Batanes Resort is located on the edge of the cornice facing the South China Sea. As a result, its benefits from superb view of the wild, jagged, wave-beaten coastline and the cliffs covered by green pastures. From the hotel you can see a beach down below, but is is without direct access.
Batanes Resort is a government hotel and, in terms of comfort and location, it is the best choice in the area, and this at very reasonable rates.
The resort is on a piece of land enclosed by a stonewall. It is planted with a thick lawn brightened with massifs of different varieties of multi-colored flowers.
It comprises six duplex bungalows aligned facing the ocean, constructed on terraces with pebbled buttresses. Two bungalows stand independently on a small rise.
The bungalows are scarcely in the traditional architectural style of the country, but are nevertheless pleasant with their walls in gray pebbles and their windows and doors with little tiles painted in white. Unfortunately, a red corrugated iron roof covers them.
Each room is clean and attractive with their flooring and pink walls and enjoy a pleasing view of the garden and the distant sea.
The reception area is slightly lower down, also facing the sea. The restaurant is brightened by numerous openings, pleasantly lulled by the sea breeze. From the high ceiling, two crystal chandeliers, are suspended in a slightly incongruous manner, in stark contrast with the plastic tables. They are however, covered with white tablecloths at mealtimes. You may indicate your culinary preferences, but provisions on the island are hard to come by. In May, try the delicious mabolo fruit whose tress are abundant on the island.
The hotel is a good starting point for visiting the island, only 3 km from Basco. Tricycles pass frequently on the coastal road either in the direction of Basco or in the direction of the wharf for the Isle of Sabatang. Moreover, the hotel can reserve a jeepney for you, with a driver for the day.
Going down the road, 200 meters to the left and after a little bridge, a tranquil path leads to a meteorological station. It is a worthwhile promenade in the heart of the prairies and you will discover the beautiful views of Payaman and the coast.
How to get there
By air and land, 120-minute flight of Asian Spirit (4 weekly flights) from Manila to Basco. Chartered plane: Chemtrad, in Tuguegarao City. Tricycle: 20 minutes from Basco airport to the hotel.
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