Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 02, 2016
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.

In my case, it was the ideal way to end a 14-hour road trip that commenced in Manila. I couldn't have had it any other way in this northern part of the Philippines where I barely know anyone. The warm hospitality of a Filipino-owned resort was exactly what I needed and Country Inn By The Sea made sure that I imbibed that at the onset, from my pleasant check-in to my first sumptuous meal in the town.

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

The resort isn't that sprawling but everything seems to be in its rightful place. Its function hall looks spacious enough for any local event that can cater to at least 80 guests. Residents of the town as well as travelers in between destinations such as Palaui Island can always walk in at the restaurant and dine anytime for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The parking space is wide enough for travelers with cars and the lodgings are all facing the ocean except for the accommodations at the resort extension.

"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

All in all, my two-night stay at the Country Inn By The Sea was ideal in most aspects of a pleasurable getaway. The resort lived up to its name of being a relaxing beachfront lodging. Also, it fulfilled my crazy cravings in a town where I thought it would serve me nothing but the traditional pancit specialty. Lastly, everyone at the property was always smiling even when I was having a difficult time to be the first to give one. I was initially scared of being so far away from where I reside. Sta. Ana may be one of the farthest towns in mainland Luzon from Manila, but it definitely did not feel like it as a result of a pleasurable stay.


Country Inn By The Sea

Official website of Country Inn By The Sea

Address: Centro, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
Mobile: 0917-809-4236
Email: info@countryinnstaana.com






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
Standard Room


Wi-Fi access is strong at the restaurant

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