We recently conducted our team building activity at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa. I have been feeling stressed from the summer heat and a little bit from work, and this short getaway came at such a perfect timing. The team building committee intended this outing to be relaxing instead of the usual team building activities which required physical exertion. Everyone from the team enjoyed our time at Luljetta’s. If there was one thing I wished for, it would be to stay longer – perhaps overnight (but it was way beyond our team budget).
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is part of Loreland Farm Resort located in Antipolo, Rizal. I really had the impression that I was escaping the hustle and bustle of Manila because it was quite a distance from the city and we passed by mountains through zigzag roads to get to our destination.
I immediately felt embraced by nature as soon as I entered Loreland Farm Resort. The designs of the structures complemented well with the lush greens of the mountain. Although everything looked beautiful. I thought that visiting in the cooler -ber months would be perfect because it was so hot in the summer. I didn’t feel even a breeze during our whole-day stay.
After our registration at the reception, the welcoming staff led us to a room where our breakfast composed of tuna sandwiches, macaroni salad, suman, coffee and juice was waiting.
When everyone was finished eating, we hopped into a golf cart that would take us to Luljetta’s. It was only a short 2-minute ride. Others chose to walk to absorb some vitamin D – it was only 5 minutes via walking anyway.
The entrance of ed directly to Luljetta’s Cafe. The hot and humid temperature was somewhat lessened by the electric fans that hung along the walls. The signal for Globe network is so weak in Luljetta’s so I was forced to explore the area and talk with my colleagues since I couldn’t check my work email. LOL. I loved the view from the cafe.
Once everything was settled at the reception, we were led to the guest registration where the staff each gave us keys to our locker and robes to wear.
Then there were another set of stairs that led to the movie lounge where lockers were located. The bathrooms were right beside it. There was an assortment of games available in the lounge like a pool table, chessboard and sungka. They showed movies during the whole day at the lounge as well. The lounge looked like a traditional wooden structure which looked so cozy. But the reality is that it was so hot there and I couldn’t stay more than 10 minutes without sweating a ton.
We changed into our robes and started exploring the facilities of Luljetta’s. A word of caution to those who plan to visit, there are endless sets of stairs in Luljetta’s. It was so easy to get lost because of this. Every time I wanted to get to another part of the place, it meant going up and down the stairs again. My legs hurt the next day because of this. It might be a challenge for kids and those with knee problems to explore Luljetta’s.
My first mission was to find the infinity pool which featured another wonderful view. The water was so cold and refreshing. I liked that it wasn’t so deep, just about 4 feet. The pool wasn’t as big as we expected though. My companions discovered the fish spa located just above the pool but I didn’t want to leave the water until they called for lunch.
We ate lunch at Antipolo Room which was thankfully air conditioned. Lunch was a set of soup, a vegetable dish, fried porkchop and dessert. The food wasn’t remarkable.
I only had a couple more hours to explore Luljetta’s before my scheduled massage session. So we went up and down more stairs to discover the jacuzzi. The water there was warm but relaxing. I took a short dip while my friends went into the sauna which was just beside the jacuzzi. There was another small pool in the area too.
I and my friends took a short break in one of the lounges. I left them again not long after to explore.
My favorite place would be the hydromassage pool. The water was so cool and the place was so relaxing especially since there were only a few people in the area. I just wanted to lie down in the shallow waters all afternoon, but I was reminded that it was already time for my massage.
I went into the massage room where my body turned to mush because of complete relaxation. I was half asleep when I was done. My massage was okay – nothing really exceptional or different from other massages I had.
I couldn’t go back to the pools after my massage so I decided to “walk” around Luljetta’s once more to see if I missed anything. I regretted it about halfway when my legs started to protest from all the stairs. I retrieved all my things from the locker, gave my robe and towel back at the registration area, and went back to Antipolo room where our afternoon snack was waiting for us. It was another plate of suman drizzled with mango sauce and bits of cashew nuts. The suman is definitely one of the day’s highlights 🙂
Overall, I enjoyed our short relaxing getaway in Luljetta’s. It felt so good to escape the city on a weekday and not think about work. The staff were so helpful and pleasant and the facilities are great. Aside from minor issues and little disappointments (like the stairs and the lunch), I would still stay that it’s a destination worth checking out.
I considered bringing my mother here for Mother’s Day for some R&R, but she was still recovering from a leg injury and she would have a hard time navigating the stairs. Luljetta’s is the perfect place to escape and not think about anything other than relaxation time ❤
I honestly find the rates a bit pricey, BUT the package inclusions more than make up for the prices. I am thankful that my first visit was free but I would still consider going back and paying the full price when I badly need to get away from adulting.