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The humdrum of city living, while having its conveniences, can actually suck the soul and life out of you. Continually facing the concrete jungle and electronic devices robs your eyesight of the natural therapies brought about by foliage. Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Mountain Resort in Hda. Baluarte, Alegria, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines would like to give you a gift. And these are a much-needed change of scenery, atmosphere, and space. Discover how this hidden sanctuary, which is rather near Bacolod City, can help you get reconnected with nature and recharge yourself in the process.

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~ The story behind Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort has inspired us all the more to pursue our family goal — the Legacy Land. ~

About the Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Mountain Resort

The Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Mountain Resort is part of what was originally Hda. Baluarte owned by the Lizares clan of Talisay City.

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~ Upon check in, we were offered a refreshing glass of kalamansi (local citrus fruit) juice. We rejected the offer of a straw, until we saw that they use bamboo straws. ~

Owner Cacar Lizares recalls planting the trees around this area when she was just a teenager. At a young age, she already knew the value of trees and had the foresight for her land. Eventually, she built a vacation home here for her family.

In recent years, an idea played in her mind—transforming this part of their property into a mountain resort that offers the luxury of rest and relaxation to city dwellers.

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~ At the corner of the restaurant. Who wouldn’t want to dine here surrounded by greens? ~

An Inspiration

Her story has motivated us further to work and save for our family goal — which is to put up the Legacy Land. It will be our contribution to the society, environment, and the next generation.

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~ As young as 4 years old, Shane had been wondering why other people choose to harm nature. These kids have been taught to protect the environment. ~

Melding Art with Nature

Being an interior designer herself, mediocre amenities are not part of this development. Cacar designed and appointed the rooms and restaurant as well as the landscaping.

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~ These stairs connect to the restaurant and lead down to our cottage. This is the Kalamansi cottage, named after the local citrus that grows abundantly in the area. I have always wished for a house under a canopy of greens and this has given me the best idea. ~

Her eye for design and aesthetics is evident even in the minutest details, like the curtain rods, wall décor, and lamps. Even the shower gel and hand soap bottles are not spared.

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~ Mom, their door knob is adorbs! – Shane ~

Natural Hues

The rooms are mostly of white paint and deep wooden color, which includes a play of earth tones with little bursts of color in between. Everything has its own order of design—nothing too eclectic but speaks of luxury in a laidback way.

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~ Our room with a view. ~

Beds and Furniture

All rooms have a standard occupancy of 4 pax maximum. The management does not have provisions for extra mattresses or beds.

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~ Our family in the Langka room. All their rooms are named after local fruits found around the vicinity. ~

The furniture and mattresses were handpicked by Ms. Lizares herself.

While other local mountain resorts usually have poor quality foam mattresses, Cacar did not spare an expense on the beds. You can really get a good night’s rest on their high-quality mattress. Furthermore, my lower back pain and neck pains didn’t act up the morning after!

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~ The veranda of some of the rooms. That first room on the right was where we stayed and it’s called the Kalamansi Room. ~

Baluarte Amenities

Here are the plush amenities for your comfort at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Mountain Resort:

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~ The cabana by the pool. ~
  • Restaurant serving delicious Ilonggo comfort food and all-day breakfast
  • Swimming pool (spring water)
  • Well-appointed toilets and lavatories, especially for bikers who would like to stop over
  • Eight (8) rooms for overnight accommodations (good for a maximum of 4 pax)
  • Makeshift outdoor boardroom | mini chapel made of bamboo
  • Provisions for bonfires
  • Parking space
  • Stand-by generator
  • 24-hour security
  • Spa: Coming Soon
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~ A view of the swimming pool from the cabana. ~

For Team-Building Activities

This mountain resort is an ideal venue for team-building activities of businesses based in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. Just a short drive going east and you will be far away from the city and closer to nature.

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~ What can you do in this area? Have an outdoor staff meeting? Or hold a garden wedding. You decide. ~

With the eight rooms available, they can provide room and board for up to 32 persons at one time. All rooms are well-equipped and luxurious, but without internet connection and television. This makes the place ideal for staff retreats as well.

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~ Path walk to the parking lot. There are so many parking spaces here within the gated compound. Your cars are safe for the night. ~
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~ Managers, you can organize a night scavenger hunt for your team. The trees are lighted and the place is safe. ~

Restaurant

In Negros Occidental, heirloom recipes are the best. These are dishes that have been lovingly prepared using local ingredients without short cuts.

~ The Baluarte Restaurant at night. Complete your rest day with delicious homecooked meals using natural ingredients abundant around the area. ~

We arrived around lunchtime after a 40-minute drive from Bacolod City. Having pre-ordered our food, we had our lunch at the resort. Check out our meal below.

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~ Sate babe with java rice, lutik (squash soup), and lumpia ubod (coconut core) are Ilonggo favorites. This is our welcome lunch meal at Baluarte. ~

The dishes served at Baluarte are products of Cacar’s childhood. Growing up in a large family with strong Spanish influence and love for food have resulted in a collection of heritage dishes. Some of these are now featured in her restaurant and are fast becoming foodie favorites.

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~ The chicken binakol at its finest. This is one of the favorite dishes for sharing because it can serve up to 5 pax. ~

Family Meals

Our family had quiet family meal times at Baluarte. We were the only ones at that time so it felt like we exclusively rented the place. It was so nice to disconnect with the world and reconnect with the kids even with simple activities.

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~ Our quiet dinner. We were the only ones in the resort so it was a wonderful experience for all of us. ~
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~ Banana turon served with vanilla ice cream. ~

All-Day Breakfast Meals

Baluarte offers an assortment of all-day breakfast meals that has something for every taste. The chorizo, Spanish sardines, tapa, and bacon are all home-made using their family recipes.

