Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  


Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Candid Review

Returning to Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort located in Alegria, Murcia after two years evoked a mix of nostalgia and excitement. Our first visit, amid the pandemic, revealed lush greenery and a refreshing ambiance. However, this time, the scorching heat of El Niño had transformed the once-vibrant landscape into a spectrum of browns. Accompanied by my travel buddies and co-teachers from La Salle, Lei Lani Dusaban, and Sonny Cabahug, this visit was particularly different. As we strolled through the resort, we couldn’t help but feel a tinge of sadness as we marveled at the changes nature had undergone in such a short span. Despite the altered scenery, our laughter and camaraderie provided a delightful retreat from our daily routines.

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  

Arrival and Check-in at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort

Our arrival at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort, just past lunchtime, was met with a warm and welcoming reception. To our surprise, our room was already prepared, well before the official check-in time of 2 PM. This early check-in was a pleasant surprise, particularly given the intense heat outside. The efficiency of the staff in preparing our room early contributed to a smooth and enjoyable start to our stay.

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  

Room Upgrade and Comfort at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort

Initially considering a room priced at ₱3,500, we were pleasantly surprised to be offered an upgrade to a more luxurious room for the same price. The upgraded room, originally priced at ₱3,800, was a spacious haven featuring two queen beds, perfectly accommodating our group of four. The room’s layout and furnishings exuded a sense of comfort and relaxation, making it easy for us to unwind after a long day of travel.

In terms of amenities, the room provided essentials such as liquid soap and towels. However, we noticed that toothpaste and toothbrushes were not included, which may be something to keep in mind for future guests. Overall, the room upgrade greatly enhanced our stay, providing us with a comfortable and inviting space to rest and rejuvenate during our time at the resort.

The resort during our first visit, that was rainy season

Outdoor Exploration

Excited to explore despite the heat, we set out to the creek, only to find it completely dry, which was disappointing ( of course this is Force majeure). The pools, which we had hoped would provide relief from the heat, were also disappointing. One pool had a greenish tint, indicating algae growth, while the other was murky, a sign of poor maintenance. We learned that they didn’t have water filtration and weren’t using chlorine to treat the water. This raised safety concerns for us, especially for the children.

Dining Delights at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort

Our dining experience at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort was truly a highlight of our stay. Despite the setbacks earlier in the day, dinner at the resort’s restaurant exceeded our expectations. We learned that guests staying overnight are required to pre-order their meals before 6 PM, ensuring that the staff can prepare everything on time. We were impressed by the efficiency of the staff, who made sure that our dinner was ready exactly when we had requested. Their food pricing was also reasonable.

The meal itself was a delightful experience for our taste buds. The food was not only delicious but also beautifully presented, showcasing the culinary skills of the resort’s kitchen team. We savored every bite, enjoying the blend of flavors and fresh ingredients. The staff’s hospitality added a warm touch to our evening, making us feel truly welcomed and valued as guests. Overall, our dining experience at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort was nothing short of exceptional, leaving us with fond memories of our stay.

Bonfire and Evening Pleasures

As the sun dipped below the horizon and the evening air cooled, our experience at Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort took a delightful turn. The resort’s thoughtful staff surprised us with a bonfire, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for us to enjoy. They had set up a cozy area complete with comfortable seating and a table where we could relax and unwind.

Sitting around the crackling fire, we were enveloped in a sense of peace and tranquility, enhanced by the soft glow of the flames. The flickering light danced across our faces as we sipped on wine, sharing stories and laughter under the starlit sky. The ambiance was truly magical, providing the perfect end to a day filled with exploration and adventure.

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  

Overall Impressions and Recommendations for Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort

Our experience at the place was a mix of highs and lows. The scorching heat and dry environment, likely exacerbated by the El Niño phenomenon, were disappointing (we are not blaming the resort for this). However, the warmth and hospitality of the staff, along with the delicious meals, balanced out the negatives. We were particularly let down by the uninviting pool conditions, as the pools were supposed to be the resort’s highlight, but even the creeks were dry (we hate El Nino for this).

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  

We believe that with improved maintenance, especially of the pools, and the implementation of proper water treatment measures such as chlorine, the resort could significantly improve its appeal. Despite our initial hopes of enjoying the water to cool down, we ended up spending most of our time in our room.

Moreover, while the resort does offer free Wi-Fi, the lack of television sets for entertainment was noticeable. This absence of alternative leisure activities was especially felt due to the disappointing pool conditions, which prevented us from swimming. Enhancing the entertainment options, such as providing TVs in rooms, could greatly enhance the overall guest experience.

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  

Final Thoughts

Despite facing some challenges, we view Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort as a promising destination, particularly during the rainy season when the surroundings are expected to be more vibrant. The three of us, Lei Lani, Sonny Cabahug, and I, were genuinely grateful for the exceptional hospitality extended to us by the staff of the resort. We hope that in the future, we can revisit the resort and experience its potential improvements firsthand.

Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort: A Review  

Useful Information About Baluarte Rest and Relaxation Resort

  • Location: Brgy. Alegria, Murcia
  • Operating Hours: Thursday to Monday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Contact: 09171397370 (Globe/Viber)
  • Payment: Cash, Bank Transfer

Note: For the most updated information, it is advisable to contact the resort directly.


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