I was in Loreland Farm Resort last weekend, my first time to the place, for another company summer activity. The place is beautiful, it has quite a number of swimming pools in different depth and sizes, and different temperatures as well. It has lots of cottages and rooms to rest to, including the tables and huts all over the place. It also has sports facilities, spa services and adventure trek, that you may enjoy if swimming doesn’t complete your day. Loreland Farm Resort is surrounded by trees, which keep the place green and looking fresh.
Now I’m gonna share you my view of the place as I experienced.
Loreland Farm Resort is located in upper Antipolo, few kilometers east of Manila. Antipolo is comprised by the province of Rizal. I never knew a lot about Antipolo back in the days, I only heard about it from a folk song. “Tayo na sa Antipolo, at doo’y maligo tayo. Kung sakaling kami’y perwisyo, pasensya na kayo’t kami’y namamasko”. That’s all it.
Anyway, going to the place took us about 45 minutes from Makati City. I recommend traveling in the morning when the street is not yet busy, and besides, the trees also glow greener when the sun is low. I’m sorry that I could never tell you how to get to the place because I was also lost. I’m totally not familiar of the path we took. But let me direct you to someone you need to know if there’s a place you got to go. It’s Mr. Map.
Loreland Farm Resort is a beautiful place to be during summer or anytime you feel like swimming. It is open to the public so expect that the place is gonna be crowded. Perhaps, it’s because the place is good.
There are a lot of swimming pools all over from kiddie size, medium, deep, hot and cold, to anything you want except you’re looking for an olympic-sized pool. It also has sports facilities like basketball court, billiards, volleyball and of course, what I was there for, swimming.
There’s also a mini adventure trek down the resort, which I think could be very dangerous to anyone who’s not careful. The trek only has very low fence, like below the knee, and around it is a very deep ravine. I still managed to walk on the fence around the trek since I know where would I be if I fall… I’d be rolling down below and then straight to Medical City. Yeah, that’s how close Ortigas is from the top.
Along the trek are some religious images of Jesus Christ, Mary and more. I bet you don’t know who ‘more’ is. The end of the trek brings you back by the entrance. Are you tired of my messed-up write up yet? Ok. Upon finishing the trek is a Spa. I think there is. You may now relax, have a massage, take a nap while having a massage, then after that you’re suddenly wide awake because you have to pay for the service.
Now my views…
Loreland Farm Resort is a nice summer getaway. You don’t have to go very far from Manila, but experience the same hot summer. But of course it’s still different from being at the beach. I was satisfied by the facilities, except that the basketball court was converted to a parking lot. If only I had a chance to visit the Spa, I would be even more satisfied.
Well, I would still say it’s far from perfection. Maybe it’s because of too much crowd that goes to the place. This is a good sign, but people are all over the place. Yes, there are a lot of swimming pools but I swear it’s not enough for the number of people that were there. I wasn’t able to swim a lot because there’s no space. Rather I call it ‘standing’ pool, shall I?
The important thing is I find another option to go to when I feel like having a small vacation. I’d like to go back there someday, but maybe not during summer. Maybe some time when all the people don’t feel like swimming.
Final words, if you like having fun and adventure, Loreland would be perfect. But if you’re looking for some peaceful moment, then I can’t guarantee you’ll get it there. Or maybe come at night.