Villa Escudero

Pan Philippine Highway, Tiaong, Quezon

Villa Escudero
4.1
4.0 Stars

24 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 10
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 26 Reviews
  • 66 Recommend
  • 24 Reviewers
Category:
Tourist Attraction
Business Hours
Reopens: 8:00a - 5:00p
Phone
+6325210830

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 8:00a - 5:00p
  • Monday
    • 8:00a - 5:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 8:00a - 5:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 8:00a - 5:00p
  • Thursday
    • 8:00a - 5:00p
  • Friday
    • 8:00a - 5:00p
  • Saturday
    • 8:00a - 5:00p

More Business Info

Parking:
Parking Lot
Activities:
Group Tours, Walking Tour

Most Recent Reviews

Hannah V.
4.0 Stars
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Whenever I have balikbayan relatives and friends visiting our country. They always want to visit Villa Escudero. I had never visited this famous resort until last week. Although it’s a tourist spot that’s so easy to visit. 128517

We went on a sunday so there was a lot of people mostly foreigners. It’s best to arrive ‪at around ‬9am. A day trip entrance fee of 1,400PHP for weekends and 1,250PHP for weekdays (This does not include an overnight stay)
Upon arriving at the reception they gave us a welcome drink (gulaman) and then Hop on the carabao ride. It was a short ride but it was nice. (Manong at the back plays the guitar while singing a Filipino song.)

One-hour visit to the Memorial Museum was fun and interesting. No Photos inside the museum But this church turned Museum has quite a collection of floats used in religious processions, and many many religious statues. items such as Philippine currency/money,  local costumes, Spanish-inspired furniture, paintings, handwritten letters of the national hero Dr. Jose Rizal,  paintings,  stuffed animals, butterfly collections, etc. It’s both an educational and nostalgic trip for the young and adults. The statues to be found there may not look so appealing but they showcase many Filipino lifestyles and traditions.

Then we went to the Waterfall restaurant area for lunch. We ate on a banana leaf plate. *feeling the province vibes* Drinks was not included so we ordered fresh buko for 60PHP. They also have softdrinks and pineapple juice.

Dining with the sparkling man-made waterfall backdrop and refreshing spring water running over our feet made it even more interesting. Though it is common to see photos where the glittering waterfall is the setting for a photo shoot, we still did the same. Perhaps no one leaves this place without a photo where the waterfalls serve as a backdrop. I can no longer recall how many photos and videos *boomerang* we took at that spot.
After A lot of *Photo-Session* 128557 We just flop and bathe under the falls then went to the Cultural show‪.‬ It was a series of dance showcasing the Philippines’ rich culture and ethnicity. the performers wore Filipino inspired costumes. It was a well-performed dance accompanied by the resort’s own rondalla ensemble and musicians. I Enjoyed the show but My eyes however were already on the river. *excited for the bamboo rafting* 128514

Bamboo rafting was my favorite among all the activities. It was a very hot day but it was fun. We paddled our way through this lake under the direct but bearable sun’s rays. Me and my Mom never paddled a bamboo raft before, or even a canoe, yet somehow we enjoyed the experience. For 40minutes, I enjoyed the lake and the rich vegetation. The *Kuya* Employee told me that basin Lake is a narrow lake which was created by the Labasin hydroelectric dam.

The rest of the afternoon was spent swimming and again *eating&&drinking* at the cafe.

For Overnight : Each villa by the lake is made of bamboo, has a veranda, a room with 2 beds and an aircon for when you still feel the humidity despite of what the nature's air brings. They also have a non airconditioned room. Each villa also has a hammock and a small dining area and a pantry for the foods and drinks.

Directions: How to get to Villa Escudero is easy. One must take SLEX and exit to Lucena, Batangas exit. Then turn left to the Sto Tomas junction. Straight ahead by passing the towns of San Pablo and Alaminos. Slow down after crossing the Quezon boarder arch and the resort is just a few hundred meters on the left side.

It was okay in general for me. Foreigners/tourists will surely love this place.

All in all, Villa Escudero is a nice and great place to visit. Whether for a day tour or you plan on staying overnight, there’s lots of things to do.

#Halloolooween2016

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Dannix B.
4.0 Stars

All i can say is, this place is a paradise 127802

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Mary Love S.
5.0 Stars

It has been quite a while since the last time I visited Villa Escudero. I still remember how insistent my grandmother was to visit that place. She couldn't travel far as she was very sick. But she wanted her birthday to be memorable and be exactly how she wanted it to be.

After almost 2.5 hours of driving, we finally managed to reach the place. My aunt already made the necessary arrangements and after taking a few photos, we rode the cart pulled by a carabao and headed to the falls for lunch.

