Playa Tropical has a lot of potential. From the moment you book your stay with their Reservations Officer until you've reached the resort, it's evident that their Front Desk officers are trained to do their task. They reflect the brand of hospitality Filipinos are known for. They are, likewise, articulate and comfortable with spoken English, so foreign visitors are assured they will find it easy to communicate their needs. Again, I'd like to specify that this if true for their Front Desk Officers and some of the waiters.
Checking-in took only less than five minutes. We arrived late in the afternoon on a Friday though. Upon entering the hotel, we were impressed with its architecture, in fact, the whole property is almost consistent with its Balinese theme, if not for the modern infinity pool, which, by the way, we did not enjoy at all. It is by far the dirtiest pool I've ever seen in my travel life. The hotel rooms are clean and spacious with a fresh supply of towels and bottled water everyday. A Deluxe Double room can fit a group of four people for only Php 3, 800 an overnight stay, although, it includes breakfast meals for only two persons. That means you have to pay for two extra meals, which would cost about Php 150-200. If you would like to splurge on an upgrade for a group of four to six, I suggest you get the Php13, 000 per night Casa. It has a small private pool by the Master's Bedroom and it's right across the pond as well the accessible to other amenities of the hotel. The air-conditioning works fine for our room, but not for the other rooms, so I suggest that you check the room first before deciding to have your bags brought in, especially if you are getting the budget rooms (Double Deluxe). Since there is no elevator, your luggage had to be carried all the way to your room at the second floor. The stairs is a bit too much for the elderly like my mother. The staff are willing to carry them for you. Make sure your phone works, you will need to call the Front Desk for assistance. Both phones in the rooms we were in did not work on the second night of our stay. The shower in the rooms and even at the pool side do not have heaters, not to mention, pressure is too weak so it takes time to finish. They only provide two sets of toiletries, you may request for extra, but they ran out of extra toothbrushes when we asked for more for the kids. Thank God the cable is working and they have a game room. You can feed the fish while waiting for dinner at the Amara. You may ask the waiters to get spare bread from the kitchen.
The following day, disappointed of the pool and the outdoor shower, we hit the beach a few meters away from the pool. While the beach is wide and offers more space to play, run and make sand castles, it is far from the cathartic feeling of seeing Boracay for the first time. Lower your expectations.
Food at their in-house restaurant Amara is fine. It will do to stave off your hunger. Nothing special to look forward to. I wish they would offer more local food in their very limited breakfast menu. The rest of their menu offers a decent selection of local and continental food. Foreigners are happy of how cheap the food is compared to Manila. The restaurant closes at 10pm and last orders are taken in between 9pm and 9:30pm. Food is usually served within 15 to 20 minutes. Again, lower your expectations.
If you want to travel around nearby areas like Paoy, Pagudpud, Batac and Vigan, the resort can arrange this for you, but it comes with a hefty price. Otherwise, try asking around (not the front desk but the locals in the hotel) for drivers, who can take you around town for a little less. Make sure to negotiate for the price -- Php 2, 000 for a day tour of the city and Php 3, 500 for a trip to Vigan or Pagudpod.
The free massage is very pleasant and relaxing. The quality of the massage is at par, if not, better than many I've been to in Manila or local provinces here.
Hotel managements should not simply invest on the architecture. That will bring the guests, but it will not keep them coming back and never will they recommend it to friends, most especially not on Tripadvisor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Tropical Resort Hotel is located at Currimao, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is aesthetically inspired by the intricate designs from Bali and infused with our world-renowned hospitality. Your stay would be one of excellent service, tranquility and fond memories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Tropical Hotel Ilocos Norte
- Playa Tropical Resort Hotel Currimao, Ilocos Norte Province