Weekend getaway at Aureo La Union

Cheers to the long weekend! This year, it just so happened that my son’s 17th birthday fell on Chinese New Year. We thought we’d celebrate by going on a weekend roadtrip to Aureo La Union. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t like the sun or the beach lol. But given that I have two teenagers with a seemingly endless supply of energy, I knew we’d have to go sometime or the other. What better time than now, when the summer heat isn’t that intense yet?

Aureo La UnionWe left Quezon City a little before 8am last Friday. Since it was a long weekend, there were a lot of motorists on the NLEX. It was moving but for some reason there was one car collision after another that would cause traffic. I think I counted 6-7 minor crashes on the NLEX all the way up to Pulilan Bridge. Anyway, we arrived at Aureo La Union at around 2:30pm. Check-in time is 2pm so it was just right.

Aureo La UnionWe were ushered to our room after check-in. The room is a standalone one-bedroom unit with glass doors overlooking the pool.

Aureo La UnionWe got a Superior Room furnished with 2 queen-sized beds. The beds may look a bit small in the photo but hubby and I fit comfortably in 1 bed while the kids occupied the other bed. This is listed as a Double Occupancy room (for 2 people) and the rate is around P8k per night. Kids below 10 may stay in the room for free, but additional people (adults) will be asked to pay additional P1.8k per head. Rooms come with free breakfast buffet for 2, so we had to pay for the kids (only P300+ per head so it’s affordable).

Aureo La UnionAll the rooms have ample lighting and a service phone. There’s no directory but I figured dialing zero “0” would get me the reception. I was right.

Aureo La UnionWhen I draw the curtains and peer through the glass doors, this is what I see. Each room is furnished with a coffee table and 2 chairs right outside. You can order room service and have them bring the food here if you prefer to eat outdoors.

Aureo La UnionThe room is also equipped with a study and an LCD TV with Cignal TV. We actually found a lot of entertaining channels to watch.

Aureo La UnionThey provide beach towels in the room — cool! You also get 2 complimentary bottles of water, instant coffee, and tea. An electric kettle is provided so you can boil water. There’s a refrigerator with mini bar too.

Aureo La UnionThis is the room’s main door. There’s a full-length mirror for your OOTDs.

Aureo La UnionA room safe, bedroom slippers, and hangers are also provided.

Aureo La UnionThe bathroom has a shower enclosure and a spacious sink area. Soap, lotion, toothbrushes, and cotton buds are provided. They have a big, strong hair dryer too which I really appreciated. The usual hotels provide weak ones which take forever to dry my hair. This one was very efficient.

Aureo La UnionThere are bath towels provided aside from beach towels. Since there are 4 of us I just asked for extra towels.

Aureo La UnionThey have 2 swimming pools at Aureo La Union. We were situated near the bigger infinity pool. The other slightly smaller pool is located in the middle of a different cluster of rooms. They also have gardens with swings but I wasn’t able to get good photos (probably because I was swinging while snapping lol).

Aureo La UnionI took a dip after covering myself in sunscreen lol. The water isn’t deep, it rises just a bit above my waist. There’s a more shallow kiddie pool connected to this one. You can rent inflatables which you can ride for P100 each.

Aureo La UnionWalking beyond the infinity pool will already take you to the beachfront. I love how everything — pool, restaurant, beach — is just a few steps away from the room.

Aureo La UnionThey have kayaks and a paddle board for rent too.

Aureo La UnionWe decided to go for the kayaks. Everyone chickened out of the paddle board.

Aureo La UnionWe let the kids go on the 2-seater kayak (P600 per hour if I remember correctly). It was their first time but they got the hang of it pretty quickly!

Aureo La UnionSince the beach was so close by we’d take walks during the twilight hours too. The sand isn’t white but it’s good for walking — not rocky and jagged. I remember going to a beach in Laiya before and it was near impossible to go barefoot because of all the sharp stones.

What I like about Aureo La Union:

  • The staff are all very friendly and super accommodating. They pretty much embody service with a smile. Sure we had a few hiccups, like we were initially given the wrong room but they were able to correct the situation.
  • Our room is but a few steps away from everything — the pool, the restaurant, and the beach.
  • Food is quite good in general except for the tapa and sausages they serve for breakfast. Main dishes are at P300+ per serving and they are pretty big. Bar chow is around P100+ per order. I have a separate post about the food since we ate a lot during our stay.
  • The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The aircon is cold, which is how we like it. There’s ample lighting too.
  • The pools and facilities are all nice and clean.
  • There are commercial establishments 1km from the resort, like Max’s and Yellow Cab Pizza, in case you feel like eating somewhere else.
  • It’s easy to find because it’s on Waze!

Downside? The drive can take several hours if you get stuck in traffic (or if you make the mistake of passing by Manaoag like we did). We checked out early last Sunday, around 8am, in order to avoid the weekend crowd. Typically the check out time for all hotels and resorts is 12nn so we figured we’d beat the rush. We were in Quezon City by 1pm — we stopped by 2 outlet stores and a fast food joint at that. If we didn’t stop we would’ve made it home in just 4 hours.

All in all we had a relaxing weekend getaway at Aureo La Union. I think though that more stuff to do (especially if you have easily bored teenagers like ours) would make it an even better place. I love the rooms — I don’t really fancy staying in cheap huts or cottages when traveling out of town so this is perfect. Room rates start at P5k+ per night. You can book via their website or booking sites like Agoda and Booking.com.

