I was in the middle of finishing a rousing chapter of my book when I noticed that the sun was beaming across the huge rice fields. I tried to carry on but the letters formed a string of meaningless lines, curves and dots. I tossed the book back to my rucksack and focused on the marvelous sky display. I closed my eyes and imagined how great this sunset would be on our home for the weekend – the Thunderbird Resorts in Poro Point.
Located at Poro Point Freeport Zone, Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point is recognized as one of the prominent luxury resorts in the Ilocos Region (if not, the whole country). I heard about this Santorini-inspired resort as one of the most famed wedding destinations of the celebrities. The 65-hectare property houses a 9-hole golf course overlooking a gorgeous cliff, a boardwalk perfect for joggers and lovers, the beach with a manicured lawn and hill, enormous swimming pool and luxurious rooms, suites and villas set on a Mediterranean village.
The van silently halted in front of the lobby. We were handed cold towels and refreshing drinks as we stepped out of our ride. The blue and white dome, illuminated from above, continued the theme of the whole resort. Blue is my color. I loved the resort instantly.
It was way past dinnertime and we were all famished. We headed to Olives Restaurant, the in-house all-day dining of Thunderbird Resort, to satisfy our hunger.
The Mediterranean and Greek cuisines on the menu list were overwhelming. The Asian dishes were equally enticing. The restaurant boasts its legit brick oven that’s unique in the region. I would want to scrutinize the dishes some more but was glued at the rice meal options. I requested for Roast Pumpkin Soup (P180) for starters and Devilled Chicken (P460) for the main dish. My buddy opted for Prawns with Cajun and Ginger Sauce (P680) while others asked for salads, pastas, burgers and pizzas.
|The Santorini Burger (P320)|
100% pure beef burger with lettuce, tomato and served with French fries
|Roast Pumpkin Soup (P180)|
Lightly spiced with garlic, cumin, nutmeg and pepper
|Devilled Chicken (P460)|
Half chicken with olives, chili flakes, marble potatoes and red wine
|Pizza Ilokano (P420)|
Tomato concasse, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, Vigan longanisa tocino, tuna and onion
|Prawns with Cajun and Ginger Sauce (P680)|
Sauteed in Cajun spices and herbs
We were all ushered to our respective rooms which I heard was the newest addition to the complex of lavish rooms in the resort - the Ocean Wing. What’s nice about the new wing is that all of the rooms are fronting the sea.
The clean white finish of the textured corridor walls was brought to life by the colorful wall paintings on the pillars. Me and my buddy headed straight to our room for two nights and were both astounded as we went inside it.
This is really huge! I kept on muttering as we inspected the whole space. I ran towards the other end, totally forgetting about everything, and quickly pushed aside the drapes. It revealed a glass door leading to a spacious veranda. I could hear the roar of the waves but the dark sky didn’t allow us a peek. The next day promised to be a great one, I was sure of that.
|Ocean Wing Deluxe Room|
I went to the en suite toilet and bath and was, again, stunned with its size. It could fit in a number of budget rooms inside. Toiletries were provided for and the hot and cold rain shower was very inviting.
I wish though that the blue and white theme of the resort echoed through our room (which felt like more of a business kinda type of accommodation) to really feel the Greek concept. But hey, I ain’t complaining here.
I rested my tired bod on the bed and started to doze off easily. My buddy asked me if I’d want to have some coffee. I hesitated for a second, but slowly got up and walked toward the glass door.
As predicted, I slept like a baby drowned on the comfy duvet and pillows that night (blame it on the perfect mattress). Awakened by the sea breeze coming from the veranda, I immediately went there and found my buddy enjoying a cup of coffee with the perfect view of the sea. We bid our morning greetings and carried on with our reflections.
After a quick shower we went to Olives Restaurant where the complimentary breakfast for in-house guests was served. The buffet spread was a mix of international and local favorites. Tocino, sausage, daing na bangus, salted egg and fried rice overflowed on my brekkie plate. Another round and I surrendered.
|The perfect Pinoy brekkie|
|The couple blended well|
|Wedding proposal. Right here. Is just too perfect.|
The unforgiving heat brought us to the swimming pool where at around noon, we decided to take a quick dip. It was refreshingly satisfying to finally hit the water.
|Hot! No, not me, the friggin' weather that is|
|Empty without me, I know...|
A short van ride courtesy of the resort brought us to the casino complex. Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and western dishes were listed on the menu. I could hardly wait for the feast awaiting us.
I easily spotted Pork Dinakdakang Ilocano (P240) which translates to a yummy roasted sisig. La Union is famous for this dish and I really wanted to try their version of it. Others opted to follow my suit and headed for an all-Filipino spread. Chicharon Bulaklak (P180), Sinigang with Beef Ribs (P480), Fried Bagnet Kare-Kare (P460), and Pinakbet Ilocano with Bagnet (P190) dominated our side of the table.
|Pinakbet Ilocano with Bagnet (P190)|
Local vegetables sauteed in bagoong and topped with crispy pork
|Fried Bagnet Kare-Kare (P460)|
Fried Bagnet stewed in peanut sauce with local vegetables
|Pork Dinakdakang Ilocano (P240)|
Broiled pork head and offal mixed with vinegar and calamansi juice
topped with red onoins, salt and black ground pepper
|Chicharon Bulaklak (P180)|
Deep fried pork intestine served with special sauce
As the storm hit our way, we went to the swimming pool and enjoyed the rest of the
|Very promising snorkeling site|
We might not have experienced the marvelous sunset of Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point but we’re quite pleased with everything that has happened. And so we headed to Patio Santorini and guzzled endless cocktails till the wee hours of the morning.
The next day, with a combination of the previous night's drink and wanting more of Thunderbird, I called in sick at work. And that, my friend, is how you extend a splendid northern weekend.
Thunderbird Resorts – Poro Point (book online)
Poro Point Freeport Zone, San Fernando City,
La Union, Ilocos Region
Contact Numbers: (+63) 72.888.7777 | (+63) 917.675.9094
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org