Punta Riviera at Bolinao, Pangasinan

I Google searched for a place to spend a long weekend at Bolinao. Punta Riviera caught my attention with its professionally made website and pretty good photos. The rates sheet on the website was a bit confusing, though, but I was determined to book a room and made sure to secure my reservation via bank deposit.

After an adventurous bus ride, we reached the resort and I was pleased with what I saw. I can tell that the resort is rather new (found out later: it opened to the public in 2005), had a well manicured lawn and very pleasant staff. The room was elegant with a queensize bed, a satellite TV and DVD player (I never figured out how to work the TV, though – I don’t mind because I don’t watch much TV), and a shower that looked like one from a Jimmy Neutron or Jetson’s episode. There are some family rooms and dorm-type rooms too.

Photos Punta Riviera Bolinao Pangasinan

The resort has a bar and restaurant. There’s a nice 2-level pergola for a nice dinner by candlelight ;-). Here’s a tip: to avoid inconvenience, order your meals well in advance and tell the staff what time you want your meal to be served.

Punta riviera Infinity Pool

The infinity pool is pretty, host for a pleasant dip for kids and adults alike. At an angle, the pool looks as if it extends all the way to the sea and the horizon. The resort is right smack at the point where a river (Ilog Malino) meets the sea.

When you venture right outside the resort, you’ll find a nice white-sand beach. The resort has a couple of kayaks for anybody wanting to take a rowing adventure upstream Ilog Malino.

Within 20 minutes from the Resort are some Bolinao tourist spots like underground caves (bring your bathing suits for a nice swim in the natural pool inside the cave), the Cape Bolinao Light house at Patar, and the Cape Bolinao Beach which some have started to refer to as the “Boracay of the North”. Back in the town center, it’s just a few kilometers to reach the UP Marine Science Institute where you’ll see some giant clams!

Photos Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

When in Bolinao, Punta Riviera is a great place to relax and unwind. Look for manager Gener and proprietor Ian Smith, do mention that you found their place via ka edong’s article on PinoyTravelBlog 🙂 .

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  • Jann

    I am writing to everyone to share our most recent and last experience with Punta Riviera.

    My friend called Punta Riviera resort a couple of weeks back to reserve rooms for 9 people for 2 nights. The call ended well and she was assured that we have rooms and would just need to deposit PhP 5,000 per night to confirm the reservation. A couple of days later she calls again to get the bank details and much to her dismay, the same guy she spoke with the first time now says that he doesn’t have any record of our reservation. After a long phone discussion, he magically “finds” the reservation but it is only for 1 night. Since the group really wants to stay in Punta Riviera because of the ads online (which are so not true by the way but that’s a different topic altogether) my friend agreed to reserve just 1 night thinking that we can stay in a different resort on our first night.

    We took the Five Star bus from Manila to Bolinao. Our expected 6 hour trip turned into 10 hours due to several road mishaps we encountered.

    We reached Villa Carolina and were greeted by the very friendly owners Carol and Jan and their very helpful staff who wheeled away our luggage to our villa right away. All our needs were catered to from the second we arrived till the time we were transferring to Punta Riviera. Perhaps this is what made our experience with Punta Riviera worse, we were pampered in Villa Carolina, while we were treated like garbage in Punta Riviera.

    Day 2 and we started our day early not wanting to miss on our Bolinao package tour with Villa Carolina. We wanted to make the most of our day (and money) so we planned to do half of the tour prior to checking in at Punta Riviera and the other half after we check in. We planned it this way since check in time at Punta Riviera is 11:00 am and we didn’t want to sit down and waste time.

    11:00 am and we were still at the falls so my friend contacted Punta Riviera to advise that we would be late checking in, probably 3 the latest. We reached Villa Carolina around 2:00 pm and were all packed and ready to transfer to Punta Riviera, which is just across Villa Carolina resort, around 2:30 pm.

    Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very unprofessional and unfriendly desk agent, who told us that our rooms are not ready yet. While me and my friend who made the reservation were inside the reception area, the rest of the group was standing outside under the sun with their luggage waiting for us. No offer of assistance to help us get settled while we wait for our rooms. No apologies for the inconvenience or whatsoever.

    3:00 pm and we still didn’t have rooms so the group decided to just cancel the reservation.

    3:05 pm a very rude desk agent told us that we don’t need to cancel since the rooms were just made available. Again, nobody helped or even offered to help us with our luggage. No apologies either.

    We reached the rooms and found out that 1 of the 2 rooms we reserved is still being cleaned and half of the group can’t get in there yet. This was our breaking point.

    My friend and me once again headed out to the reception area to complain and cancel the reservation altogether. We spoke to a different yet another unprofessional and rude desk agent. Instead of apologizing and trying to help us resolve our concern as we felt like we were wasting our time waiting for our rooms when we could be on the other half of our tour, she again and again and again simply referred to the refund policy of the resort – that we can only get 50% of the down payment.

