Planning to have a family summer getaway without going far away from Manila?
Then, I would suggest that you go to Grand Villa Resort and Butterfly Centre in Laguna to have a much needed rest from the metropolis. Don’t be fooled by the one and a half hour drive because once inside the resort, you will feel that you are completely detached from the congested atmosphere of the city.
Here’s my review:
My family (party of 10) stayed on two hotel rooms located at the Grand Villa Mansion during the Lenten season. Personally, I have these doubts that the assigned hotel rooms will be a little tiny for 5 people each (I was actually planning to get one more room) but my hesitations were all gone when I saw how each room looked like. Then, our rooms were strategically located at the covered private pool as well. The location was just right for us, yey!
The covered private pool
We took advantage of the chance that our rooms were strategically located near the private pool. It was actually the best thing that happened to us during the first day because there was an ongoing summer outing for Goldilocks bakeshop! We loved the privacy of this pool plus it was so near the Adventure Kamp side of the resort.
Too bad, the resort strictly prohibits bringing food so the entire family decided to avail of their offered buffet meal. During the first day, my family had a welcome snack that was served at the private pool and a managed buffet dinner that was served at the Olympic poolside of the resort. Then, we had managed breakfast buffet, morning snack and a managed lunch buffet on our second day.
The dishes served were all okay. Very home cooked meal. Memorable dishes that they served were the yummy fish fillet, the chicken arroz caldo, the tomato soup and the salad cabbage. It was quite a surprise because I didn’t expect that they’ll serve such yummy dishes. The quality of the food was a far cry from our first visit here at Grand Villa sometime in 2010 as the crispy pata and the adobo doesn’t taste that good. But after a year, the taste of the food improved a lot.
*Update: Grand Villa is no longer offering a buffet meal since October 2011. Too bad.
The Spa and Jacuzzi room
The owner must have loved Bali so much as one can clearly see how it was executed in every corner of the resort. It was not actually the Jacuzzi that I liked here but the furniture! The big Buddha wall décor that will greet guests was just enough for me to be relaxed! I also liked the big comfy chairs because it made me suddenly fall asleep while we were waiting for our Jacuzzi attendant. Our rest and recuperation was almost perfect if she was not too late that night – geez, we waited her for almost an hour before we were allowed to enter a Jacuzzi room.
at the Butterfly Centre
The mini-zoo and butterfly centre tour
If you plan to go here, I strongly recommend you to avail of the mini-zoo and butterfly centre tour because it’s a good family activity. During the tour, you will have a chance to see the other amenities like the Adventure Kamp, the tree houses and the owner’s magnificent collection of roosters! The butterfly presentation at the Audio Visual Room was quite entertaining too because the oldies were given a feel of a ‘field trip mode’ before touring the butterfly garden.
Resort Name: Grand Villa Resort and Butterfly Centre Laguna
Address: Purok 2, Barangay Tranca, Bay, Laguna
Email address: Go to this LINK should you want to email inquiry
Contact Number: MANILA OFFICE (632) 643-7261
Recommendation: Overall, my family and I enjoyed our Lenten vacation here. And since my son is not yet ‘ready’ to ride a plane for a semestral break this October, my husband and I may booked a weekend here soon.
My Canon IXUS 75 Camera (all labeled with my site) and the rest Grand Villa Resort Website
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