If you are going to Batanes and money is no object then the only place to stay is at Fundacion Pacita.
We walked around the area before going to the actual nature lodge. The landscaping was top notch.
Even the office was picture perfect and so quaint.
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This was the private residences of the Abad family and off limits to nosy tourists like us.
It’s gorgeous from any angle.
If your room doesn’t have it’s own private terrace you can sit here to enjoy the cool breeze and take in the rolling hills.
Upon entering we stopped to read the story of Pacita Abad.
One of her artworks.
The place looked like really nice country lodge.
Art works by well known and up and coming artists were displayed all over the common areas.
We didn’t stay here but Jennifer’s friend was able to arrange for us to have lunch there. Normally the restaurant is for the hotel’s guests only.
Two terrace suites flanked the dining room. This room was occupied so I was able to take pictures through the glass door.
Terrace Suite, Main
The occupants of this room were delayed that’s why they allowed us to go in and snap dozens of pictures.
The room wasn’t big but the furnishings made you feel like you were a guest in a friend’s home instead of a hotel with cookie cutter rooms.
Terrace Suite, Main
The bathroom was small but very clean and the fixtures were modern.
The best part was the terrace which was almost as large as the room. I can imagine having breakfast here or relaxing after a whole day of touring just sitting and enjoying the sunset.
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this view?
I think this was the Family Suite, Mountain View.
The first dish was their version kinilaw called lataven, raw fish mixed with minced ginger and onions, calamansi juice,
hot pepper and blanched with boiling fish broth.
I’m not allowed to eat carbs on my diet but I couldn’t resist eating these super sweet sweet potatoes.
boiled sweet potatoes
The crab roe was plentiful and extremely rich and yummy.
Now this was good lonyes or Ivatan fried pork. Unlike the rock hard lonyes we had at Batanes Resort. The pork was soft, vinegary and really good with the sweet potatoes. We wanted to order more but the kitchen prepared only just enough for us. They didn’t expect such big appetites!
The steamed fish was really fresh and perfectly cooked.
I didn’t expect dessert and I gave in and thoroughly enjoyed the tart, thin and slightly crisp calamansi squares.
We didn’t mind paying extra for good coffee. It was just perfect with dessert.
Thanks for lunch Captain Castaneda!!! It was our best meal for the entire trip. That’s another excellent reason to stay at Fundacion Pacita.
NOT my plate
You have to book early if you want to stay here. There are only a few rooms and you will want to choose ones with the best views. Rates start at P4,860 to P11,700 for the bigger suites that can accommodate up to five people.
Goodbye Fundacion Pacita. I hope to see you again one day.
Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge
Room 308, Philippine Social Science Center Bldg.,
Commonwealth Ave, Quezon City
Contact Number.: +639272902404