Laoag City’s premier tourist accomodation is the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel and Casino. The resort’s main compound is located right next to the beach and just southwest of the Laoag International Airport. Three kilometers to the southeast of the hotel is the resort’s 18-hole golf course and country club (formerly for the exclusive use of President Marcos), right beside Lake Paoay.
I got to visit the resort in the late nineties and I found it to be popular among the Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean tourists, judging from the clientele. It’s most probably still popular among the foreign tourists especially those from Taiwan since the resort is only less than an hour’s trip from Kaohsiung.
Fort Ilocandia boasts of an impressive array of things to do. According to the official website you can do horseback riding, golfing, jet-skiing, fishing, beach strolling, billiards-playing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, and parasailing, just to name several. That doesn’t yet include the large in-house Casino Filipino.
Anyway, the really large expanse of the sandy coast going south from the resort has been used as desert scenes in many locally produced movies, like Himala. =)