My husband and I don’t really get to spend much time alone. He’s working abroad and whenever he comes home, we spend most of the time bonding with the family and catching up with friends.
Last year, we decided to have a romantic getaway to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Yes, without the kids. I was nine months postpartum at that time, and I could really use a break.
So, I searched the internet to find the perfect place for us to unwind; one that’s not too far as we don’t want to be away from the kids for too long, and found Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa in Antipolo. It’s the first and only hanging gardens spa in the Philippines according to their website. The spa is tucked inside Loreland Resort, one of the oldest resorts in Antipolo. We booked the overnight package, which includes accommodation, access to Luljetta’s and Loreland’s amenities, afternoon snacks, and breakfast. We also availed their romantic dinner package to make our short getaway extra special.
We are from Quezon, a few hours commute to Antipolo. From Lucena Grand Terminal, we took a bus going to Infanta and got off at Famy. From there, we took another bus going to Ortigas and got off at Antipolo. We then rode a tricycle and told the driver to drop us off at Loreland Resort.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa
Upon arriving, we were greeted by a couple of their staff who nicely assisted us in checking in at Loreland. We were led to our room which was just outside the entrance. We changed into our swimming clothes and went back inside the resort. It’s about a 5-minute walk to the hanging gardens spa. After checking in at Luljetta’s, we were given snacks at the cafe. Snacks consisted of their famous Antipolo suman and lemongrass iced tea. Needless to say, it was just what I needed after our long commute.
After eating, we went to the locker room. We were presented with an abaca basket with two batik robes and two towels. I love that they thought of these robes, really goes well with the place.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is situated on a mountain ridge, hence the name Hanging Gardens. It has an impressive view of Laguna de Bay and the Metro Manila skyline. It has infinity pools, a hydro pool, a heated jacuzzi, saunas, and fish spas.
The place was so peaceful and serene. I felt the stress and the weariness melted away, I kid you not.
We didn’t get to take a lot of pictures because it was nearly sunset when we got there. (And I never thought I would start a blog.) Here’s a quick tour around the place from Bienvenido Tours:
Our Romantic Dinner
Our dinner was a four-course meal with a bottle of wine, and was beautifully set in their Buddha Lounge. It had a nice view of the skyline. The food was okay, could use some improvement. The steak was perfect and so was their mashed potatoes. Our server was really attentive. Dinner was really special because I was enjoying it with the man I love. Yeah, I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s not every night that we get to have a fancy, quiet, and mess-free dinner.
Our stay was bitin. I was planning to go swimming early the next morning at Loreland Resort, but what are you gonna do when there’s a bed and the kids are not with you? Sleep, of course! We didn’t get to try any of their massages as they were fully booked. I’ll remember to book an appointment next time.
All in all, it was a great retreat, I had fun spending time with my husband. We’ll definitely come back. The place is like a hidden pocket of paradise in a busy city.
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