It took me to a time long gone; to our country when it was still at its finest years, when its architectural grandeur dotted almost every street.
Because of this, LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR is a one of a kind resort in the Philippines. You won’t find anything like it!
So now, let me take you on a mini trip through some photos and a few stories to tell.
LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR is all about the olden days style of Manila / The Philippines
Some houses in the property were transferred from their respective provinces. Basically, they had it deconstructed from its original location and had it rebuilt in the resort.
We’re not talking about exteriors only. Yes, even the interiors were meticulously studied so that they could have it done as well! Each of these transferred houses has its own stories to tell and you can hear all about them during the Heritage Tour.
Know about the stories through the Heritage Tour
Professional tour guides in the property will guide you and tell you all the awesome stories you need to hear. Overnight accommodation at LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR automatically has a Heritage Tour inclusion but you may also opt to have a day tour. They offer various day tour packages online so please just check out their website for more information about this.
The resort itself offers lots of cool experiences!
Aside from having #PhotoGoals and great “Instagrammable” materials for your social media feed, you will also have great experiences to remember the place by. Whether you’re having a #MyLasCasasStory with your family, friends, special person, colleagues, and even by yourself, there’s something about the place that changes how you feel while you’re there.
I mean, look at this pool. Who wouldn’t feel at zen in this pool? Adapting to the style of the resort, the pool at LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR is “batis-inspired”, meaning, it’s patterned to look like a small river or a stream but it’s a pool, nonetheless, and you’re allowed to swim here 9PM.
Oftentimes, when I tell my friends about LAS CASAS , they’re quite surprised that you can also go swimming at the beach. Yep, LAS CASAS has a beach and I had a great afternoon spending time here!
What’s particularly striking about it is that, though the sands are quite dark-colored, the waters are crystal clear. It just gives off a dark look because of the sand’s color but when you’re in the water, you can see how clean and beautiful it is.
So, if you happen to be staying in, please make the beach a part of your Las Casas experience. (PS: day tour guests can also enjoy the beach!)
During the weekends, cultural shows are held at about 5:30-6PM. It’s usually subject to weather condition because as you can see, it’s held outdoors. Professional performers dance a couple of traditional Filipino dances and while you’re enjoying the show, don’t forget to marvel at the beautiful night scenery around you.
Yes, LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR is such a stunner at night. No, really. It’s absolutely beautiful. To be honest, I’m more in love with the place at night than during day time. It’s too lovely. It’s as if I am in a small town frozen in time, as if none of the modern world exists. During our stay here, realities were shunned to the back of our minds. The stressful sounds of the city were silenced and our worries, for a short time, seemed to have melted away. In fact, I can honestly say that the rooms are just for sleeping. You wouldn’t want to spend so much time in the room because there’s just too much to see, feel, and experience at LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR . On a good cloudless night, you will get to see a dotted sky. The stars are all over the place and somewhere in the distance, you can even hear the soft sounds of the waves. Ahhhh, the simple feeling it gives is beyond words.
Don’t miss out on Hotel De Oriente
If you happen to be at LAS CASAS you’ll surely see this humble structure. I first visited LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR back in December 2015 and I can distinctly remember seeing this and paying no attention to it, thinking that it’s just like any other structure in the property.
Oh boy, I was so wrong. So. Wrong. Look at that! Just take a look that beauty! Hotel De Oriente at LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR serves as a function hall that can accommodate about 800 pax (400, if you opt to have round tables and stuff). It is structured like the original Hotel De Oriente which unfortunately got destroyed back in the war.
Because I had been posting a lot about Las Casas on social media, I often get messages from my Facebook contacts about the resort. Mostly, I tell them about the tours and the cool things you can experience here, but I often give emphasis on checking out Hotel De Oriente. It’s something any guest, both for day tours and stay-ins, should never miss out on.
All the golds, browns, and brasses you see here are not paint. They’re wooden pieces patched together like puzzle pieces to make up this beauty. Seven types of wood were used to create the interiors of Hotel De Oriente and these woods weren’t painted over. They used the actual wood colors and created every “paint effect” using them!
For only PHP 150 per person, you can already explore the wonders of Hotel De Oriente and don’t worry, taking pictures isn’t prohibited. Get those cameras ready! I’m pretty sure you’d loooove taking photos here.
Another thing you wouldn’t want to miss out on: the River Tour
The river tour will give you a whole new perspective of the property, simply because it looks different from how it looks like when you’re walking around. This time, you get to relax a bit while marveling at the beautiful scenery around you.
The river tour lasts about 45 minutes and will give you an access to the inner portions of the accessorias, making it seem like you’re having a gondola experience in Venice.
They say the best time to have the river tour is when the sun’s about to set. I guess it’s because the weather’s a bit cooler by then and the colors of the sky as the sun sets will add up to the entire feel of things.
The accessoria area is right across the beachfront and right beside the parking. These are structures built up at LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR to look like the accessoria in Binondo before and, other than the casas, these will also serve as your rooms for your stay.
The tramvia is captured on this photo. It’s operational during the weekends and you can ride it for free. Also, don’t worry about LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR being too big to walk around in. The resort offers a free jeepney transportation service that can take you all around the resort. Then again, walking around is quite fun, too!
If you’re staying in, please take a moment to admire the “wallpaper” in your room. These aren’t ready-made wallpapers that were just placed there. These are hand-made artworks personally painted by the artists at LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR which makes no two rooms alike. What a beauty!
Enjoy a few more photos of Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Top view of Cafe Del Rio where you can buy coffee, drinks, and snacks. Night times are best spent here.
Jones Bridge replica with Hotel De Oriente and the other casas in the background
Paseo De Escolta: where you can buy souvenirs, baked goodies, and even avail their photography services
Sanctuario De San Jose replica (Sunday masses are held here at 10:30am)
A FEW TIPS
Wear shoes that are comfortable to walk around in and can be easily taken on and off. Exploring the casas that are part of the day tour and Hotel De Oriente will require you to keep your shoes off to not damage the wood.
For day tours, being in the property early has its perks so that you can still enjoy the beach after the tour.
During the heritage tour, you might want to bring a bottle of water with you. Sometimes, it can get a bit hot.
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