I don’t think I’ve stressed enough how in love I am with lighthouses, so here’s another post about them. I don’t know exactly when I developed this fascination for lighthouses, but it must have been when I was still very young. Remember that old Australian TV show called “Round the Twist”? It was a fun show, something kids would love, but my enthusiasm for the show came with just a little bit extra because of the fact that the Twist family lived in a lighthouse (in that gorgeous, gorgeous coastal setting). I spent some time thinking about this. I had the age old chicken and egg debate thing going on my mind. Did I love the show because I loved lighthouses or did I come to love lighthouses because of the show? And then I remembered (okay, this is kind of a confession, given my grunge-loving past/present) how much I loved that Fra Lippo Lippi song “Beauty and Madness” and that Stephen Bishop song “On and On” when I was a tween. The songs didn’t specifically mention “lighthouse”, but as I imagined the scenes painted by the lyrics of the songs, I always saw a lighthouse there. I could go on and on (just like the song, hee) about my love for lighthouses – how I used to buy books, no matter the genre or quality, with a lighthouse in the story, how I used to force my paintings of lighthouses on friends (see one of the comments here), how I take pictures upon pictures of lighthouses in vacations (although I’ve never been in one, except for that one in Corregidor), how I want to adopt a lighthouse just like Akiko Thompson, and how I prattle endlessly about them on my blog like an obsessive dork. One of my dream vacations is to go on a road trip, stopping and checking out various lighthouses (picture-taking galore and learning about their history) along the way and culminating with the ultimate lighthouse experience of staying in a lighthouse hotel.
The hotel I have in mind is the Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic. I’ve been meaning to go since I first heard of the hotel. For starters, it’s in a gorgeous setting. Subic Bay is one of the most beautiful places in the country. I’ve been reading reviews and everybody agrees that the hotel offers a splendid vacation experience. It has all the standard features and amenities of a luxury hotel and so much more, thanks to the natural beauty its location offers (honestly, the sparkling blue sea on one side and an authentic rainforest on the other – it doesn’t get any better than that) and the whimsy that comes with the theme (it’s a lighthouse - the developers could have easily gone overboard and made things cheesy, but from what I heard and see from pictures, it’s romantic and imaginative in a very classy way). It absolutely passes muster when it comes to comfort, elegance and style, but goes without the chutzpah and ostentation of most five-star accommodations. Instead it has the quaint charm and cozy ambience boutique hotels pride themselves with. The Lighthouse Marina Resort has all the winning elements – attractive, hygienic, and up-to-date facilities as well as a myriad of offerings that cater to all types of clients – night entertainment, water sports, shopping, cruise, island adventure, etc. To somebody like me who’s totally enamored of lighthouses, staying at the Lighthouse Marina Resort is a singular experience that will make any vacation absolute heaven.