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    CASA ANGELINA – Cabangan, Zambales

    August 17, 2017

    Casa Angelina lies in the quiet town of Cabangan, Zambales. Having only opened in May of 2017, it’s a fairly new resort that has already been featured in Spot.ph, Victory Liner’s Facebook page, and Buhay Pinoy – a local TV show. The moment you arrive, Casa Angelina is bound to lure you in with its charming landscape and cozy rooms.

    With hardly any tourists, it’s the perfect destination for groups, couples, or even solo travelers who prefer a more peaceful and laid back vacation. With only four rooms in total, guests will never have to worry about over crowding.

     

    Rooms at Casa Angelina

    Apart from the serenity of the place, what added to the resort’s appeal, were the rooms. The rooms had such a calming vibe and even though they were kept simple, everything felt cohesive and classy. I was actually under the impression that the resort hired an interior designer for the rooms and was amazed when I found out that the owners designed the rooms themselves. The owners also opted to utilize locals to build the resort instead of hiring contractors from Manila. In fact, the banana leaves painted on the walls were all done by a local guy who specialized in painting signages.

    The two types of rooms – garden view and ocean view, look very similar with the exception of the ceiling design and of course the view. The ocean view rooms are also equipped with a small refrigerator.

    The rooms can accommodate up to six people comfortably. Each room has one queen bed, one bunk bed, and a double bed in the loft area. All of the rooms have a small veranda with a table and two chairs. The resort is also wheelchair friendly – smooth tiled floors all the way from the parking lot, rooms with ramp provisions,  and adequately sized doors to accommodate wheelchairs.

    Room Rates

    • Ocean View Room Php 3,000 per night for 2 adults (~USD 60)
    • Garden View Room Php 2,500 per night for 2 adults (~USD 50)
    • Php 500 per extra person (up to 4 extra persons per room) (~ USD 10)

    Food Options

    • Cook your own food

      If you prefer cooking your own meals, Casa Angelina has an open kitchen which checked-in guests can use freely. The resort doesn’t charge cooking or corkage fees so you won’t have to worry about extra charges. You can either bring supplies or buy from the market 15 minutes away from the resort. Don’t forget to buy charcoal in case you’re planning to grill. The resort provides the basic necessities for cooking – electric stove, rice cooker, pots&pans, etc.

    Casa Angelina Kitchen

    Kitchen

    • Eat at LC’s Restaurant

      If you have your own transportation, you can also try the nearby restaurant (about 10 minutes away). We tried their Bulalo for lunch and their serving was more than enough for two people, we even had some left for dinner.  Going to the restaurant is easy –  once you reach the highway, just turn left and go straight, LC’s Restaurant will be on your left side.

    • Eat at the Resort

      One of the highlights of our trip was the food. Casa Angelina serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner priced at Php 250 per meal. You will have to inform them ahead of time if you’re planning to have your meals at the resort. We had dinner and breakfast at the resort and they were all delicious and filling. On our first night, we were too engrossed with our meals that we didn’t have room for dessert – vanilla ice cream with caramel syrup and turon on the side. We were too excited to eat that we forgot to take photos of our dinner.


    The meals will be served at Roy and Joanne’s home (veranda area) which is a short walk from the Casa Angelina resort.

    The Beach

    During the time of our visit, a storm was currently hitting Luzon. The rain wasn’t as bad as it was in Manila but the waves were unusually bigger. This, of course, didn’t stop us from enjoying our vacation. Just keep in mind that under normal conditions, you can expect calmer waters.

    If you’re looking for white sand, you won’t find that here in Cabangan. But if you’re after a fairly isolated beach with soft sand, then Cabangan would be a good choice. There are no life guards around and there are hardly any people at the beach, so make sure children are always supervised while swimming.

    Casa Angelina was designed by someone who had their guests in mind. From simply providing power sockets near the beds to making the resort wheelchair accessible, it’s easy to tell that guest comfort is their top priority. It’s also important to note that the owners – Roy and Joanne, are incredibly warm and accommodating hosts. Meeting them was a breath of fresh air, driven by a strong passion and love for both their guests and their community, I can’t help but hope to meet more resort owners like them.

    Roy and Joanne are popular with the kids (probably the whole community) because they host Sunday school at their home.

    How to Book

    How to Get to Casa Angelina

    The resort is only four to five hours away from Manila and the drive is straightforward and relaxing. Via commute it’s only a bus and tricycle ride away so accessibility isn’t a problem.

    • Ride a victory liner bus headed for Iba from either the Cubao or Pasay Terminal
    • Get off at Anonang stop
    • Ride a tricycle going to the resort

    Casa Angelina Contact Information

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    Note: We were invited by Roy to stay at their resort. All opinions are our own. 

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