Most of you (like my girlfriend) have the luxury of a long weekend courtesy of Halloween. Not me! I would have to make do with the regular two days off from work. Luckily, I spotted a deal with Ensogo for a day tour package at Amansinaya Resort in Laurel, Batangas.
We booked our visit for November 1. There were fewer cars on the roads than I expected. The cool breeze in Tagaytay is very refreshing and so is the view. It was indeed an excellent day to ride.
How to get there?
Coming from Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the best way for us to get there is to go to Tagaytay City first then make our way down to Talisay then make a right to Laurel. This is also the recommended route for those coming from the North with the option of taking the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Rd or Emilio Aguinaldo Highway. As for those coming from Lipa or San Pablo and beyond, the Talisay-Tanauan Rd is the best option.
Upon reaching Laurel proper (KM 93 I think), there is an access road beside the Municipal Hall with a billboard of Amansinaya. The resort is only 3-4 kms away.
We didn’t waste any more time and relaxed in the 70-square-meter infinity pool of Patio Filipino clubhouse. Ambon-Ambon falls can be seen in a distance.
With time to spare before lunch is served, we decided to try the 700-square-meter Aqua Park just 3 minutes away courtesy of a free shuttle service.
Too bad the giant frog slide or the swimming pool basketball hoop was not set-up. We didn’t stay long and asked the shuttle to take us back to Patio Filipino for lunch.
After a brief siesta in one of the huts we were whisked by the shuttle to the jump-off point just outside Hacienda Cascada. The trek reminded me of my Boy Scout days. We passed by:
Finally, we reached Ambon-Ambon Falls which literally means drizzle because it showers the base with mist. It took us almost 45 minutes because the sand and small pebbles that make its way into our footwear when we cross a stream needs to be washed away.
Click here for the video of the falls.
I wanted to swim into the waterfall itself to feel it’s power but being the scaredy-cat that I am, I just posed for a pic in the shallower part :p
As you can imagine, dragging ourselves out of there took longer.
Still a bit tired, we proceeded to Pugad Lawin Adventure Camp. Not being a fan of ziplines, we didn’t do the 100-m glide-by-wire that starts just little past over halfway the length of the wall climb platform. I think the harness can only accommodate a sitting position.
The 40-ft Wall Climb was tiring and fulfilling at the same time. I only have the scaled the ones in SM Southmall before so this one definitely adds up to my achievements.
The 100-m mud slide was a thrilling experience. I can imagine myself doing just that if I skid on the highway on a rainy ride.
Finally back in Patio Filipino and still with time to spare, we dipped into the pool once more to cap off the day!
We reached Tagaytay City just before darkness sets in. Apart from the left-over crispy pata we bagged from Patio Filipino, we also dropped-by Mr. Moo’s Milk Planet for a choco drink and one of thecorn stalls.
The visit to Amansinaya Resort was truly a one-stop visit. We got to enjoy the swimming pools, indulge in a Filipino delicacy, be one with nature, conquered my fear of heights and zoomed down a mud slide… and of course, shared a quickie ride with my girlfriend.