Like every city dweller, I’m always on the lookout for that quiet location I can escape from on weekends. I just found one after a friend and I went on a day tour at Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park in Bataan.
Vista Tala Resort has been a much-talked about topic in local travel groups, getting a thousand shares per post. However, few people had actually been here. It is famous for 3 things:
- Pools facing a great mountain view
- Cheap day tour rate at P600 per person
- Near Manila, about 2.5-3 hours of commute time
I wasn’t really expecting to be amazed because I’ve seen a few people who exaggerate their travel experiences to up their social media game. Still, I wanted to see this for myself… and yes, maybe do a little bit of pictorial.
After seeing Vista Tala Resort in person, here’s my verdict:
It is worth the hype.
Here’s our experience on our day tour at Vista Tala Resort
My good friend Chup and I visited here on a weekday. Except in the morning when there was a small group in the pool area, we had the place to ourselves.
Vista Resort is located on top of a mountain in Barangay Tala, about 15 minutes away from the mountain. As such, it’s cold in the resort, but not as chilly as in Tagaytay. The whole resort faces the top of Mount Natib, giving it a great mountain view and a luxurious tropical feel.
We rented an outdoor cottage beside the pools. Splashing around and then looking at the foggy mountain top was relaxing. It was also a great location for shooting IG photos, if you’re into that. We spent most of the day swimming and chatting.
Even the restaurant was great. There’s an alfresco area, where you can see more of the forest trees and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Chup was so happy with our find that she kept saying she didn’t want to leave.
I think part of the reason we enjoyed our stay here is that we visited on a weekday. There are three outdoor pools open for day tour guests, which is fine by itself. However, I think the pool area is too small to accommodate guests on weekends given that most rooms are booked or during peak seasons.
Perhaps the main attraction of Vista Tala Resort is its tropical mountain ambiance, not the pools facing the mountain landscape.
If there’s anything I would suggest as an improvement, it’s adding a hot pool. That would be perfect.
Practical information: Day tour at Vista Tala Resort
Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park is located in Orani, Bataan. It offers a variety of accommodation, from a dormitory-style barkada room to villas with Jacuzzi.
Schedule for day tour is 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
Day tour rate and expenses
A day tour at Vista Tala Resort costs P600 per person, with P200 as consumable for food orders in the resort restaurant. P200 is more than enough for a rice meal. I suggest getting a cup of their hot chocolate or coffee, which is really good. Guests are not allowed to bring their own food and drinks inside.
A cottage costs about P250.
The resort offers free guide to river trekking. We skipped this because the river is about 700 steps away from the resort, and from online photos it isn’t that amazing.
For 2 people on a day tour, prepare a budget of P1300-1500 each.
Directions to Vista Tala Resort
To go to Vista Tala Resort, ride a bus en route to Mariveles, Bataan. There are bus terminals in Cubao and Pasay. Fare is about P180 per person. Get off at the town of Orani. Just across Petron gas station is a queue of tricycles that can take you to the resort for P150 per way.
From the resort, the tricycle terminal back to the highway is about 1 kilometer away.
The resort also has a shuttle service for P600 per way.
Have you been on a day tour at Vista Tala Resort in Orani, Bataan? How did you like the resort?