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Eco-friendly Kapuluan Vista Resort in Pagudpud

June 1, 2011

Night 3: Kapuluan Vista Resort

Our stopover in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte was Kapuluan Vista Resort (KVR), a laid-back resort owned by surfer couple Mike and Alma Oida. Everything about KVR was so cool and eco-friendly, that it was a pity we only got to stay one night.

KVR exudes an aura of ultimate relaxation and just all around happy vibes. Though it was far from beach weather during our stay, I could see that this is an ideal vacation spot not just for surfers, but for families and friends looking for a great place to stay.

After the heavy buffet meals we had been taking, the organic fare we had for dinner was refreshing and detoxifying. We started off with a plate of sashimi-style Kapuluan Kilawen, which is one of the resort’s must-try dishes. The sashimi in oil was tender and had a subtly salty flavor, offering a great start to the meal.

Next up, came a sizzling plate of seafood sisig, a delectable mix of tuna and squid with a spicy kick. A bowl of healthy cilantro soup with a bread stick warmed us up, followed up with a generous serving of crisp salad greens topped with a zesty dressing.

The main course of dinakdakan (pork belly cooked in coconut milk) and grilled blue marlin served with pechay, salsa and rice was a perfectly balanced meal. The sauce of the grilled pork was especially good that I finished off the meat in no time. The grilled fish was more subtle but went perfectly well with the salsa.

For dessert, there was a delicious serving of Buko pandan with home made vanilla ice cream which cleansed our palate, leaving us feeling refreshed.

Over dinner, Mike told us that all the food in their restaurant was homemade and based on their favorite dishes. All menu items use high-quality, fresh ingredients, that are prepared from scratch, with no preservatives added. All the herbs and majority of the vegetables used in the dishes are picked daily from the resort’s organically grown herb and vegetable garden.

I found the rooms really inviting. The cozy beds were covered with white sheets framed by a gauzy net fabric, and fresh flowers decorated the beds. The bathrooms had a mini-garden with a sun roof on the side ensuring they got light during the day.

A couple of the suites also had lofts with mattresses on the floor for bigger groups. Mike and Alma shared that they like to keep the resort cozy and thus offer only 10 rooms, with an average capacity of 28 guests (maximum 38 guests).

We had to pre-order our breakfast during the night because of our early departure, and the meal of brewed coffee, longganisa and scrambled eggs gave us the energy for our adventure ahead.

Mike says the area offers fantastic biking trails, and KVR offers bike rentals aside from surfing lessons. I look forward to trying out those activities next time I go there. And there will defintely be a next time.

For room rates and more information, check out their website here.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2011 2:52 am

    I saw this when we went to Pagudpud, we stayed at Blue Lagoon and when I walked the next morning I saw this resort bout a few hundred meters away. Just saw the outside and it’s only now I get to see the inside and its one cozy place.

    • June 3, 2011 3:20 am

      hi marky. yup, KVR is really a great cozy place to stay.🙂 thanks for dropping by here. nice pics of coron on your blog🙂

  2. June 3, 2011 5:24 pm

    Going over your post made me guilty for my failure to visit Pagudpud during my visit to Sta. Cruz and Vigan last October, 2010. Regrettable indeed, I could have seen for myself the beauty of KVR. Thanks for sharing this post in your great blog.

    • June 9, 2011 8:52 am

      you’re welcome, and i’m sure you’d get the chance to visit KVR sometime with your numerous travels.

  3. June 11, 2011 5:09 am

    Hi there. We want to stay at this resort when we go to Pagudpud. Are the dishes they serve affordable? I read somewhere that some guests visit the resort just to eat because they’re to die for.🙂

    • June 11, 2011 5:51 am

      hi tin, thanks for visiting my site. the price of the food in KVR is a little higher compared to other restaurants in the area, but the food is really, really worth it. main dishes start at P250+ (for dinakdakan, grilled chicken, etc) to P450 for lobster (seasonal), burgers and pasta dishes are around P250-300. their burrito is a bestseller🙂 san mig light is P65. hope this helps🙂

  4. Vance agno permalink
    January 15, 2012 6:11 am

    Hi… Saw your article… Been here at KVR last year, it was really a great place to find relaxation. We stayed here for 3 days and Enjoyed everything about pagudpud… Planning to here again this year…

    • January 15, 2012 3:20 pm

      Hi Vance, glad you enjoyed your stay there. KVR is really such a cool place and the food is great!🙂

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