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~ All-day breakfast meals are big and very reasonably priced. Here is our breakfast spread for four with an extra order of bacon. These are not included in the rate for overnight accommodations. ~

The prices are very reasonable and the orders are big for these plated meals. Moreover, you can place additional orders for breakfast favorites like extra egg, pork and beans, and bacon, among other things.

I would like to especially mention their Spanish Sardines meal – for the win! Actually, I have never had Spanish Sardines served like that before. The fish was coated with bread crumbs and quickly fried. These are then served with the olive oil, sliced, tomatoes, and chili as a dressing on the side.

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~ Here is the Spanish sardines meal. Perfect with garlic rice. ~

You can appreciate the crispness of the outer layer of the fish and enjoy the luscious flesh without the lansa. Add the dressing accordingly as you keep going. It’s perfect with garlic fried rice and black coffee! By the way, the coffee is served separately.

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~ Having early morning coffee with Captain Ri for that Crash Landing on You Feels. hihihi K-Drama has been fascinating hubby and I lately. ~

Staff and Service

The staff at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Mountain Resort are all from Murcia or neighboring barangays. They hire locals in order to provide jobs and livelihood to the families in this highland community. These include the members of their security personnel.

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~ The staff conscientiously cleans every part of the resort, including toilets and lavatories. Check out this public restroom at the restaurant. How quaint! ~

However, these people are not half-baked. The staff undergo rigid training in order to be able to render quality service to all their guests. I appreciate the fact that these are local folk because they are warm and down to earth. They are quick to accommodate every request and try to please guests as best as they can.

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~ When we were there, the staff set up these hammocks for us. Too bad it rained the next day. Imagine reading a book under a canopy of greens. If mosquitoes are drawn to you, I suggest that you spray on some natural insect repellent. ~

Baluarte Location and Contact Details

Safety.
Calmness.
Tranquility.
Rejuvenation.

These are what this mountain resort seeks to offer you.

Visit the Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Mountain Resort for a day trip, for lunch, coffee, or snacks. Or book a room for an overnight stay.

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation
Hda. Baluarte, Alegria, Murcia
Negros Occidental, Philippines
Mobile: (0917) 595-7177 or  (0923) 090-1548
FB Page: BaluarteRRR

Restaurant is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, 7am to 6pm.

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~ Stop and disconnect when you see this sign. Enjoy your life. ~

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Room Rates

There are only two room types and a total of eight (8) rooms. Please find below the rates and provisions for overnight accommodations at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Room Rates.

  • Woodside Duplex Cabanas (2 pax) – P2,500.00
  • Bamboo Side Rooms (2 pax) – P2,200.00
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~ I have always dreamed of a cottage in the woods. This is my dream cottage surrounded by trees in the flesh. ~

Conditions:

  • Extra Person – PhP250 per head (Approx $5)
  • Maximum of 4 pax per room
  • No extra charge for children 10 years old and below
  • All rooms have airconditioning and two (2) double beds
  • Free use of swimming pool for billeted guests

Payments

For overnight accommodations, full payment through bank transfer is required upon reservation. Please deposit your payment to:

MCCL MOUNTAIN RESORT
BDO CA 00-45220-19673

Note: Send a screenshot of your deposit slip or online transaction to the resort’s FB page. Wait for an acknowledgement of your reservation.

Directions: How to Get to Baluarte

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation is now on Google Maps. You can easily go there from Bacolod City or Talisay City. Check out the screenshot below.

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~ Going to Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Mountain Resort. Directions on Google Maps. ~

If you are not from Negros Occidental, your entry point is Bacolod City. There are daily flights by Cebu Pacific and PAL from key cities, as well as daily ferry trips from Iloilo City, like Fast Cat. Meanwhile, you can also take the all-day land trip from Cebu City through the Ceres Liner. You can take off to Baluarte after you get to Bacolod City.

Traveling During Covid-19 Outbreak

Honestly, for those who have worries about the covid-19 but need a breather, you should go to a mountain resort like Baluarte. It gets your worries out of your heads while letting you enjoy nature’s best. Moreover, your mind will be at ease because there are not too many people around.

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~ Our two daughters — our gems. Praying that these two will someday actively take part in changing the world to become a better place. Right now, we are investing time with them. ~

Homeschooling and Family Travel

We checked in for overnight stay at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort on a Thursday. Traveling on weekdays is the reason why we almost always have the hotel or resort to ourselves. The kids can take advantage of the pool all day without having to compete with others for space.

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~ Our balcony is a lovely scene. Love that giant fern on the right. ~

Homeschooling has given us the flexibility that we need for our nomadic family lifestyle. Moreover, we feel that the children are learning more while we are traveling than just staying in school.

Socialization

Even their social interactions are not limited to their peers. Our daughters are exposed to vertical socialization wherever we go. They are being trained to conduct themselves whether they are interacting with the president or a homeless child.

Family Travel Stories

Meanwhile, here are other family travel stories around Negros Occidental that you might like to read. Just click on any of the links below:

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~ It was such a fulfilling and happy time for all of us. ~

Learning to Swim

Shane calls herself the mermaid who doesn’t want to go underwater. But for the last several days, she has been determined to overcome her fear of the water. This started during our recent family stay at a Seda Capitol Central Premier Room.

Her cousin Darah, who is still a toddler, went swimming with us. Darah was braver than Shane when jumping in the pool so she decided that she will also do it. So she has been learning to swim for five days in a row now. Watch her video below — she wanted to show me what she can do now. 🙂


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