Hidden Valley Springs
Tucked away in sleepy Alaminos Laguna, just under 2 hours away from Manila is Hidden Valley Springs, a rain forest paradise just waiting to be discovered. A staple for tourism in the area since the 70's, Hidden Valley has stood the test of time and remains popular, although as the name suggests, hidden, compared to most mainstream travel spots in Luzon. Sought after by foreign visitors for their famed natural hot spring pools, Hidden Valley welcomes droves of tourists every year looking to take advantage of the resort's healing and relaxing waters and ambience. Despite the number of foreign visitors who come by year after year, some local travellers are unaware of the wonders waiting for them at Hidden Valley Springs.
Making consistent improvements to the property since they opened, Hidden Valley Springs has something in store for guests of all ages. Beautiful villas, buffet spreads filled with local favorites, a nine-hole golf course, and of course the soothing warm pools where you can relax and be one with nature are just some of the adventures available to their guests. Our favorite activity was trekking through the forest on bamboo bridges and pathways to get to Hidden Falls, the resort's very own natural waterfall which is an awesome sight to behold after a relatively short hike.
Travellers looking for a quick getaway from Manila and those on the lookout for an easy adventure would be wise to look into what Hidden Valley Spring has in store for their visitors. Plan a day trip or stay overnight (or more) and get in tune with nature before returning to the hustle and bustle of city life - all without having to travel very far from the metro.
Alaminos, Laguna, Philippines
If you want to escape the busy-ness of the metro, a trip to the springs will transport you straight to nature. A pleasant 2-hour drive to this hidden gem is not that bad at all. Plus, you’ll get to see the beautiful Mount Makiling on your way there.
If you opt to stay overnight, Hidden Valley Springs offers guests a casita deluxe perfect for couples and solo adventurers. They also offer a bigger casita with a loft perfect for bigger groups or families. Rates include welcome drinks, buffet lunch, afternoon snacks, buffet dinner, full breakfast, use of full amenities and resort facilities. Please click here to find out their published rates.
If you’d like to relax, unwind and enjoy the natural landscape of the surroundings but have a busy schedule, a day trip is perfect for you.
Rates of Php 2,500/adult and Php 1,250/child (Ages 5-10) include welcome drinks, buffet lunch, afternoon snacks, access to pools, use of gazebos (first come first serve basis) and other resort facilities.
For day tours with dinner package, rates are at Php 2,800/adult and Php 1,400/child.
Bathing in hot springs are reputed to have a number of therapeutic benefits that are good for the mind and body. It’s no wonder that the Japanese are famed to enjoy their Onsen baths for all the health benefits it gives. There are total of 6 Pools in the resort, 3 warm pools, 2 Soda pools and a Lover’s pool.
Guests are treated to an array of local and Asian food in the buffet that comes with the package. Rates include meals so there’s no need to worry about what food to bring.
Check out the hidden waterfall which takes around 15-20 minutes to trek. Admire all the lush greens, centuries-old trees and some animal friends of the reptilian variety that pop up on your way to the falls.
Go southbound and exit at the last toll gate of SLEX.
Exit at Sto. Tomas Exit then turn right.
Just go straight, you’ll see a Petron gas station on your right.
Shortly, you’ll reach an intersection in the road (painted with yellow walls) - Turn left
Straight ahead, you’ll see a strip of restaurants including Jollibee, Mcdonald’s, KFC, Petron and the view of Mount Makiling on your left side.
When you see the Isuzu car dealership, turn left at the intersection.
Just go straight and you’ll see these landmarks: Hohann Sinotruk, Camella Sto. Thomas, Jollibee, Sea Oil, 711, Petron, Shell – in that particular order.
You will reach another intersection, turn left when you reach the sign that says “To Alaminos Town Proper”.
Straight ahead past the City Hall and Our Lady of Pillar Parish on your left.
From there, you will see the green Hidden Valley Spring signs. Follow all the signs until you reach the resort.
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