Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort of San Pablo City, Laguna is the perfect spot for you if you want to have fun swimming and experience the Filipino culture at the same time. This ethnic-themed resort wonderfully showcases the Filipino culture with its folk dance, traditional music using native instruments, authentic Filipino food and statues wearing traditional Filipino attires with some of them portraying the local livelihood. They also have souvenir shops and museums with relics showing the different eras of Filipino history.

Villa Escudero's Water Buffalo Wagon

Villa Escudero’s Carabao Wagon

Carabao Wagon Singers

I personally find Villa Escudero’s carabao wagon to be its most iconic symbol because it’s the only place in the country where I’ve seen such a brilliantly made fiesta-themed wagon. On the last row of the wagon, they have a trio dressed in traditional Filipino clothes serenading you with folk songs as you explore the area. It’s really a pleasure to listen to them while looking at the statues and huts that depicts the Filipino culture and traditions. I can say that it’s really a well-thought concept that takes you back in the Philippines’ classical era.

Filipino Attires From Different Eras

Villa Escudero’s Heavy Artillery Collection

After our short tour, we realized that this large resort has plenty of wonderful things to offer its guests more than what we expected. Before exploring it further, we rested a bit in their large event hall which overlooks the river. The event hall’s interior was well designed. It’s very high roof kept the summer’s heat up and its open walls let the cool breeze in constantly that’s why we felt very comfortable hanging in there.

Villa Escudero's Museum

Museum

Villa Escudero's Event Hall

Event Hall

Despite the heat, we can’t help but check out the bamboo rafts while waiting for lunch time. The big native huts and the bamboo dock blends perfectly with the river and forest. Their combination paints a scenic and relaxing picture of the country side. It may not be in one of our pictures but there was a long queue of people wanting to try the bamboo rafts before we got our turn so make sure to get there early if you don’t want to wait in line. My wife and I had a great time rafting and this experience taught us how to really cooperate to have a better navigation.

Villa Escudero's Labasin Lake

Labasin Lake

Villa Escudero's Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo Rafting

After our fun bamboo rafting experience, we explored the resort further and checked out its swimming pool. It was broad, has slides and has sections for the kids as well. It’s clear that they are regularly maintaining it because it’s very clean. There were very few people swimming that time perhaps because everyone is getting ready for the buffet lunch Filipino fiesta style.

Villa Escudero's Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Villa Escudero's Watefalls

Waterfalls

The moment everyone was waiting for finally came—Filipino flooded fiesta-style lunch! Yes flooded, not because of the number of people flocking the lunch table, but because of the flood waters at your feet. Yes, it’s another brilliant and unique idea by the Villa Escudero management to beat the heat. Eating while your feet are submerged in water is clearly something that a lot of people would be delighted to try but unfortunately a lot of Filipinos experience this at their very own homes during monsoon season so this is nothing new to them. Make sure that you don’t forget to bring your sandals and shorts when you visit this place.

Villa Escudero's Delightful Lunch

Delightful lunch in the waterfalls while your feet are submerged in water

I like the way they serve their Filipino dishes and fresh fruits in basket-style plates with banana leaves. It adds more culture and taste to their delicious meals. What’s great about the food they serve is that the meat, vegetables and fruits that they’re are all home-grown and freshly harvested. Eating lunch in a set up like this while listening to the splashing sound of the waterfalls was real a pleasure.

Villa Escudero's Fish Pond

Fresh fishes served to you from this pond!

Villa Escudero's Souvenir Shop

Souvenir shop

After our splendid lunch, we walked around a bit to help the food go down our tummies and we came across their fish pond. The fish ponds are full of big and juicy bangus (milkfish) and tilapia fishes. It’s nice to see how clean and well-maintained our source of fish earlier. We’ve seen other amenities like billiard tables and dart boards in their bar.  Before leaving the resort, you can drop by their souvenir shop for mementos or pasalubong (take home gift). When we left the resort, along the way, we saw some vendors selling large and ripe jack fruits for a low cost so my mother took advantage of getting one.

Villa Escudero's Fruit Stand

Cheap, sweet & big jackfruits!

If you wish to pay Villa Escudero a visit, please check our short guide below:

Villa Escudero Map

How to get to Villa Escudero:

By Car:
Take the South superhighway and exit at 50A (Lucena, Legaspi, Batangas exit). Turn left at the Sto. Tomas junction. Head straight down, by-passing the town of Alaminos and San Pablo City proper. Slow down upon seeing Quezon arch and turn left immediately after.

By Bus:
Go to either Cubao or Buendia bus station, whichever’s nearest to your area then look for a Jac Liner bus going to Lucena. Jac Liner’s website explicitly states that they have a trip heading straight to Villa Escudero via Tiaong, Quezon. Don’t get confused about the address because Villa Escudero is situated in the border of Tiaong, Quezon and San Pablo Laguna. Make sure to take advantage of their 5am trip to avoid the traffic and have more time in the resort. The travel time can take up to 2-3 hours.

Jac Liner Routes and Schedules:
http://jacliner.com/routes.html

Villa Escudero's Reception Area

Reception Area

Villa Escudero Day Tour Updated Rates for 2017

Children ages 0 – 2 will be free of charge, 3 – 6 will have 50% off discount.
Senior Citizen must present their valid Philippine ID.

 

 

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6 Responses to Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

  1. Jek says:

    Hi there. This is very informative, just one question, Is the buffet lunch already included in the entrance fee of P1400 or we need to pay for our food separately? Thanks.

  2. Joana Erika Dela Cruz says:

    Can I know if walk in guest is okay? And how much is an overnight stay? Dec 21-22.

  3. ChE says:

    How about walk in guest is it possible? Wer planning to have a day tour pass this coming oct. 25 . We r about 4-5 persons and a 4 yrs old kid. H ow much will it costs for all of us?

    • Hi Che,
      Factors like whether the adults are senior citizens or not needs to be considered so I recommend to use their day tour booking link below which automatically computes the final price.
      http://villaescudero.com/reservation/day-tour/tour-information
      We booked in advance but I don’t see any reason why they won’t entertain any walk-in visitors who are just going to have a day tour. The only restriction that they have for walk-in is listed in the link below.
      “Walk-in overnight guests without reservations coming 5pm onwards will not be accommodated by the resort.”
      Just to make sure, please call their number below because it might depend on how many visitors they have in your date of visit.
      (632) 523 – 0392
      info@villaescudero.com
      Have fun in your tour! :)

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