We took a day-trip to the resort, and opted for its day-trip package at PHP2,200 per adult. The package included access to all the pools, use of changing room, welcome drink, buffet lunch and afternoon tea. The price was steep, and kept the crowd out. (I cringe at the thought of being in the pool, shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers.)
Hidden from the main road, the route leading to the resort had sufficient signage. Follow the signs carefully, and one would eventually get there. Got into the resort in time for a bit of a stroll around the premises, followed by lunch. The buffet spread was limited in variety and was predominantly Philippine-style cooking. It was rather tasty. At the same time, there was a live band who would after a few popular songs, indulged customers' song requests, and attempted several foreign language songs. Tips were expected.
We hit the pools after lunch. Nestled among trees, the resort area was cool. The place was well-kept although a few of the chalets looked dilapidated. The only children's playground in the resort was a health risk due to the spread of rust to various touch points. There were paved paths leading from the different areas to the pools. The spring water was comfortably warm, and there were several pools to choose from, including a shallow kiddie pool. The adult pools were between 3 - 4 feet in depth, and toddlers would enjoy wading in the kiddie pool.
After several hours, we called it quits and headed back to the restaurant for an evening snack. Local snacks were served in buffet style. Many were tasty, albeit rather sweet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden Valley is a secluded spot wedged between two mystical mountains rich in folklore. It is a place blessed with nature's invigorating gifts of water, flowers, trees, and inspiring scenery. Located some 75 kilometers South of Manila, the Valley brings refreshingly modern changes as well as quaint touch of the past. Hidden Valley Springs Resort is a mere one and a half hour drive from Manila, snaking to Calauan, via Alaminos, Laguna, just behind Mount Makiling. Its main feature is a body of waterfalls, natural spring and pools. Be ready to dip in the cool waters, constantly flowing from the mountaintop, said to be rainfall accumulated through the years. There is also a warm, natural spring pool and a soda pool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hidden Valley Springs Hotel Alaminos City