Fort Ilocandia prides itself on being the only 5-star deluxe resort/hotel in the northern area of the Philippines. It has over 77 hectares of land, sand dunes, pine forests and a sandy beach that faces the South China Sea. It is located in the heart of the city of Laoag and the province of Ilocos Norte.
Apologies in advance–the pictures of our room were taken with my camera phone.
Some family members and I went to Ilocos Norte for the Holy Week (April 6-8). We stayed in Fort Ilocandia, in a seaview suite. The amenities were great–fluffy pillows, comfortable bed (the room came with a queen sized bed and we requested for two extra single ones), lamps, furniture, refrigerator, dresser, tables, well-stocked bathroom and coffee supplies.
Our suite had a spacious receiving room with couches, chairs, shelves and a television.
The receiving room opened into the second floor balcony. The balcony is adorned with plants, wicker chairs and a glass table.
Fort Ilocandia is home to numerous recreational activities from fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding to paint ball. Here’s a list of their activities and their operating hours.
They also have their own mini-zoo and a playground–the range of activities in this resort is perfect for visitors of any age.
The beach, meanwhile, is not ideal for swimming as the waves are really strong. It is also a long walk away from the resort, probably to discourage people from swimming. You’ll have to pass by the swimming pools, golf range, sand dunes and horse back riding track to get to the beach.
Our suite also came with a buffet breakfast. We were given stubs upon check-in, and we had breakfast in the ballroom in the main building. Breakfast is from 6-10am.
I had quite an enjoyable stay in Fort Ilocandia. The sprawling grounds were lovely to walk through, the suite was comfortable to stay in, the staff were very nice and helpful. There aren’t any elevators in this place, so our baggage and extra beds had to be carried up to the end of the second floor. The staff were really game and helpful with that.