|The romantic moonlit ocean view at a dining deck of Country Inn By The Sea|
Sta. Ana is easy to get to if you're deplaning in Tuguegarao City. It's just less than three hours away anyway from the capital of Cagayan where the airport is. For intrepid travelers who prefer reaching the coastal town from any spot outside of the province, the intrepid lure of a bus ride is always the challenge to tackle. One can't brush off travel coma with a ride that practically jolts one into a similar experience, but if the booked accommodation is at a relaxing beachfront resort such as Country Inn By The Sea, all the numbing anticipation of reaching one's destination can be worth it.
|Lunch setup at the beachfront dining deck|
Sea-View Dining Decks
Served at its sea-view dining decks, my order of Lemon Pepper Chicken instantly made me feel at home. The rustic charm of dining semi-al fresco at the beachfront seemed natural. I didn't mind that the sky was overcast that uneventful weekday of February and I was alone in the same week that revelers across the world celebrated Valentine's Day. My spot atop the stilts of Sta. Ana's sought-after dining deck offered me a mesmerizing view of the sea and it was more than enough to soothe my melancholy. The waves at the beach were particularly evocative. They would appear to be daunting at the trough but would lose mettle at their crest, crashing delicately onto the gray-colored sand down below as I mindlessly tore into my viand.
"My spot atop the stilts of Sta. Ana's sought-after dining deck offered me a mesmerizing view of the sea and..."
Crazy Cravings Fulfilled
My local guide advised me that although it's the typical windswept scenery in this side of the province, there are days when it would suddenly be sunny. My dreary mood, though, complemented the damp weather. It was just a blessing that the food at the resort's restaurant was a stark contrast. The other meals I enjoyed there definitely helped to revive my genial countenance. The restaurant's wide variety of specialties didn't fail me at all! When I wanted fresh pizza for dinner and desperately craved to pair it off with flavored coffee, the menu had them available that night. For my first breakfast, I had Ilokanong Longganisa which was interesting to have where seafood is considered to be more accessible. I had pancake the next morning which was surprising for being quite hefty so much so that I wished there were more strips of bacon to go along with the treat. It was also encouraging to see the fruit display at the restaurant entrance as it's indicative of the available flavors that a guest could order for his or her fruit shake.
"...although it's the typical windswept scenery in this side of the province, there are days when it would suddenly be sunny."
|Lemon Pepper Chicken for lunch|
|Country Inn By The Sea Pizza|
Resort Details and More
I was booked at the resort's Honeymoon-dubbed Standard Room which has a window facing the beach. At night, it was impossible to miss the soothing sound of the sea's crashing waves even if the room's located next to the property's main gate. It was complete with the basic room features from a television set to a comfy bed. Although it's air-conditioned, I only used it for a short time as it got chilly in the wee hours.
Guests in large number can opt for any of the two units of dormitory-type room that has 18 to 20 beds. It's a beachfront accommodation and even has a private balcony to boot. There are also units for families or groups of 7 guests.
"At night, it was impossible to miss the soothing sound of the sea's crashing waves..."
I found the resort's well-manicured garden admirable at a space that's close to the beach because the unpredictable weather can be unforgiving to certain types of plants. At the resort, its presence enhanced the home-away-from-home ambiance by rendering as much green to an otherwise windswept location.
Function Hall and Parking Space
"Its function hall looks spacious enough for any local event that can cater to at least 80 guests."
|My breakfast of Ilokanong Longganisa at the resort restaurant|
Country Inn By The Sea
Official website of Country Inn By The Sea
Address: Centro, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
Check out other Cagayan-related attractions:
• Duba Cave of Baggao
• Laglagto River and Rock Formation of Baggao
• Country Inn Hotel and Restaurant in Baggao
• Sta. Ana's white beach island resort called Jerolynda
• Palaui Island: Cape Engano Lighthouse, Baratubot Falls and More
• Nangaramoan Beach of Sta. Ana
More Photos Below:
|The resort lobby|
|(top) Chilling at the sea-view dining deck; (bottom) A room at the resort extension|
|Rooms at the resort extension|
|Wi-Fi access is strong at the restaurant|