    Frustrated, disappointed and already agitated, this is when we asked to speak to the manager, whom we tried to contact for an hour as they only have 1 and he wasn’t on site. I talked to the manager over the phone and told him about the entire experience and why we should be given a full refund. He spoke to the desk agent and never came back on the line to tell me what the resolution is.

    15 minutes later, the desk agent tells us that she will be stepping out to get the cash for our refund. Once again, no apologies or whatsoever. A little over 10 minutes later, the desk agent comes back to the reception area with the owner, who was surprisingly off the charts rude. Instead of apologizing, he hands us the money like we owed him, ridiculed and called us names, and asked us to leave the resort immediately.

    This is, by far, the worst experience I have ever had at any resort. I intend to post this message story everywhere I can on the Internet to warn people to stay away from Punta Riviera. As far as I am concerned as well as several other people that I have talked to so far, we would rather sleep in a park than ever stay at Punta Riviera.

    We were lucky Villa Carolina, though last minute still accommodated us for 1 more night. If not for Carol and Jan, we would have left Bolinao that night with a bad experience and unpleasant story to tell all friends and colleagues.

  • Seems like a nice resort. No plane travel required too!

  • raquel

    hai.. just wanna ask po sana if magkano gagastusin namin if 3days and 2nyts kami dun..all the expenses 2gether with the foods and house… we are 6persons. how much do u think per head… help me naman please! tnx…

  • dianne

    puerto del sol try it ;_)))

  • how much per head?
    per day
    if we will stay for 3 or 5 day how much?all the expenses together with food the house and other expenses?
    thank you pls reply

  • Koko

    We’ve been to Punta Riviera, Bolinao, Pangsinan last Summer. The place is nice…BUT that’s the only good thing I can say. We booked for 12 pax and paid 12,000 pesos for an overnight stay. We are very disappointed with our assigned room, though we are aware that the 12 of us will be sharing one room but we were never informed that we’d also be sharing the same restrooms with the other 2 big groups on the other rooms. 3 big rooms sharing 4 comfort rooms (2female and 2male)…untidy restrooms. Foods are ultra expensive (i.e., fruit sampler worth 250pesos – half pineapple and 2 bananas! grrr!). Service is bad, foods are served after an hour or so…patience is a virtue! The beach is okay but it is just knee to hip high…so you can’t really swim. If you are really looking for a cool place and value for your money, think twice…I’d rather go straight to Hundred Islands. It is a lot cheaper and more beautiful.

  • Marianne

    Hi, Can anybody recommend a good place to stay at Bolinao?
    Early as now, we’re already planning our trip during the off-peak season where most resorts are budget-friendly and resorts are not that crowded. And we’re contemplating if its bolinao or hundred islands.

  • maki diva

    i would like to know your room rates for 3-4days stay for a group of 6 or if possible can you fax a qoutation so we can review it this is for the month of june i guess 1st or 2nd week. thank you very much.

  • mau aquino

    i would like to know your room rates for2days 1 night stay for group of 4 and this is for the month of may

  • You’ll be very excited to see this place.. very nice..

  • Thank you for describing Bolinao so very well… we are still in the process of formalizing a tour package, although some of itineraries we prepare for clients are tailor-made, based on their number of days to vacation.. . may we invite you to look into some of our pix at the website: northernfrontiertravel.com… We also offer bangus farm visit, you might even get to watch how milk fish is harvested and try the many ways it is being prepared… Yummy!

  • Coco

    10 of us stayed at Punta Riviera over the Christmas break. Their beach front is nicer than Puerto del Sol (though there’s no stopping anyone from crossing over). There is a long stretch of sand bar where you can walk until you hit the part where the waves roll in. Safe for children. The infinity pool overlooked the beach, which made for a wonderful view.

    Not sure if it’s because of the overwhelming guest count, but the service was slow and food wasn’t very good, and rather over-priced for what it was. Breakfast was supposed to be buffet, but you would have to line up and be served somewhat “paltry” serving sizes. Good thing someone tipped us that Puerto del Sol had good (but more pricey) food, so we would walk over there for our meals after the first disappointing dinner. Even if staff were pleasant, there were those little things that pointed to service “needing improvement” – like giving only 2 soaps for a room good for 4, room not ready for check-in even late afternoon, etc. Rooms were also not very spacious for a big group.

    Their grounds though were well-manicured and set up for really relaxing. They had a lot of areas where you can just sit around, doze or look out to the sea. But for swimming, definitely, nothing beats Patar Beach, which is around a 30min drive away. It’s a clean public beach with a great stretch of white sand and a wonderful sunset. An afternoon visit here is not to be missed.

