No, it’s not a dream. It’s a real place in Busuanga in North Palawan you can escape to.
There are things that we city dwellers long for like taking a contemplative walk in a lush garden or sipping freshly brewed coffee with feet curled up while watching the first morning light. This is the exact kind of escape you get from La Estancia Busuanga, a vacation home-turned resort of the Garalde family, which sits on a private farm in Busuanga, Palawan, over an hour’s drive away from the airport.
The first thing you’ll love about La Estancia is how well it melds with its surroundings. Bougainvilleas and yellow bells in full bloom line its terraced structures that open to views of the ocean and limestone islands. Thick foliage and trees are abundant and there are rare Palawan cherries too.
Every nook in cranny oozes in artistry. Flora and marine life designs are carved on pillars. There are wood carvings too by the lanai and Comedor, the resort’s breakfast area. Furniture are made using local materials like rattan and acacia. Driftwood are repurposed into chairs.
But perhaps most alluring to La Estancia is its location, with views of both the sunrise and sunset. When the sea is calm, guests are treated to something special: sighting of sea cows or dugongs. La Estancia is also the closest to places of interest in Busuanga like Black Island and Calauit Nature Reserve.
Busuanga Room is the newest and probably the most modern-looking roomat the resort. It has a private balcony that faces the sea, outdoor rattan chair, a bathroom with tub and floor-toceiling windows, and your usual creature comforts—a kitchenette, LED cable tv, a comfy reading nook, and a heavenly king-size bed.
Casa Principal on the other hand is where you should book for total privacy and seclusion. It’s located at the topmost part of the resort, a 10-minute walk from the reception. It has its own kitchen and dining area, a large veranda with living area, two adjoining rooms, two private bathrooms, and a 360-degree view of mountains, seas and nearby islands.
Things to expect are a hearty lunch by the beach and be served island specials like old-bay crab, stroganoff pork, Spicy-grilled tuna, and signature baked clam along with salad and potato chips. Or a buffet treat at the resort’s wharf cabana where you can feast on stuffed alimasag, steamed lapulapu, roast chicken, vegetable stir-fry, pasta puttanesca and mushroom soup.
The hilltop barbecue is a definite must-try. It’s where you can watch the moonrise. In the morning, kayak. Other things to do: island-hopping; visiting the Calauit Safari.
The Busuanga room is at Php12,000 (USD230) per night; Casa Principal is at Php10,000 (USD191) per night
Tel: +632 668 7351
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Photos by Daniel Soriano