Due to its unique climate and breathtaking views, Batanes is one of the most sought-after destinations in the Philippines. Its native Ivatan people have adapted to the harsh winds by constructing gorgeous stone houses unique to the province. Made of limestone, coral, wood, and thatch, Ivatan stone houses are designed to withstand strong typhoons that hit Batanes regularly. So if you’re planning to visit the beautiful province of Batanes, you may want to check these Batanes stone houses on Airbnb.
(All photos were sourced from Airbnb, courtesy of Kristine Garcia.)
Abengana’s Guest House
This beautiful stay in Basco may have traditional exteriors, but once you step inside the walls of Abengana’s Guest House, you’ll be welcomed by the stay’s modern design. Located right in the heart of the town, visitors can easily explore Basco and exchange stories with the locals (as well as get tips on which places to visit). For more information about this stay, you can visit their page here.
Want to book a stay near the airport? This beautiful Ivatan house is for you! This two-storey home will make you feel like you’re staying in another country because of its unique interior design. It has a built-in fireplace perfect for cold, quiet evenings, and a spiral staircase that leads to the bedrooms upstairs. The stay is perfect for families who want to rent a place all to themselves. For more information about this stay, you can visit their page here.
RL Puriran: Ivatan Stone House
These hidden cottages along Contra Costa Road in Basco is perfect for guests who want to stay at a secluded place. Surrounded by a lush garden, the cogon-roofed and smooth pebbled cottages have spacious and high-ceiling rooms complete with air conditioning (that you probably won’t need to use most of the year). For more information about this stay, you can visit their page here.
Fuentes BnB: An Ivatan Heritage House
Stay at this beautiful restored Ivatan house that once served as artillery quarters during the Japanese war. This rustic house was revamped for guests to have the best experience while visiting Batanes. Go back in time and learn about the history of this stay that took ten years to restore! For more information about the home, you can visit their page here.
Katdan di Vatan
Just a seven-minute walk from the famous Naidi Lighthouse, this Ivatan stone house is perfectly located to introduce guests to the simplicity of life in Batanes. Surround yourself with the calmness of the province while walking around the stay’s premises. For more information about this stay, you can visit their page here.
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