Ronda, Cebu: Les Maisons D’Itac

We stayed here for three nights in January this year and during our visit, had the whole place to ourselves.  

The rustic and tranquil ambiance was what made me choose Les Maisons for my first out-of-town trip for 2021. Isn’t this inviting?

Our room
I booked the Maison Ulysse because I fell in love with it when I saw its photo on Airbnb. I love homey accommodations, and the room’s distinctly Filipino touches added to its charm. 

Of course, the four-poster bed is another plus point for this room.  

It had a spacious couch, too, that’s perfect for lounging, especially during high tide since it’s right in front of the window that opened straight to views of the beach.

I love listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, and because Maison Ulysse is by the beach, throughout our entire stay, the sound of the sea was my lullaby every day.   

The bathroom was spacious, with native décor and shell accent. There was no hot water, though, and the toilet would not flush on our second day.  Good thing they fixed it promptly. 

Maison Ulysse has two floors, with the bedroom on the second floor and a spacious living room on the ground floor. 

The al fresco ground floor living room was my favorite spot in the afternoon since it’s perfect for sunset-watching and listening to the sound of the crashing waves. Its couch was also so comfy that on my second night, I slept here after dinner and woke up late in the evening only because it’s gotten cold.    

The food  
Breakfast is included in the room rate, and here’s a photo of my set Filipino breakfast

Over-all, the food here was good and the serving generous. I’ll just make a separate post about Les Maison’s home-cooked meals next time.   

The Pool
Les Maisons had one freshwater pool that overlooked the sea.  

It’s a little small and deep, so if you have small children with you, make sure to watch them. 

As we were the only guests during our stay, we had the pool for ourselves. On the third day, however, about 5 people visited the resort to check the place, and their voices could be heard all the way to my room. I surmise that when the resort is full, the pool gets crowded and its tranquility compromised.  

The Beach 
The resort had a private and well-maintained beach. 

Though their beachfront was rocky.

The water was also brackish, and the seafloor even felt mucky sometimes, especially during lowe tide, so make sure to bring beach sandals when swimming here.

This was my favorite part of their beach because of the sandy shoreline. 

Other Room Types
Uphill, the resort had two villas that could accommodate bigger groups. Each villa had its owns swimming pools, too. 

The smaller rooms were located near the lobby. There’s one room, too, on the second floor of the lobby, but I forgot to take its photo.  

While I still felt our room, Maison Ulysse was the loveliest of all the rooms in Les Maisons, if you are a couple who want a smaller room than the villas, choose these ones. They’re air-conditioned, too.  

The Hammocks
Hammocks were strategically placed around the resort, and my favorites were the ones by the pool and the one on the ground floor of Maison Ulysse.  

Here’s Hobbes chillin’ like a boss.  Ha ha!

Sunsets
The resort had excellent views of the sunset (but not of the sunrise). Here are some of my favorites.

The best vantage point for sunset-watching was by the beach or pool, though on my second day, I was rewarded with this view of the yet-to-sen sun while chasing Hobbes on the hills.

At Night
It’s very quiet here in the evening, especially considering that we were their only guests during our stay. But the pool was perfect for night swimming.  

At Dawn 
We were here in January, so mornings were always chilly. But the cold weather was perfect for a stroll, especially by the beach because it was the high tide, so the sound of the crashing waves was incredibly soothing. 

The Gardens
Les Maisons’ gardens and landscape were well-tended.  

Every morning, the staff were consistent in sweeping the lawns and watering the plants. Everyone was so polite and would always greet us.

Here’s a photo of my favorite flower in the resort. 

Pet-Friendly
Aside from the rustic ambiance, my other factor for choosing Les Maisons D’Itac was that they’re pet-friendly. They were also not strict with their guidelines as they let Hobbes roam the resort without a leash. A friend who stayed just this month was even able to have her dog swim on the beach. (Hobbes didn’t because he hates the water.)

Random Photos
These are just some random photos I took at Les Maisons. As the weather was mostly cloudy, even rainy, during our stay, most of these photos look bleak.

Minor Refurbishments Needed
I’ll end this point by pointing out that while generally well-maintained, it’s still evident that the resort was undergoing some difficulty because of the pandemic. It’s understandable, though, for establishments to put off some refurbishments to save resources during this time.

As examples, the mosquito net in my room had holes and needed replacement and so does one of the window stands.

But what I found really inspiring about the resort, its management, and owners was that even during the pandemic, all the staff were on duty; if they had no guests, they were asked to till the lands of the owner and their friends. As per the manager, this is something that they made sure so that people would have a source of income during these trying times. Isn’t that heartwarming?

For its ambience, service, and excellent management, I highly recommend Les Maisons D’Itac.

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