As you grow older, there’s nothing more than escape and relaxation that you wanted to have for your birthday. So I’m nothing but thankful to my boyfriend for surprising me for a quick getaway for my 26th birthday on one of the famous hidden gems in Antipolo, Rizal – Luljetta’s Hanging Garden.
It’s the perfect surprise/gift because it’s been months since I went anywhere and despite that, we live in Rizal as well, such relaxing retreat from work and adulting is much needed. Also, my birthday is a weekday making it perfect for Luljetta’s – fewer people to share the place with.
Disclaimer: We got the cheapest daytour package – P1150.
Going to Luljetta’s Hanging Garden
Boyfriend told me about his plan a night before so I was able to bring my swimsuit and toiletries with me. He picked me up from our house on a Tuesday 9AM morning and we wazed our way to Luljetta’s. We decided to take a heavy early lunch on Cloud 9 Restaurant first since the package we’ll be getting has only snacks on it.
If you’re gonna take public transportation, ride a UV Express going to Antipolo Simbahan in various terminals like Santolan LRT2 Station, Megamall, Starmall or Robinson’s Galleria. From Antipolo Cathedral, take a tricycle to Loreland/Luljetta’s.
Luljetta’s Warm Welcome
Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the guard and led us to the parking area for Luljetta’s customers then a random staff walking greeted us and point as to where is the reception area. The open reception area smells like spa already, with big comfortable sofa chairs and welcome ice cold water. We were called by the receptionist after accommodating the two girls before us and asked for our reservation (Reservation is a must. Call them before going.) and the package that we’ll avail.
We availed the cheapest one, the Hanging Garden Retreat which is mostly just access to the facilities, robe, towel and snacks for 5 hours (but the receptionist told us that since there were just 10 guests that day, they won’t mind if we stay more than 5 hours YAAAASSS!!!). I’ve read reviews that the massage and set meals are ordinary for the price so we skipped that. We paid using credit card then we were given wrist tags and asked to ride the golf cart to the hanging garden.
Oh my excitement.
Pre-Hanging Gardens Retreat
Luljetta’s Hanging Garden is just a part of Loreland Farm Resort which is in the mountain edge side of the resort. That’s why it is called hanging garden because it is like a garden hanging from the mountain. The golf cart ride is short and it is just 10-15 minutes walk from the reception. There’s another receptionist waiting downstairs who’ll give you instructions and a checklist of things you’ll need. She also asked us on what time are we availing our snacks. We told her 3:30 PM.
There’s a separate locker room for the boys and girls of course but there is only a small reception (again) in the girl’s locker room. The staff gave us a locker keys and a basket with towel and traditional robes (batik) which are very smooth and fresh. Paul forgot to bring slippers but good thing is you can borrow from them. He also asked to see the swimming trunks available and decided to borrow that as well. Oh my jowa!
I changed into my swimsuit and put on my colorful batik excitedly.
The Hanging Garden Experience
We didn’t know where to start so we decided to do things from top to bottom. I have to warn you that there’s a lot of stairs here. At the same level of the locker rooms, there’s the Jacuzzi, sauna room, first infinity pool and a lounge.
First things first, Jacuzzi & Sauna!!
It’s small and maybe can only fit up to 4 people but it’s the perfect start. The pressure is right and the temperature is not that cold.
We spent 15 minutes in the Jacuzzi since there’s a sign that Jacuzzi use must be limit to 15 minutes and there’s another couple waiting on the lounge for us to finish. The sauna is hot as expected of course but also small that one sauna maybe can only fit 4 people. A staff gave us cold towels dipped in ice for our faces inside and asked for our basket with all our gadgets to be left outside.
Life Talk at Infinity Pool 1
As our pores are now opened due to the sauna, we dipped into the first infinity pool, a few steps down the Jacuzzi and sauna, for the cold water to close our pores. We spent most of our time here talking about life and our plans (and a little chismis).
We didn’t spent time on the lounge here (just for photo purposes) since we wanted to proceed already on the next pools.