It was slightly drizzling that day so we had to make sure that my grandmother was well covered before we head down. We were assisted by the guys at the resort/restaurant and carried my grandmother’s wheel chair with my frail grandmother on it.

We didn’t eat where our feet gets soak as my grandmother’s wheel chair is not meant or designed for that. But we experienced having water flow through our ankles when we got our food from the buffet tables located on the foot of the falls.

Food was simple but good. I think the ambiance also played a huge part. It was a really lovely lunch with the family.

After lunch, we took some family photos with the falls as our background and then headed to the cultural center to watch some performances. By this time, my grandmother was already becoming irritable so we had to head back to the parking lot for her to take a nap.

We just waited for the others in the car as they still went to the museum.

We left the place around 4 p.m. and that was my grandmother’s last birthday.

This place will forever be a special place for me.

(I wanted to post one with my grandmother but I want to remember her in her healthy state so, here's a healthy me instead.)

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Sandy V.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Archieval M.
3.0 Stars

Went to Villa Escudero a couple of years ago with my former officemates. Day tour was enough to check the whole place. You will be riding in a carriage with a carabao pulling you joined by a guitarist and singer singing some pinoy folk songs. One of the highlights of the day tour is the Museum. Buffet lunch was served at the man-made falls. The flowing water in your feet while you are eating is so relaxing. I actuallt want to swim there already. Lol. There is also a small swimming pool in the vicinity near the cottages. We swam for a bit and they also have big changing rooms/cr. Before we end the day, we rented the bicycles and tried to check the other parts of Villa Escudero.

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Catherine C.
5.0 Stars

Another review for Villa Escudero.

One of the best attractions for me was the traditional Carabao cart ride which will lead you to the main spot of Villa Escudero. (Waterfalls). The staff will serenade you singing our traditional songs. And to complete the whole performance they're wearing baro't saya, making you feel you're in a different era. 128525128522128077

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Catherine C.
4.0 Stars

Rafting using native Bamboo rafts.

Villa escudero, San Pablo city, Laguna 128513

Don't mind the sun exposure. 9728️ #EnjoyKayaking!
Please be cautious.
The river is 30ft deep.
No swimming allowed! 1285139996

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Jacqui T.
5.0 Stars

Villa Escudero Part 2

We first visited this place last March 2014 and hubby enjoyed the provincial quiet life so we decided to come back here with our friends.

It was an hour and half drive from Alabang to Quezon – such a short ride for our sweet escape to the busy and crowded place of Manila.

We got to pay 2780 for each adult (6 adults), 1390 for the 8-year old kid and nothing for the 2-year old kid. We were assigned to their River unit and our overnight package includes a buffet lunch at the waterfalls, dinner and breakfast buffet, free access to the swimming pool, basketball, tennis court and other activities like rafting and bird watching. They have Cultural show for the guests every weekend after lunch too.

Upon reaching their place, we were welcomed by their staff dressed in traditional clothing with glasses of “gulaman” for refreshment. A Carabao ride on our way to our cottage was such a good experience too as they serenade us with some folk songs. LSS: Mahal kita, mahal kita… 128525

We all loved the simplicity of life here. Come and visit this place if you think you need relax. Nice for a weekend away from Manila. 128077128077128077

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Michelle M.
3.0 Stars

Meh...it's ok. It's no Disneyland but it was a good place to bring my cousin who finally came back to visit after 23 years! He on the other hand was like a kid in a candy store.

We went on a Thursday so there was no cultural show (shows are only on weekends). Hence the P1,200/person entrance fee versus the usual P1,400/person. Still pricey if you ask me. The price includes a welcome drink (gulaman), entrance to the museum, a carabao ride...well, a ride in a jeepney-ish thing drawn by a carabao, and a buffet lunch near a waterfall, while your feet are submerged in water.

The museum is well, interesting. You start off with religious statues/artifacts then suddenly your looking at taxidermied animals...then back to religious statues...then onto skulls and fossils, an astronaut's outfit, samurai's gear...then ending with a religious statue. Clearly the curator lacks organizational skills. While the items are interesting, there were no labels or dates on them. After the museum, a carabao ride takes you to the main area. It was a short ride but nice. Someone plays the guitar while another sings Filipino songs.

We decided to raft before eating. We were gushing at how nice it was to raft because we were the only ones out on the water! Then we quickly realized that we were the only idiots willing to raft in the 12 noon heat, hahah 128514! Rafting was fun and a great place for pics as long as you're careful not to drop your phone/camera! It's a 30ft "you're-never-getting that-back" drop.

