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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday Night Out in Makiling Highlands Resort

Source: MetroDeal Ad
About a month and a half ago, a good friend and church mate invited us to take the promo offered in MetroDeal for a cheaper entrace fee to Makiling Highlands Resort. We availed of it. I've never been to the said resort so I myself was kind of excited about it. Not only that we'll surely have fun but just the thought of being able to of being able to take a break from work, the daily routine and the life in the city, even for just a short while puts a smile on my face. And it's not only better that we're able to schedule it in a Friday, but also, the very same day Nate turned 7 months.


Friday afternoon around 4pm, we were finally set and ready to leave. Quezon City to Laguna. It should only take about 2 hours but the Friday ride has added 1 hour on our travel. We arrived safe and sound at 7 pm in Makiling Highlands, we only availed of of the public of the public pools and unfortunately, the water wasn't warm (as advertised online) so we nobody thought of thought of going for a swim yet. I decided to talk to the people in-charge and I learned that the large pool is is only warm during Tuesdays and Wednesdays since it's huge and cannot be warmed up easily. Although, what he said was that they could put warm water on the kiddie pool for us. So we had no choice but to stay on the kid's poll so we wont get cold right away as our original plan was to stay overnight. That didn't stop us from having fun! Hahaha.
Adult pool and the lower grotto where we stayed
The cottage we had was so small, just a covered wooden table that's approximately for 8 people. I then noticed the lower grotto near us and thought of transferring there instead. I asked the person in-charge if we can do that and was told yes. My friend said grotto's price is different from the table cottages but what surprised us is that they could have us stay there and get if for free since it's near Christmas. Haha. I love holidays! So we got to the grotto area and got 2 spaces for free. That should've been for a total of PhP 1,400 (Php 700 per space).


The rooms are kindda far from the pool so we decided not to get a room anymore. My main reason was because the person who will watch over Nate when he sleeps will not be able to have fun with us. So I instead prepare a safe space in on of the tables for Nate to sleep.

Nate's first swim! :)
It was Nate's first swim and I was so happy to see him so laid back! He never cried! We had so much fun. We played like little kids, watched movies right beside the pool, and because we were not contented with the kid's pool, we later moved to the adult pool! Even though it was cold at first, we got used to it! We laughed hard, took the slides, ate, played games, ate, rest, and ate again. It was an amazing time with friends I think what's great about this trip was the fact that there were only a few customers that time that we felt like we rented the entire place! At around 4 am though, Dane and I got tired and sleepy so we took a nap, the rest of them still had fun 'til the morning!

I woke up at 5:30 am and saw that everyone was packing up and getting ready to leave. I looked around and admired the place. Since we arrived at night time, I never had the chance to admire the place 'til the morning. I then learned that the resort has a basketball court and a team building area complete with obstacle course for companies or groups who want to have team building program. I also learned that there are many private pools for those group who would like to avail of it instead of the public place.
Makiling Highlands Resort Public Pool and Rooms
The air was fresh, as expected, the place is good, the resort is maintained and the slides are great if you're into it. Out of 10, I will give the resort an overall of 6.5 based on cleanliness, amenities, accessibility and store. The products in the store was highly expensive with a Nova Chips being at Php 40 on a Php 15 SRP and coffee being Php 28 for those with Php 6 SRP so better have everything ready from cup noodles to soaps and shampoos, to safety matches or lighters when planning on having fun in Makiling Highlands Resort.

Makiling Highlands Resort Rooms


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25 comments:

  1. It looks like a nice resort for an outing. It's just unfortunate that the water is cold. Most resorts in Laguna (at least in the Pansol area) have pool water coming from a hotspring. We rented one resort last December there and although it was a cold time of the year, everyone enjoyed our swim since the water's warm--quite soothing actually.

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    1. We really anticipated the warm water in the pool kaya medyo dismayado kami nung malamig sya pero andun na rin lang kami, inenjoy nalang namin. hehe.

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  2. So MetroDeal does work. Hehe. Mej takot ako to purchase from deal sites because of the things I've been reading online. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. You're welcome! Yes, it does. Pero di ako regular customer ng metro deal, isang beses pa lang ako nakapag try sa kanila. :D

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  3. I grew up passing by in Los Banos laguna since every weekend we went to my Lolo's place in Pagsanjan Laguna we always rented a private pool since my dad is so conscious when it comes to cleanliness. Madalas hot yung water :-). It's nice pala sa Makiling Highlands

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    1. Wow, I've never even been to Pagsanjan falls yet. Yes, OK sya. :D

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  4. One thing I like in Laguna is hot spring so I was really surprised na cold ang water nila. But the important thing is you enjoyed your trip.

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    1. Yes, we did. Sayang ang effort kung hindi pa namin enjoyin. hehe. Mejo dismayado lang, pero keri naman. :D

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  5. That slide looks pretty cool! perfect lace for a honeymoon celebration I say! :D

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    1. Yes, I agree. But I never tried the longer slide. Doon lang kami sa maliit.

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  6. They should have emphasized on their advertisement that water is only cold during those days stated. But good thing though that you mentioned it here in your blog for future reference. Glad that the little one enjoyed it so much. :)

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    1. You're right! Well, I think some companies will always have that "false advertisements" just to have customers. hehe.

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  7. Water from Mt. Makiling is cold compared to the resorts in Pansol because it comes from Mt. Banahaw. But then, I'm glad your baby enjoyed swimming :) -edel

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    1. He did pero saglit lang namin sya niligo kasi baka magkasakit sya.

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  8. Sayang naman hindi warm ang pool. Ang hirap maligo sa malamig na pool eh. hehehe. Pero sabagay, if you are with your family, keber na sa lamig ng pool diba? Glad you had fun.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, mejo di kami natuwa nung una pero ung lamig pala, sa unang lusob lang. hahaha. Katagalan, naenjoy na din namin yung malamig na pool. lol.

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  9. Place looks lovely. I always love going to Laguna for the warm pools at anytime of the day, any day of the week. Hopefully they can improve this so the visitors can enjoy hanging out by the pool more.

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  10. It looks like a nice and cozy resort! I think all babies naturally love water talaga; I haven't encountered a baby who doesn't love wading in the waters yet!

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  11. We've been to this resort many times already (as well as their other branch, just beside Pizza Hut) as I've previously availed of their membership. They are not really that strict when it comes to cottages, especially when there are not much customers. :)

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    1. Tama ka jan! That's why I was so happy na hindi sila masyado strict, nabawi din ang inis namin dahil don. We got 2 space in the lower grotto for the price of one. :D

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  12. Thanks for sharing, it seems like an okay place but maybe I can get more for my money in another place. At least you were able to enjoy.

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    1. You're very welcome! Yes, we still enjoyed. Sometimes you just have to kasi anjan na. hehe.

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  13. The resort looks so nice but going there during winter is no no for me. Summer is a perfect timing for me.
    Thanks
    www.globalfoodbook.com

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  14. We used to swim in Laguna and when I was in high school I remember going there with my classmates to swim :-) There are months na malamig there. I also love their hotsprings. I'll try to remember this Makiling Highlands.

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