Being Near the Beach is Worthwhile. | Team O’Connell in Pagudpud | January 2-5, 2020

Being Near the Beach is Worthwhile. | Team O’Connell in Pagudpud | January 2-5, 2020

Finally! We arrived in Pagudpud! How I miss being here…

(Click this to read about our previous Laoag experience.)

Pagudpud is one of our favorite beach destinations.  I miss waking up in the sound of the water and trees being moved by the wind. Years ago, we would just stay here for a few weeks in a rented Kubo, cooked our own food and relax. Simple, quiet and peaceful living. But since we had kids, a lot of changes and adjustments had to be done. We can no longer stay here for many weeks because of Lexi’s school. Also, it is already a little bit hard to just hire a Kubo nor tent on a long term stay because we consider the kids’ safety and comfort. Another thing is that we notice it gets busier each year – far from its unobtrusiveness the first time I visited seven years ago.

We have always been dreaming to live near the beach… Maybe one day we’ll have a beach house when I win the lottery. Hahaha.

I love being near the beach because it gives me this kind of blissful feeling that I can never get elsewhere.

Being near the beach is worthwhile because:

  •  We can get peace of mind. Sitting on the beach, watching the waves and enjoying the sand on my feet instantly help my anxiety and stress melt away.
  • We take our Vitamin D effortlessly. I have read that Vitamin D can come from a few minutes being under the sun. This can also improve our autoimmune system and can transform our depressed mood to a happier disposition.
  • We get to breathe Fresh Air. Who wouldn’t love to be away from pollution that can damage our lungs and make our whole body sick?
  • We get Better Sleep. When we are near the beach, we are away from the busy and noisy city. In general, just being near the water allows our mind and body to relax into a greater and deeper sleep.
  • More chances of having a Happy Husband. Oh, this is so important to me. Rhys always says a happy wife is a happy life. But it is also the other way around. My husband is in a happier mood when he is near the water. Most especially when we are in the part where it is windy enough and he can kite.

Anyhow, going back to our Pagudpud journey, let me share with you our experiences with the three hotels we tried here this time.

January 2 – Villa del Mar, Pagudpud

This was not our first choice but when we got here, it was fully booked everywhere. It must be because of the Christmas break still. Upon walking at the beach, we found this hotel.

You will also love Villa del Mar for the following reasons:

  • Its location. Beachfront! You get easy access to the white beach. Beautiful scenery. I am talking about the famous Saud beach.
  • It is next to some restaurants so you can stay on the beach to dine.

I guess you will notice its unpleasant side:

  • I got the room for Php 1,500. Affordable yes, but it looks old. Well, it is one of the oldest hotels in the area, as a matter of fact. The toilet had a leak. The water passage in the bathroom seems blocked. Disgusting.

If renovations will be done, we probably will go back here.

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January 3 – Kingfisher

The second place we stayed at is the KINGFISHER in Caparispisan. We’ve known about this since it opened but never stayed before. So we just wanted to have a try while the husband gets his opportunity to kite.

Generally, it is one of the kitesurfing destinations of some foreigners. The rooms are not cheap but of course, you get what you pay for. It has facilities like restaurants and a swimming pool. It also offers Ilocos tours.

We got the cheapest room and only available room during our stay. The beach hut type. I paid Php 3,500 for a room with two queen beds. It is very clean and comfortable. It got a shared toilet and bathroom which are also very clean with complete toiletries for free.

Rhys was able to have fun kitesurfing sessions here. He also had a nice chat with the friendly manager.

The kids and I enjoyed the swimming pool while Rhys was busy enjoying his water sports.

There was also a small playground that our kids loved. Next to it are animals like turtle and rabbit.

The food was okay and the price is reasonable.

The staffs were polite.

It was a worthy try. We will come back, I think, especially when it is not peak season and the rates are a lot cheaper.

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January 4, 2020 – Villa Andrea

On our third and last night in Pagudpud, we picked this new place called, Villa Andrea. It is a three-year-old hotel and it is next to Napintas Vista (the old place we used to rent kubos at)

We booked a room here directly through a phone call. The owners and management are located in Manila so the people I was talking to in order to book were not physically in the hotel.

I got a room for Php 1,500 that has a double bed. I had to pay another Php250 to get a mattress for the floor which was only single sized. For Php 1,750, it comes with a basic breakfast for three.

The place is new. But I guess the building quality is poor. You will notice some cracks on the walls and obviously, it will leak if it rains really hard.

The rooms are very small but they are clean. We had the cheapest room and it did not have hot water.

The staffs need a lot of pieces of training still. You ask them questions such as information about the food in the restaurants or the method of payment, and they looked so confused and had to wait for their manager to get answers.

It was raining during our visit here but we still tried to enjoy playing indoor games such as jenga and puzzles.

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It was another memorable family time in Pagudpud for us team O’Connell.

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PHOTOS. PHOTOS. PHOTOS…

AT VILLA DEL MAR:

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AT KINGFISHER:

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AT VILLA ANDREA:

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The next day, we started our drive to head home. We had a stopover at La Union to cut the long drive.

Click this to read about our last stop at La Union.

Click this to read more about our ten-day-family-travel.

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