Last weekend was another beach-full weekend as I visited Iba, Zambales for the first time. I’ve been planning this trip for a few weeks now, and was really, really looking forward to it because it meant spending quality time with KChan, also known as my Wifey, who’s been busy with med school. This is also the first time we went on an out-of-town trip together! Ever since high school, we were always just going out on movie dates, lunch dates, and dinner dates. I call her my Wifey because for 21 years, we were both single—and when I finally got a Facebook account back in 2008 or 2009, we got “married” to each other. We stayed married until we were forced to “divorce” in 2010 (because we finally got real boyfriends).
So anyway—we decided on Iba, Zambales because it was one place we both haven’t been to yet. While we were doing our research, we discovered this simple resort: La Vista Hotel and Beach Resort. Based on the pictures, it looked like a pleasant place that could give us exactly what we wanted: a clean room, the beach, peace, and quiet.
Reserving a room was really easy. I just visited their website, got in touch with the general manager, Jane Mia, and texted her if I could have a room reserved. She replied within minutes and informed me that we didn’t need to pay any reservation fees, and that we could give the full payment when we got to the resort. She was also very accommodating in answering the rest of my questions.
The trip was overnight, and we left Saturday morning at about 6:30. Getting there takes about four to five hours, but because there were four accidents and several road repairs along NLEX, it took us longer than expected. From NLEX, we headed straight on to SCTEX, took the Subic Exit, then entered the National Highway which led us to Zambales. The road trip was really nice. There was so much to see! The view was also incredibly breathtaking.
Just a little warning: the road leading to the resort is narrow—narrow enough that only one car can fit. But when we were there, we never encountered having to back up because there was an incoming car. I guess because there weren’t much people. During our stay, it was just us and a small group on their company outing.
The resort is beach front, and the beach is public, but we went at a good time because again there weren’t much people. It also has a restaurant with a porch you can chill in, which we took advantage of. During our stopover in Subic, we bought beer and wine to drink. Our room didn’t have a refrigerator, but the resort was nice enough to buy us ice and give us a cooler.
During our first day, we had late lunch in the restaurant. Our choices were limited though, because not all food items in their menu were available. It also took a while to arrive. So that night, we decided to drive to Jollibee in the city proper, which was just ten minutes away.
The next day, we left at around 10:30am just in time to have lunch in Xtremely Xpresso Cafe in Subic.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay. The beach may not have been as wow as other beaches in the country, but we still had fun and it was really a great place to escape to and unwind. If you’re looking for the same thing, visit La Vista Hotel and Beach Resort in Iba, Zambales. You can check out their room rates here.
Beach Resort in Zambales: La Vista Hotel and Beach Resort