My wife and I had to attend an event in Samal, Bataan which was about 2.5 hours from Manila. We decided to proceed to Bagac, which is another 45 minutes drive where the resurrected old houses where in the process of being put together. The reception was inside the main entrance where the parking area was located. Our car was allowed to drop us off but had to return outside as soon as our bags were dropped off. Check in was quick and were helped to our room. The lady said there are now 29 completely restored houses and more are being built. We were assigned room 206 at the Escolta Building which has 3 floors. The wooden stairs creaked but looked sturdy enough. As in bygone days, the room was quite large, maybe about 40sqm with a large wooden 4poster bed, modern toilet and bath plus a separate shower, equipped with modern fixtures. We were provided a hot water kettle and complimentary coffee/tea making consummables. Very convenient indeed after a long drive.
There are several scheduled walking tours of the restored houses. We were late for the 430pm so we had no choice but to do the 830am schedule. We walked the cobblestoned grounds to the swimming pool, then the restored bridge made of stone. A smaller version of some of the bridges crossing the Seine in Paris or the famous stone bridges crossing the Blue Danube in Prague and Budapest. We saw more restoration work across the bridge. The property is pleasantly sandwiched between the ocean and several rice fields allowing the breeze to blow thru the restored houses. It was warm but pleasant with this breeze.
Dinner was excellent with live folk music. Only drawback is the very large portions which even when shared is much too much. We had the ox tail cooked in peanut sauce, a local delicacy called kare-kare. Delicious. We paired this with fried catfish which was large and had to be halved to fit the serving dish. Plus local veggies called kangkong cooked in garlic. After dinner we walked around the facility again to get this dinner digested and get us ready for our in room massage which we booked earlier. The one hour massage went by quickly. The two therapists were extremely good. We were both asleep by the time they finished.
Breakfast was okey but not that good. The portions could have been larger and should allow for 2 eggs instead of just one. Coffee was good but no free re-fills given. You can of course order another cup.
The 830 am tour schedule just had the 2 of us. The guide was pleasant and even lent has large native hats for shade. Due to time constraints, we managed to see the inside of only one of the restored houses. We were requested to leave our shoes outside as a sign of respect for the house. It was very well restored and the inside looks so much more intricate than the outside. Really a walking history of the period.
We plan to return to finish the tour and see more restored houses. Truly worth recommending to friends both local and especially those living overseas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A fine showcase of Filipino history and craftsmanship, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan takes you back to 18th-century Philippines in the twinkling of an eye. Architectural pieces of a bygone era, from different parts of the country, were reconstructed brick by brick, plank by plank. The noble-class mansions, wooden stilt houses, and a grand main building made of stone stand proudly in a village of cobblestone streets. To add up to the ambiance, a backdrop of majestic mountains, expansive rice fields, and a running river that flows to the sea, are found in the vast property. Truly a travel destination unlike any other, this resort in Bataan is a living museum of Philippine heritage. The traditional houses as hotel accommodations are the centerpiece of this Bataan beach resort about 125 km northwest of Manila. Even so, this destination resort does not lack in providing avenues for entertainment, relaxation, and recreation. It has the Napiya Spa, a swimming pool, private beach, gaming center, 3 restaurants, conference and banquet facilities, cultural shows, and heritage tours. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes pride in giving you a glimpse of the past, reliving the age-old yet distinctive Filipino traditions, while providing the luxuries and comforts of contemporary times. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Hotel Bagac