One of the advantages of bringing your own private vehicle for holiday travel is flexibility of schedule and spontaneity in your trip itinerary. After staying overnight at San Carlos City, we were getting ready for the long drive along the mountains of Don Salvador Benedicto in the afternoon to head straight to Bacolod. But mom had other plans as well. She suggested we drop by the newly opened La Vista Highlands, it’s that eye-catching resort that we’re always curious about every time we travel to and from San Carlos via the Don Salvador Benedicto route. Dad, was a bit hesitant because it was getting late in the afternoon and the van was acting-up, but we finally decided to check it out for few minutes before heading to Bacolod.
La Vista Highlands resort is located at Km 67 in Barangay Prosperidad, San Carlos City. If you’re traveling from San Carlos City proper, the resort is at the right side of the road. The resort owner is a prominent architect, Albert Garbanzos. According to one of the resort staff who entertained us, Garbanzos unintentionally discovered the place in one of his road trips to Bacolod, but he believes it was his destiny to own the 24-hectare area which was then a farmland. The interesting story behind La Vista Highlands, how the dream house and resort came about, is some sort of mystic fairy-tale. For Garbanzos, it seems like his long time dream came to him unexpectedly even without him pursuing it on purpose unlike a disoriented newbie tourist in frantic search for car hire USA companies the moment he arrives at the airport. Dreams do come true, and if you are destined to have them, they seek you and come to you.
Garbanzos designed the whole complex, including his beautiful residence situated at the top, overlooking the resort buildings and cottages. The parking area is a bit cramped and could be tricky for drivers though. I hope the owner could address this by building a better parking area that can accommodate more guests. Anyway, we wasted no time in exploring the place.
The resort is built on sloping terrain and composed of different levels. The upper level is where the Ridge Villas are located. The mid-level section, which is actually below the gate entrance level, is where most of the resort’s major amenities are, such as the two pools, conference room, dining areas and lounges. On the lowest level, are the Garden Villas, each unit can accommodate an average of 8 persons.
Let’s see what’s inside…
We left the resort after an hour (few minutes wasn’t enough). Thanks to one of the resort staff for showing us the Garden Villas and other areas of the resort. We could have checked out the matrimonial suite and family suites at the Ridge Villas section but we were running late and the skies looked gloomy already.
Here are the tariff rates (as advertised on the resort flyers)
Entrance (which includes use of swimming pool): Php100 per adult / Php50 per children
Picnic Cabanas (with dining table and chairs for 6): Php800 per slot / Php50 per additional chair
Balinese (with dining table and chairs for 4): Php500 per umbrella / Php50 per additional chair
Heated Jacuzzi (for 8 to 20 persons): Php150 per person for maximum 3 hours use / Php100 per additional hour
Matrimonial Suite (Twin-sharing): Php3000 / Additional Php800 per person
Family Suite 1 (3-person capacity): Php4000 / Additional Php800 per person
Family Suite 2 (5-person capacity): Php6000 / Additional Php800 per person
Garden Villas 1 to 4 (8-person capacity): Php1000 per person / Additional Php800 per person
Garden Villa 5 (9-person capacity): Php1000 per person / Additional Php800 per person
Room rates include Set Breakfast and free use of Swimming Pool.
Additional persons are provided with hotel-quality folding beds, beddings and toiletries.
Check in at 2:00PM
Check out at 12:00 NN
Late check out charge: Php200 per hour
Bringing of drinks/beverages, cooking and grilling are not allowed. Food corkage (for food brought in) will be Php300 per dish.
The rooms are designed in Contemporary-Asian style with private lounge-veranda overlooking scenic views of Mount Marapara and Mount Kanlaon. Aside from the orthopaedic beds and hot & cold pressurized rain shower, rooms come with personal ref, LCD cable TV, private dining, room service, intercom, toiletries and other amenities. The Vista Resto Lounge provides guests with an extensive selection of food and drinks.
Reservations: (0949) 7073383 / (0921) 6124597 (Look for Ms. Tonet)
Have you been to La Vista Highlands? Do share with us your experience in the comments section below. Have a great weekend ahead!
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