Visiting Baguio: 2011 Itinerary

Friday, January 06, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 2 Comments

A few days before the New Year started, I headed off to Baguio to get some much needed R&R. I was pleasantly surprised because it was probably my best Baguio trip ever. However, my vacation there was not without a hitch.

For instance, I thought that I didn’t have to book reservations for a hotel in Baguio because it was Christmas. Baguio usually gets its bulk of tourists and visitors during the summer… or so I thought. But surprise, surprise; all the hotels were fully booked. *Facepalm!

Thank God for mobile Internet; I got a list of Baguio hotels online. I called them one by one until I chanced upon a hotel with one last vacancy! Hmm, for a moment there, I thought I was going to sleep in Burnham Park, hehehe!

I ended up getting a room at Baguio Holiday Villa Court, located at 10 Legarda Avenue. The room was worth PhP2240, but I got it for PhP1904 because it was being offered with a 15% discount. Well, I can be such a cheapskate, so any discount sounds good to me!

Baguio Holiday Villa Court 3

Their room rates actually depend on the season. Baguio Holiday Villa Court offers the following room rates:

Baguio Holiday Villa Court rates

The room was to my liking. Um, not like I have any choice as all the other hotels have no vacancies! Take note, however, that it doesn’t take much to please me, hehe.

Baguio Holiday Villa CourtNot too shabby for Steffie!

Hot water was available all day. Drinking water was also available downstairs. There was free breakfast for two, which you may eat downstairs, or you can have it delivered to your room. (Continental breakfast: eggs, toast with butter, ham or hotdog, juice or coffee.) There was also a container for hot water, in case you want to enjoy coffee in your room. You can always buy instant coffee sachets at stores nearby if you’re too stingy to pay for hotel coffee. Their restroom was clean and was not too cramped. Below is a picture of their restroom – you be the judge.

Baguio Holiday Villa Court restroomWould you pee in this bathroom? Hell, yeah!

Aside from rooms, Baguio Holiday Villa Court also offered two-story villas. I have to say, the outdoor landscaping was so pretty! Each villa is priced at around PhP4400 per day.

Baguio Holiday Villa Court 2

After I checked in, I was famished! I then went to Giligan’s Island, located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. I just had to walk there.

Giligan's Island Baguio

Giligan’s Island was a cozy place. It’s a great place to sit back, relax, enjoy Filipino food, and hang out.

Giligan's Island 2Ooh-la-la, who’s that hottie sitting all alone in the middle?
(Okay, maybe that’s a GIVEAWAY, not a CLUE.) Smile with tongue out

There was a four-piece band who played stereo-grade reggae music. They even had a reggae rendition of Adam Sandler’s Grow Old With You.

Giligan's Island reggae bandWhy you no speak Jamaican if you play reggae, eh? Wazzup mahn! LOL Hot smile

I ordered baked oysters (mixed), crispy pata, and sinigang na bangus belly sa miso. For baked oysters, I had to order seconds – they were cheap and delicious!

Giligan's IslandMe want food! Me famished! Me cavewoman until me get food!

Baked OystersBaked Oysters PhP138

Crispy PataCrispy Pata PhP400 (approximate price per serving)

Sinigang na BangusSinigang na Bangus (Milkfish) Belly in Miso PhP165

The next day, I ate a unique type of taho in Burnham Park, Baguio City. Read the rest of this story here. Or you can stop and not find out where I found the best pasta alfredo in Baguio – your choice. Rolling on the floor laughing

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  1. Strawberry taho! :)

    So obviously I am reminiscing my Baguio trip so I read all 3 posts :) Teehee

  2. Hi, Christia! Yep, strawberry taho. :) I thought it would taste weird, but I loved it.

    Thanks for dropping by. :D