SAM’S L’SIRENE BOuTIquE RESORT
The town of Baler in Aurora province is known primarily for two things: its rich sense of history, and its vibrant surfing community on Sabang Beach. Resorts and establishments line the beach area, from which visitors can see the roaring waves carrying countless surfers back to shore.
But if relaxation is the goal, travelers should look in the direction of Baler’s best-kept surfing secret—barangay Reserva. Located just a few minutes away from Sabang, Reserva is idyllic, with few surfers and even fewer resorts. But there are big plans for this place.
“That’s why it’s called Reserva, because it is reserved to be the next thing,” Sam Pinto tells YES! one dreamy afternoon. Here, with the open sea only a few steps away, the actress has decided to put up a business venture and build a second home: L’Sirene Boutique Resort.
Pronounced “le seren,” the resort’s name comes from the French words for “the mermaid” ( la sirena in Spanish, ang sirena in Filipino), Sam’s favorite mythological creature. That’s why the resort is chock-full of mermaid-related decor, such as tail-shaped blankets, coral motifs, and seashell lamps. The resort, which opened just last year, has since brought in tourists—and with them, more attention—to this lesser-known part of Baler.
Incredulous as it may sound, L’Sirene was born of Sam’s free spirit, not through a concrete plan. “I just wanted, like, a small property with my own little beach house,” the actress says. “Kasi nga, I fell in love with surfing and then Baler. I love it so much.”