March 07, 2017

Kingfisher Kite Surfing Hotel in Ilocos Norte: Pagudpud’s Hidden Paradise

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  • Barangay Caparispisan in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte was once bare of tourists and establishments. Only the beauty and serenity of the place stands still, backdropped between the scenic landscape of coconut trees, white sand beach, and the sea beyond.

    However, a man by the name of Mon Manotok believed in the beauty of the place, leading him to establish what may well be the best remote beach resort named after the beautiful, local birds circling the vicinity- the Kingfisher Kite Surfing Hotel in the northernmost tip of the Philippines.

    Kingfisher Kite Surfing Hotel offers a clean coastline overlooking the sea.

    Established in November 2011, Kingfisher, according to Mon Manotok, is a product of a successful collaboration between different people from all walks of life, living in different places around the world.

    Tourists from around the globe gather at Kingfisher to have the time of their lives.

    This served as the catalyst for Kingfisher to be the go-to kite surfing and windsurfing spot of tourists from Europe, America, Australia, as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Manila.

    Try kite surfing at Kingfisher to be one with nature!

    Perfect for those who are seeking a peaceful and yet eventful vacation, complemented by the warmth of people in the place, Kingfisher also offers accommodations reminiscent of a perfect island getaway experience!

    If you choose to embody that beach vibe, choose to stay in their collection of air-conditioned Beach Huts, each with its own porch hammock. Good for two to four people at the most, Kingfisher’s Beach Hut may have 1 or 2 queen-sized beds if you please.

    Kingfisher’s Beach Huts let you experience the raw beauty of Pagudpud’s island paradise.

    Beach Hut with two queen-sized beds (Php 2,000 to Php 3,000/night)

    If you choose to stay here, a common bathroom is available for you to use behind the huts.

    Moreover, you may also opt Kingfisher’s air-conditioned Casitas and Superior Rooms located near their restaurant or the Cabanas with 2 queen-sized beds and private bathrooms plus the added feature of a satellite tv, movies to binge-watch, a refrigerator, and speakers.

    Kingfisher’s Casita catches the eyes with its thatched roof and white walls– a combination of traditional and modern design.

    Casita (Php 3,500 to Php 5,500/night)

    Amid palm trees and flora, Kingfisher’s Superior rooms is cocooned in nature.

    Superior Room (Php 3,000 to Php 5,000/night)

    Cabana (Php 5,000 to Php 7,000/night)

    Kingfisher also includes breakfast for guests staying in their Deluxe Casita, with its queen-sized bed, as well as in their luxurious Premier Suite, with its own jacuzzi and infinity pool. It also has its own kitchenette complete with a refrigerator, coffee maker, a microwave oven, and the perfect view a guest could ever have.

    Premier Suite rests on Pagudpud’s white sandy beach.

    Premier Suite (Php 10,000 to Php 15,000/night)

    Aside from their ultra-comfortable suites and water activities that will suit expats and locals alike, Kingfisher also boasts of their authentic Japanese favorites care of Chef Toshi Kimura from Izakaya 104, just a few steps away from Kingfisher!

    Izakaya 104 in Pagudpud is proud to have Chef Toshi Kimura in its helm.

    Izakaya 104 specializes in sumptuous seafood offerings.

    So reserve your most prized experiences at Kingfisher Kite Surfing Hotel in Brgy. Caparispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte for a memorable getaway trip to the northernmost tip of the Philippines!

    For a hideaway in paradise, one should go to Kingfisher Resort in Pagudpud.

    How to get here:

    • By car: From Laoag City proper, follow the Manila North Road ahead before turning to Pan-Philippine Highway going to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Upon seeing the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, turn left. You are on the right track if you see Bergblick Restaurant. Go straight ahead until you see Kingfisher on the left.
    • By public transport: Ride by bus going to Pagudpud. You will be dropped off the highway in Mawini or at the Pagudpud Town Proper, where you can rent a tricycle going to Kingfisher.

    General Information:

    Address: Sitio Aprot, Barangay Caparispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
    Check-in/Check-out: 2 pm / 12 pm
    Contact Information: 0927-535-8111
    Website:  kingfisher.ph
    Facebook: Kingfisher Kite Surfing Resort
    Instagram: @kingfisher.ph


    A version of this appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese (Vol. 103) and English (Vol. 12) magazines.
    Images grabbed from Kingfisher Kite Surfing Hotel
    Written by Chin Sanigan

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