PLAYA TROPICAL Resort Hotel in Currimao, Ilocos Norte

Claimed to be the “newest northern paradise,” Playa Tropical Resort Hotel, a beach resort and tropical hotel is yet another destination in Ilocos Norte. This is Bali in the North and where the best sunset in Ilocos is.

Playa Tropical Resort Hotel. Currimao. Ilocos Norte. Taken from the Infinity Pool with Casa’s in the background. This photo won 1st place in a photo contest for Architecture and Design in November 2011.

The Bali-inspired resort comes with five (5) two-storey Casa’s with private pools as its architectural centerpiece – rates ranging from P6k – P10K, depending on the season Opposite the Casa’s is the two-storey Casitas – the hotel rooms with rates from P2.5K – P6.5K, also depending on the season. We stayed in a standard room only and it was good and neat.

On the ground floor is the Café Amarra. Food is good but quite pricey. Breakfast for 2 only was complimentary and you may find meals at P800 on the average for 4-persons good or not so good depending on your budget. There are no nearby places to eat except going to the next town of Batac, 10-minutes drive from the resort where local food chains are located. Next to the cafe is a game roon where children and adults may enjoy, 24-hours.

In between the Casa’s and the Casitas is an elongated and beautifully constructed pond with 7-huts where I spent most of my time than anywhere else. The huts are the best place to eat, relax and stay away from the scorching heat of Ilocos sun for a while, or to enjoy wi-fi, [wifi not available in hotel rooms]. It could have been better though if the pond was better kept even with “Tilapia’s” instead of Koi’s.

Towards the seashore are the Solana Spa and the Infinity Pool where sunset is best seen. There is also the Yno’s kiddie Playground ont he opposite. The Infinity Pool is quite generous in size and has a wooden platform big enough to set a party overlooking the sea. Best time to hit the pool, or even the beach is in the afternoon at about 5:00 PM. In the morning, its good to be in the waters before 9:00 AM. Reason: you may not like Ilocos sun, it’s scorching most time of the year. It could have been nicer though if there was a section in the pool that has shades [i.e. trellis] to give guests respite from the heat of the sun even at noon time. I know Ilocos sun very well! It can bite you!

I just thought that the Solana Spa should be good even when it’s open. The sight of the pool and the sea breeze may provide a more relaxing massage. Thirty-minutes to an hour of massage cost about P795 – P 1,800. Try their Ilocos Glow Massage. The playground is neat and should provide kids more fun while you enjoy your spa. 🙂

Further down is a fine gray-sand beach that may be nothing compared to the white-sand beaches of Pagudpud but it’s not at all bad. If lucky, you may even see local fishermen catch along the seashore earlier in the morning.

Six months after I first came here [but only up to the reception], I finally got to spend sometime with my family in this resort. Except for some glitch in our reservation, and the warmth of local welcome “wanting” at the reception, our stay was memorable.

Read reviews of Playa Tropical Resort on Tripadvisor.

See more pictures of Playa Tropical in MY FLICKR here.

More on Currimao:

Coral Rocks Formation [Pangil Beach]

Watchtower Ruins

Tabacalera Ruins

Resorts. Places of Interests.

Fishing Village


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47 Responses to PLAYA TROPICAL Resort Hotel in Currimao, Ilocos Norte

  1. Vhanito says:

    From laoag bus terminal ng Florida bus. Paano po pumunta dyan exactly? Commute lang po kasi kame. Thank you 😊

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  5. Such a nice place! it really is more FUN in the Philippines!

  6. Kate says:

    So nice and I’m looking forward to go there soon!

  7. Marie grace cerezo says:

    May I know po yung exact number po ng resort kc I need a quotation for 2 po yung direct po sa playa resort currimao ilocos Norte po..

  8. Jown says:

    I am very disappointed and having second thought on spending holidays here. Starting with online reservation in their website, i have to spend sooo much time booking and kept asking for room type but drop down list was empty which will not allow you to proceed (of course!). Then when i called, they cancelled and have to re-dial several times then finally only to be told that the person i have spoke with earlier this week might be wrong in giving me rate and/or validity date? uh-oh! I wonder if they are serious in dealing business!! VERY MUCH DISAPPOINTED! 😦

    • Kenji Numano says:

      Dear Jown,
      I came across your comment our our online reservation system and you amy have inquired during the time it was undergoing maintenance. We apologize if this has caused you any distress. And regarding your call and your inquiry, rest assured all our front desk agents know our rates and validity period. Should you wish to make another inquiry, I would be more than willing to take your call and be of assistance to you. My personal number is 09175482686. I hope you find it in your heart to give our resort hotel a second chance. Thank you for showing interest in our resort. I await with much anticipation your trip to Ilocos Norte.
      Kind regards,

      Kenji Numano
      General Manager

      P.S. The IT company we hired had very poor service so for now, we are redirecting all our online inquiries to our facebook page. ( Cheers! 🙂

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  9. Pia says:

    We’re visiting Ilocos and the same resort on Aug 27-29 🙂 Meron kang masusuggest na must see places na nearby, or must try na food/resto kahit hindi necessarily sa Currimao? 🙂

  10. Jasper says:

    How do it get there? How many hours drive?

    • @JASPER…if you’re coming from Manila, it takes 7 to 10 hrs by bus, private vehicle 6 to 8 hrs, by plane for 45 mins w/c is very recommended if you’re not into long hours of driving…you get there by Florida Bus Line and Farinas Bus Line in Lacson St. Sampaloc, across UST, Partas Liner in Cubao….Hope you get there well! Enjoy and have fun!