    Bolinao is really a hidden gem but be ready for the looooong drive:)

  • This place was wonderful you can search other beaches at Bolinao Mostly at PATAR my hometown heheehehehe
    YOu can ask my friends out there to take you around at bolinao and to tour you around it you can txt me if lyou want it
    Here is my # 09159274171
    Im Mr. Ronnie Gonzales you can ask me there if you want

  • Lyn
  • Ache

    Correct me if I’m wrong but the last time I inquired about the nipa huts in Patar, the overnight rate is already 1,500. I’ve been there but didn’t stay overnight kasi the huts are open nga and there’s not much facilities. Medyo malayo din kasi ‘to from the town proper so medyo hassle sa food, rest room, etc. That’s what you pay for sa private beaches in Bolinao kasi they have (almost) everything you need for your vacay. But I’d say that Patar has the best beach! Suggestion ko lang: stay in Punta Riviera or in Puerto del Sol then pay a visit to Patar Beach, Enchanted Caves and the lighthouse. Amazing talaga ang view doon! When you go to Bolinao, maiinlove ka talaga sa place. 🙂

  • Ache

    I haven’t been to Punta Riviera because me and my friends stayed at Puerto del Sol. It’s very near Punta Riviera because they share the same stretch of white sand. Actually, white-cream sand. You may also want to go to Puerto del Sol. The staffs are very accommodating. It’s not crowded but there’s enough people you can meet. The manager is very friendly, he visits every table during dinner time. Strongly recommended ko ‘tong place na ‘to. You may visit their site at http://www.puertodelsol.com.ph. Sobrang ganda talaga ng place.. 🙂

  • seya

    hi po! nghahanap po ako sna ng murang vacation package for 2 persons, 2N3D po.. pra sa parents ko for their silver wedding anniversary. meron po ba kayong ilang magagandang recommendation kung saan cla pwedeng pumunta, mgcheck in, etc? ung hindi po sna kamahalan.. tska po ung provided na lahat ng kailangan, like food, etc. pls po email me at [email protected]. tnx po at God bless us!

  • cdr2277

    This is a beautiful place. me and my wife were the very first couple to got married in punta riviera in 2006. we cant wait to go back.

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  • sharon

    hi guys, do you have the contact number of punta riviera

    their numbers sa website are all not working 🙁

    hope you give feedback asap…thanks.

  • kitz

    to Paul:

    may contact # ka ba ng patar beach? kailangan pa bang magpareserve doon?

  • makky

    thanks paul sna nga yan ang mpgkasunduan nmin d2 s bhay..for our summer vacation thanks tlga!!…yur such a nice guy bait mo,,godbless!

  • un nman po ay pa sakin mura tlga pero di ko po sinasabi n dun n keo ang sakin kung gusto ni ng mura ito ang pede ko maisugggest…

  • nga pala manila pa kme galing 2k 1 fulltank lang balikan na un 9kme ngastos naman kung d ako nagkakamali 3500 2days sa patar beach ang pde mo mgawa sa 3500 overnite n tulugan pagkain na madame na di naubos sa halagang 1k ang 500 sa inum plus videoke hiking,caving rock climbing at swimming etc..murang mura un.

  • sa bolinao madame beach ang pinakamura ay ang patar beach 15 to 20 person nipa hut 1k a day d ba mura un pagkain kaw bahala un sa 1k meron ka nang shellane na lutuan kasama sa 1k mura ang bilihin sa bolinao i mean veg,seafood,meat etc,,meron pa malapit na rock climbing,caving at my hills na pedeng mahiking ok dun andun na lahat kesa pasok ka ng mahal na resort. un beach sa patar ay katabi lang ng treasure of bolinao etc..pra s kin kung nghahanap ka ng mura eto na un kung safe safe nman kc overnite kmi dun oks nman gud luck!

  • makky

    hey guys wer plannin to get some vacation near nature like bolinao kya lng tulad ng problema ng ilan can we have the rates pra mkpgstay dyan,,i mean ttulugan pgkain stufss like that n gud for 3 days and 2nyts sna,,,hope m2lungan nu ko,,,,thanks

  • lia

    we stayed at punta riviera last march 28-30, 2008

    the place was awesome, good service and good food

    its worth your time and money

  • joey

    ‘ey guys!..to those who’ve been there…where’s the best place to stay? punta riviera or villa carolina? some are also saying bing’s beach resort??? help!!! we are planning to go there this month. thanks! 🙂

  • ivan

    i mean post pala there contact # here:)

  • ivan

    please email naman there phone # thanks 🙂

  • Ginny

    Their site is down. Is there another site where I can find their contact details

  • where is the cheapest place to stay in Punta Riviera for at least 2 nights and 3 days, ideal for a family of 8 with a budget not exceeding Php15,000 (including our food and transportation and we’re coming from Bulacan) will this be enough, can someone help us give a more realistic estimate of the budget so we could plan our trip most likely somewhen in April of this year. Thanks!u

  • Albert

    Their web site is http://www.puntarivieraresort.com Rates and directions are provided here

  • carmela

    hi, am looking for a place to unwind this coming holy week with my friends and your review of Punta Riviera caught my attention. I just want to know the rates at Punta Riviera and how to get there? Thanks…

  • davidsison

    how far is bolinao from urdaneta?