When the stress at work becomes too unbearable, we like fantasizing about how we'd turn out if we quit our jobs, move to the beach, and live a surfer's life. We'd wake up at the crack of dawn, surf until our limbs get tired, then end our day with a nice meal and a cold beer. Sadly, it's easier said than done, and props should be given to those who actually pursue the dream. The alternative: heading to the beach on weekends and making the most of the downtime. With its laid-back culture, friendly locals, and sweet waves, La Union is the perfect place for some R&R away from the daily grind. Should you find yourself over there, here are some hostels you can check out.
Their tagline is “there are no strangers,” and they really make an effort to prove themselves right. It’s an open-air hostel with no air conditioners and no private rooms, not even wooden dividers between beds—just privacy curtains. That way, you’re forced to mingle, head out to ride LU’s famous waves, or chill in their cozy common areas. Don’t forget to add your own little artwork on the hostel’s walls!
Rates are at P500 for a hammock and P600 for a dorm bed.
If you’ve seen the 2015 indie flick Flotsam, we’re pretty sure it wasn't just Solenn Heussaff’s hotness that captured your attention, but also the colorful hostel where the movie is set. Flotsam provides clean, comfy, Instagrammable lodging. Their dorm rooms have personal reading lamps, privacy curtains, and spacious lockers, while their cushy private rooms are decorated with knickknacks from all over the world. The hostel also holds regular movie nights, art events, and concerts, and their resto-bar serves great food. What’s not to love?
Rates start at P680 for a non-airconditioned Bamboo Hut dorm bed to P3,800 for a Sea View Room.
Vessel is the cool new kid on the LU hostel block, with six repurposed shipping containers housing 22 basic yet comfortable beds. We’re really digging its interiors: instead of going crazy with color, architects and co-owners Buji Libarnes and Nikki dela Paz-Libarnesused warm hues and wood details to give the place a homey tropical vibe. If the thought of spending the night in a shipping container freaks you out, worry not: the rooms at Vessel are well-insulated, with air conditioners and electric fans to keep guests comfortable. Each bed also has a locker, a mini desk, and privacy curtains—and you can practically spend the whole day holed up there if you want. Rico Blanco has also given it his seal of approval, and if it’s good enough for him, it’s definitely good enough for us!
Nightly rate is P980 per bed per person, inclusive of breakfast.
4) Yang House
For the hippies-at-heart, Yang House is your best bet. There's art everywhere, with a great lounge area where you can zone out, chat with other guests, or even do yoga. There's also a small pool in the premises if you'd like a break from the saltwater. If you've got a big barkada, you can avail of Yang House's affordable all-in packages (with transpo from Manila and surfing lessons!) for a great weekend escape.
Nightly rate is P800 per bed per person.