Unless it is really impressive, I rarely write about accommodations on this blog. But this beach resort has definitely impressed. It’s a destination of its own, a place to pause and recharge, do nothing and pretend that you’re from an era of yesteryear.
In Victoria Village in Currimao, on an 18,000 square meter land facing the South China Sea sits an amazing recreation of a typical mid-20th-century village. Undeniably a work of love by owner Dr. Joven Cuanang, a Medical Director of St. Luke’s Hospital, his love for the arts greatly manifested in this stunning village he calls Sitio Remedios.
Its main attraction is the rows of vintage-style Ilocano houses made of salvaged bricks and woods from mid-century houses (about to be demolished) to resemble old ancestral houses. Most of them were named after the town of Ilocos Norte such as Batac, Dingras, Piddig, Bacarra and San Nicolas.
The bungalow assigned to us, Balay Dingras, has 2 rooms, a living and dining area, and a spacious front porch that leads out to the plaza. Furnished with antique furniture, a daybed even in the sala, decor are vintage and to complete the look, crocheted tablecloths, Inabel (a local weave) woven bedding, and blankets were used. Each room has a Queen sized bed and its own bath.
Dingras and all the other balays (house) face the square they call Plaza Manzanilla. Laid out in a grid typical of Spanish times, fencing off each house are manzanilla (hence the name), Bougainvillea, and gumamela bushes and few ancient trees adding character to the square. A chapel that opens out to the plaza, a pool facing the sea and a dining hall that serves exceptional home-cooked Ilocano favourites completes this village.
Tucked quite away from the main highway, all our dinners were had at the resort. Turned out to be the best decision we’ve made. Meals were simple yet superb and very well prepared. The dishes were served buffet style and depending on what’s available in the market. Dinner venues change every night, one night in the main dining hall, another near the pool area and our last night was a romantic setting at the plaza. How can you not feel special and totally recharged with such detailed service?
Currimao is in the southwestern part of Ilocos Norte, near the northern border town of Paoay. An hour away from Vigan, and only 25 minutes away from Laoag, Sitio Remedios is an ideal base to those who prefer to explore the Ilocos Region leisurely.