Check out the food at Aureo La Union HERE. 🙂

Aureo La Union
Luzon 2500, San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
+63 2 893-1111
+63 917-8225799

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  • Reply Badet Siazon February 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Nagulat ako na 8k lang considering how the place looks, napacomment tuloy ako. This is a better alternative to Laiya beach resorts who charge as much pero mas maganda to. Thanks Ro!

    • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei February 19, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Actually dati nag-stay kami sa Sabangan Resort sa Laiya kadiri may surot pa yun kama. Tapos ayun nga cheap hut ang peg nila lol. Ito talagang maganda yun accommodations. 😀

  • Reply Bianne February 19, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Travel goals! sulit ang layo ganda ng place Ms. Wendy. enjoy talaga mg staycation sana bgo kami mg 40 mkpg travel na.

  • Reply Eunice Lalaine E. Reyes February 20, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Loving this post. I want to have a staycation now.

  • Reply Ana Liza Benetua February 20, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Wow, I would love to visit this place with family too!! Thanks for an in-depth review. I was in Tarlac over the weekend too, joining a pilgrimage. Love the Monasterio De Tarlac

  • Reply Michele de Guia Ereño February 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Vacations are well spent when we travel with our loved ones creating great memories with the places we visit. As for us aside from my family, our (me and hubby) closest High School friends and their family too, where in we went to Baguio for 3 days and Laguna for an overnight swimming. We are planning for more trips!

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  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin February 21, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Been to La Union but havent tried accommodations like that. Perhaps because they were all business and travel thus we only need a place to sleep and keep our things. Like it that the aircon is cold and the food has big servings. Those two are what i like best talaga

  • Reply Az February 21, 2018 at 11:24 am

    im hunting for kid friendly resort sa LU and heto na ang pinaka ok para saken

    • Reply animetric February 21, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Oo kid friendly ito. Maganda at malinis ang facilities 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie February 21, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    wow….mgnda nga po jan okay ung place and accomodation nila.Tska ung ambience so relaxing.

  • Reply Meg Mortega February 23, 2018 at 2:28 am

    May binata ka na pala 🙂 I want a family vacation din kaht 2-3 days lang but with my new work, impossible pa makapag leave. Anyway, the place looks peaceful and relaxing. Perfect pantanggal ng city stress 🙂

  • Reply Mommy Rockin' In Style February 24, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I really love the place, perfect to relax talaga. If I knew this earlier, sana dito nalang kami nagpunta nung nag La Union kami. Anyway, I will definitely consider this for our next getaway. Super like ko yung pool!

  • Reply Ramona Jessica February 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I love the bathroom, it’s so spacious, it reminds of the Sofitel’s deluxe room the only difference is that Sofitel’s toilet bowl is square shaped. Considering the price, it’s really affordable and worth staying! Kung sakaling kakayanin na ng baby ko yung travel, we will surely come here, this is a very relaxing place.

  • Reply Maan February 24, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I like the look of the rooms! Love the clean lines. I also like that the rooms are just by the pool and near the beach. In other resorts, you have to hike from your room to the water!

  • Reply Roselle February 24, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Nice and cool place. We love going to north. Thank you for sharing this detailed info about the resort. We got an idea where to stay next when we visit my in laws 🙂

  • Reply Mommy Levy February 24, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Wala pa kaming napupuntahan kahit anong beach sa North, masyado akong kumportable sa South kaya ayaw na lumayo. Pero the place looks nice, we will consider this pag naisipang mag North,

  • Reply Nerisa February 26, 2018 at 10:34 am

    We are planning to visit La Union and this is a nice place to stay. Super inviting tingnan ang infinity pool.

  • Reply Ayi February 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I am seriously considering this resort. My kids are bugging us to go to the beach and we’re thinking somewhere north since ang layo ng Batangas from where we live.

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy February 26, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Wow! I’m currently in search of things to do this weekend as the kids have a long break. This seems like a very nice place to go! I just don’t like the traffic part.

  • Reply edel February 27, 2018 at 11:16 am

    La Union is fast becoming a weekend venue for tired urbanites. The room looks very nice, and I love that the beach is a short walk also. Looking forward to summer vacay.

  • Reply Aci February 27, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    The room looks nice and super spacious. Seems like the beach is pretty neat too. BTW I so love your photo in the pool, nakaka-happy

  • Reply Janice February 28, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I’m already looking for beach resorts to go to this summer. This looks like a great one talaga! I love how clean the place looks. Mukang perfect sya for families.

  • Reply Madz | Mommy N' More March 1, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Wow! My home province is La Union and it’s the first time I’ve heard of this hotel. It looks like a place you can really have fun in the sun! The infinity pool looks inviting!

  • Reply tweenselmom March 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I like it so much lalo na ang beachfront kasi we don’t like to swim sa sea water, gusto ko lang talaga yung sand. So if we want to swim, dun kami sa pool!

  • Reply Neri Ann March 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    It looks like you all had fun! And great pictures! Summer na talaga!

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  • Reply Denise March 19, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Ayan may ipe-present na ako kay hubby na place to stay in La Union. Ayaw niya kasi yung mga surfing areas, threatened yata sa abs ng mga surfers lol.

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