Bato Springs Resort

So here’s where I celebrated my birthday with Jay. I’ve been needing this kind of vacation and I’m just so happy that it happened kahit na ang ending ay dalawa lang kami ang natuloy.

Anyway, the original plan was to go Masasa Beach, Batangas. It just so happen that I read a lot of negative reviews that’s why we shift going to Bato Springs, Laguna. Photos of this resort suddenly went viral online telling that this is a budget friendly, worthy place near Metro.

Bato Springs Resort is located at Brgy. San Cristobal, San Pablo City, Laguna. It’s a 2-hour bus travel from Metro Manila plus 20 mins motorcycle ride.

The feeling of being drop off into a place where you can only see tall trees, different flowers, beautiful garden landscapes and the cool, fresh air from the mountain is an unexplainable relief.img_0960We took an overnight stay at the resort to have a one weekend getaway to celebrate my 22nd birthday. We planned on bringing our own tent to save money but super thanks to Mommy (Jay’s grandma) that gave us extra budget to rent a room. The sad part is, when we got there, there’s no room available! I really thought we’ll be going home that time, but thank God cause there were still tents available! I can see Jay’s face being disappointed that time though. Luckily, they offered us banig and pillows to rent, still a happy kiddo.

We decided to swim around 5PM and the water is ice cold. I promise, you’ll both have that “Rose” and “Jack” hypothermia moments of Titanic at the time you dip your whole body. As in! SOBRANG LAMIG. Night swimming was a complete suicide and is only applicable for immortals.img_0961

After eating dinner, we went back to our tent. Jay brought his laptop and we had a not-so-movie-marathon-kasi-nakatulog-ako moment. Look at his annoying face! Bwiset e.

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There is a store near the office and a place to eat but you’re also allowed to bring your own drinks and food. This is the reason why we spent more than what we expected cause food inside were too expensive. We also had our starving moment the next day when store opens around 8AM and we don’t have something to eat cause we woke up 6AM in the morning! To kill time and also to forget that we’re somehow starving, Hahahaha, we walk around and took pictures!

img_0984The Pavillionimg_0981Main Officeimg_0988Canteenimg_0993The famous, ice-cold man-made Fallsimg_0995We woke up like this. Hahahaimg_0998img_1002img_1004img_1005img_1008img_1010img_1013img_1019img_1040img_1038The camp site!img_1036The pool area with mini falls. That tent was ours! Hahaha.img_1051Call me Khaleesi. Hahahaimg_1052img_1049

We’re guessing that this area was also a pool before. Mayroon kasing signages like 4ft, 5ft, No diving, etc. I saw from the previous reviews, mga way back 2010, that water at Bato Spring were still overflowing. I guess now it has lessen kaya hindi na umaabot sa part na to.

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As you can observe, ang ganda ng kuha ko sa kanya, pagdating sakin, epic fail. Hahaha. That’s how sweet he is.

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You know the struggle of not having a waterproof camera? Hahaha. We really tried our hardest to take pictures of ours while in the falls.

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Too much of our pics together. Don’t worry cause after those photo ops, nothing follows. Hahaha. We enjoyed our stay, that’s given. But what I will never forget were the times we talk about our sentiments, dreams and plans. It’s just incredible to feel that there is someone whose always ready to listen. That’s priceless.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Php132 : Bus at Taft Ave. terminal (JAC Liner) bound to Lucena, Quezon. Just ask the bus attendant to drop you off at Maharlika Hi-way where you can see the Bato Springs sign board.
Php30 : Tricycle to Bato Springs.

FEES

Entrance Fee for Adults/Kids

Php80 : Weekends/Holidays
Php75 : Weekdays
Php125 : Overnight

ACCOMMODATION

Room rates range from Php1000 to Php5000 depending on the number of guests and the kind of accommodation you wish to avail. You may also want to bring/use tents that range from Php150 to Php500.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, you may call Ms. Elaine at (0926) 5822-822. Be very patient cause they seldom answer phone calls. I’m lucky to get to talk to them once after trying a lot of times. Busy daw sila. 😦

TIPS

  • First come, first served basis on rooms, huts and tables. It will be very helpful to call them first to make reservations specially if you’re going as group.
  • Bato Springs can be so crowded due to its popularity. I suggest you pay visit when its not seasonal to avoid the crowd and appreciate nature most.
  • Bring your own food if possible. Foods inside were expensive.
  • Bikinis will be very useless. I tell you, you will want to wear pajamas on the pool. You may wanna save the space on your backpacks too! Hahaha

Overall, Bato Springs Resort is still a good place for someone who wanted to sneak out from the busy life of Metro. It is true that you wouldn’t spend more than Php500 to get there and the place is already worth the price.

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