After risking a heat stroke, we decided to cool down and eat lunch. The lunch tables and buffet are in ankle deep water and there's a waterfall backdrop so another place for beautiful photos! Onto the food....um, unimpressive. There was a small selection and tons of flies. Drinks aren't included so be sure to bring cash.

There are other activities you can do like swimming, biking, etc. as well. On our way out, we passed by the chapel inside a residential area within the grounds. The carabao "driver" was telling us how the owners give the staff land and they are responsible for building their own house. He mentioned this has been passed on from generation to generation...which I though was kinda cool.

Overall, it was an "ok" experience. They've definitely improved the place in the last ten years but there's still much room for further improvement. However, still a great place for balikbayans, foreigners, or first timers!

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Cyrene C.
5.0 Stars

Beautiful place to hang out and eat! I enjoyed lunch. Good food, amazing view and the service was awesome!

I loved everything about this place especially when we visited the CARA PITBULL Center. Seeing those adorable rescued dogs was very heartwarming. That was the BEST part of my day! All those dogs were adorable and they're all up for adoption. Those guys deserved another chance. 128054

*I think it's not included in the usual Villa Escudero itinerary but if you guys want to visit the center, maybe email CARA Phils. first.

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Toni T.
5.0 Stars

This is a great place to spend with family. There's a museum for a touch of history, lots of green space to run around for kids, a wide playground that my son could not get enough of, a cultural show to reconnect w your roots, and best of all, the Waterfalls restaurant. As pictured above, tables are set on a flowing river. You eat with your feet submerged in the water. It's surprisingly relaxing! The staff is attentive. The place is well kept. And eating by the sound of the waterfalls is just one experience you won't forget. A lovely spot to bring Balikbayans too. :)

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Clarisse D.
5.0 Stars

Had a day tour here with the family. I'm convinced!!! This is a paradise.
Everything is worth the money.
Lunch buffet on the foot of a waterfall
Swimming
Theatrical show
Museum(this is the thing you should not miss when you get to visit villa escudero!)
Rafting
Carabao riding
Free sago gulaman as you visit the reception area
And of course, taking photos! Hahaha!
I love this place! Very maka-Pilipino!

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Mye D.
5.0 Stars

Had a day tour here with my workmates a couple of weeks ago. We really enjoyed it 128522

For a P1,400 fee, you get to enjoy the following:

- sago gulaman welcome drink 128540
- entrance to the museum that looks like a pink church from the outside. The museum contains priceless collections of the escudero couple. Taking pictures inside the museum isn't allowed for security reasons. i did enjoy the museum tour--lots of interesting stuff.
- carabao ride going to the lunch area & other amenities
- buffet lunch near the waterfalls with ur feet drenched in water. They service decent filipino food & dessert
- cultural show which showcased various dances from different parts of the country
- use of amenities like pools & bamboo raft
- great service from very friendly & courteous staff128077

I might go back with my family one of these days 128522

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Kristian P.
3.0 Stars

at first i hesitated to take the carabao ride because i think it's against animal right but i consider the 1,400 entrance fee so i took it anyway, my mind says take the most out of the entrance fee so i did.

The staff will welcome you upon arrival with complimentary drinks, they served us "gulaman" which is too sweet. I wish they serve fruit juice because it's more refreshing.

The line for the carabao ride was long when i was there, it took 15-20 minutes of waiting also depends on the number of visitors. A group will serenade you while on the ride which is very entertaining.

Overall i enjoyed the tour, the highlight for me is the lunch at the falls, it's a different experience for me good thing it's not that hot when we are there, the food is ok! Ordinary but good. The souvenir photos is a bit pricey though!

One thing i like about this place is that it gives a lot of job and opportunity to others and i think that's really important.

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Dianne C.
4.0 Stars

Overnight stay with the family.128522

We were 14- 1 baby (free), 1 kid (half the price) and 12 adults (Php. 3,730/person). Availed 3 rooms all with air con.. The rate includes lunch, dinner and breakfast. Food was okay, nothing really special- loved the breakfast the most.

Place was really big and nice. I enjoyed the museum 'cause there were lots of stuffs and collections of the escudero's in there- enjoyed reading the love letter of Don arcenio Escudero to her wife.128513128149

Activities- two of our rooms were on the river side so fishing was the first activity we did. Bamboo rafting was free- you have to wear a life vest and if you're 200lbs. Up you have to go solo. 128522 Swimming- there were 4 pools- 3 for children and 1 for adult (4 ft.-5ft.). 127946

Attractions: Museum and waterfall reataurant. We had lunch at the waterfalls restau. And it was really really REALLY HOT!!128553

It was okay in general, tourists/foreigners will love this place.

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Masaya S.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Kate R.
4.0 Stars

Four Stars for the experience but I dont think that Php1400.00 entrance fee is acceptable.

