Villa Escudero is not your typical resort. It is a working coconut plantation which was opened in 1981 to the public as a tourist attraction offering a glimpse of the Philippine country and plantation life. You get to experience and relive the Philippine country culture and history within a day in Villa Escudero.
It is located at Km 91, Maharlika Highway, Tiaong, Quezon, Philippines. It is actually in the border between San Pablo, Laguna and Tiaong, Quezon. Hacienda Escudero is easy to find when you’re in the highway since there is a big sign. After entering, the guard will give you directions where to go for the resort.
Day Tour Package (Adult)
The cost of the day tour package is not a fixed amount. It will depend on what time of the year you plan to visit and on what specific day. Prices range from 950 pesos to 1600 pesos. It costs 950 pesos from Monday to Thursday of non-peak season(September to November). From Friday to Sunday and holidays of non-peak season, day tour package will cost 1,150.During the peak season (December-August), the lowest price for the day tour package will already cost 1,450 pesos so I think it’s best to visit Villa Escudero during the non-peak season.
For the full list of prices and/or booking of day tour package, visit their website.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by staff wearing traditional Filipino attires. Women are wearing baro’t saya while men are wearing camisa de Chino. At the reception, they will give you your tickets. They will also offer gulaman, a cold beverage loved by us Filipinos.
Museum and Carabao Cart Ride
From the reception area, we walked towards the museum. We also stopped by the ancestral house and took a few pictures. There is an area where you can leave your things because it is not allowed inside the museum.
The museum isn’t what I expected it would be.. I read somewhere that the items featured in the museum is from the family’s private collection. For a private collection, they have a lot. Their collection is varied from church artifacts to ancient jars. There is also a display of an excavation site. It was really nice to look around the museum, make sure to read the descriptions. Also, photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum.
After we went to the museum, we rode the carabao cart towards the area near the pool. In the carabao cart, you will be serenaded with old songs. It felt like I was transported to the past when these songs were still regularly played.
Swimming Pools and Outdoor Jacuzzi
When I saw the pool area, I was really really amazed. Everything was just so beautiful.
There are two lifeguards that ensure the safety of everyone in the pool. There are also lounge chairs on the shallow part of the water. So cool! You can enjoy the heat of the sun and relax while still feeling the cool water under you.
Aside from the pools above, there is another pool, however, it is only for 18 years old and above. The water here is in 5ft and is quite deep. There is also an outdoor jacuzzi here, how cool! There are no lifeguards here so the age limit is understandable.
Another activity you can enjoy in Villa Escudero is the bamboo rafting. The maximum capacity of the bamboo raft is 2 so you can enjoy rafting alone or you can have someone else to help you paddle. It’s my first time to touch a paddle my entire life so I had difficulty paddling. It’s heavier than I thought. In spite of this, I really enjoyed this. Labasin Lake is so peaceful and calm, I was really able to relax while bamboo rafting.
The water is up to 30 ft so life vests are really necessary. I was not scared though because the staff are really attentive.
I believe that this is the main reason people come here in Villa Escudero. My mother actually found out about Villa Escudero through an article about this waterfall restaurant. It is really quite unique- a restaurant on a waterfalls. From your table, you can see the Labasin Falls and feel its water on your feet.
The buffet restaurant is already part of the day tour package and you only need to give them your ticket. They offer Filipino foods like inihaw na Tilapia, kalderetang baka, sinigang and more.
During the weekends and holidays, Villa Escudero offers a cultural show showing the folk dances in different parts of the Philippine like Tinikling, Singkil, Pandanggo sa Ilaw and many more. The dancers are really good and they have reenacted the old times well. While dancers dance on stage, traditional musical instruments and guitars are also played. Someone is also narrating a description of every dance so we’ve learn a thing or two about the history from the cultural show.
The show is held in a dining hall so you can order drinks and snacks while watching. My family tried pancit canton, chicken skin and fries. The servings are large so each meal is worth it.
Overall, I really enjoyed our day visit and the money we spent are so worth it.