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The Best Bataan Beach Resorts for Your Long Weekend Escape

by Micah Sulit

Bataan’s beaches may not get as much buzz as other coastal getaways in Northern Luzon—we’re looking at you, La Union—but they should be higher on your list if you’re looking for the perfect long-weekend destination.

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For starters, Bataan is just a three-hour drive from Manila. Alternatively, you can hop on 1Bataan Integrated Transport System’s fast ferries; the journey from Mall of Asia takes less than an hour!

And if “Elyu” is the cool kid who likes to see and be seen, Bataan would be the worldly-wise tito with fascinating stories from his colorful youth. There’s so much history to be mined here, and you can start at the Bataan Death March’s Kilometer Zero marker in Mariveles, or the 19th-century Diocesan Shrine of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Bagac.

You need a great base for your Bataan adventures, so we’ve shortlisted the best beach resorts in the province. Let the countdown to the long weekend begin!

For Those Who Prefer their Holidays with a Side of History, Art, and Culture: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

As soon as you set foot in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, you’ll feel as though you've traveled back in time to the colonial period. Often listed as one of Bataan’s top attractions, this is no ordinary beach resort—in fact, it’s fair to say that the beach plays second fiddle to the restored Spanish-Filipino structures that sit on cobblestone streets.

A variety of guided heritage tours include kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) rides, river cruises, and access to the beach. Better yet, stay for a night or two. (The old-world rooms, suites, and private casas offer modern comforts like air-conditioning.) An entire weekend at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar lets you truly enjoy the resort’s cultural offerings, which range from traditional dances to cockfighting and carabao parades. There’s a spa, an outdoor pool, and water sports, too, when you want a break from the history lessons.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac
+632 866 8500 / +632 332 5286 / +632 877 4501
+63 917 872 9361

For Groups Who Need a Private House and an Expansive Beach: La Playa at the Strand

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Ideal for big barkada parties and family outings, the spacious houses at La Playa at the Strand are fitted with cable TV and full kitchens. Some also have private pools.

The wide beachfront offers plenty of opportunities for volleyball or Ultimate Frisbee matches, as well as enough space for everyone to get those golden-hour snapshots and selfies without anybody else crowding your frame.

La Playa at The Strand
Mariposa Street, The Strand Subdivision, Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong
+63 977 471 9970

For Those Who Want their Accommodations to Look as Lovely as the View Outside: Landrina Escape

Why settle for a run-of-the-mill hotel room when you can hole up in chic Hamptons-inspired digs instead? Bathed in natural light and soothing seascape colors, the villas at Landrina Escape seem to jump straight out of the pages of an interior design magazine. A touch of rustic décor, mostly by way of woven baskets and trays, complements the modern furnishings.

Each villa has a small private pool with a pair of sunloungers, and the beach is just a 2-minute walk away. Fancy roasting some marshmallows? You can arrange for a bonfire in advance.

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Landrina Escape
The Strand Subdivision, Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong
+63 917 880 4464
+632 949 4509

For Those Who Pack their Vacation Days with Tons of Activities: Montemar Beach Club

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There’s simply no excuse for boredom at Montemar Beach Club. On top of a 500-meter-long white-sand beach and three outdoor pools, there’s a 9-hole golf course and an array of water activities and sports courts. If you’d rather stay out of the sun, you can call on the holy trinity of Pinoy recreation: billiards, mahjong, and karaoke.

Open to non-members, Montemar Beach Club offers warmly furnished rooms and suites, some of them overlooking the ocean. Cap off your action-filled day with a relaxing massage before catching those zzz’s—then do it all again the next day.

Montemar Beach Club
Sitio Pasinay, Brgy. Pag-asa, Bagac
+632 811 5496 / +632 892 6497 to 98
+63 917 527 1806

For Fans of Hashtags Like #ihaveathingwithwalls: Puesta Del Sol Villas

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Opened in March, Puesta Del Sol Villas features an outdoor infinity pool lined with umbrellas and sunloungers, and an open-air dining area where breakfast is served.

Sleeping up to 4 guests, the villas come with furnished terraces, as well as fridges and microwaves. There are rooms without kitchenettes, too. The interiors are streamlined, but the villas’ white-and-navy facades provide a charming nautical backdrop for Instagram photos, and the truly social media-savvy will pack an outfit—or four, let's be honest—to match.

Puesta Del Sol Villas
The Strand Subdivision, Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong
+63 956 790 8130
+63 921 949 8516

For Those Who Love being Surrounded by Nature: Camaya Coast

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Nature lovers will enjoy this resort and residential development in a secluded cove. With countless palm trees and views of verdant hillsides, it truly feels like a refuge from the big-city bustle. It’s also a fab setting for a romantic escape: think hand-in-hand strolls under the stars and couple massages at the upscale Mandara Spa.

Camaya Coast features multiple outdoor pools, including an infinity pool, and free bike rentals. Some of the rooms and suites enjoy poolside locations, while others come with loft bedrooms.

Camaya Coast
Sitio Wain, Brgy. Biaan, Mariveles
+632 822 6292
+63 917 622 6292 / +63 917 522 6292

For Those Looking for a More Laid-Back Hideaway: Verde Azul

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Verde Azul is one of the newest resorts in Morong, having only opened its doors to guests in May. It has serious oceanfront cred, too—at high tide, the powdery beach all but vanishes and the rolling waves seem to crash directly into the palm tree-lined manicured lawns. Should you tire of languid dips in the sea or in the large outdoor pool, you can rent a jet ski or a banana boat to get that unparalleled adrenaline rush.

Understated rooms sleep up to 6 guests. Deluxe rooms have furnished balconies where you can enjoy views of the ocean while sipping your coffee and planning your next long weekend escape.

Verde Azul Leisure Resort
Nagpajo Crossing, Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong
+63 995 452 7789

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About Micah
Micah Sulit is a freelance writer and editor, and the former editor in chief of K-Zone Philippines. She’s also the one-woman team behind Eden Street, a brand of colorful, inspirational stationery. A Gemini, an INFP, and an Enneagram 9, Micah enjoys traveling solo and counts London, Bruges, and Taipei among her favorite places.

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