Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016
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(L-R) 7 of 10 extraordinary resorts: Siama Hotel, The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort, Melba's Farm, Luneta Hotel, San Rafael River Adventure and Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort
Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort













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You love the eccentric and are often repulsed by the conventional. Anything humdrum bores you to death and so you actively seek out the exciting. You have an intrepid taste for travel so much so that exotic destinations are almost a random part of your itinerary. Your penchant for the extraordinary is so strong that you want it splashed all over your booked lodging's walls and laid bare as vista from the veranda. Being a tropical country, the Philippines has a lot of such resorts and hotels that can appeal to your quirky sensibilities. Fortunately, I have tested some of them in my frequent travels enough to recommend them to you for your next getaway.

From mainland Luzon to my recent escapade to the Visayas region and Davao City, my travels were not all spent in typical guestrooms and hotel-resort grounds. Some were peculiar. Some were quite interesting to book for revisits. Check out the following resorts that have beguiled me at check-in and lured me to linger for late check-outs:

Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort
Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort
Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort
1. Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort
Location: Sipalay City, Negros Occidental

Operated by foreigners who have long stayed in the country after falling in love with Sipalay City's relaxing beach vibe, Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort is the most memorable of all the resorts that I've visited in the Philippines. Each guestroom is thematic and makes use of recycled materials that have been salvaged to be reinvented for tickling one's fancy. From unused vintage phones to wires and cables that have been previously been disposed of by other people, the eclectic fixtures serve as wall accents in bathrooms and at random spaces. Some even serve a renewed purpose like an old suitcase that has been turned into a sink. To give the new materials a new lease in life, different hues of paint were rendered turning the whole resort into a colorful break in the shoreline of the laid-back Sugar Beach.

For more photos, read more about Takatuka Lodge Beach and Dive Resort.

Peredo's Lodging House
Peredo's Lodging House
2. Peredo's Lodging House
Location: Baguio City, Benguet

An iconic stay in Baguio is one that evokes the old highland charm of the city. After all, the place is historic and an American-style home like the Peredo's Lodging House is what fits this rumination. Having recently been declared as a national heritage site by the National Museum, it's considered to be both an important cultural property and treasure. Built in 1915 by Japanese craftsmen under the supervision of owner Roque Peredo with Mr. Hashiguchi as contractor, the century-old house has endured a lot of challenges. From a global depression to a couple of world wars, it came out unscathed. It also survived the destructive 1990 earthquake that damaged more than 30 establishments in the city, making it an expedient sanctuary for the owners' friends and relatives whose homes were destroyed.

For more photos, read more about Peredo's Lodging House.

San Rafael River Adventure
San Rafael River Adventure
3. San Rafael River Adventure
Location: San Rafael, Bulacan

The closer you get to Metro Manila, the less likely you'll get to stay in a non-traditional lodging for a getaway. Thankfully, there's San Rafael River Adventure which is owned by a hospitality visionary who's also an engineer. Having a lot of construction suppliers and contractors in his network, he managed to pull off the ultimate modern look for his sexy glass houses at his resort. And he did it by minimizing cost without sacrificing the pursuit for exceptional design. Also, he built around the existing plantation of mango trees in his ancestral property, rendering the lodging with his intention of bringing nature inside the bedroom via ceiling-to-floor glass windows for surrounding walls.

For more photos, read more about San Rafael River Adventure.

Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort
Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort
4. Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort
Location: Lucban, Quezon Province

Where in Lucban can you wake up from a rustic bedroom for a morning view of the next-door rice field? Only at Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort! Set against verdant hills and lush rice fields that weave through the fringes of Laguna’s Majayjay and Lucban, the resort is a countryside swath of pahiyas inspiration. Conceptualized to cater to the discriminating traveler who has a penchant for communing with nature, the attraction is neither for the homespun nor the sybaritic. It’s simply designed to be an oasis of a getaway in an unhurried environment where one can wake up to the bedside view of the town’s farmland, sample sumptuous cuisines at its restaurant for memorable meals, and have a fresh spring water soak at the rice field-view batis-inspired pool any time of the day... even in the wee hours!

For more photos, read more about Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort.

