Visitors who want a more intimate lodging experience can opt for one of Baler's many accredited homestay services. Desiree's Lodge and Transient House is one such establishment. Found along Sabang Beach, Desiree's is a small compound of bungalow houses closely built beside each other.
Compared to more formal establishments, the ambiance in Desiree is cozier and very laid back. The lodge has two houses facing each other that both have ordinary and air conditioned rooms. An ordinary room is good for two people, while an aircon room has ample space for three people. Desiree's also has a common dining area and kitchen for all its guests.
There are convertible wooden tables and daybeds that can be set for a communal feast, or extra sleeping quarters if need be. The kitchen has a gas stove and sink and contains a complete set of cooking tools and utensils. The back of the guest house faces Sabang Beach and has a row of bamboo huts that are ideal for seaside dining or drinking sessions.
How to get there:
Buses from Manila go directly to the Baler bus station, which is near the market. From there, take a tricycle to the lodge. Desiree's Lodge and Transient House can be found along the series of establishments along Sabang Beach.