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Paradores Filipinas: A Little Taste of Spain in Calatagan

Paradores Filipinas: A Little Taste of Spain in Calatagan

Travel | September 9, 2022
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Paradores Filipinas takes you down a trip to Europe with its Andalucian-inspired white walls, Spanish interiors, and breathtaking views.

It’s no surprise that Filipino architects have been inspired by the beauty and wonder of European style and design, given the huge Spanish influence on every aspect of Filipino culture—from the words we use to the customs and beliefs we hold.

Pueblos Blancos are Andalucia’s white towns—the name is a literal representation of these places—because all of their buildings are made of white stone walls, making them a sight to behold for anyone visiting. No wonder the owners of this wonderful Airbnb wanted to bring a piece of that home to Calatagan!

With its breathtaking beach views, gorgeous homes, pebbled walkways, and Moroccan lanterns, it was the perfect inspiration for Paradores Filipinas

Paradores Filipinas in all its glory

A Taste of Europe in the Philippines

A three-hour drive time from the Metro, Calatagan, Batangas is a popular getaway for city dwellers. And if you’re looking for a place to stay, we suggest you check out Paradores Filipinas—not only for the gorgeous Spanish-themed home but also because it’s only a two-minute walk to the beach. Definitely, an intimate spot that’s ideal for a small family or group of friends!

And the best part? The owners allow guests to bring their pets to the property so that they, too, can bask in the sun and play in the sand.

Boardwalk

Surrounding the property are dry stone walls—a nod to the design of the Spanish coastal towns. The stones that make up the fence around the property serve two purposes: they provide privacy and they add aesthetic appeal. What’s more, the view of the house from the outside looks simple and clean, with big arched windows that add a stark contrast to the all-white design. 

Modern Interior Design

Minimalist Interiors and Inviting Spaces

As soon as you walk in the door, you’re greeted by the kitchen, living room, and dining area. Overall, the interior design is a fusion of minimalist modern fixtures and industrial finishes. The owners have even fitted wooden furnishings that give the room a warm and welcoming vibe, plus that splash of color, too! All of that—coupled with the abundance of natural light pouring in from the huge windows—give you a stunning place to rest and relax in. 

Going up the stairs will lead you to the only bedroom in the property. Two queen-sized beds and a cozy sitting area with a view of the living room below make this loft-style room a great place to unwind.

However, the highlight of this room is undoubtedly the glass sliding door and windows, which stretch from floor to ceiling on one side. In addition to creating the impression of more space, we think that this emphasizes the bedroom’s beachy, airy vibe by letting in as much natural light as possible.

Living room view
“Loft” type bedroom 

The bathroom is located on the first floor—right below the bedroom. It has all the modern amenities you could want. Plus, it’s very spacious. The shower area also features a large skylight, continuing the theme of natural lighting throughout the home. And in case you forgot to bring things like soap and shampoo, the owners and caretaker were kind enough to supply the space with toiletries that you can use.

At the bottom of the stairs, you will find the kitchen. While it may seem sparse at first glance, all the kitchen tools and utensils you could need are hidden in the cupboards below the sink and stove. This is because the owners wanted to continue the minimalist design by having a dedicated hiding space for everything, while also providing the guests all they need to wine and dine the night away. 

Kitchen View

A Haven for Get-togethers and Idyllic Fun

Paradores Filipinas also does not lack seating options for its guests, as the property comes with a bar area and outdoor dining table. It even has an indoor dining area that doubles as a workstation for those of us who just can’t seem to shake off work—even while on vacation. 

Indoor and outdoor dining areas

On the other hand, if the weather is nice enough, the patio area has lounge chairs where the adults can kick back and enjoy the rare greenery of the Metro while the kids and pets play in the grass. But if you get tired of lounging around, the private beach is just to the side of the property. Walk around two minutes tops and you’ll be faced with the stunning Batangas coastline. 

If you think the outdoor space is beautiful during the day, wait until the sun sets. The fading light shines on the all-white structure—dying it into a beautiful shade of orangey red. And when it truly gets dark, turn on the patio lights as well as the string lights on the trees, which transform the space into a magical and idyllic area—perfect for laughter and late night conversations. 

Outdoor lounge area

Creando Momentos: Creating Moments at Paradores Filipinas

Calatagan is a great place to visit if you’re interested in sightseeing. As one of the oldest lighthouses in the Philippines, the Cape Santiago Lighthouse sits high on a cliff above the water—truly a popular tourist attraction. On the other hand, the EZ Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the area. Plus, you can pick up some unique mementos to take home with you. 

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Aside from taking a nostalgic trip down our country’s history, there are plenty of scenic beaches and afternoon strolls along the boardwalk to keep you occupied. Another option is to rent a bangka and explore the surrounding islands and sandbars. The welcoming nature of the locals will make you feel at home—no matter what you decide to do while you’re there.

The owners’ motto at Pardores Filipinas is “Creando Momentos,” which translates to “creating memories” in English. And that is exactly what they hope for you and your loved ones to experience when you stay here: to make unforgettable memories that you will remember for the rest of your lives.

House and Garden view

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Marie Field-Faith, mom of 3, is a former Oil and Gas Engineer with a degree in Chemical Engineering from UP Diliman and MBA from the University of South Australia. She moved back to the Philippines with her family in 2013 and started her kids decor brand as she focused more on her little ones. Now, she continues to work as an entrepreneur, a content creator, a digital show host and part-time model. Marie is also a fitness enthusiast and is the co-founder of Fit Moms Project PH, an advocacy aiming to encourage more moms to start their fitness journey. Growing up in Palawan, she always seeks the outdoor and life by the seaside so she often takes her kids around on road trips to discover staycation finds, boutique resorts and family adventure, which she shares as Marie’s Discoveries.
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