Luneta Hotel
Luneta Hotel
5. Luneta Hotel
Location: Manila

Staying in Metro Manila for a layover or staycation has become less appealing for the intrepid-at-heart that they tend to scope remote places in distant provinces to satiate their cravings for the extraordinary. What they don't know is that Luneta Hotel's storied past is enough reason for them to book an overnight stay or more. The almost century old hotel was envisioned by its Spanish architect and engineer Salvador Farre to be a model of the Belle Epoque influences that thrived in Europe toward the end of World War I in 1918, the same year the structure was erected. It was finally completed the year after. Its present restored state of elegance makes every guest relive the grandeur of old Manila when the city's elite, foreign dignitaries, and respectable merchant marine officers used to grace its opulent lobby. What's more, an overnight stay there costs less compared to booking a stay in Manila Hotel.

For rates and more photos, read more about Luneta Hotel.

Siama Hotel
Siama Hotel
Siama Hotel
6. Siama Hotel
Location: Sorsogon City, Sorsogon

Not all modern hotels respond well to their respective terrain. Most actually hurt the environment's image in the long run. In the middle of Sorsogon City's vast coconut plantation, Siama Hotel defies that rumination. It actually rests seamless amidst lush greenery with its rough cement finish, sleek lines of luktob fortification, and rustic sunscreen mats. There's no TV inside the rooms and the dining area is communal to turn strangers into friends. The fern-accentuated lap pool makes for exotic mid-day soaks that justifies any guest's retreat in Bicol. The full set of 40 rooms – Family, Superior, and Deluxe – was designed to imbibe the unique elegance of the estate. Family and friends can book two rooms next to each other and experience the resort in different ways as far as interiors are concerned. Room views were also expertly crafted to be a distinct perspective per guestroom.

For rates and more photos, read more about Siama Hotel.

Roxas President's Inn
Roxas President's Inn
7. Roxas President's Inn
Location: Roxas City, Capiz

There's nothing extraordinary about the guestrooms at Roxas President's Inn. They're all simply decent and pleasant to stay in. However, each room is something that's worth using as a conversation starter for a small talk. Not everyone can tell a friend that he or she managed to sleep at a Duterte Suite which the hotel has. As a matter of fact, each room at the hotel is named after a Philippine president. Feel free to choose which one you'll book for you upcoming seafood-oriented vacation in Roxas City!

For more photos, read more about Roxas President's Inn.

Marikit-Na Beach Resort
Marikit-Na Beach Resort
8. Marikit-Na Beach Resort
Location: Maniwaya Island, Marinduque

Most beach resorts look the same with their typical whitewashed walls, ocean-inspired fixtures, and tropical vibe. Make Marikit-Na Beach Resort in Marinduque an exception because it's a stark contrast to the usual beachfront lodging that Filipinos are accustomed to seeing. For starters, its guestrooms are an extension of the whole main villa's hardwood-decked living room. It's nothing that's currently existing on Maniwaya Island where the resort is and that alone is enough reason to make the intrepid ones gravitate towards it.

For more photos, read more about Marikit-Na Beach Resort.

Melba's Farm
Melba's Farm
9. Melba's Farm
Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental

I've always fantasized sipping a hot cup of coffee in my skivvies at a veranda where no one can see me. And the only way it can happen is if the lodging is in the middle of the woods. I can attest to this fantasy coming true in Negros Occidental where the highly vegetated terrain of Talisay City's Cabatangan allowed me to experience it. In the middle of the mahogany tree-filled woodland is Melba's Farm. It's where the Visayan province is exceptionally breezy at daytime and quite chilly in the wee hours. Surrounded by lots where the sturdy grass of bamboo abound and the sweet fruit of lanzones is cultivated, the 6-year old lodging is a secluded retreat waiting to happen for any visitor.

For more photos, read more about Melba's Farm.

The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites
The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites
10. The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites
Location: Davao City

Considered as the first green hotel of progressive Davao City, The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites will immediately make a good impression upon check-in via its grand, three-storey lobby. It's not a 5-star hotel but it definitely feels and looks like one starting at the main entrance all the way to the front desk. This means that an overnight rate is less expensive than a typical luxury hotel which is always great for any traveler.

For more photos, read more about The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites.

El Puerto Marina
El Puerto Marina
BONUS: El Puerto Marina
Location: Lingayen, Pangasinan

Eager to stay at a rustic lodging that's in the middle of a fish pond? Pangasinan's Lingayen has one via El Puerto Marina. It's where I enjoyed lingering barefoot at my booked guestroom's private veranda for most of my stay.

For rates and more photos, read more about El Puerto Marina.

Got other interests when it comes to traveling? Check out my other travel recommendations.

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