Sundowners Vacation Villas: Staycation in a Santorini-inspired Villa

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A lot of people have dreamed of visiting Santorini. It is known for its whitewashed buildings with blue accents and its breathtaking view. Even I wanted to visit Santorini someday!

But, if you are looking for Santorini-inspired resorts and you happen to live or visit the Philippines, then Sundowners Vacation Villas will be a good choice!

Sundowners Vacation Villas is located in Bolinao, Pangasinan. And, with its growing popularity, they have also opened Sundowners Beach Villas in Botolan, Zambales.

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Sundowners Vacation Villas in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Sundowners Vacation Villas in Bolinao, Pangasinan is only 5 hours away from Manila. It will be your sweet escape from the big city. Every villa has a fully-equipped kitchen with a dining/bar area, air-conditioned bedroom/s, bathrooms with hot and cold showers, spacious balcony, and grilling area.

Related: A Quick Getaway from Manila: Pico de Loro

Common Amenities

  • Air Conditioner
  • Balcony
  • Cable TV
  • LED TV
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Griller
  • Hot & Cold Shower
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  •  Smoking Area
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Table
  • Common Infinity Pool
  • Living Room

Sundowners Map

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Photo credit to sundowners.ph

Villas

The good thing about Sundowners Vacation Villas is they don’t have a corkage fee! All villas are fully equipped kitchens, so you are free to cook your own food.

Some villas have breakfast included too, so read the description before booking.

They have a total of 26 villas that are grouped into three:

  1. Cliffside Villas 
  2. Private Pool Villas
  3. Marina Villas

Cliffside Villas

Cliffside Villas have the most affordable rates. It comes with a free breakfast too! They can accommodate a smaller group, up to 9 persons.

If you just want a quick getaway with your partner then they have a few villas for couples.

Private Pool Villas

If you need a little privacy or you want a villa that can accommodate 18 people, then your best choice is one of the Private Pool Villas.

The price range is more expensive than the rest of the villas, but that’s because of its private access to the pool or jacuzzi.

Some of the villas are not PWD-friendly, so make sure you read the description before booking.

Marina Villas

Marina Villas are recently added to Sundowners Vacation Villas. If you prefer condominium-style units and next to the ocean, then you should check out the villas here!

They have available villas for at least 4 persons or a maximum of 11 persons. Unfortunately, all villas in Marina Villas are not PWD-friendly!

How to book

  1. Visit Sundowners Vacation Villas’ website and choose the villa that you want to book.
  2. You can book directly on their website; or, you can contact them at their hotline numbers if you need assistance.
        • Globe: 0977 859 7299
        • Smart: 0998 544 8070
        • Landline: (02) 964 5108
  3. Fill out the necessary information before booking. 
  4. Pay your reservation. 

Accepted mode of payments: Full payment of the deposit through BPI, BDO, and Metrobank. Credit cards are also accepted through PayPal.

Where to eat

Sundowners Vacation Villas have their own restaurant where you can eat called Ciao! Bar and Restaurant.

Our experience staying at Sundowners Vacation Villas

Miguel and I visited Sundowners back in 2016 as our birthday weekend getaway! Our birthdays fall in the same week.

This Santorini-inspired villa was new then, and I’m sure now it looked different! But, here are the photos I took when we visited.

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Sundowners don’t have an entrance fee, and only guests with reservations are allowed. I like that only a number of people can access the common areas. Since they have villas that have private pools, only a few people share the common infinity pool areas.

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We booked on what they used to call “Couple Villa” now called 1BDR Cliffside Villa. It’s crazy how Sundowners Vacation Villas expanded. When we went there, they only had 9 villas!

Since this villa was renovated, it can now accommodate 9 people. When we booked this, it was only for up to 4 people. The villa was huge for 4 persons, so I’m not surprised when they increased its capacity!

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This is not what the living room looks like now. There are now 2 bunk beds by the wall instead of this one big open living space.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Sundowners Vacation Villas. I would like to go back again or try staying at the Sundowners Beach Villas in Zambales instead!

If you are traveling 5 hours from Manila, then it’s better to spend at least 2 nights. Aside from staying at a Santorini-inspired villa, might as well explore the town!

What to do in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Bolinao is known for its white-sand beaches, waterfalls, rock formations, and its lighthouse!

Here are the places that you can visit in Bolinao:

  1. Patar Beach
  2. Saint James the Great Parish Church
  3. Bolinao Falls (Bolinao Falls 1 & 2, Tara Falls)
  4. Enchanted Cave 
  5. Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
  6. Cindy’s Cave
  7. Rock View Beach Resort for its rock formations 

How to get to Bolinao

By public transportation

  1. In Cubao or Pasay Terminal take a Victory Liner or Five Star bus to Bolinao, Pangasinan.
  2. Alight at Bolinao bus terminal.
  3. From the Bolinao bus terminal, take a tricycle to Sundowners Vacation Villas.

Travel Tips

  • Book a villa at Sundowners at least 2 to 3 months in advance. They are often fully booked. 
  • Inform Sundowners when you are checking in late. 
  • There will be a security deposit of PHP 2,000 upon check-in. It should be paid in cash only. 
  • Bring your own toiletries. Extra mattresses and towels can be requested for free.
  • Housepets are allowed. You only need to pay an additional PHP 500 per pet. 
  • Wash all the kitchen utensils before you check out. Otherwise, you will be charged PHP 350. 
  • Sundowners don’t have a beach. The nearest beach is Patar beach which is only 20 minutes away by car. 

Sundowners Beach Villas in Botolan, Zambales

If you prefer a Santorini-inspired staycation and also in the beachfront, then you should book at Sundowners Beach Villas located in Zambales.

This is perfect for those who want to experience a private beach house! Currently, they have 10 villas only.

For more information, check out the Sundowners Beach Villas here.


Book Your Trip to Manila: Tips & Tricks

Find the Cheapest Flight

Booking your trip should be simple and easy! With Skyscanner or Momondo, you can find all flight options in one place. These two are some of the biggest and reliable flight search engines.

Traveling from Manila to Pangasinan only takes around 5 hours. See directions from Google Maps.

Book Your Accommodation

When traveling to Asia, your best partners when booking hotels, hostels, or resorts are Klook and Agoda.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to hotels, then find accommodation at Airbnb.

Get a Travel Insurance

The least you want to do is think about all the things that could go wrong. So, it’s best to get travel insurance. World Nomads is the best option. Their plans are affordable and cover almost everything such as unexpected cancellation, emergencies and medical costs abroad, emergency medical transport, and protection on personal items.

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61 comments
  1. […] I have a confession to make. I haven’t gotten over Santorini-inspired places yet! In fact, I spent my free time browsing the web, looking for Santorini-inspired places to visit in the Philippines. Sundowners Vacation Villas has always been in my list. I loved my stay there, and yes, I’ll definitely come back! You can read my quick getaway to Sundowners here. […]

  2. I’ve been planning to go this place with my family for awhile now since there are a lot of good reviews written about it. Even my friends are saying it’s actually worth the long trip from our place.

    1. You should really visit Sundowners! I think they opened a new villa, and there are other villas that are still under construction. It’s really worth the long trip, I’ll visit it again next time. 🙂

  3. This is such a great place for a long or short vacation! I don’t live in the Philippines but I can’t believe it’s only a 3-hour drive from Manila. Thanks for sharing!

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