I have been wanting to do this – a staycation in a resort near Manila, where I can relax and forget about life stresses and be closer to nature or a relaxing spa massage that would take me to a state that is light and peaceful.
I never realized it would happened last weekend. It was just a simple invitation from a blogger friend Anton and Ramon of Loreland Resort – an overnight stay at Loreland Farm Resort in Antipolo. I don’t really like long drives, so I said yes, trying not to research about the place because I want everything to be a surprise – and I was pleasantly surprised!
I came straight from work that Saturday, and I just quickly packed my bag (I brought alot, as usual!) and went to the meeting place. When we finally got to the venue, we were greeted with a beautiful weather (thank God!) and the delicious, Fried Suman with Cashew Nuts!
During our tour around the 8 hectare property, I was surprised to find out that Loreland Farm Resort has been operational for 17 years! The land used to be a mango and cashew plantation owned by Ms. Lolita (Ramon Marinas’ mom). It started out as a family resthouse with swimming pool for private gatherings, but soon expanded and now venue for weddings, team buildings and gatherings. The name came from Ramon’s parents – Lolita and Renato.
to its name, the resort is a farm resort. Walking down each paths and
turns, I saw fruit-bearing trees like cashew, mango, mahogany and
coconut. It was so nice to be surrounded with nature. If there are words
to describe the place, it is serene and beautiful. Even if there are
pools which are open and shared to the public, it is just so beautiful.
Maybe, it is close to the Garden of Eden.. it is just full of beautiful
surprise, every corner is just a feast to the eye, I honestly don’t know
where to turn my camera.
The architecture and landscape are impressive. Probably, a labyrinth with its lush green surroundings and I was just awaiting for the gods and goddess of the wood to show up. It is that beautiful!
This is one of the more private pools in the resort with the nice view of the city at the back. This is called the Villa! Newly-weds should stay in the villa after the wedding!
HUTS, COTTAGES and ROOMS
Loreland Farm Resort has a room and ready accommodation for all types of guests and budget – Shade, Kubo, Gazebo, Tree House, Cabana, Ulog, Nipa Hut and Pantalan.
welcome you upon check in at the place. I love how they made it open-air
letting the guests experience the farm/garden setting. It is well ventilated and relaxing to stay here that we (Marjorie, Jon and Enzo) decided to stay here while the rest went down to see the CampTipolo Adventure Land.
I love how the staff is very friendly and accommodating – probably that is something that Ramon (being the Vice President of Loreland Realty and Development Corp) has shared with the people who work in the farm resort. It is true that the leader sets the mood of the people, and the one that is in the Loreland Resort is a happy mood. I hope the service is something that they can maintain even during busy or peak days – because Loreland has the best amenities and services (spa) to offer – people should make the big, big difference in the guests’ stay.
I love how the staff accommodated my request (a cup of coffee!). Well I woke up very early (before 6AM) and I wanted my usual cup of coffee – I waited until the staff came and they gladly accommodated my request even if it is technically not yet their work hours.
A small chitchat with the staff, I found out that they are just staying near the resort which is very convenient (I wish I were living next to my office!). I remember that this family business was put up because of the desire of the Marinas family to help other families. It is good that Loreland Farm Resort also thinks of elevating the lives of other people and not just their own.
Services and amenities offered here include manicure, pedicure, herbal foot bath, foot spa, body massage, body scrub, heated jacuzzi, infinity pool and full body massage that I truly recommend! That deserves another blog post!
As it is built on the side of mountain, it is ideally called the Hanging Gardens – but I am thinking Paradise is a more appropriate term.
Watch out for my next post about my Luljetta’s Spa and Massage Experience.
HOW TO GET TO LORELAND FARM RESORT?
Via Ortigas Avenue
***Go straight, all the way to Ortigas Extension. Turn right when you reach the Ynares Sports Center. Go straight then turn right again when you reach Unciano Medical Center. From there, simply follow the signs to get to the resort.
Via Marcos Highway
***Turn right at the Sumulong Highway intersection upon reaching Masinag Market ( left). Follow the Sumulong Highway until you reach the Circumferential Road. Make a right turn. Go straight, and then make another right turn when you reach the first Triangle. Go straight before making a left turn at the Hamaka Park Triangle near Ynares Sports Center. Follow the road until you reach Unciano Medical Center then turn right. From there, follow the signs to get to the Loreland Farm Resort.
Thank you so much Anton and Ramon for the invite, and to bloggie friends for making our stay fun! Thank you also to my friend, Jeiz for lending me her lovely camera!