With the familiar heat of the Philippine summer soon arriving, there’s no better way to cool down and chill out than in the foamy, internationally renowned waves of La Union. Since the surfing capital of the country is just a four- to six-hour drive from Manila, it’s become one of the best choices for an exciting beach getaway.
If you’re looking to turn your La Union vacation into a luxurious treat, book a stay at these top tier resorts!
1. Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa
Situated by a sloping beachfront with clear waters, Kahuna brings the beauty of Balinese and native designs to the forefront. The aesthetic is present in the resort’s wide variety of room options, like its garden rooms, ocean view suites, and a one of a kind rest house for the ultimate staycation. Watch the sunset while feasting on Asian and international dishes at the Big Kahuna Bar and Restaurant, or while lounging about in any of the resort’s three crystal blue swimming pools. If you need to unwind after a day of surfing, getting a massage or body scrub at Kahuna’s Spa Luana—Hawaiian for “relax”—will ease your tension.
Contact: Visit their official website or contact +637 2607 1040
Location: Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
2. Thunderbird Resort
Bathe in the calming blue and white of a Mediterranean atmosphere when you check in at this swanky Santorini-inspired resort. The 65-hectare property—which consists of residences, a casino, a fully equipped golf course, the eponymous resort, and a private beach—is an architectural homage to Greece built atop a cliff 100 feet above the ocean, to which Thunderbird owes its spectacular view. If you want a break from the water, take the shuttle to the tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, Kids and Teenagers Clubs, Saint Pio chapel, or any of the three art installations, all of which make Thunderbird feel like a mini city in itself.
Contact: Visit their official website or contact +637 2888 7777
Location: Poro Point Freeport Zone, San Fernando, La Union
3. Awesome Hotel
Awesome Hotel prides itself on its excellent, family-friendly service and comfortable facilities. Spend your early morning admiring the greenery of its manicured garden while chilling in the nipa hut inspired cabanas, and your afternoons testing your skills at the water-based activities offered at the hotel. Day tours of La Union’s most recognizable landmarks can also be organized by the hotel at your convenience. Finally, for lovebirds who want to spend their special day by the sand and waves, take your pick from Awesome Hotel’s lavish wedding packages.
Contact: Visit their official website or contact +637 2607 4648
Location: Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union
4. Aureo La Union
Find your secluded sanctuary away from the city in Aureo La Union. Established in 2016, the resort’s 58 garden and poolside rooms are crafted to maximize a tranquil connection with nature, as each is equipped with a sizable balcony that lets you marvel at colorful sunsets over the West Philippine Sea. Dine al fresco no matter the hour of the local day at the open air Coast Restaurant, conveniently located right beside the sandy white beach, or have snacks and drinks at their other bars for a more laid-back feel. With the mantra of “the world revolves around you,” you can trust that all your worries will melt away at Aureo.
Contact: Visit their official website ot contact +6302 8893 1111
Location: San Francisco, San Fernando, La Union
5. San Juan Surf Resort
Beginning as a humble three-room accommodation established by Brian Landrigan in 1992, the San Juan Surf Resort has grown to become a 43-room surfer’s paradise only a few steps away from the beachfront. In living up to its name, the resort’s focus and selling point is its surf school. Founded in 2003 by Fil-Am Luke Landrigan, an International Surfing Association accredited level 2 coach, it’s touted as the best surf school in the Philippines that’s also involved with helping local marginalized communities through the sport. If you’re ready to learn how to ride those famous waves, pick up some gear from the nearby Surf Shop.
Contact: Visit their official website or contact 072 687 9990
Location: Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
6. Lafaayette Luxury Suites Resort
Make the Bali-inspired Lafaayette Resort your temporary refuge. Founded in 2017, this 12-room beachside resort is quiet and intimate exclusivity at its finest. Its enormous and well furnished private suites and villas are perfect for family trips or your long overdue barkada weekend break. Take a dip in the infinity pool that overlooks the pure white shoreline before satiating your taste buds with Indian specialties at Matahari Café or with Asian fusion dishes at Sebastian’s. If you want to bring your pets to the resort, you’re in luck, as Lafaayette allows your furry babies to stay with you!
Contact: Visit their official website or contact +6391 6510 8287
Location: Baccuit Sur, Bauang, La Union