A Day Trip to Hidden Valley Springs
Located approximately 1 – 2 hours drive from Manila are Hidden Valley Springs, a truly tropical rainforest paradise. The nearest town is Calauan, Laguna, and the springs are accessed down a winding road, away from the traffic, nestled in a charming, rural setting. There are many spa resorts in Laguna but I think Hidden Valley tops them with its pure natural setting.
The natural springs and waterfalls are surrounded by lush vegetation, including approximately 153 species of plant life and towering Amlang trees reported to be more than 300 years old. Six natural pools can be enjoyed. They include two shallow kiddie pools, one natural Jacuzzi and a secluded “lovers pool”. The pools are relatively shallow and not too hot.
We visited Hidden Valley with a large group of kiddies and parents for a serene getaway and enjoyed a relaxing time strolling along the paths, swimming in the pools, bathing under the waterfalls and of course eating delicious food.
Geology lovers will find the history of the springs fascinating; it’s thought that hundreds of years ago, a 300-feet deep crater was formed during a volcanic upheaval (Hidden Valley is wedged between Mount Makiling and Mount Banahaw). Consequently, more than a hundred natural springs of varying temperatures surfaced, composed of pure mineral waters that are said to be medicinal and rejuvenating.
My three-year-old daughter Maya had a great time with her school friends who ranged in age from 3 – 13 years. They loved diving into the different pools, clambering over rocks, playing under the waterfalls and dancing to the folk music. Maya spotted a big lizard as well, which kept the little nature lover entertained for at least half an hour.
In addition to swimming, another activity is hiking/strolling in the surrounding rainforest. You can follow the path to scattered springs and the “hidden waterfall” through wooden bridge ways and stoned pathways.
Amenities at Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley has an outdoor/open air restaurant that serves buffet meals. During lunch and afternoon snacks, we were serenaded and entertained by a band of folk singers and my daughter was utterly transfixed!. The food was healthy, fresh and tasty – just what is needed after an afternoon lounging in healing waters.
Other amenities include gazebos, air-conditioned dressing rooms, shower & lockers, souvenir shop, air-conditioned room accommodation with private toilet & bath, hot & cold water, veranda or deck providing view of the rainforest.
Entry Fees: The entrance fee is P 2,000 per adult. Children aged 5-10 years are P1,000. Children below the age of 4 are free. The entrance fee includes welcome drinks, a buffet lunch and an afternoon snack.
Getting There: As with most out of town excursions in the Philippines it is best to hire a car and driver. From Manila, you may take the South Luzon Expressway to Exit 52 (Batangas & Lucena) and head towards Batangas. Turn left when you see the Junction Inn Mansion. When you reach the “Y” intersection, take the left lane going to Alaminos. You will notice the sign that says Hidden Valley is about 4.5kms. You will pass by the Rural Bank of Alaminos, then the Church of Alaminos (on the left side of the street). Just behind the Church, turn left and follow the signs to the resort about 4 kms.
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