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Bahia de Baler

Bahia de Baler

Baler's premier resort offers sunny comfortable rooms, quality facilities and attentive service.
By KC Castillo

Bahia de Baler is one of the more well-known accommodation establishments in Baler, Aurora Province. Owned by the Angara family, this multiple building resort boasts of an area of 2.5 hectares with beach frontage along Buton Street in Barangay Sabang.

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Bahia de Baler Building 1

Bahia 1 is composed of ten single storey row-type Cottage units installed with cable television, air conditioning units, hot-and-cold shower and verandas fronting each unit. Depending on the room size, a Cottage may hold either two single beds, three single beds, a combination of one double and a single bed, a double bed, or ten single beds (economy) in a room.

Bahia de Baler Building 2

Bahia 2 is a three-storey structure integrated with Mediterranean elements and local craft details, providing guests with a tropical setting. Developed from an existing unfinished three-storey building by the architectural firm Espina, Perez-Espina & Associates, it houses the main reception area, the resort business center, a nurse's station, a gym, a game area and a multi-purpose conference area. This building is also composed of several accommodation types per floor, and all front and rear rooms feature private balconies. Rooms within the inner hall share a common balcony.

The first floor of Bahia 2 holds four Economy Rooms that can comfortably house three occupants either with three single beds or a combination of a double and single bed in a room. These Economy Rooms are all provided with air conditioning units and are fitted with flat screen cable television sets.

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The second floor is composed of eight Standard Rooms that can hold two to four occupants depending on the room size. Standard Rooms may contain a double bed in a room, two single beds, a combination of double and single beds in a room, or three single beds. All Standard Rooms feature wall mounted flat screen television sets with cable service, air conditioning units and a hot-and-cold shower.

Bahia 2's third floor holds one Standard Room with three single beds and six Loft Rooms that can hold at least three occupants, with two double beds or a single and a double bed in a room. Again, all rooms are air conditioned, fitted with cable television sets and feature hot-and-cold showers.

Bahia de Baler's Other Facilities

A third building right beside Bahia 2 houses Café Rosa, the resort's restaurant and two floors of rentable suites above. The Staff House, another separate building at the rear, is composed of dorm type rooms with six single beds each and is air conditioned and hooked up with cable television as well.

Room rates for most rooms include complimentary breakfasts for guests at the beachfront Bahia de Baler Bar & Grill, except for those availing of Staff House and Economy Room accommodations.

In-Room Features

Free wireless internet is available in all areas. Upon check-in, guests can enjoy welcome drinks of fresh coconut juice in the shell. Rooms are provided with complimentary bottled water and basic toiletries--shampoo, soap and toothpaste. All rooms are provided with a hardbound copy of the book entitled "Baler, Aurora" by Eduardo Angara for guest perusal, providing a good overview of the area's history and general information.

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Sports and Recreation

Bahia de Baler is affiliated with two sports shops: Charlie Does, offering surfing lessons and board rentals at a discount for Bahia guests at the Sabang beachfront, and a sports rental facility where one can rent various water sports equipment and make arrangements for private tours within Baler. Bahia de Baler guests can also opt to arrange for a day tour at Senator Angara's private beach residential complex at Dicasalarin Cove--free of charge, but if needed, guests will have to arrange for private land transportation at their own cost. The resort staff can also make arrangements for guests who would like to avail of in-room massage services.

Standard check-in time is 2PM, and check out is at 12NN. While it is possible to book rooms as walk-in guests, calling ahead for reservations is highly recommended since the resort is usually fully booked during peak season.

Bahia de Baler offers comfort, luxury and adventure for a fairly reasonable price by Manila standards. At the time of writing, this resort sets the bar for quality lodging facilities in the area. Accommodating and helpful staff play no small part in the overall positive resort experience. It is no surprise that Bahia de Baler ranks at the top of locals' and returning guests' highly recommended establishment lists for Baler, Aurora.

How to Get There:

Bahia de Baler is located at Buton Street, Barangay Sabang, Baler, Aurora.

Buton street is located a few minutes away from the Baler town proper via tricycle.

Buses from Manila go directly to the Baler bus station, near the Baler public market. From there, take a tricycle to Buton Street at Barangay Sabang. Bahia de Baler can be found along the series of establishments along Buton Street at Sabang Beach.


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Bahia de Baler 1 Front Desk

Bahia 1's open-air front desk is located at the center of the structure, with cottage rooms branching out on either side. Each cottage room features its own veranda at the front of each unit.

Bahia de Baler Building 2 Lobby

Shown here is Bahia 2's waiting area by the lobby, featuring the region's local handicrafts. Paintings by local artists can also be found throughout the resort common areas.

Bahia de Baler 2 Economy Room

Shown here is one of the Economy Rooms found at the first floor of Bahia 2 with three single beds, air conditioning, cable television and hot and cold shower.

Bahia de Baler 2 Standard Room

This second floor air conditioned Standard Room at Bahia 2 features one double bed, hot and cold shower and cable television.

Bahia de Baler 2 Typical Toilet and Bath

All toilet and baths at Bahia de Baler are provided with hot and cold shower.

Bahia de Baler 2 Balcony

Another addition to the retrofit design of Bahia 2 is the addition of balconies at the front and rear rooms of the structure.

Bahia de Baler Business Center

The resort business center can be found in Building 2, where guests can use the hotel computers for a small fee. Free wireless internet can be accessed throughout the building as well.

Bahia de Baler Multi Purpose Hall

Shown here is Bahia de Baler's multi purpose function room located at Building 2.

Bahia de Baler Café Rosa

This building features the Café Rosa at the first level and two floors of suite rooms at the second and third levels.

Buton Street at Barangay Sabang

The Bahia de Baler 2.5-hectare property spans across Buton Street to the beachfront beyond.

Bahia de Baler Sports Shop

Water sports equipment such as scuba gear, banana boats, kayaks and jet skis can be rented from Bahia de Baler sports shop.

Bahia de Baler Bar and Grill Exteriors

Bahia de Baler's Bar and Grill is located at the Sabang beachfront.

Bahia de Baler Bar and Grill Interiors

Most Bahia de Baler accommodation room rates are inclusive of complimentary breakfast at the Bahia de Baler Bar and Grill.

Charlie Does Surf Shop Exteriors

Named after a play on the famous line from the movie Apocalypse Now, "Charlie don't Surf!," the surf shop Charlie Does offers surfing lessons and rents out surfing gear. At the time of writing, one-hour board rental with lessons from an instructor at this Sabang Beach surf shop costs P350, P300 for Bahia de Baler guests.

Surfboards at Charlie Does

Lovely longboards at Charlie Does.

Bahia de Baler: View from the Coconut Grove at the Beach

Bahia de Baler offers comfort, luxury and adventure at a reasonable price, setting the bar for quality accommodations in Baler, Aurora.
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