Thunderbird Resort is probably in the top 3 of the most luxurious resorts in the Northern part of the Philippines so expect to spend a bit more to experience leisure living at its finest. There are four types of room here -- Deluxe, Deluxe Suite, Junior Suite and Master Suite rooms.
We booked the deluxe room being the cheapest which ranges from Php8000 to Php9000 per night depending if its a weekday or a weekend stay during peak season, but still felt like royalty as soon as we step foot in this 47sqm abode.
It didn't took long enough before the doorbell rang and we were served glasses of refreshing juice. By the way, there's a Do Not Disturb button near the side table if you prefer some quiet time.
The room is equipped with a pantry with coffee and tea making facilities, in-room storage box, iPod docking station with speakers, WIFI access and an HD LCD Television with home theater surround system.
You can borrow movies from the concierge with just one call. While waiting for room service, we asked for the available movies that they have and guess what they brought -- Confessions of a Shopaholic. Talk about personalized service!
And now I present Thunderbird Resort's famous bed which has almost become synonymous to comfort. Its so nice that we just want to stay in bed and order room service during our entire vacation. The pillows are so fluffy and smells great.
Random paintings adorn the wall. Does putting Santorini photos too much already?
In-room safe and the softest bath robes and slippers I have ever tried on.
The bathroom is too big I had to ask the bellboy who brought us to the room if the open space is for a bath tub not yet installed. He then told me that the difference between the Deluxe and Deluxe Suite room is the latter's hot tub. I guess I would be making tumbling exercises here after all.
A set of VMV Hypoallergenics toiletries are placed on one side of the sink along with a personalized comb, dental kit, shower cap and loofah. The housekeeping staff are so generous they gave me toiletries thrice a day.
Another view of the expansive modern bathroom.
I didn't felt sorry for not having a bath tub with this nice shower with working hot and cold water.
We initially agreed on having lunch downstairs at Olives Restaurant by the lobby but the room was so nice and cold and pretty we didn't want to leave. Good thing there's room service. Oh, and its fast too!
Here's what we had for lunch still ordered from Olives Restaurant but delivered to our room, no need to go outside the sweltering weather. No appetizers so let's get down to business.
It was still hot when we took off the plate cover, enough to smell the food and remember how hungry we are. With Confessions of a Shopaholic still playing on the TV, we started having lunch within the comforts of our room.
|Spicy Lamb Shank - Php590.00 + 10% service charge|
Braised with ginger, saffron, chillies and raisins served with couscous.
I tried both but leaned towards the Devilled Chicken more. I love how spicy and tender it was, probably the most perfectly roasted chicken I have ever tasted. The lamb shank by the way did not disappoint either, we just wished the serving was bigger.
|Devilled Chicken - Php420.00 + 10% service charge|
Half chicken with green olives, chili flakes, tomato, red wine and vegetables on the side.
We did not bother ordering dessert and just settled with the fresh fruits in the room.
As much as we wanted to stay indoors and watch as many movies as we can, we still have to go out and see the rest of the resort before night time. We walked, we swam, we explored the place, we played in the sand, we took pictures and we waited for the sunset. We did pretty much everything we want to and we had a great time!
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we were greeted with this nice little touch by the resort.
Who doesn't love chocolates right? But it would be more surprising if it came with flowers. *wink*
VOA Compound, Pennsylvania Avenue
San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
Tel.: (6372) 888-7777
Fax: (6372) 888-3888