Are you drained out from work? Do you feel deprived of a stress-free day? If so, then it’s about time you take a break, so you could fully recharge and give yourself that one day of escape that you so desperately need and deserve.
You don’t need to go overseas nor travel far if you’re coming from the country’s capital, the very busy, Metro Manila. Just hop on to any bus headed to Lucena and get off at Villa Escudero and prepare yourself for a refreshing treat. Fare from Cubao is Php 190.00
Why Villa Escudero? It’s only a few hours away from the city that you don’t have to book a hotel for an overnight stay. The only noise you’ll hear here are guests laughing, birds chirping and the famous waterfall where you’ll be treated to a sumptuous lunch.
I highly recommend booking thru their website as they tend to have loads of promos and discounts depending on the day that you will be visiting. Also, do book a schedule during Friday-Sunday as that’s when a cultural show is scheduled to allow you to appreciate further the Filipino culture.
Source: Villa Escudero website
WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE
Your day tour pass gives you access to a free museum tour, carabao cart ride to and from the main entrance, buffet lunch by the waterfalls, bamboo rafting and an access to the swimming pool and other resort amenities.
WHAT TO PREPARE
Aside from preparing your stomach from a hearty meal. I highly recommend that you bring a set of clothes, swimming attire, toiletries and beach towel for you to fully enjoy the experience without having to buy them at the shop inside.
The place opens at 8AM and en its day tour at 5PM so I highly recommend traveling around 5:30-6AM so you can have a lot of leisure time to just sit back, relax, and soak in fresh air.
Front entrance of the Villa Escudero Library
Get ready to be serenaded by mellow Tagalog songs as you travel to the resort in the carabao cart
Lounge and swim to your heart’s content. There’s even a jacuzzi in the upper pool that is strictly for adults
The edge of the pool gives you this spectacular view of nature that is sure to melt your heart
After your dip, make sure to give bamboo rafting a try and be in the calm, enfolding arms of the the Lake Labasin
Once you get hungry, soak your feet in the water as you enjoy a healthy, picnic buffet lunch in front of the man-made waterfall that used to help operate the hydro power plant.
Then rest for a while, watch the cultural show at 2PM before heading back home to the Metro.
PS There are also bikes in the resort that you can rent, you can also play some billiards or even go fishing (but you need to bring your own pole) at Lake Labasin.