Due to an unexpected break from my fieldwork duties last month, I was able to spend Christmas 2012 with my family and have come across the Panzzian Resort in Pagudpud while we were surfing the net for an alternative holiday destination after our reservation from 20-24 December 2012 at a Siquijor beach resort was imprudently cancelled by its management. As everything happens for a reason, this unfortunate incident has pleasantly allowed us to invite my in-laws in sharing the good side and the bad side of this most recent sojourn namely: the natural marvels of northern Philippines (good) and the long, exhausting road trip to this far region (bad) which I, admittedly, secretly relish.
We called up their booking office at 632 646 9020 last 14 December 2012 and Olive readily provided two rooms for our group, a duplex good for seven people including a “kayo” room for our family of three. It should be noted that the duplex is a whole lot better than the “kayo” room that has been provided for us since it delightfully comes with a picturesque sea view as compared to our room which was forlornly located under the restaurant and with a stony riff-raff wall for a view to boot. So you, definitely, would feel more of a vacation vibe if you could be assigned to either of their duplex units but the resort also has cottages and other rooms of varied sizes that you may want to consider which we, unfortunately, were unable to check out during our short stay at the Panzzian Resort.
Both rooms that were allocated to us are air conditioned with available hot showers but with no cable tv, refrigerator and the other amenities that a regular resort would offer since their angle is a back to the basic experience without all sorts of technological interference, albeit with climate control and hot water for personal comfort. There is also a power generator on standby but it seems that its effective coverage only reaches those rooms nearest to the sea as our “kayo” room was still left in total darkness in the early morning hours when there was a power outage during our last day at the resort. And to those individuals who would feel incomplete without the company of their laptops and mobile phones, please be forewarned that there is no Globe signal in this part of the country so it is Smart that reigns supreme.
We also found it convenient and less stressful to just avail of their full board and lodging arrangement which consisted of three meals plus an afternoon snack at PHP 1,500.00 daily per person for our group of ten and we likewise had requested for a morning snack at an additional daily cost of PHP 100.00 per person. Olive would be providing you with a detailed menu if you prefer this kind of arrangement but please be advised that the organic meals offered simply won’t be enough to individually satisfy a group of food gladiators like ours. However, the resort reasonably allows its guests to personally purchase seafood at the nearby wet market to adequately address this situation and its courteous staff would willingly cook it for you at a cost to supplement your menu thus ensuring that everyone is full and lumbering back to their rooms after each meal.
If this is not your preference then you can just directly order whatever is in their restaurant menu or go for the current fresh catch (fish) of the day. Available drinks include buko juice, various sodas, some fruit shakes, choco and coffee with free mineral water from the dispenser and you could also order fruits like bananas, mangoes and papayas (always on the house during our stay) with your meals. Marshmallows and cocktail hotdogs are likewise available at the restaurant that you could roast during the nightly bonfires by the sea that are thoughtfully provided free of charge by the resort.
We were able to visit the mountain spring (a 15 minute slippery / rocky trek not suitable for the elderly), Maira-ira beach (watch out for jellyfish if you swim in the beach fronting Hannah’s), Kabigan Falls (ask ate from the last stall if your guide can bring a jug of buko juice and whatever snack is available to the falls with you for refreshments), Kapuluan Vista (only two instructors were available in the middle of that afternoon so the surfing lesson was sadly inadequate but the five kids were all pumped up and still courageously enjoyed this activity) and of course, the Pannzian beach (not recommended for small children yet not surprisingly, the kids all had a blast just hurling themselves against the incoming strong maximum 4-foot waves).
Since the Adams’ activity (a day tour package inclusive of lunch with the indigenous tribes of Ilocos Norte which includes trekking / swimming to the falls plus a visit to their wineries / bugnay plantation) has been suspended at that time due to some road closure and construction, we decided on a trip to Laoag during the last full day of our vacation where we visited the Malacanang of the North, the Marcos Museum, the Paoay sand dunes (an exciting though short lived must activity at PHP 2,500.00 per jeep for a group of five which also includes sand boarding), the Paoay Church (please refrain from wishing for the lotto), the all terrain vehicle racetrack at Fort Ilocandia where my son flipped his atv and got his legs pinned by it though was thankfully unhurt as his ample stomach has effectively cushioned his fall (just one of the many amazing advantages of being near obese), the White Rock Formation in Kapurpurawan (looks smaller than I imagined it to be, maybe due to slow erosion) and the Burgos lighthouse (great views, perfect for photo ops).
On our way home the following morning, we visited the Burgos windmills (giant iconic structures that can be seen from way afar) where we bought some souvenirs, had a stopover at Batac where we sampled their much publicized empanadas and then had our lunch at Café Leona in Vigan before finally proceeding home. So all in all, it was again a successful short break from our daily grind that has not only positively energized us but has once more provided us with the essential drive to tirelessly endure the inescapable drudgery of work while awaiting for the next possible vacation destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pannzian Beach is steeped in history, starting from the time the Spanish arrived in the Philippines up to today’s modern world. A lot has changed and, at the same time, a lot hasn’t.The area surrounding Pannzian Beach has been family owned for more or less two centuries. Passed down since the Spanish era, it eventually became a private getaway and slowly evolved into a business.Having been family owned for so long, one can expect a different kind of service. We don’t have resort managers, we have hosts and guides (including some of the family dogs) who make you feel at home while you’re visiting the northern tip of the country. In short, we treat you like family.Though the history of our place is not written, it is at least suggested. Much of our surroundings haven’t changed, save for some road renovations and power lines. Other than that, the location still remains the same since the 1800′s. It’s a place we call home and we want you to be a part of it.Pannzian Beach is right in the middle of Paselang Bay. Our beach may not be the best in the world — lacking the usual pristine waters (waves can get a bit “moody”) and coupled with coarse sand. Nevertheless, we are proud of our beach! It is something to be admired — it has been the source of livelihood for most of the local fishermen and its vastness gives you a sense of privacy coupled with an amazing view of the West Philippine Sea. On the other hand, our mountains also provides for many of the locals. Farms are a usual sight but that’s not all. Surrounding Pannzian are a number of springs and waterfalls aimed to providing a sense of adventure. Trek mountains, jump off waterfalls, and swim in clean rivers. At every turn, we try to give you the opportunity to connect with nature. That’s what we are is all about.Whenever you’re in Pannzian, we try to remove urban distractions. We invite you to observe and interact with nature. If you look closely, each rooms don’t have television sets (don’t worry there are plenty of other things to watch) or anything too fancy found in other high-end resorts. What we have are just enough to keep you comfortable — soft beds, a private bathroom and a hot shower. That’s it. In essence, we’re trying to promote a clean, stress-free, and healthy lifestyle.If you’ll notice the food, majority of what we serve are local delicacies with ingredients straight from our backyard. Most of it is organic. Fresh produce come from local farmers and our very own vegetable garden. And since we’re just off the beach, local fishermen provide us with fresh selections from their daily catch. Our food specialties lean towards local cuisine, reinvented dishes based on the community’s daily diet.A huge part of who we are comes from our community. Most of our staff come from the surrounding barangays. They’re the ones who cook your food, do the landscaping and act as tour guides, which is why we’d like for you to get to know them as well.At sunrise, willing guests can help out the fishermen reel in the day’s catch. Those who do help get paid with a portion of the haul. We also have presentations that showcase the culture of local tribes. The goal is to create sustainable tourism, providing them livelihood and giving them a sense of pride.These are the things we offer. These are the things we want you to take notice while you’re here. It is, after all, a vacation that you’re after so why not make it an exceptional one here in Pannzian. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pannzian Beach And Mountain Hotel Pagudpud