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Costa Pacifica Raintree the next ‘barefoot luxury’ destination in PH

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COSTA Pacifica’s swimming pool and lounge area

There are very few vacation destinations along our country’s eastern seaboard. So when  one comes up, the new resort deserves every bit of attention.

Costa Pacifica Raintree (www.costapacificaraintree.com) has just opened along Sabang Beach in Baler, Aurora. Baler would seem unlikely as a resort destination, but this distant spot is a hidden jewel of a paradise.

FAMILY room of Costa Pacifica’s One-Bedroom Suite

Tucked between mountain and sea, Baler is the economic hub and political center of the province of Aurora. The waters of the Pacific Ocean lap the town’s beaches and its back is the formidable Sierra Madre mountain range.

Along Baler’s long stretch of gray, sandy beach is the Costa Pacifica Raintree property. The resort has just over a hundred handsomely designed suites, each fully equipped to rival any five-star hotel. Aside from the usual LCD TV and air conditioning, there is complimentary Wi-Fi to keep all guests, especially the kids, connected 24/7.

For the more active kids, there is an activity room and a full gym beside a large outdoor pool. The beach itself has two seasons. From March to June, it is soothing and calm, but during the rainy season, it beckons surfers with its large, rolling waves. The Pacific Ocean comes in myriad hues. It can be deep blue in the summer and steel gray during the wet months.

BEACH House, F&B outlet of Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica’s cuisine is highly diverse as well, with The Beach House serving the specialties of the province, and the Café Rosa offering a more Mediterranean-inspired menu. There is also a wood-fired oven to give most selections a smoky, heartwarming flavor. Plus there is no better meal than one served with a calming view of the ocean. Both outlets are open all day for the resort’s guests.

The resort has incorporated bits of local culture into the décor. Colorful “sabutan” mats in various tropical shades adorn the walls, as mat weaving is a revered folk art in Aurora.

The resort also boasts of its multipurpose function room, The Pavilion. This structure is right on the beach and offers a panoramic view for weddings, birthdays or more corporate events.

COSTA Pacifica Junior Suite

Andre Wisniewski, vice president of The Raintree Hospitality Group, which manages the Costa Pacifica, notes: “We’re very passionate about the place because of its geography and landscape, which have somehow isolated it from the main tourist tracks. Baler still holds a lot of interesting features that need to be discovered.”

The Raintree Hospitality Group is well known for conceptualizing, developing, managing and operating various luxury concept hotels all over the country, including the ultrapopular Discovery Shores Boracay and other properties of the Discovery group, including the bed and breakfast in Tagaytay, Country Suites.

Costa Pacifica Raintree is positioned to be the next “barefoot luxury” destination in the country. It will certainly be the place to be to have a laidback vacation!

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  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    this resort will close in a matter of months or 1 year or 2 at most

    who will go to baler n stay in this beautiful resort — they should have built in Siargao or in Caramoan WRONG SPOT TO PLACE ARESORT IN BALER HAHAHAHA WHAT IS THERE TO SEE & DO IN BALER ?

    • MarkWillMayoMagallanes

      Surfing, eating, trekking, more surfing, time at the beach, yet more surfing… Baler is one of the best surfing destinations in Luzon, if you haven’t known yet. :D

  • MarkWillMayoMagallanes

    Hay nako. Somewhere in this page is part of the reason why the tourism industry in the Philippines is struggling. Go figure. The tourism industry should be apolitical and knowing the people who WORKED HARD for this development to push through, I can only wish to cook the crabs for dinner.

  • John Fereira

    That is true only the influential politician will benefit from this tourism business, this is not only in Aurora but the whole country just like if you travel from Baguio to Nueva Vizcaya via Ambuklao Dam road you will wonder why all the whole land stretch is already owned by Chavit Singson, go to Isabela the whole pacific ocean stretch already owned by Dy, Albano , Peping and Danding Cojuangco, Alvarez go to Cagayan province the same faces of influential people.

    Can the Madame Kim Henares verify if they pay any tax for all of this properties.

  • Prince Malang

    This is where ex-Senator Edong Angara hid his ill-gotton wealth he got from PDAF, development aids from Spain, Japan and Korea and the profit he made stealing lands from the national government (Filipino people), CARP beneficiaries, and legitimate land owners.

    The land where this establishment was built was forcibly taken from the legitimate owners by blocking their right of way using Angara’s power and influence. The poor owners didn’t have any choice but to sell at bottom prices.

    Let the truth be known:

    · The Angaras are the biggest land speculators of Aurora who benefitted from Apeco.

    · The Angaras have a huge databank of alienable lands in Aurora with his connections in LRA, DENR, PENRO, CENRO and local governements.

    · The Angaras use their influence to target lands they could title to themselves. They have cohorts in these agencies working for them.

    · Angaras are illegally titling Aurora lands with impunity from Baler to Casiguran including the lands around Apeco.

    · Most of these lands are those awarded to CARP beneficiaries who themselves till the land.

    · The government has shortage of lands to give out to landless farmers who need the land and not the bureaucrats like the Angaras who enrich themselves by being career politicians.

    · The CARP of Comprehensive Land Reform Program is a big failure because of thieves like the Angaras.

    To all patriotic Filipinos and foreign tourists, please don’t patronize the ill-gotten businesses of Angara. Do not rent or stay in Costa Pacifica hotel and Bahia de Baler owned by Edong and his governor sister when visiting Baler. Choose hotels and lodging owned by the common hardworking masses. Your pesos and dollars are much better spent.

    Angara should be included in the plunder, malversation, direct bribery and other graft and corrupt practices cases the government is pursuing against the corrupt Filipino politicians and bureaucrats. President Pnoy Aquino must prove to his bosses (Filipino people) that there is no holy cow in his “Daang Matuwid” campaign. Edgardo Angara was a known supporter of her mother, former president Cory Aquino and a member of Pnoy’s inner circle.

    • Angel Gabriel

      You are so right my friend.. Your facts are quite credible.



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