Few weeks ago, I received an irresistible invitation via email to join a 3-day-bloggers’ tour and experience the only 5-star-hotel with world-class accomodation in Northern Philippines. The timing was too perfect because it gave me an ample chance to enjoy an ultimate vacation few days before I join the league of Filipino doctors and fathers working abroad.

Dramatically set in a poetic cliff of Poro Point Freeport Zone and overlooking South China Sea, THUNDERBIRD RESORTS is more than a luxurious leisure and recreation facility.  It offers a slice of Santorini-experience without leaving the country.  Its Mediterranean-inspired architecture, hotel service and amenities at par with international standards are worth the 6-hour-trip from Makati City to its location in San Fernando City, La Union.

An absolute feast for the senses.

Picturesque design…

The Grecian dome ceiling  is a welcoming attraction at the reception area of the hotel.

Breathtaking view from the lobby.

Santorini Lounge near the lobby provides a relaxing area where you can view the pool and crystal blue sea.

Who would not appreciate this?

Spontaneity in details makes this resort distinctly beautiful.

Bravo for being kid-friendly! :)

I like the idea of having the FIESTA CASINO and VEGAS CAFE located a bit far from the main hotel; making the entire experience more comfortable for guests with children.

More than having a casino, several restaurants within the hotel and the vicinity, an amphitheater and recreational facilities, THUNDERBIRD RESORTS is an event center.

Momentous celebrations like a romantic wedding proposal that eventually leads to bride walking down the aisle with the scenic view as the wedding backdrop, or probably just an intimate family gathering or a company team building, THUNDERBIRD RESORTS is a perfect venue for simple to grandiose activities.

Take a peek at one of the most comfy beds in a spacious deluxe room I slept on…felt like waking up in Santorini. :)

The rooms have verandas that give the visitors a priceless view of South China Sea.

And did I already tell you that I got to drive a golf cart when we visited their greens?

photo taken using my point & shoot cam by ace photographer/travel blogger & my roommate, estan cabigas of

The hills are alive at The Cliffs Golf & Beach Club, Thunderbird Resorts…

Do you play Golf? …I don’t. :)

Wonderful view at the greens…

Thunderbird Resorts have been existing in other countries like Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and has been operating in the Philippines for 5 years now; the first in Asia before it opens another resort in India soon.  Thunderbird Resorts Philippines has 2 branches, one in Poro Point Freeport Zone, San Fernando City, La Union (the one we enjoyed) and in Binangonan, Rizal.

Thunderbird Resorts in Poro Point, La Union offers Pitter Patter promo that runs from June 1 to September 30, 2010.  An ultimate vacation lifestyle experience that includes a relaxing resort stay, delicious breakfast for 2, 15-minute massage, unlimited internet access and more for as low as PhP 4,800 nett/weekday and PhP 5,300 nett / weekend. Reservations recommended. Details are subject to change without prior notice.

For more details, please contact their Makati Office at tel # (63-2) 886-5555 located at 18/F Salcedo Towers H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Thunderbird Resorts Rizal at tel# (63-2) 651-6888 located at Eastridge Avenue, Binangonan, Rizal.

Special thanks to the management and staff of Thunderbird Resorts, Poro Point, La Union for their warmest accomodation, to Ms. Nica Serrano for the invite and to my fellow bloggers who joined this tour, Ann (thanks for the referral), Kristel, Vince, Hanna, Sol, Betty, Oggie, Estan, Ferdz, the experience was incredibly fun!  Salamat!


*This is the first of a 3-part-blog-series.

Up next:  Gastronomic adventures in Thunderbird Resorts, Poro Point, La Union.


    1. the breathtaking view of south china sea and the grecian appeal in poro point make the difference; nonetheless, i’m sure the service and facilities are at its finest.

  1. How envious I am of your experience, very nice place. I wish I could have a step in this place too, malayo lang, haha. Ikaw ba naman nasa Mindanao pa…hehhee Goodluck!

    1. don’t envy me too much. the feeling’s mutual with you being active in socsargen bloggers’ society. we don’t have it here in manila. magtayo kaya ako sa penang? hehehe. sali ako sa peba!

    1. it looks like greece and has mediterranean appeal all over but i guess the fixtures with sawali like weaves are made locally. the warm hospitality was nonetheless, pinoy!

    1. TBR in Poro Point has been existing for 5 years now, grace.
      visit the place whenever you find time.
      and you might have P10M to avail of one of the single-detached house and lot within the resort with grecian architecture. the units are lovely.

  2. hi doc!

    wow, special mention po ako (“,)… thanks… pero dapat ako po mag-thank you kasi naging maganda Thunderbird experience ko because of you and other bloggers

    miss you, guys!

  3. You’re so lucky! That looks like a really great place to shoot the breeze. I look forward to the rest of the series.

    The weekend is almost here. Are you excited?

    Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

  4. Hi there! Your post is very informative, as if were with you on your trip. By the way, i would like to ask if theres a difference between the poro point branch and the rizal branch?planning to go there with hubby,just wanna know if its worth driving 6 hrs. Thank you

    1. Hello Kate,

      Thank you for reading my blog and dropping a query. However, I cannot compare since I only experienced Thunderbird Resort Poro Point, which of course is a Grecian paradise up North! I haven’t been to TBR Rizal. Again, many thanks!

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