Weekend Staycation at La Florentina Resort (Bustos, Bulacan)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

La Florentina Resort is one of the places I wish I could go to every weekend. But I’m afraid I don’t have the luxury of time and money. However, I would definitely go to this resort for a quick barkada or family holiday! I absolutely loved the place so let me show you how our weekend stay went at the resort.
the olympic-sized swimming pool of La Florentina Resort
The Resort 
One of the newest resorts in Bulacan, La Florentina Resort - a collection of 12 villas and 100 Nipa Hut cottages - is a family friendly retreat in Bustos. Settled within 4.5 hectares of Mango plantation over 100 sweet smelling mango trees, the property is minutes away from the town’s historical attractions. A 30-minute private car ride via Plaridel Bypass Road (or 1-2 hours bus ride from EDSA), La Florentina Resort is a tranquil paradise framed bu towering palms and mango trees. The resort was conceptualized by Filipino couple as a family friendly estate to escape the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila.

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The Room 
Located on the farther side of the resort, my home away from home was a 30 sqm Garden Villa - a cosy room that provide up-close views of the resort's lush tropical gardens and Mango trees.  Adequately furnished, my room featured two double-sized beds that showcased a wooden headboard and side table, and framed prints of random landscapes. 
the room where I stayed at
In conformity with the resort's modern minimalist buildings with whitewashed interior and  contemporary grey walls outdoors, the rooms are decorated with minimalist furnishings. The mattress is comfortable and firm. The bathroom is very basic but clean. There is a LCD TV with wooden fixtures. Outside the room, there are chairs and tables, which afforded me a front row seat to take in the glorious garden views.

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The Food
La Florentina Resort’s food hub mainly serves local and fusion cuisine. For dinner, we tried the Crispy Pata (deep fried pig trotters and knuckles), Mixed Veggies, Bulalo (Beef Bone Marrow Soup) and Steamed Rice. For breakfast, we had the usual Filipino breakfast food like Tocino, Scrambled Eggs, Veggies, Ham and Fried Rice. Everything was so damn delicious!

Note: During off-peak season, only one food stall is open in the resort. Food selection might be limited so I advise bring your own food. 
our dinner from one of the food stalls at the resort food hub

our delicious breakfast from the same food stall 
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The Swimming Pools
La Florentina Resort features one large outdoor Olympic Size Swimming Pool. Kids will surely have fun at the adjacent playground kiddie pool where is a mini version of a water slide. On the other side of the kiddie pool is another pool deep enough to be fun for older kids and teens. Lifeguards and other staff are stationed near the pool to ensure everyone's safety. The only problem? Getting out of the water!

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A big thank you to Karl Ace of Turista Trails for asking me to be a part of this trip. A big thank you to my fellow Pinoy Travel Bloggers as well! Lastly, thanks a million to La Florentina Resort for relaxing weekend staycation! To my dear readers, if you need more information about the resort, you may send inquiries at laflorentinaresortphils@gmail.com or send them a message at @LaFlorentinaResort on Facebook. 

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Travel Notes
How to get to La Florentina Resort:
- Board a bus (Baliuag Transit) bound for Baliuag, Bulacan. One way bus fare is 75 pesos and travel time is approximately 2 hours.
- Get off at Baliuag Bus Stop and look for Petro Gas Station where you will find the tricycles.
- Take the tricycle to La Florentina Resort. Special fare is 90 pesos and travel time is about 20 minutes.
Sample Day Trip Budget
Cubao to Baliuag Bus Stop - 75 pesos
Baliuag Bus Stop to La Florentina Resort -  22.50 pesos (90 pesos good for 4 to 5 people)
Entrance Fee - 200 pesos (Children and Senior Citizens 170 pesos)
Cottage - 150 pesos if you are 4 in the group (600 pesos good for 8 to 10 people)
La Florentina Resort to Baliuag Bus Stop - 22.50 pesos (90 pesos good for 4 to 5 people)
Baliuag Bus Stop to Cubao - 75 pesos
Total: 545 pesos
*this amount does not include food and pasalubong

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La Florentina Resort
Address: #875 Claro Santos Street, Bonga Menor, Bustos, Bulacan, 3007
Contact Numbers: (044) 233 4386, 0917 115 0864 (Globe) and 0943 483 2846 (Sun)
E-mail Address: laflorentinaresortphils@gmail.com
Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Tine: 11:00 AM

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored trip but as always,. all opinions are my own.
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