Villa Escudero! Been hearing this name popping up, also seeing it on Jessica Soho’s show and my family and I wanted to check it out! It’s located in Quezon Province and I live in Pampanga so it took us roughly 4/5 hours. From Manila however, it should only take 3 or 4 hours. We got there at around lunch time so we were pretty hungry, excited to have lunch at the waterfall resturant!
It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wide Dona Claudia Marasigan where it was a self-contained working coconut plantation. Upon entering the hacienda you are greeted with sky high coconut trees. It wasn’t open to the public until 1981 and since then has been a great tourist spot for all Filipinos and visitors.
We originally weren’t going to stay overnight, but since it was a long drive back home and there was still other things to see we opted to stay for the night. Upon arrival we were offered welcome drinks (Gulaman) and then escorted to our room.
There are many rooms available ranging from P2,200 to P7,000 depending on the room and number of people. We had rented the Long House (no aircon, but we went during December so it was not hot or uncomfortable at all), and we were 5, so it costs us P2,300 each, which included lodging, use of recreational facilities, lunch at the waterfall, dinner and breakfast in the morning (all buffet!).
They do offer day tour packages if you live near by: Mondays to Thursday (Adults : P1,250/Half rate P625 (Children below 4 feet). Fridays to Sundays & Holidays (Adults : P1,400/Half rate : P700 (Children below 4 feet))
Delicious food! However I was a little disappointed with the varity, I was expecting more choices. However, I loved the ambiance. I would recommended coming with sandals as your feet will get wet. Although they do have a shoe rack if you wish to go barefoot.
This is the museum which you can have a look at, full of antiques and great collections. Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside. I’ll you guys will have to come check it out for yourselves!
Carabao ride! Although it is slow, it’s nice to be able to take your time and look around, plus there are people singing beautiful Filipino songs for you. My dad really enjoyed this hehe.
Philippine Experience Show. Usually happens after lunch, a performance by the employees of Villa Escudero featuring traditional Filipino dances with their beautiful costumes.
Other activities you can: swimming in their pool, bamboo rafting (we didn’t get to do this!), rural village tour and bird watching.
I really enjoyed my stay here. I’d love to hear about your experiences! For more information, check their website: http://www.villaescudero.com/