I wasn't expecting much when I went along and took this trip with Lakwatsera, but after an uneventful 3 to 4-hour long drive, I found myself inside one of the most picturesque places in Bataan-- Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort. It didn't disappoint visually.
The entire place is visually impressive despite the pricey day-tour fee.
Built on a sprawling 400 hectares of land, Las Casas Flipinas de Acuzar has all the amenities one would look for in a resort.
The natural environment surrounding the resort offers a great view of expansive rice fields, mountains, and the beach.
Aside from the natural view that surrounds the resort, the real beauty of this place comes from its prized collection of centuries-old structures of Historical Principalia or noble class mansions, Wooden Stilt houses, House of Stone or Bahay na Bato.
These magnificent structures, perhaps on varying levels of deterioration, were transplanted from different towns and provinces in the Philippines and meticulously reconstructed in a village like community which I imagine to be what the old Walled City of Intramuros looked like back in the day.
The guided tour gave us a glimpse of the of all the Heritage Houses and a peek on the interior of some of them.
We came to this place to take photographs and be visually mesmerized. The guided tour for me was a total waste of time since Lakwsera and I could have taken photos and wandered by ourselves without the mandatory boring tour.
Our tour guide was courteous, friendly, and serious about her job. I just really didn't care about what she was saying the whole time. At some point during the guided tour, out of courtesy, I tried to be attentive and listened to some of her scripted monologue about some of the heritage houses. But all I really got was "this or that house came from this or that province and was formerly owned by this or that unknown family".
The Heritage Resort is world class and one of a kind. No doubt about that. Don't be deceived by the old look of these ancestral houses. The guestrooms inside some of the these old houses have all the modern amenities one would expect in pricey hotels.
Some of the guestrooms have the following features:
• Individually controlled air-conditioning system
• Flat LCD television with cable channels, DVD player
• Shower cubicle with running hot and cold water
• Bathtub with 24"LCD TV
• Hair dryer
• Refrigerator/mini bar
• In-room safe
Again, the entire place is visually impressive. Not bad for someone like me who has seen it for the first time. Am I dying to comeback? Not really.
My verdict of the day tour: HIGHLY OVERPRICED.
How to get there:
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort is probably the most unique and best looking resort in the Philippines. Take note: best looking resort, not best looking "beach" resort.
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