Poro Point (San Fernando, La Union)


Travel Blog By Jen
March 31, 2011

This is a long overdue post of our summer outing last year.  Skycab went to Thunderbird Resort in Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union.  La Union is approximately 7-hour drive from Manila.  I know that this is far but what drew us here is its Santorini-inspired architecture:  stark white walls and royal blue domes, with the sea view in the background.  It is set on a cliff with a spectacular view of the ocean.  Of course, we had to go and see for ourselves!


All rooms overlook the ocean.


The resort's Blue Dome at night

Probably the lobby's most prominent design is its dome ceiling, with its interesting fresco.  It opens up then to the cocktail lounge on the left and the amazing view of the ocean.


the ceiling




The Santorini Lounge



The rooms and beddings were nice.  Ours had 2 queen beds, a mini-bar, microwave, LCD TV, iPod docks and a jacuzzi.  Each room also had a private balcony.



nice, well-appointed rooms



For recreation, there is a 9-hole golf course, a half-basketball court, and a swimming pool.  There are a lot of open spaces and pathways perfect for a leisurely walk or a run.  The resort also owns a casino nearby but wearing of shorts and slippers are not allowed (funny that it is like that, this being a beach resort).


the large pool and the boardwalk


Golfing with a view


The resort has a short beach strip with off-white sand.  The beach is rocky but still swimmable.  There is a view deck above the shoreline with a little garden and some chaise lounges.  It would have been perfect if they had a bar there from which you can order drinks.  It was very hot that day and it would have been great if I had a mango shake in hand :)









We took our meals in Olives, the only on-site restaurant which served Mediterranean-Italian cuisine.  We liked their pizza and pasta.  In the mornings, their buffet breakfast is served here as well.


Humus





We enjoyed our mini-break as there were sun, sea and sand for 3 whole days :)  If you just want to relax and unwind, this destination may be right for you.




P.S. If we had time, I would have liked to do a trip to Baguio, which was just 1.5 hours away from La Union.  But time wasn't in our hands so maybe that Baguio mini-break would have to wait a little while longer. 



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