First time with Dr. Fish Spa
We started to descend to explore more of the other facilities thus our first struggle with stairs (haha!). We saw a Dr. Fish sign which got us excited because we’ve never tried a fish spa ever! This will be our first. On our way, we’ve spotted a gorgeous kubo lounge overlooking the mountains. Just beside it is the Dr Fish pond where some aunties and uncles (who I think are friends with one of the Luljetta owners) are enjoying themselves. They invited us in and we sat beside them.
My excitement turned into fear when I saw how big the fishes are! They’re as big as janitor fish!! I put my left foot first and I scream when one fish started sucking. It’s not ticklish but the feeling is weird that it took me maybe 5 minutes of putting my feet up and down to get used to it. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is hopeless. He tried but can’t get used to the sensation.
After the Dr. Fish pond, we’ve experience a crossroad between the Hydromassage pools or the Zen lounge. Since there are people in the hydromassage pool, we turned left to the Zen lounge surprising us with more Dr. Fish Spa! This time, the fishes are smaller and the same aunties and uncle we’ve met on the pond told us that this is more relaxed.
And what did you know, it is really more relaxed than the previous one that we spent 20 minutes here! 🙂
The Famous Suman Snack
2.5 hours in our Hanging Garden Experience, we both agreed that it’s time to avail our complimentary snacks. I heard a lot of good reviews about this famous SUMAKA (Suman – Mangga – Kasoy) snack of Luljetta’s. We went up the stairs struggling to the overlooking reception area for it but it is worth it. I grew up with suman and kakanins as dessert and never in my life I imagined how good it is to fry suman and add some mango and cashew. Never ever miss this.
Bored with Hydromassage Pool
After snack, we went down again to continue our exploration. This time we went right to try the hydromassage pool and the rainfall massage beds are what attracted my boyfriend first. We tried that but I didn’t felt massage at all comparing to the ones we tried before in Ace Water Spa. The water is cold too (plus the wind since were technically in a mountain) that I can’t stay long because its chilly.
The pool has bubble jets that are not as hard as the ones in the jacuzzi so we didn’t spend so much time here. Also, there seems like a bubble bed too that is not working. Luljetta should work more on this area.
Finally, the gorgeous infinity pool
From the hydromassage pool, we got lost looking for the another infinity pool overlooking the mountains. We found ourselves in the most gorgeous lounge in the garden – the cabin lounge. The walls are made of wood (kasi nga cabin diba? haha) and one side is made of glass that is really gorgeous on sunset. There are comfy sofas, a bed and some games like chess and sungka around.
There’s a staircase from the cabin lounge down to the famous infinity pool. It is extra gorgeous with the sun setting down over the mountains (which I hope will stay long since there’s a tiny part already that is under development) of Rizal. I was hoping that the water is warm because the October breeze is so cold but it is not so we spent maybe only 30 minutes, mostly taking photos, because we are already freezing.
Exploring the rest of the place
We spent our last hour, exploring the last level of Luljetta’s. There’s only the infinity pool, beautiful nipa huts for couple massages and a movie lounge in the end corner. We tried to visit the lounge but it is only until 5 PM. True to it’s name, you can watch a movie there after trying all the pools.
At 5:30 PM, we decided to call it a day already. We climbed up back to the locker rooms to shower. There’s only two shower rooms in the ladies locker room so I wonder if there’s a queue here on weekends. There’s free toiletries but the hot water seems not working. 🙁
Is it worth it?
Since I posted on Instagram, a lot of my friends direct messaged me if it’s worth it and I’ll tell you what I told all of them and also what we, Paul and I, unanimously agreed. It is so-so worth it, for the experience, the view and the serenity (kaya we advice to go on weekdays para mas worth it) and even for the service! BUT it is not worth it to the point that we wanted to go back, pay a thousand peso and try it all over again. (Well, for the cheapest day tour package so far. I don’t speak for the overnight package) As Paul said, we enjoyed our experience here but wala siyang ULIT FACTOR to us.
Have you been to Luljetta’s Hanging Garden? Or going anytime soon? Let’s talk on the comment section below or give me a chat of Facebook. 🙂