This Luxurious Hotel Is Your Gateway to Bataan's Exciting Cove-to-Cove Adventure
Oriental Bataan awaits!
Five Fingers, Mariveles
(SPOT.ph) When one thinks of Bataan, what usually comes to mind are images of World War II and the fallen soldiers of the tragic Death March. But this province, which is now just an hour away from Manila, is actually the perfect destination for a one-of-a-kind cove-to-cove adventure—the famous Five Fingers in Mariveles. Day tours start at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.; so unless you want to be on the road in the wee hours of the morning, consider checking in at a nearby hotel—The Oriental Bataan.
The Cliff Lounge
The Oriental Bataan, which opened in October 2015, is the former Bataan Country Club—a popular resort for the affluent in the '70s. Not much is changed in terms of structure, especially since the design and architecture of that time is often deemed phenomenal. (Think Cultural Center of the Philippines.) From the top, it looks like a number eight or an infinity symbol; you can even let your imagination run wild and see its similarity with a seahorse. On the ground, there are basically two wings (or two circles)—one with the hotel's in-house restaurant and another that goes around the swimming pool. If you go further, a whole basement with a seemingly hidden hallway is dedicated to rooms for long-term stays.
Executive Queen (P5,500)
Governor’s Suite (P18,500)
Rates range from P4,500 (Deluxe Rooms for two) to P6,500 (Executive Rooms for four). If you have some (or a lot!) of money to spare, splurge with your family and book a Governor's Suite (P18,500) or a Presidential Suite (P19,500).
But the real crowd-pleaser at Oriental Bataan are its facilities. There's a Bali-inspired outdoor spa where you can avail of various spa treatments—the Oriental Signature Massage (P1,500), Haplos ni Daragang Magayon (P1,200), a stone massage called Gapo ni Mayon (P1,000), and more. The names are from Oriental Hotels and Resorts' flagship property in Legazpi, Albay.
Four Cheese Malunggay Pizza (P230)
Ultimate Burger (P320)
Tom Yum (P388)
Spareribs with Wasabi Sauce (P428)
The hotel also offers the largest buffet in the province called the Kulinarya. It is available every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rates are at P488 for adults and P349 for kids. For sit-down meals, you can reserve a table at the Cocoon Restaurant, which offers a number of Asian dishes—the hotel is named "Oriental," after all. You can also opt for al fresco dining at The Forest Grill where you can feast on grilled seafood and prime cuts while enjoying a view of Mariveles Bay.
Mariveles may be an under-the-radar destination; but with the best of both worlds—luxury and adventure—it's only a matter of time before it becomes a go-to weekend spot.
How to get there: Ride a ferry from Esplanade Seaside Terminal behind Mall of Asia (50 minutes, P450), then avail of the free shuttle service (50 minutes) to Mariveles Municipal Hall where you can ride a tricycle. You can also arrange for a complimentary transfer with the hotel.
Rates start at P4,500. The Oriental Bataan is at Hilltop Drive, Freeport Area of Bataan Compound, Barangay Malaya, Mariveles, Bataan. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit The Oriental Bataan's website.