It won't be called “hidden” for nothing. If you are looking for a private place to get the relaxation that you deserve or spend quiet moments with the people you love, the Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort located in Barangay Ilaya, San Fernando, Cebu City is a great choice!
Aside from Medellin's Funtastic Island and Toledo's The Ranch Resort, we also visited the famous resort in San Fernando to make the most of summer. It was on a hot Sunday morning when I and a few friends decided to check out the highly talked about mountain resort that's 25 kilometers away from the city and is said to offer a different level of privacy and outdoor fun.
Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort is located in a peaceful, isolated area in the mountains of Barangay Ilaya, just before San Fernando proper. The actual resort is so distant from the hustle and bustle of the national highway that, in fact, you would have to travel about 5 kilometers and so through an inclining road just to reach the resort and enjoy its beauty! This is why Hidden Paradise has long been considered by Cebuano tourists as a perfect spot for spending quiet and quality time with family and friends.
The resort comes with 3 swimming pools, dormitories and other sorts of rooms, and outdoor adventure facilities. There's also a wide range of cottages, from tables that cost 150 pesos (good for 2-4 persons) to native picnic huts that cost 300 pesos (8-10 persons). We chose to rent the table so we could stay beside their big middle pool.
Although the trip was kinda long, the evergreen surroundings and the beautiful landscapes of the resort made the travel worth it. We were welcomed with a thick forest-like environment and natural scenic views, perfect for taking pictures!
Whether for day tours or overnight plans, Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort is definitely a perfect choice. They have pools that are fitting for both young and old as well as facilities that give guests just the right amount of fun and relaxation. Some of the outdoor activities that can be enjoyably done here are zip lining, fishing, river trekking, firing, river kayaking, horseback riding, bird watching, biking, mountaineering, basketball and volleyball, zorbing, and monkey bridge crossing. There are also function rooms for birthday parties and other social events. See the rates, room capacities, and inclusive amenities through this link (http://cebuhiddenparadise.wordpress.com/).
We conveniently reached the place by riding in our friend's car, but if you plan to commute from the city, you may easily do so by riding any south-bound bus from the South Bus Terminal, which will then take you about an hour or so of travel. Just tell the driver or the conductor to drop you off at Libo, Ilaya or on the road going to Hidden Paradise. Getting there won't be hard actually, since lots of drivers already know the way to this famous resort. From the drop-off point, you would then have to hire a habal-habal going to the mountainous area where the resort is located. If you're still confused, refer to the sketch given in the resort's official website.
Other Important Details:
- You are free to bring food and drinks since the resort doesn't require any corkage.
- Entrance fee is 100 pesos for adults and 50 pesos for children who are 4-8 years old. Kids below this age bracket can go in for free.
- There's also a videoke machine if you want to sing your heart out while having a great time in the resort.
For inquiries and reservations, you may call these numbers: (032) 255-4112, (032) 415-9664, 0932-458-7179, 0942-379-4055.