I tried to put my alarm off at 6:30AM but it kept on snoozing. Then I heard my mom’s voice telling me to get up. It was Sunday and we all agreed the night before to attend the 8AM mass in Cabanatuan City. After taking a shower I had a glass of water then off we went to the church. It was a nice sunny day.
Upon entering the church, my mom was able to spot a seat for the three of us. I was seated next to a family with three young kids who kept on roaming around and pulling their mom’s shirt telling her that they wanted to go home. Probably because they already have what they want – a colored chick. These kids were just like me and my brother when we were also kiddos. I could imagine how my parents felt back in the days. After the mass, we decided to have breakfast at Kapitan Pepe. We were having a casual conversation mostly about ideas and finding opportunities. Then something hit me up – Baler. My dad suggested for us to check out the place after breakfast. After having quite an exhausting week, everyone thought it was a good idea. We went home to pack some clothes and drove all the way to Baler. Three hours later…Hello Baler! It’s nice to be back! It was my third time in Baler and second time with my family. As I always say, I love Baler. It’s the place I’d go back to no matter how many times and still find it beautiful. I have so many first times in Baler and no place could replace it in my heart. Not even Paris.
First things first. Where to stay? I tried to google some hotels while on the road since I’m always in charge of anything travel related. We checked two hotels upon arrival in Sabang Beach, Baler. I found the first one quite sketchy and uncomfortable and the second one average and doesn’t really have any vibe. As usual, my dad gives the best suggestion “Stop wasting time looking for a hotel and check-in wherever you feel, how about Costa Pacifica?”
Costa Pacifica is located along Sabang beach in Baler. It’s very easy to find since it’s one of the first hotels you’ll pass by when driving along Sabang beach plus it’s also probably the biggest accommodation in the area. If I’m not mistaken, the resort consist of three low rise buildings.
We stayed in a Junior Premier room located along the road side. Our room was surprisingly spacious compared to most hotel’s standard rooms. It has two double sized beds and a single sofa bed which was my favorite spot in the room. The beds and pillows were sure to give you a good night’s sleep. It has all the usual hotel amenities like coffee making facility, television, and safety vault. The bathroom was also equipped with hair dryer and towels as well as toiletries which I really liked. Being a marketing graduate that I am, packaging is everything. Costa Pacifica aced it. The Junior Premier room has a sliding glass door that gives access to the veranda overlooking the garden. It’s a nice place to chill but the humidity during our stay was forcing me to stay in the airconditioned room. Overall, our room was simple but tastefully designed. Everything was light with a touch of color, and furnitures were made of wood which perfectly emulate island living in a modern way.
As a walk in guest, I was initially given a published rate which I found very steep. After checking the rates directly at the hotel’s website which was half the published rates, I showed it to the receptionist and she gladly gave me the same rate for the Junior Premier room. While waiting for our room, one of the hotel staff welcomed us with a buko lychee drink. The jelly texture was weird but totally refreshing.
Lifeguard/Security in the pool was very friendly and so are the staff in the restaurant who gave us great recommendation. If there’s one thing I love about the hotel, it’s about extending their policy and allowing pets! I know. I should’ve brought Ellie and Vera but it was such a short notice I have to prepare their food and all the other stuff like cage, etc. Definitely next time!
The Beach House, the hotel’s one and only restaurant serves a variety of Asian and Continental cuisine. We ordered fresh coconut and a margarita pizza during sunset and it was the perfect beach snack. Costa Pacifica prepared a mini buffet for breakfast which consist of soup, fruits, breads and jam and you can have one additional order from the All Day Breakfast menu. I guess the breakfast setup depends on occupancy level of the hotel. I had eggs benedict and my parents tried the beef tapa and sausage. Mine was good. As per my mom, the beef was very fatty. So try to avoid that if you’re on a strict diet.?
Unfortunately, the main pool was out of service during our stay which was a bummer. The only pool available was the kids pool. This was actually the main reason I got baffled during check-in. How could the hotel offer me their published rate when one of the most sought after hotel amenity (pool) was our of order? I let it pass since we are in BALER. One of the best surfing spots in the Philippines. The hotel has an accredited surfing instructor located in the area. The name is Charlie Does. Be sure to check them out if you want to go surfing!
Costa Pacifica is no doubt the best designed hotel along Sabang beach. The hotel claims itself as a luxury hotel and it’s easy to see why. Privacy. Local celebrities are usually found in the hotel like ordinary people. However, there are two minor things that could be improved and it’s the room’s bathroom drainage, rust in the corner of the floor tiles and service during check-in. It would be nice if the hotel had the initiative to propose a discounted rate because of the maintenance in the facility. But still, the good outweighs the bad so I would still highly recommend Costa Pacifica to family and friends planning to have a quick getaway in Baler.
Have you been to Baler? Where’s your favorite surfing spot?