. For memorable meals, my friend and I had a big bowl of Sinigang Na Liempo the first night and then a hefty basket of fried chicken with fries the following night. For snacks, I highly recommend the restaurant's delectable Seafood Pancit which I paired with a refreshing glass of mango shake.

Vista Body Spa

Guests who love to be pampered with a soothing massage can take comfort in knowing that the resort has Vista Body Spa which offers traditional room service massage for an affordable rate of P500 per hour (P250/hour for succeeding hours). This is a good deal compared to other resorts I've visited in the past that charge a thousand pesos for the same service.


The swimming pool for the kids
The restaurant and al fresco dining area


Day Tour

For residents of Bataan or those who are just passing by the province en route to another destination, a day tour is possible between 9:00am and 5:00pm. A portion of the day tour rate is consumable.

I've been to other parts of Bataan in the past but it was my first time to see a Baguio or Tagaytay-like scenery in the province where I found it pleasurable to wear my hooded sweater in the middle of the day. The village of Tala may have reminded me of such destinations but I'm certain that it has its own unique charm. Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park can very well be that remarkable distinction.

Photography by Josua Chan and Karl Ace

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Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park

Book a stay at Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park

Address: Brgy. Tala, Orani, Bataan, Philippines 2112
Phone: +63 917-569-9479 or +63 999-990-4680
Email: inquiry@vistatalaresort.com

Check out my day hike to Pasukulan Falls here.





More Photos Below:

A function room

(top left) Gym; (top right) KTV; (bottom left) Game stations; (bottom right) Convenience Store
(top) Villa with Jacuzzi; (bottom) Villa balcony

Outdoor Jacuzzi

Vista Tala Restaurant
A function room

The friendly Vista Tala Restaurant staff
The row of Nipa Huts
Vista Tala Restaurant
(top) Mt. Masaraga Row House; (bottom left) View deck; (bottom right) Bathroom




The view from the function room
The Narra Pavilion where the game stations for kids are
The resort bar
Another swimming pool at the resort
The woodland view from the resort

53 comments:

  1. This is already on my list this summer! I can't wait to visit the place.

    Mas lalo na akong na-excite pumunta!

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    1. Tip: try to book at a non-holiday period para less crowd sa pool for a more solo shot of the whole area.

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  2. Come Visit Us Here in Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park.
    Be one with nature, let go with your earthly tether for awhile.
    :)

    -Orani Resident

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  3. Will go there this coming March. Is it better to commute or bring a car instead? Can you also tell us on the price of foods at the resort? Thank you!

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    1. It's better to bring a car because the way to Orani isn't traffic anyway unlike in other destinations. And since the location is 10-15 minutes from the highway, the restaurant of the resort is always reliable for meals. Pricing for viands that are good for sharing are P150 and above.

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  4. Do you know how to get there through commuting from Manila?

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    1. Ride the Genesis Bus in EDSA for the 2-hour commute. Get off at the highway in Orani and tell the conductor that you're bound for Vista Tala Resort in Barangay Tala, Orani and he'll know where to let you off. Then ride the tricycle from the highway corner to the resort. Or you can book a chartered ride from the hotel to fetch you at the gasoline station where you'll get off from the bus.

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  5. is the road to vista tala, safe? specially
    for children? thanks

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    1. Yes. It's safe. There's just one sharp turn uphill the village that's a bit steep for tricycles but most bigger vehicles can handle.

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  6. Ang jacuzzi ba pwede separate pay? kunwari row houses plus jacuzzi.. possible ba yun? or dapat Villa with jacuzzi lang?

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    1. An overnight room rate in any of the row houses includes access to the facilities of the resort including the swimming pools (outdoor jacuzzi next to the swimming pool). If you want that specific room with an exclusive jacuzzi, you can book that pero exclusive kasi yung indoor jacuzzi for that room use. And, yes the resort has a day tour as it also has a restaurant for a fulfilling few hours of stay.

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  7. Do they have day tour? How much?

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    1. Yes it has a day tour package. Kindly call the resort at +63 917-569-9479 or +63 999-990-4680. Or email inquiry@vistatalaresort.com.

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  8. We wanted to book here on june18-19(2D1N) for 12pax... how much will it cost for accomodation? Help pls

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    1. Kindly call the resort at +63 917-569-9479 or +63 999-990-4680. Or email inquiry@vistatalaresort.com.

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  9. Do you have their contact number and room rates?

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    1. Kindly call the resort at +63 917-569-9479 or +63 999-990-4680 for the room rates.

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  10. How much po ang mga rates ng room pag overnight stay?

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    1. Kindly call the resort at +63 917-569-9479 or +63 999-990-4680 or email inquiry@vistatalaresort.com for room rates.

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  11. how to get there via private car?

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    1. If you're coming from Manila, ply the Bataan Provincial Highway then turn right to the intersection of Mulawin Road. From there, you can ask locals for specific directions. The intersection has a gasoline station to your left.

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  12. hi! ask ko lng po sir if magkano po ang room rate for 2pax for overnight po? thanks :)

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    1. Kindly call the resort at +63 917-569-9479 or +63 999-990-4680. Or email inquiry@vistatalaresort.com.

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  13. How much ung accommodation ?

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    1. Kindly call the resort at +63 917-569-9479 or +63 999-990-4680. Or email inquiry@vistatalaresort.com.

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  14. Wow. This is really helpful. Thank you! :) We're going there this weekend. Hopefully, there will be few people na lang and hindi umulan! huhu!

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  15. Hello sir. Need ba magpabook muna before magpunta or theyre accepting walk in guests? TIA

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    1. It's always better to book ahead of time for less risks.

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  16. Hi,

    We cannot contact the hotel for reservation? How can we reach them?

    Thanks!

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    1. You may message the resort via its Facebook fan page >> https://www.facebook.com/vistatala/

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  17. If we book for an overnight stay, can we still access the pool at night?

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    1. Yes you can based on the resort's pool sched at night as all resorts have a standard sched.

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  18. How to get to Vista Tala via private car from manila?

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    1. If you're coming from Manila, ply the Bataan Provincial Highway then turn right to the intersection of Mulawin Road. From there, you can ask locals for specific directions. The intersection has a gasoline station to your left.

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  19. Do you have any idea if pets are allowed? Thank you.

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    1. Pets are not allowed inside the property. Thanks for visiting the blog!

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  20. Hi when did you visit the resort? :)

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  21. Hi, you have idea how much is the tricycle fare? Will go this weekend. Thank you. :)

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  22. How much po fare ng Tricycle mula sa town proper going to Vista Tala?

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  23. Hello, yung nipa hut ba room tlga siya? 1bedroom with aircon? Thank you!

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    1. Yes. They're rooms. And even if you turn off the AC, it's cold in that part of Orani.

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  24. Hi. Ano ano activities sa resort?:)

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    1. Swimming at the cliff-side pool and a nearby stream outside the resort, videoke in AC videoke rooms, arcade for kids and zipline

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    1. Php3,900 per night. Kindly call the resort for updated rates (peak season).

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  26. hi! how to get there via public vehicle from shaw boulevard?

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  27. Hi sir! Your blog was indeed helpful. May i know what is the best room/villa to occupy that is nearest the swimming pool and outside jacuzzi? Thanks

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    1. Thanks. The row guestrooms, like the one we stayed in, are in the middle of the narrow stretch of the property. The outdoor Jacuzzi is near the resto and the cliff-side pool is past the game area. This makes the row guestrooms the most accessible to all amenities coz it's in the middle.

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