Baguio offers army-style R&R

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 February, 1993, 12:00am

THE rest and recreation resort for US forces at Camp John Hay in Baguio, Philippines, can now be booked by private visitors.

The US forces handed over the resort in mid-1991 and it is now being run by a division of the country's national tourist office, the Philippine Tourism Authority.

Outside sports facilities include swimming, golf, mini-golf, tennis, skating, basketball, softball, volleyball and hiking. Inside there is a six-lane 10-pin bowling alley, billiards and darts.

There are seven restaurants and snack bars in the complex.

Single rooms cost 1,670 pesos (about HK$515) and doubles 1,837 pesos. For one-bedroom units (for three guests) the charge is 2,171 pesos; two-bedroom (four) 2,505 pesos; three-bedroom (six) 3,006 pesos; and four-bedroom (eight) 3,500 pesos.

These rates include 13.7 per cent tax and 10 per cent service charge.

There are daily air-conditioned buses, and flights on Philippine Airlines, from Manila.

Bookings must be made direct, either at the resort (phone 63-442-7902, or fax 63-442-7015) or in Manila (phone 63-2-812-1984, or fax 63-2-812-1164). MACAU Ring, a phone service with information and booking details - listing transport, hotels and tours - has opened.

The system in Cantonese or English, lists only six hotels at a time, selected on the basis of those with most rooms available. But three major hotels are not participating in the system - Lisboa, Mandarin Oriental and Pousada de Sao Tiago.

Information is free, but to book you need to register, for which the two-year fee is $20. The (eight-digit) phone number is 922-03022. THE 147-unit Four Seasons in Jimbaran Bay in Bali has opened.

Introductory tariffs running until the end of March are US$195 for one-bedroom cottages (compared with a standard price of US$325); there are 139 of these, with 2,150 square feet of indoor and outdoor area.

Two-bedroom cottages are available at US$480.

Contact Regent reservations (which handles Four Seasons bookings in Hongkong) tel: 366-3361. TRAVELLERS can go on hunting packages in South Korea; the main season finishes at the end of this month. There are four areas where hunting is allowed, one of which is the island of Cheju.

The fee is 100,000 won (about HK$1,000) for a shotgun for three days, 150,000 won for 10 days; an air rifle fee is about one third of this.

Hunters are limited to two wild boars, and two wild rabbits per season, and a daily quota of three pheasants, wild doves, crows, ducks, and an unlimited number of sparrows.

For more information fax Korea Safety Engineering Association of Explosives and Guns in Seoul: (82-2) 549-0880. Information compiled by Travel Database, GPO Box 12761, Hongkong. Fax 507-4620.