I travelled there in Jan 2014 without realizing that it's not the best season, which is during summer months from Jun - Oct. The exterior of the resort is really nice and rustic. This is a family-run resort, like many resorts in the Philippines. Warm people, friendly service and food acceptable given the remote location.
However, the room could really be improved: small, cramp and the bathroom is extremely small with slow running supply of tap water. It's really basic, without extra beddings and no amenities like toothbrush, kettle and glasses. Though I'm happy there's cable TV and wifi despite the frequent brownouts, typical of many resorts which rely on generator rather than the unstable grid.
However, I have to commend the owners for making the guests feel at home (albeit noisy construction in the mornings!) and are generous with tips and suggestions about traveling in the area. Overall, it was a good stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Consuelo is the perfect tropical hideaway for people who marvel at the beauty of solitude while being surrounded by nature's most remarkable backdrops. The Cordillera mountains provide a lush and verdant scrim to a generous white beach that stretches out to the horizon on both ends. Sitting lazily to the left is Dos Hermanos island an easy trek from the beach high tide or low tide. The island is safe haven for marine life. The distinctive huts take inspiration from traditional Ilocano homes yet adopts the frills of a modern bathroom. How To Get Here: (Via Private Transport) From Manila to Laoag City approximately nine-ten (9-10) Hours via the Northwest Highway. Laoag City (Capital of Ilocos Norte) to Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud is approximately 2 hours drive. (From Laoag you will passing by several towns going to Pagudpud which Includes: Bacarra, Pasuquin, Burgos, Bangui, and lastly Pagudpud Town Proper). Take the Road going to Brgy Balaoi/ or Cagayan Province instead of entering the Town Proper/ Saud Beach. Pagudpud Town Proper is a 30 minutes drive to Blue Lagoon or Brgy. BALAOI, MAIRA-IRA BEACH. From the Entrance of the Blue Lagoon (Landmarks: Statues of Cartoon Characters and Dinosaur). You will make a Left Turn going down to Blue Lagoon. You will need to pay 20Php/each for the entrance fee. From the Entrance you will be passing by several landmarks and other resorts along the way going to Casa Consuelo Timangtang Rock Bantay Abot Maira Ira Cove Hannah's Beach Resort Agua Seda Punta Azul Surfville Kapuluan Vista Resort Baniaran Bridge just follow the road going to Sitio Baniaran, We are located near Dos Hermanos Islands (Fish Sanctuary). Via Public Transit (Bus/PUV) Laoag City is 2 hours away from Pagudpud/ Casa Consuelo/MARA-IRA Beach or Blue Lagoon. From Laoag: take any bus going to Claveria, Aparri, or any part of Cagayan. One can also take air-conditioned or ordinary buses like GMW Trans, Florida Bus (Transport Pro Bus) or, RCJ Trans (Cagayan bound), PUVs (Pubic Utility Vans), Claveria Tours is a more convenient bus to take. Inform the driver/conductor that you will dropped off at BLUE LAGOON in Brgy BALAOI, pronounced as :'BALAWI'/ GAOA, pronounced 'GAW-WA'. Once in Gaoa or also known as the Blue Lagoon Entrance you will take a 5km tricycle ride going to Casa Consuelo. Public Bus and Van Fare (Laoag-Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud): 80-150php/pax Tricycle Fare (highway-Casa Consuelo): 60php/2 pax We look forward to the pleasure of having you as our guest at Casa Conseulo Pension House. ... more less
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