A comfortable two-and-a-half-hour drive south of Manila, Villa Escudero, a former sugarcane plantation, is toured aboard a ... More
A comfortable two-and-a-half-hour drive south of Manila, Villa Escudero, a former sugarcane plantation, is toured aboard a rustic carabao-drawn carriage. The highlight of a tour is the visit to the museum where an eclectic collection of religious icons, rare coins, costumes, furniture and dioramas of Philippine wildlife can be viewed. The other unique feature is a native buffet lunch by a waterfall where you listen to the cascades and cool your feet in the running water while feasting on native delicacies.
I have heard about this place but I cannot afford to get in, until my friends from the States invited us to go with them. We came to stay overnight but the rooms were occupied by the time we arrived (we thought we didn't need to reserve), so we ended up sleeping in our van and a few benches on their parking lot.
The following day was full day starting at 8:30 at the museum. Groups of ten or less are guided through the three storey building with collection of all kinds of displays from around the world. (One of the owners is an anthropologist who have collected mementos from all over the world). I like the butterfly collection, but there isn't time to see and take them all in. Before we knew it, it was time for the buffet lunch with the river flowing under the tables. Many children were splashing in the manmade waterfall (they could have made it more natural with big rocks, not just the cement walls).
In the afternoon, the resort staff (guides, cooks, drivers, etc..) entertained all the guests with Philippine cultural show with their own music (rondalla). That was superb. We didn't even have time for swimming in the pools, nor for fishing at the lake. After rafting for a few minutes, it was time to go back to Manila. I need another day, or several days to enjoy it all.
we had a feild trip there last year. it was great, specially for tourist. every one was PREETY FRIENDLY, the staff, locals, the escuderos and the carabaos. the carabao ride was one of the best. the staff there were the same people who were dancing, waiting, singing and touring. their sago't gulaman looked like ice tea, but atleast it taste gooooood.
i liked the cultural show. the water falls are one of the best attractions.
and the coconuts.
the long trip there from manila was worth it. just be sure you go to the toilet when going bac home, its usually traffic :D
Very helpful in understanding the Filipino culture with it's play and museum of artifacts and history tellig by the guides. I learned alot about the country and how it is revolving. Much to admire about this country and from the people who work there. They are very proud of there culture and history. The 70-80 different clans in the country I was not aware until my visit there. I think more tourist should really consider this country as place to see and enjoy the nature and history of a beautiful countryside.
I was there with my family. There were six of us, I was with my wife and four children. Actually, my children were all past their teen years. We arrived on November 2 for an overnight stay. (1) We first noticed the staff's friendly smiles, from offering a welcome drink to showing us the way to the cottage. (2) But, first, we went to the Museum. There were priceless items, some too good to be true. (3)In bringing to our cottage, the carabao cart ride was fun particularly the serenade. (4) The cottage (Dahlia) was excellent, considering the price we paid for it. (5) The lunch near the waterfalls was great, with water flowing around our feet. (6)We watched the cultural show during the afternoon. We were amazed that the performers were the caretakers, workers, and staff of the resort. They performed like professionals. (7) The evening buffet dinner was great. (8) Though we were surrounded by trees and near the river, there were no insects inside our cottage. (9) The breakfast buffet was great and so filling. (10) We were brought back to the parking area riding a carabao cart again being serenaded (again). Ten great offers, all fulfilled. Ten on a scale of ten.
i love everything about villa escudero, the place is so relaxing.. it seems like a new paradise on earth.. when you're there, you can't think of any problems, no worries.. it's really a stress free place.. i've been to diffrent places all over the world, and i can say that villa escudero is one of the best... and i know, everyone who had been there would agree to me..
villa escudero, offers its uniqueness... what you can enjoy most is eating while you're in water.. you can really feel you're w/ nature...really superb!!!
Back in January 1997, my husband, son & myself went for an overnight stay in Villa Escudero. As we check in, a drink was offered to us and that's the unforgettable gulaman drink that made me remember VE ten years after. We enjoyed our overnight stay in one of the cottage, really big, clean and quiet and enjoyed the serenade. I am going back there on June 2007 with my relatives and overexaggerating the goodness of the gulaman.. I just hope that I will not disappoint them. So much good things to say, not enough space....
I find it difficult to believe anyone could give a bad review of Villa Escudero. The staff was extremely friendly and smiles were abundant. I for one appreciated the fact no one gave us a rushed guided tour and allowed us to go through the museum at our own pace. I spent several hours in the museum where those in my party were finished in less than one hour. The river cafe staff not only helped me into the water and to my table they went to the self serve buffet and brought my food to me. The culture show was a treat and made even more entertaining because the entertainers seem to enjoy what they were doing and it was not just another performance. The two plus hour drive from Manila was pleasant even with the traffic, but I must admit we had a driver. The landscape was beautiful and oh how I would love to be able to spend months in the private family residence on the property. I certainly will return just to relax by the waters edge.
Whats not to like? The place is very charming, the staff excellent and the carabao cart rides remind me of the times long past when such a ride were common in Guam where Iam from. The experience of having lunch next to a waterfall and the cooling water running around your feet was a new experience.The food which was plentiful was very good all of which was local cuisine. The cottage we opted for, was right on the water it was cool and relaxing, we were also seranaded by a group who could both sing but play their guitars very well. The muesum was also an excellant place although I would certainly liked to have taken some pictures. all in all a very good choice if you just want to get away and relax, ni phines no tv, no loud music. My family rate the Villa Escudero an A plus
The vista is breath taking and when one enters the museum one is in awe. The grounds are beautiful and as one rides in a carriage there is a singer and instrument player usually singing Philipino love songs. There is something to do for the entire family including a child's pool. The two outstanding features is having lunch at the bottom of the waterfall. One sits with their feet in the water eating native foods. The second outstanding feature is the performance by the workers who many have just served you a meal. This performance
is cultural in that they introduce the different dances and dress unique to a province.
If one is in the Philippines it is worth considering going to this unique attraction.
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