Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Perfect Place for Peaceful Getaway in Barotac Viejo

the flower garden at Ulysses Valdez Farm, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo

If you are looking for moments of solitude in the fast bustling city life, what you need is a trip to Barotac Viejo, Iloilo which will bring you peace and closeness to nature. Leave all your worries home and plan your trip to its farm resorts because you deserve a break. These farm resorts are dedicated to the concept of “back to nature” which includes nature living, nature food, nature cure and nature farming.

The Ulysses Valdez Farm

The Ulysses Valdez Farm is a tourist farm resort privately owned by Dr. Ulysses L. Valdez. It is situated in the scenic Barangay of Rizal, 6 kilometers away from the poblacion of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. It is one of the closest accommodation stop-over in the northern portion of the province. It prides itself on being a family-friendly resort with many activities available for both parents and children.

rambutan plantation at the farm
Spread over 14 hectares of land surrounded by varieties of fruit-bearing trees, coffee plantation, fish pens, flower gardens, plant nurseries and poultry and cattle areas, the resort presents a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that is ideal for mediating, reading and writing. Visitors can also spend some time fishing or taking nature walks through the property.

The resort also is a perfect coffee plantation retreat where the adventurous and curious traveler will experience the history and cultivation of coffee in the area.

Hike through lush verdant coffee plantations with their knowledgeable guides and while partaking in its coffee tour you will learn the intricacies of growing coffee found in this eco-friendly farm resort. The farm grows robusta type which is easier to care for and has a greater crop yield than the other major species of coffee. Because of this, is cheaper to produce. Robusta is usually limited to use. It is a filler in lower-grade coffee blends. It is also often included in instant coffee. Its good quality beans are used in traditional Italian espresso blends to provide a full-bodied taste and a better foam head. 

Come and enjoy the beauty and adventure of the farm, its fresh country air, wide open spaces and evenings relaxing by the veranda in the resort pavilion. With warm days and cool nights, it has been a traveler’s delight, despite the day time temperature rising, the evenings are still cool. The abundant beauty of nature needs to be seen to be believed.

the 3-room farm resort
The resort presents an ambience that is in tune with the rural surroundings. The resort is equipped with three fully air-conditioned, functional cabin style rooms in a style that befits the environment of a farm.

The resort has a pavilion that can be an ideal venue for small seminars, meetings, banquets, and family retreats. To know more about the resort, please contact Hon. Merelyn P. Valdez at 09298366075/ 09228267231/ 09065556375 or at telefax (033) 3620208.

The Balboa Farm

If you are looking for moments of solitude in the fast bustling city life, what you need is a trip to Barotac Viejo, Iloilo which will bring you peace and closeness to nature. Leave all your worries home and plan your trip to its farm resorts because you deserve a break.

The 4.7 hectare Balboa Farm is situated at Barangay Vista Alegre, 7 kilometers from the poblacion. The farm resort established two years ago is an ideal place for people who wish to spend a restful, pleasant vacation in the farm. It is a concept planned and developed by Mr. Mike Balboa as a retreat area for his family. It has become popular among Barotacnons as a getaway destination amidst vivid greens far from the hectic life schedules. Wide expanse of greens, cool breeze, soothing ambiance, abundance of fresh light, clean air, nature with numerous activities under the sun to give visitors a new lease of life and rejuvenate their senses.

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Balboa Farm offers activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Find yourself on a relaxing nature hike. Glide down mountain byways through their custom zipline measuring 37 feet in height with a length of 130 meters. Be as active as your heart desires by enjoying their firing range, horseback riding and fishing. Enjoy playing football and volleyball in their well-trimmed fields. It has areas for fruit bearing trees and coffee. It has a pavilion that can accommodate 50 persons for small group activities.

For those who would wish to stay overnight, the owner has five (5) small cottages and can also provide cottage with tents. To know more about the farm, come and visit Tumandok on September 4-8, 2012 at the fountain area of Robinsons Place Iloilo. For more information about the farm, please contact Mrs. Lorie Ann Dumdum-Municipal Tourism Officer, Barotac Viejo at 09995796398.

Barotac Viejo is currently experiencing fantastic growth and interest as a tourist destination in the province of Iloilo. The town hopes to offer everything visitors could want in privacy, beauty and breathtaking views. Come discover Barotac Viejo’s best kept secrets. To get to the town, one can take a bus at Tagbak terminal in Jaro, Iloilo City.

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