Getting there from Alabang is around 2 hours. You may ride any bus that is heading to Lucena.

The first activity here is to visit their old church that turned out to be a museum. You will see different Escudero's collections. From different animals that are preserved, oldest type of Aetas and their way of living to their collections of dolls, jewelries, coins, paperbills, plates, Filipiniana, barong tagalog, vases and even the love letters of Senyong Escudero to Charing. 10084️ It feels really old. Everything is so rusty and I think not very well maintained.

After that, we get to ride a Kalabaw express or the e-jeep to go to the Waterfalls for lunch. Lunch starts at 11AM. So while waiting, you can ride the balsa and row your way to their open lake. Or you can dip into their swimming pool, proper swimming attire is needed. You can also do biking also but with additional charge. Or just stroll around. We walked to their gardens but I wish that they have more flowers for picturesque scenes.

It was so hot! 128557 but after dipping our feet on the waterfalls and had our lunch, I was refreshed!

The buffet is mostly grilled and Filipino food.. Pork, tilapia, chicken with green mango, singkamas and bagoong. There is also caldereta, guinataang kalabasa, bananaque, pinya and watermelon. There is free water but you can order soda, beer or buko juice 128522

There is nothing special with their buffet.

After the buffet, there is a cultural Filipino show. Which I think a must see. All of the performers are the staffs of Villa Escudero 128522

After the show, there is nothing else to do, so we left.

The waterfalls experience is one of a kind but I think they can improve it more..

I think, kids will like it here. 128522 it will be a different experience for them. 128522

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Reisha D.
4.0 Stars

Villa Escudero is about a 2 hour drive from Manila via SLEX. My parents have already been here a few years back and lately they've been constantly trying to arrange a return (this time with me and my siblings) and based on the photos I've seen online, I really didn't understand what was to come back to.

Villa Escudero used to be a hacienda but now it's a coconut plantation/resort/hydro powerplant. There are so many things to do here actually- contrary to my first impression of the place, and the most raved about is the buffet lunch at the foot of a waterfall (or overflowing dam...). I'll get to that later.

Entrance fee is 1,400php per person and it gives you access to all the amenities in the complex except of course the rooms (they have villas available for people who want to stay overnight). We were there by 8am!

First stop was the museum. The first floor of religious relics didn't really tickle my fancy but the 2nd floor had all sorts of collections that I frankly wanted to loot out of the place including the stamp collection, the dolls, teaspoons and currencies from every country the Escudero couple visited (!!!), the miniature furniture, the ceramics, etc! There were even gear and apparel from WWII as well as coffins from this cave in Palawan.

After exiting the museum, we were led to these huge tram-like carts pulled around by carabaos (which I was strongly against poor things 128546) and were brought to the lunch venue- the waterfall. Food was Filipino, as expected! Rice, pancit habhab, liempo, roasted chicken, ginataang kalabasa, inihaw na tilapia + kamatis, kangkong, bagoong, etc and banana cue and watermelon for dessert. The experience was complete- we ate from banana leaves and their bowls were coconut shell halves while our feet were soaked in ankle-deep water running from the waterfall.

My favorite part however was the bamboo rafting! All you have to do is line up at the mini port and wait for your turn to get on one of the rafts. Pretty scary when you're about to get on (especially when you have no intention of falling in the water) but paddling was easy. It made my brother and I feel like getting into dragon boat racing haha.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on watching a performance of different Filipino ethnic dances. By 4:30 we were already on our way home.

The lunch by the waterfall scene isn't as picturesque as it sounds/seems to be (and the carabao treatment is something I wish they discontinued) but it's a worthwhile experience. Definitely enjoyed my trip down here!

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Paulo C.
5.0 Stars

The lunch buffet by the uber presko waterfalls includes (during the day i was there) a pinoy 'salad bar' with slices of fresh cucumber, onions, tomatoes, steamed kangkong, bagoong; pansit, liempo, lechon manok, pinakbet, inihaw na tilapia, kaldereta.. everything UNLIMITED! except the drinks. they have fresh buko served in its shell (not sure if shell's the word for it lol) for P25each. sodas are also available for P25/can. on weekends, there are cultural presentations by the falls. not sure if the rates are the same though. we went on a weekday so better check their website first! :) the people in the hacienda are so warm. if they catch you looking at them, they would immediately smile. see for yourself. :) have fun!!

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Paulo C.
5.0 Stars

tried the creamy Mais Con Yelo at the bar inside the huge convention hall along the iconic and serene rivebank. Mais con yelo has never been that yumyum, just because I had it at the best place one could ever have it - paraiso. Do this dessert after the heavy eat-all-u-can lunch buffet by the waterfalls! This experience is divine!

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