Weekend Getaway to Las Casas Filipinas, Bataan
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a heritage resort located in Bagac, Bataan in the Philippines. I’ve heard about Las Casas sometime last year, noting for its beautiful interiors and heritage houses. I thought this heritage resort is just an attempt to replicate the beautiful old houses found in the Philippines in the past. Apparently, some of the materials used are authentic. The owner of the resort is an architect and is really passionate for heritage houses. He visits different places in the Philippines, buys the old house and have it deconstructed. The exteriors of the houses are later restored and preserved at Bagac. He must be really rich to afford such lifestyle, but I really applaud the effort. My little sister was the real reason why we went to Las Casas. She was supposed to go to Anilao for a 3-day field trip but the school had to change the venue at the last minute. According to my mom, the school couldn't secure a certain permit necessary to push through with the field trip. Since parents are allowed to join, we've decided to book ourselves a room and explore Bataan on our own.
The whole idea of replicating and preserving heritage houses in Las Casas Filipinas is a unique, interesting and wonderful for the culture of this country. I also thought the resort looks incredibly lovely during the magic hour for it has this quaint, peaceful and charming feel.
But is it worth the visit? If you've never been here and is craving from a break from the city life, then yes! Here are some of the things you could do there:
- Heritage Tour - Visit and learn the history of the old houses found in the resort
- Workshop Tour - To visit the in-house factory where the woodcarvings and bricks are traditionally made to apply the needs of the resort’s facilities.
- Cultural Shows - Every Saturday evening (and on peak seasons), they have a cultural show in Plaza Belmonte, from 6PM onwards. Visitors will get to witness the different traditional Filipino Dances, such as the Tinikling, Singkil and Manlalatik.
- Game Room - At Casa Lubao, visitors can play a few Filipino games like Sipa, Patintero, Sungka, and Piko. As well as billiards, darts and other board games.
- Swimming Pool and Beach Area - Visitors can also swim and chill at their “Batis Inspired” pool beach area. You can also go snorkeling, kayaking, and other water sports for a corresponding rental fee.
- Bike or Kalesa Ride - These are for rent, which visitors can use to explore around the resort.
- Napiya Spa - For those who wants to relax and indulge in a body massage or something.
- La Fotographiya De Escolta - Have an authentic photoshoot wearing their traditional Baro’t Saya and Barong Tagalog for a fee.
They also welcome guests who just wants a tour of the resort. The rate ranges from PHP 685.00 to PHP 1,500.00 (per person). The rate includes welcome drinks, heritage tour, access to the beach area, and food. These rates are according to the brochure found at the resort, I'm not sure if it's a fixed or promo-basis.
Maybe you should bring your own food?
There are several places where visitors can have their food and beverage fix. The main one would be the Marivent Cafe where they serve Authentic Filipino-Spanish Cuisine. The other one is the La Bella Teodera where they serve Authentic Italian Cuisine. The pricing of their menu is a little steep, given that it’s a hotel rate, but the serving is often good for sharing. As for the quality of the food, we’d rate it for 7/10 stars.
Another thing to note is that they don’t offer a breakfast buffet, just a breakfast set of selected food like tapa and tocino.
Is it expensive? Not really.
The rate varies on weekdays, weekends and peak season. But you can visit AsiaTravel.com to get 50% off. All rooms/houses for rent includes complimentary use of the batis-inspired swimming pool, beach area, heritage walking tour, and all taxes and service charge. But please double check with the fine print of your booking.