It was a calm morning. Subtle purple hues dominated the sky. I made my way to the segmented stairs leading to the topmost viewing deck atop the rock where this private resort was named from, La Roca Villa. It was only in this morning light when I can truly appreciate the place. From this higher vantage point, I could see the Greek-inspired structures of the resort. White washed walls, blue domes, a pool and the low-tide shores filled my view. Immediately, Santorini came into mind.
We came to La Roca Villa in the evening so I didn’t manage see the surroundings. I did notice our room though. We were lucky enough to be placed at the Suite Room sharing with about five more people. It was huge enough with a large living room, a kitchen, a bar and another huge bedroom. Furninshing was quite tasteful too.
There were other room options we got to see but I didn’t manage to get photos of. There’s the Studio Room (Php 3,500) with a large area that also has its own kitchen and private balcony. The Standard Room (Php 2000) good only up to 2 persons but still have ample space to move around.
La Roca Villa
I was lucky enough to had a little chat with the owner, Suzzete. The resort used to be a private vacation house with her husband. She opened it to her relatives and friends. Eventually opening later on for the public.
La Roca Villa has some curios elements as well. If you ever visit or stay, check out the La Cueva. It’s a small cave inside the rock. The husband and wife owner wanted the place to be a private library. The humidity though isn’t ideal for books. They still worked on the room though for those who are interested to stay.
La Roca Villa has a very serene ambiance on its beachside location. Quiet but still very accessible. In fact, we only walked back to the resort coming from the bars and eatery along the main road. The place exudes a romantic air, that’s why it wasn’t a surprise when the owner told us they are popular for weddings and pre-nups. It is one lovely villa in La Union.
La Roca Villa
2514 San Juan La Union
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.