Resorts & hotels in San Juan, La Union
The province of La Union has plenty of beaches facing the West Philippine Sea. But for surfing in particular, tourists are drawn to a particular town, San Juan, peppered with gastronomic finds, bars, and surf spots.
With everything it has to offer, this surf town will make you want to stay for as long as you can. So for those who simply want a good place to crash or looking for great amenities and food, we’ve listed below La Union resorts and hotels to check out for your next beach vacay in San Juan.
– La Union resorts –
1. Kahel Resort – small, peaceful resort with great food
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Kahel Resort is located a five-minute drive away from the party and surfing strip, making it a peaceful place to spend your vacation in San Juan.
This small, beachfront resort that opened in July 2020 has a modern exterior design and mirror glass windows on the exterior that reflect the sunset which is perfect for photos.
You get to choose from garden, sea-view, and seafront rooms starting at P4,500 (~USD85.76), depending on what you find more relaxing.
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You also won’t need to go to the party strip to get good food when staying at Kahel Resort. Previous guests have spoken highly of this resort’s food, such as their poke stack – fresh tuna, mango, pineapple, tomato salsa, house-made sambal, and sesame-nori aioli on stacked, crunchy wonton.
Kahel Resort also has complimentary breakfast options.
2. San Juan Surf Resort – has a surf school and a surf shop
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True to its name, San Juan Surf Resort makes the ideal accommodation for those who want to try surfing, with professional surf coaches and an internationally accredited training program. This La Union resort offers beginner and advanced lessons paid per hour.
It has ocean view rooms (starting at P4,950, ~USD94.32) for three, seven, and eight people, as well as other types of rooms. Plus, it’s just several steps away from the beach so you can surf or swim whenever you like.
Kids as young as four can learn how to surf at San Juan Surf Resort
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According to the resort, the best time to visit if you want to surf is from July to March.
The surf resort is also home to the plant-based cafe Seabuds serving healthy homemade snacks, smoothies and bowls, sandwiches, and rice meals.
3. Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa – offers diving lessons, golfing, and tours
World War II tank
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If you want to have more options for activities during your vacation, then you should check out Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa. Besides providing surfing courses, the resort is accredited by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors to provide diving lessons. They also give diving tours to World War II shipwrecks.
Their staff can also take you to a golfing spot in San Fernando, La Union overlooking the bay. Or you can go on a tour around La Union or to other places in Northern Luzon, particularly Vigan and Baguio.
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For accommodations, they have Filipino-Balinese-inspired rooms (starts at P6,450, ~USD122.95) and even a whole 3-bedroom and 3-bathroom rest house if you want a space all to yourself.
As the resort’s name implies, there’s also an in-house spa for treatments and massages so you can emerge from your vacation well-rested.
– La Union hostels –
4. Vessel Hostel – aesthetic hostel made with repurposed items
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Vessel Hostel is a vintage and surfing-themed hostel a walking distance away from the beach, designed by surfer architects. It’s made with shipping containers and other repurposed items.
It has a modern use of wood and jalousie windows yet the place still feels cozy and nostalgic, like an upscale, chic version of your grandparents’ provincial home.
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Besides dorm rooms, the hostel has two private rooms (starting at P3,300, ~USD62.93) available, both good for two to three people with a queen-sized bed with a pullout, en-suite toilet and bath, and a smart TV. Vessel Hostel also provides a complimentary continental breakfast for its guests.
5. Lokal Home – homey, nipa-hut inspired hostel
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Experience living like a local at the La Union hostel Lokal Home. Inspired by the traditional Filipino house – the bahay kubo or nipa hut – it has open-air rooms (starting at P600, ~USD11.44 per head) that let in the sea breeze.
Despite this, guests don’t need to worry about mosquitoes. There’s a mosquito net for every bed. They also have air-conditioned rooms available for those who want to rest in a cold room during the day.
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The hostel also has a common area and common kitchen with a fridge, stove, rice cooker, and kitchen utensils which Kubo room guests are free to use.
Lokal Home’s friendly owners give it a more homey vibe. One of them is even a tattoo artist, which is convenient if you plan to get inked during your trip.
6. Flotsam & Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel – artsy social hostel that hosts parties on weekends
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Flotsam & Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel is an artsy, social hostel, perfect for those who want to recharge their creative juices and be inspired by new people. The hostel is colorful and lively, strewn with tasteful furniture, and colorful Indian and Turkish lanterns.
It’s also a great place to party with live music by a DJ on the weekends. You might even see Filipino bands and artists such as Ebe Dancel live at Flotsam & Jetsam.
The kitchen-bar’s outdoor area
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Mats and coffee tables are also laid out in the space in front of the kitchen-bar decorated with fabric lanterns, so guests can feel the beach party vibe.
As for accommodations, the La Union hostel has a wide range of rooms to suit different requirements – from dorms to suites – starting at P3,250 (~USD61.99).
7. Rada Hostel – has co-working spaces and a convenient location
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Rada Hostel has high-speed internet and common areas on each floor that double as co-working spaces, in case you need to do some work during your vacation.
It’s also great accommodation in San Juan if your motto is “work hard, play hard”, with a roof deck with tables where you can drink ice-cold beer from the nearby convenience store.
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Rada Hostel also has a convenient location across the street from the beach. This also lets you check in as soon as you get off the bus to San Juan.
What’s more, every spot you want to visit on the San Juan’s resort strip, including restaurants and bars, is within walking distance from the hostel.
The three-story container van hostel has air-conditioned dorm rooms (starting at P1,500, ~USD28.60) and private rooms (starting at P2,500, ~USD47.67).
Travel requirements to La Union
Currently, La Union is on Alert Level 1 and it will continue to be until 30th April 2022. However, tourists are still required to have a NAPANAM QR Pass and a confirmed booking in one of the Department of Tourism-accredited La Union resorts and hostels.
Vaccinated travelers also need to present a vaccination card or certificate. Meanwhile, those who haven’t completed their vaccines should present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours.
If you have these, you’re all set to enjoy your vacation in La Union!
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