Batanes Resort is about 3 kilometers away from the town proper of Basco and we passed by it on our way to the port in Ivana when we were on our way to Sabtang Island, and we passed by it again when we were doing the southern tour of Batan Island.

When we decided to ride our bikes to Mahatao, we passed by it again and decided it was a great place to have dinner. They have a P200 set meal that included rice, salad and two viands. The food was absolutely delicious and was well worth the price.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

The lobby and reception area

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

The lobby and reception area

They have two dining areas.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Dining Hall

Since it was a lean-season, the resort was almost empty. We had the whole dining area to ourselves. We opted to stay outside.

Eating at Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Pako salad

Eating at Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Lechon Kawali

Eating at Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Sweet and Sour fish

Eating at Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Grilled fish

The food was superb! We each ordered buko juice at P15 each and had such a hearty meal.

We stayed for perhaps an hour eating and talking, and it was at this place where the earthquake found us. Yes, an earthquake occurred, but it was mild enough to be unnoticeable to anyone else in our group but me. I remember scooping buko and asking, “Why am I swaying? Is that just me?” and no one paid me any attention. Only after about fifteen minutes or so, when I checked my phone, did I read a text message from my friend Lizzie who is in Singapore, asking me if we were still in Batanes, because they heard that there was an earthquake, and was asking if we were alright. (Thanks Lizzie for the love and concern even if you’re miles away. xoxo)

Food in Batanes Resort is so delicious that we decided it deserved another chance. We decided we would come back for lunch the next day.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

The other dining area. This was our table the night before and it was still our table when we came back the next day for lunch.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

The dining hall during the day

While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I went around the resort for a bit and took pictures.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

H just chillin, resting from the hot sun, with a bottle of iced tea

When I was looking for accommodations in Batanes, I read blogs and reviews of Batanes Resort and considered staying there with my little family. Lia is most comfortable in quiet air-conditioned rooms and I thought she would like it there; but our tour guide, also caretaker of Novita House, which I have booked earlier on, said it would be too far from my mom and the rest of the group.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Duplex Bungalows

Walking back and forth town would not be advisable and tricycles are scarce, if not expensive (at P50 per trip).

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

The signage and entrance

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Driveway

Batanes Resort is a government-owned resort nestled atop a hill. It now has 10 duplex bungalows with 2 bedrooms each, made of stone and made to look like the traditional Ivatan home. The resort, located on the edge of the cornice facing the South China Sea, offers a great panoramic view.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Bungalows right by the dining areas

View from Batanes Resort, Batan Island

The resort is right by the national road and has ample parking space as well as a simple reception area.

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Bungalows facing the parking area

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

The hallway connecting the reception and dining areas

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

One of two chandeliers hanging over the dining hall

Batanes Resort, Batan Island

This window overlooks the garden outside the reception area

Carnation, Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Loved these carnations growing abundantly in the resort grounds

By the time I was done roaming the resort, the food had arrived – and it was still as yummy as the night before.

We ordered grilled fish again and lunis. I had asked about dessert but they did not have a lot of choices, I settled for fresh fruit. The buko juice had to be bought from town and I did not think it was worth the resort’s effort to go into town just to get two (as opposed to the night before when there were four of us).

Eating at Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Lunis - the Ivatan version of pork adobo

Eating at Batanes Resort, Batan Island

Grilled fish

If we were to come back to Batanes at some point in the future, I would definitely consider staying in Batanes Resort, if only for the food.

Here are some pertinent info:
Batanes Resort:
Cellphone No: (+63 927) 582-9078
Batanes Landline No: (+63 78) 533-3444/ (+63 78) 533-3456
Manila Office No: (+63 2) 927-2393

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