The resort is located in Barangay 37, Calayab, and about 9 kilometers from Laoag City. It is the only first class property of its kind in the province of Ilocos Norte. The hotel is sprawled over 77 hectares of land at the middle of sand dunes, prime forests, and two kilometers of fine sandy beach facing the South China Sea. It is situated on the northwestern tip of the island of Luzon. Laoag City and Laoag International Airport are accessible by a 10-minute ride from the hotel.
The Fort Ilocandia Resort complex is composed of 5 buildings all inspired by Spanish colonial architecture and finished in coal red bricks. It has guest rooms with private balconies offering a panoramic view of the sea. These rooms have features and qualities of Ilocano century-old living quarters and constructed to accentuate the antiquity of a colonial house.
The main building houses the lobby, a number of restaurants, shopping arcade, casino, discotheque, and a glass-topped atrium where you can relax as you sip your favorite drinks, tea or coffee. For those who love Asian cuisines, Lucky House and Golden Pavilion are the best places to dine. It offers the finest Cantonese dishes and one can find delicious dishes from Korea, Japan and Taiwan. At the Sunset Bar which is located at the beachside you can have a drink and after which you can dine in a Spanish Restaurant, or CoCo Lobster where you can enjoy authentic Filipino cuisine. After your dinner, you can visit the Casino Filipino at the second floor. It is open 24 hours a day with multi-lingual attendants. The gaming area includes more VIP game rooms to satisfy your appetite for thrill. At the Passion Night Club and Karaoke glamorous shows are held every night. There are VIP rooms where guests can show their singing prowess or none of it, and have a fun and relaxing time.
Hotel facilities of Fort Ilocandia include an olympic-sized swimming pool, seven function rooms, video arcade, tennis court, badminton court, gym and sauna, driving range, golf course, paintball, beach volleyball, jet ski, sea donut, wind glides, sailing boat, bodyboard and pool toys. The guests may also indulge in various recreational activities such as wind sailing, archery, shooting, horseback riding, wind gliding/wind surfing, canoeing, open sea fishing, snorkel diving, scuba diving, and rafting, among others. The resort also has a world-class 18-hole golf course with international standards and a perfect design to challenge one’s playing skills. The golf course, with numerous trees built along Lake Paoay was designed by PGA champion, Gary Player for the late President Marcos. It measures 6,518 yards from the blue tee with a par of 72. Added hazards are the century-old fruit bearing trees and man-made ponds and lake.
The hotel’s red brick facade and roofs beautifully contrast with white round windows. Clearly, it’s inspired by the architecture of the colonial Spanish or Spanish Moroccan style. There is an impressive and immense fountain and well-maintained gardens and flowering plants-lined walkways. The rooms that spread out in four other two-storey buildings include 233 standard rooms; 25 deluxe rooms; eight junior suites; and two presidential suites. All of them have aircon units, cable tv, telephones, and a bathroom with hot water. Fort Ilocandia Resort is without doubt one of the most interesting places in northern Luzon and is perfect for pleasure seekers because of its distinctive and naturalistic appeal.