Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort, home of the Waterfalls Restaurant, recently won the Best Accommodation (For Families Category) at the first Choose Philippines Awards, a movement and website that promotes everything great about our beloved country.
With this news, I feel obligated to share our visit at Villa Escudero so that many more local and foreign tourists can appreciate a unique dining experience here in the Philippines. I first learned about this place last year from a popular Facebook page that featured photos of a restaurant situated right next to a waterfall. I was fascinated that I searched for it and learned that it is just a two-hour ride away from Manila. Hence, on October 13, 2015, my equally adventurous travel buddy, Karla and I decided to celebrate our third anniversary as lovers on a day trip at Villa Escudero. And here are some of the wonderful experiences that we enjoyed during our one-day excursion.
Carabao Cart Ride
After registration at the reception area, we were ushered to a carabao cart ride. During the ride, the staff (wearing Filipiniana costumes) serenaded us with Filipino folk songs while enjoying the beautiful sceneries along the way. We were then dropped at the resort proper where all the amenities included in the day tour package can be explored. Of course, we checked first the reason why we were here.
Buffet Lunch at the Waterfalls Restaurant
After few minutes of walk and descent via a stairway, the majestic Labasin Falls, a man-made cascade, greeted us with all its beauty and bizarreness. Right next to the falls are bamboo tables where people joyfully ate their lunch. It is probably one of the most unique dining places in our country. We really enjoyed this one-of-a-kind buffet lunch where traditional Filipino dishes are being served in banana leaves and eaten by “kamayan” style (bare hands) while our feet are soaked and refreshed in the shallow running water. The crystalline waters of the falls as backdrop while eating completed this amazing dining experience.
Bamboo Rafting and Fishing at the River
After lunch, we proceeded to the river where another adventures awaited us. The view of the river is also breath-taking. We tried the “balsa” ride, paddling against the still waters of the river on a native bamboo raft. Paddling can be tiresome but it’s worth a try. And one activity that we found very gratifying was fishing. In fact, it was a memorable one because Karla was able to catch a very big tilapia. She beat me on this because I never caught one. Nice one!
Those are actually just few of the activities and amenities that can be enjoyed at Villa Escudero. There are a lot more that can be done and explored here such as the museum, cultural show, swimming pool and playground. But for us, the Waterfalls Restaurant experience is already enough.
Check out our other photos and see for yourself that indeed, it’s more fun in the Philippines!
How to get there (commute):
From Buendia Bus Terminal
- Ride a Jac Liner bus bound for Lucena, Quezon
- Drop off point: Tiaong Boundary (Landmark is the big arch)
- Fare: Php. 200
- Trip: Approximately 2 and ½ hours
From Tiaong Boundary
- Ride a tricycle that will bring you to the resort
- Fare: Php. 20
- Trip: 5 – 10 minutes
Day Tour Rates and Packages:
- Welcome Drink
- Museum Tour
- Carabao Cart Ride
- Use of Outdoor Recreational Facilities
- Buffet Lunch at the Waterfalls
Peak Season Rates
– January, April, May, June and December
- Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Php. 1,450
- Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – Php. 1,600
– February, March, July and August
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – Php. 1,450
- Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – Php. 1,600
Non-peak Season Rates
– September, October and November
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – Php. 950
- Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – Php. 1,150
For more details, you can also visit their website at http://www.villaescudero.com