It was almost dark when Charlie and I finished exploring Barangay Bantigue and left for Padre Burgos to look for a place to stay on our second night in Quezon. Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant was fully-booked and the only available lodge in Pagbilao was the Green View Hotel which is more like a “by the hour” motel. There are many options for accommodation in Lucena City but we decided to stay in the Pagbilao / Padre Burgos area since Charlie wanted to see Quezon National Park in Atimonan, Quezon the next day.
So we drove all the way back to Padre Burgos to look for Villa Anita. It was recommended to us by one of the councilors that we met at the local eatery the previous day. She said it’s cheaper and better than the Tamarind Tree Resort, where we stayed on our first night in Padre Burgos.
Padre Burgos is about 30- minute drive from Pagbilao so we thought the hotel would just be a few more minutes drive. We stopped at the town proper to ask for directions but finding the place at night time was a bit of a challenge. The road was dark and we only had a bridge as a landmark (manonghad told us that the resort was located “on the right side of the highway a few meters after the bridge”).
Villa Anita however, is easy to spot during daytime since it covers an extensive area along the highway with a conspicuous signage at the top of its tall wooden gate. It was actually even closer to the town proper than we thought when we drove back to it the next day.
Villa Anita accommodation I would say is worth its price. Its most basic accommodation (Nipa Hut Jr.) cost Php800 and you get to stay in a native hut bungalow with its own veranda that also includes breakfast for two. Now, this price for a fan room with communal toilet would still be expensive for us especially if we are in our backpacking mode. The rooms however are clean and actually very cozy for us since we like staying in native Filipino lodges.
But I guess it is the resort’s facilities that made the price worth it and in fact even a good deal. Room rates lower than these are usually very basic and crammed with other rooms. Villa Anita however, has its own pool, butterfly garden, open-air bar, function room, a well-maintained yard with man-made lake and separate native hut bungalows.
Our stay here was nothing but pleasant and relaxing. Although it’s not by the beach, the serenity and the lushness of its surroundings are something I really liked about this place. But I guess it is the friendly and accommodating staff that I remember the most. They had been very attentive to our needs especially manang who cooked an impromptu dinner for us when we arrived late in the evening. We would definitely come back to this place if we happened to visit this side of Quezon again.
Villa Anita Resort
Km. 174 Barangay Cabuyao
Padre Burgos Quezon
Tel: (042) 716 0326
Mobile: 0921 524 0110
|Room Type||Rate (PHP)|
|Dorm Type Room (8pax)||4000|
|Nipa Hut Jr.||800|
- Check-in Time: 2:00p.m.
- Check-out Time: 12:00p.m.
- Free use of swimming pool
- Complimentary free breakfast for two
HOW TO GET TO VILLA ANITA
The resort is located at “km 174”, about 10 minutes drive further south from the town proper of Padre Burgos. It is located at Barangay Cabuyao on the right side of the road not far after crossing a bridge along the highway.