Weekend at Thunderbird Poro Point, La Union7:07:00 PM
A week after our Crowne Plaza staycation, our family went for a long drive going to San Fernando, La Union. There, we spent our weekend in Thunderbird Resort Poro Point. I have been wanting to visit this place for the longest time to experience the taste of Santorini life they offer. And finally, it came true. Time to tick off my bucket list!
Thunderbird Resorts and Casino is a 65-hectare Mediterranean-inspired dream destination in North Luzon. It is a long 6-hour drive from Manila via North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPlex). If you have kids in tow, make sure you are loaded with toys and snacks to keep them entertained. Otherwise, they'll end up grumpy the entire trip.
We left the house at 8 in the morning and arrived around 2 pm, timely to check-in. We were welcomed with a cold glass of lemonade which tastes really good! While at the reception, others were enjoying the amazing view, overlooking the West Philippine sea and it was breathtaking! God is truly amazing with his works. After few minutes, we were assisted to our villa.
Welcome to our neighborhood! Oh, how I wish to live here forever! Accommodations are in white washed buildings with cobalt blue accents inspired by the Santorini Islands in Greece. All have HD LED TV, a DVD player, pantry, electronic safety box, and Wi-Fi Internet access. Selected rooms have separate living and dining areas, and a furnished kitchenette. You can also choose one with a veranda facing the West Philippine Sea and view one of the most picturesque sunsets.
Our home for the weekend. We got 2 units of a fully furnished 2-bedroom villa for 12 adults and 4 kids. The place looks very neat and well-maintained.
The first floor consists of a living area, dining area, and the kitchen. Glad to know cooking is allowed but make sure to bring your own utensils such as induction cooker, pans and etc.
The villa has two rooms (one is the master bedroom) and each has its own bathroom and veranda. The place is really nice except for the broken air conditioning unit at the dining area while the other one was leaking at the master bedroom. Tried to call the hotel service but to no avail. The WiFi connection was pretty good, though.
At 4 pm, we went out to explore the place, while some went swimming.
|Thunderbird Poro Point - Pool Area|
|Thunderbird Poro Point - Pool Area (view from another angle)|
|Thunderbird Poro Point - Pool Area|
What a breathtaking view!
|Thunderbird Poro Point - Jogging Path|
|Thunderbird Poro Point - Beach Club|
Aside from the pool area, it was the beach club that I was super excited about. I wanted my little one to enjoy the beach like catching small waves and play with the fine sand. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed as I find it too small for a resort like Thunderbird. Nonetheless, my little one enjoyed his stay at the beach. It was such a priceless moment.
In addition to the pool area, beach club, and jogging path, Thunderbird Poro Point also has spa and massage services, a golf course, a Fiesta Casino, basketball court, indoor playground for kids and kids-at-heart.
That night, we opted to try Olives Restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine. The food is tasty and delicious but I do hope they have more choices to try out. I find their menu so limited.
It was also where we had out buffet breakfast with many varieties of bread, salads and all-time Filipino breakfast faves. I super love the danggit, tapa, and the fresh fruits served.
My family and I did have a great weekend albeit the few issues I mentioned above. While I find the rates costly, the Santorini life it provides makes it worth every cent. Definitely a must visit!