ORANI, BATAAN — The cool mountain breeze penetrating our bones by the time the sun started setting was a clear sign we’re above the usual surface of the Earth where mortals live. It took us a few hours to realize we are in the middle of the mountains, communing with nature, away from the noise of the city but surrounded by the vampires and the wolves.
Heck with Twilight. Or blame the woodlands that made me feel that way.
Okay, enough with the confusion. By this time, you should have figured out (like we just had) that ‘Taal Vista’ (which is located in Tagaytay) is different from ‘Vista Tala.’ Aside from this one lies in Central Luzon, Vista Tala is more than just a resort. As its names suggests, ‘Vista Tala Resorts and Recreational Park‘ is a 9-hectare area surrounded by mountains but complete with amenities and has enough activities in store for its visitors, more so to lure the city people to come here.
Well, they did lure us. We’re a group of people from the metro who came here for some rest and recreation. More on the “rest” part. At least for this writer. Thank God for the intermittent internet connection for online access got limited.
To have a first time Bataan experience as good as this is too much for a standard. My next visit needs to be at par, if not the better, so this one is quite historic. Not to say that Bataan as a province is historic itself.
Though Vista Tala offers a day tour, we’re here for an overnight stay, as an incentive trip by the management team at PRU Life UK’s Alexandrite Area. Yes, I work at this London-based financial services giant as a unit manager, and maintaining this blog is another passion but so much about me. I know you’re here for information about Vista Tala.
Vista Tala is that star atop the mountain — to offer every tired visitor abode, comfort, and things to do without trying to eliminate every hurtful feeling, bad memories for some, fatigue maybe — but eliminating them anyway. With the views of the lights down there, a soul is relieved, others amazed, and some souls feel ecstatic.
Maybe, poet Emily Dickinson was right when she wrote:
The Mountains—grow unnoticed—
Their Purple figures rise
In Their Eternal Faces
The Sun—with just delight
Looks long—and last—and golden—
For fellowship—at night—
She maybe was right but today, these mountains’ growth didn’t go unnoticed. Most of us, if not all, appreciated the beauty of these lush green beauties, along with the refreshing feelings they put in our hearts.
Come the night, we made sure we’re having this fellowship with them — not too loud but not too quiet — with a beer on one hand, and some stories to tell, we shared laughters. In our hearts are a hope to succeed in our chosen field. Those mountains were our witnesses.
With the same mountains looking, I made a quick dip in the pool before sleeping.
As the sun rises the next morning, we all found ourselves enjoying the Infinity pool, and touring around the beautiful place for photo ops.
It was the best time to catch up on sleep, yet most of our teammates managed to trail the river and befriend ferries. Others rode the ropes from one end to the other via zipline adventure, which offers the best views of the vast lands. I slept. For hours. It was worth it.
Then those times with the group came — we enjoyed every corner of the resorts.
Vista Tala is that kind host that lets you do whatever you want to do. Their rooms are cozy and comfortable, and like the mountains they’re named after, each is unique. But I want to leave the task of checking about the prices to you. Visit their page here.
Twenty four hours are not enough to indulge in the nature’s beauty, much more within a place with amenities like Vista Tala has. Nevertheless, we leave the place happy and satisfied. In the background however, the skies are crying hard, rolling the loudest thunders. Taking the heavy downpours as a sign, they would mean to say some goodbyes hurt but are a must.
Most photos used here came from our group. Others came from Vista Tala Facebook page and from Trip Advisor. CTOs.