  11. Dear Biagkensiak and Avid Readers,

    You may find our rates and promos either on our website ( or on our facebook page where we post our special promos! ( More power to Biagkensiak on promoting Ilocos and on his blog of the tabacalera in Currimao, I too, hope there is more awareness in our town.

    Kind regards,

    Playa Tropical

  12. RA Aragon says:

    is there any room for 4 people?

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    Experience the awesome paradise for only 7,500, these is for our membership card promotion, These card is good untilAugust 2012,you are entitled for the following benefits:
    Canyon Cove Beach Club Resort Benefits:

    I. ROOMS:
    • Two (2) Complimentary certificates at a Superior Room with set breakfast for two persons. Room is good for two adults with 2 children below 12 yrs of age OR 3 adults. Excess person or child is at P800 sharing the same room. Valid only from Sundays to Thursdays bookings.
    • A 20% discount on room rates based on published rates during Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays. Membership card has to be presented upon check in to avail of the discount.
    • A 30% discount on room rates based on published rates from Sundays to Thursdays check in excluding holidays. Membership card has to be presented upon check in to avail of the discount.

    • A 20% discount on total food and beverage bill for 1 to 10 people dining. Membership card has to be presented.
    • A 10% discount on total food and beverage bill for 10 and up number of persons dining.
    • One (1) Complimentary certificate for a welcome drink for one person. Valid at the Resort’s restaurant. Limited to non-alcoholic drinks and one certificate per table.
    • One (1) Complimentary certificate for a buffet lunch for one person, with a group of 5 persons dining. Valid on Saturdays and Sundays buffet lunch only.
    • Two (2) Certificates for a P5,000 discount voucher to be used in any function bookings with a revenue of P75,000. One certificate per function and has to be surrendered prior to final arrangements and payments.

    • Three (3) certificates for FREE use of Cabana for a Day Tour. Only one certificate may be used per visit.
    • Five (5) certificates for complimentary Day Tour for one person. Can be used all at one given day.
    • A 20% discount on Day Tour fees, valid for a maximum of 5 persons only. Day Tour fees at P800 per person which includes P300 food & beverage consumables at the restaurant.
    • A 20% discount on Sports facilities and services.
    Mode of Payment: cash, credit card and checks
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  14. Jessie Valentin says:

    Yea we have plans in going in there on May28 to May 31.How can we get there from Laoag City, I mean may pick up ba sila from the bus terminal to the resort?? Yea dahil mag travel kami by Farinas Bus or Partas..let me know guys! thanks

  15. rachel says:

    asap plz…

  16. rachel says:

    kindly post a breakdown for accommodation,

  17. jesus villanueva says:

    may i know if Leo Aglipay or jojo pangilinan working their. If so tell them hello from his former classmate. I supposed to come their but I have a hectic schedule maybe nextime when we had a vacation again. I have no comments on the resorts coz it still amazing. So far, I love to hang over with my friends

  18. Sylvina LLares says:

    We came for a visit in Ilocos Norte last April 24 to 26th. We check in here at Playa Tropical Resort Hotel for 2 days and 2 nights and it was a very enjoyable moment to stayed in this resort. The accomodations and all your staff are really great a “HARDWORKER” tunay na ILOCANO…. We appreciate your kindness. We surely want to come back again next year to spend more time at the resort. We love the kitchen staffs and the Chef they really made a good foods. Please do continue the way you treat guest… Thank you so much…..

  19. sonny says: mean NIGHT life john david. i agree with you, man.

  20. tmaria says:

    it`s a pleasant place to stay for a quite break. i love to relax by the pool while watching the sunset.

    anyway. guys why not try the local food of the place, that, is outside the resort. try the mouth watering empanada served fresh from the fry pan! that if you are looking for something to eat that satisfies not just your experience of stay in the resort but the experience of food trip as well. turn overs are something you can not find in big cities.

  21. delbz says:

    great place!:) enjoyed my stay there… hehe gaming facilities are free of charge there:))

  22. jerson lim says:

    such a nice place… enjoyed the whole day in their resort

  23. cassady says:

    hello po, how much did you spent sa entrance per head?

  24. rudy says:

    papa..c wayne 2

  25. jan says:


    my friends and I are doing a tour of ilocandia at the end of the month…

    your site makes the resort more inviting… thank you for featuring it. i have a few questions…

    are their rates (for casitas) inclusive of:
    -use of gameroom, floating huts, and garden huts?

    what can you say about the food in their restaurant or are there other dining choices within currimao?

    thank you.

    • biagkensiak says:

      Rates are inclusive of breakfast [but when we’re there, breakfast coupons are exclusive for desired occupants of a certain room only – it has limits like if the room is only for 2pax, BF coupons are only for two, additional occupants don’t have even if they paid extra] and use of facilities.

      Their resto is quite expensive [not recommended if you’re on a budget though food is good]. You may have a difficult time looking for a place to dine in Currimao except sari-sari stores for biscuits and drinks. The next town, Batac would be a good place to look for dining and I recommend when you get to a grocery, buy what you need and bring them to the resort. Large local chips int he resort is 75P, just in case you want a comparison.

      Have fun!!!

  26. Follen says:

    Thank you very much for this article. It very interesting.

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