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Thunderbird Resort (Poro Point) La Union

Thunderbird is a 65-hectare resort in Northern Luzon, Philippines. You can find it at Poro Point in La Union province, Ilocos Region (not to be confused with the one in Binangonan, Rizal).

You might have already been here or have heard about this spot. It’s known for its extensive Santorini-inspired structures built on the beachside.

Inside Thunderbird Resort and Casinos in Poro Point, La Union, Philippines

We were supposed to visit Thunderbird only to look around but ended up eating lunch there because the 1,000-peso day pass was consumable at the restaurant and the pastry shop. Today, I’m sharing my experience and letting you know how our experience went.

The Place | Thunderbird Resort

The whole place, in general, is beautiful and spacious. The resort has a unique vibe, and the Greek-inspired architecture makes it stand out. The open spaces complimented the Blue and White buildings everywhere.

Book a room in Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos | La Union Ilocos Sur, Philippines

They have their version of LA’s Urban Light, which I failed to take a photo of because it was far from the entrance (but you could see it from afar in the image below).

Inside Thunderbird Resort in La Union, Ilocos Sur Philippines | LA Urban Lights Thunderbird Resort
Taking a selfie outside :) It was so sunny

The views here are breathtaking. There is so much open space, and you are sure to get your much-needed privacy. It's perfect for families and couples who want a good break from work or stress. If you want more time, you can also book a stay. I've seen promos online from different websites like Agoda and Booking.

Dining Experience

The consumable day pass fee can get you a decent meal. They had a lot of options on the menu, and everything was available. I ordered Grilled Deviled Chicken while the rest had pasta. My order wasn't the best, but I enjoyed the all-meat pizza. It was so good.

Pianosa Restaurant Thunderbird Resort Poro Point La Union, Ilocos Sur Philippines
Olives Restaurant in Thunderbird Poro Point, La Union, Ilocos Sur
Olive restaurant Thunderbird Resort Poro Point | Ilocos Sur
L-R: All meat pizza and grilled deviled chicken with rice

For drinks, I had a hot mocha, then some alcohol. I like what they did with the coffee. As you can see below, they personalized my drink by writing my name on it. That was creative. I appreciate the effort.

Thunderbird Resort La Union Blog Review | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi | Philippines

For reference, you can check out their menu below.

Olives Restaurant in Thunderbird Poro Point, La Union Ilocos Sur | Blog | Philippines

Even if you stay at the Olives Restaurant, you can order coffee or desserts from the pastry shop called Pianosa. Just inform the waiter, and they'll bring it to you.

Pianosa Deli Shop and Cafe Thunderbird Poro Point La Union Ilocos Sur  | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi | Philippines

Sun, sand, and sea

It was a sunny day, and the sea sparkled a bit from the rays. The landscape was naturally beautiful. Since there were only a few visitors that day and no one was at any of the pools, we had the place to ourselves for the few hours we were there.

Inside Thunderbird Resort in Poro Point La Union Ilocos Sur
Thunderbird Resort | Blog review | Memento Vivere | Philippines

Thunderbird has its own exclusive members’ area, with a private infinity pool, a bar, and a wide function area; this section is perfect for those who don’t want to swim in the same pools or go in the same showers as the rest.

Thunderbird Resort Poro Point | Swimming Pool | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi | Philippines
Inside Thunderbird Resort Poro Point La Union Ilocos Region

To add, it offers a view of the other side, where there is a way that leads to the beach on the lower portion. As you can see in the photo below, it's more secluded and also surrounded by greens.

Inside Thunderbird Resort in La Union (Poro Point) | Travel and Lifestyle Blog | Memento Vivere
Thunderbird Resort Poro Point Philippines Photos | Travel Blog | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi | Philippines

What else?

  • Parking won’t be a problem.

  • There’s an additional fee if you want to swim.

  • It would be best to go in the afternoon so you can watch the sunset.

Thunderbird Resorts & Casinos- La Union Address: Poro Point Freeport Zone, Unnamed Road, San Fernando, 2500 La Union, Ilocos Region, Philippines


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