Together with the increase of numbers travelling in a year, Santorini inspired resorts are also rapidly growing everywhere in the country, Camp Netanya in Mabini Batangas, Thunderbird Resort Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union and the 2015’s Most Googled Local Destination in the Philippines, the Sundowners Vacation Villa in Bolinao, Pangasinan.
It seems peculiar that when organizing events requires months of preparation and approval of everyone in the group, I guess that’s the downside of being in a big group not to mention now that almost all of us have plus 1s. Luckily, we agreed on celebrating our Annual Christmas Party in Sundowners Vacation Villa, thanks to Ami for her eagerness and for booking the villa as early as possible. The event happened last December 10 and 11, 2016, we were 28 in total and as far as I remember, it was booked 2 or 3 months since. Yeah, the villa gets fully booked easily.
Bolinao, Pangasinan is more than the blue and white villas, it offers a lighthouse, beach and beautiful rock formations. Though the intention is to celebrate our annual Christmas party and enjoy our whole stay in the villa, we took advantage of its other lovely attractions. Our first stop is the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse at Patar rises 351 feet above level atop Punta Piedra Point, with an overview of the Patar beach. The place will hold a special place in our hearts as this is where we first flew our new toy, our Tom.
We’ve been to different places and most of these beaches have spectacular rock formations, and Patar, Bolinao has it too. Around 3-5 minutes from the Lighthouse, we stopped by the rock formation in Rock View Beach Resort. Climbing those rocks beautifully shaped is worth the sweat and will give you big and loud white waves sweeping.
It was a sunny day and the hot gives extra exhaustion to everyone so we laid back to rest for a while on the nipa hut in the area. We then decided to move and have lunch before checking-in the Sundowners villa. It was Toclobo restaurant where we passed by, sea foods are their best seller so we ordered their platter meal good for 10 which includes fish, shrimps, crabs and grilled pork. Their mango soaked in Ilocos vinegar and shrimp paste is good though the rice is inadequate which was also included in the meal.
We then go to the villa to check-in and make ourselves ready before going to the market to buy stuff needed for the food preparation. The good thing about the villa is there are available kitchen utensils that we can use and the market is just 5 minutes away. Since we were on a rural area, we forgot to consider the time and we ran out of the seafoods which should be done early in the morning. Fortunately, there are fruits, meat, fish and processed foods which substitutes on the initially listed foods to cook. Thanks to our chefs, Ren and Emman, Kirstie and Michael for their delicious cuisine.
The panoramic villa is a 3-storey villa with a spacious living area where we had the feast, followed by the gift giving in the rooftop. The spacious rooftop offers a breathtaking overview of the entire villa and the sea which we thought at first are part of the villa. However, the pool compensates the longing for swimming but don’t expect it to be as big as we anticipated and there were also other pools on the other sides of the villa.
Overall, the experience is great as the company are great too. It’s a place to relax and chill for a moment, to just think of that very moment and enjoy the view.