Hidden Valley Springs, located between Mt. Makiling and Mt. Banahaw, is hidden in the middle of superb forest. A track goes into the jungle and, in half an hour, leads right up to the water falls crashing onto the mossy rocks below. There are at least six swimming pools naturally heated by volcanic waters.
The architecture of Hidden Valley Springs is very rustic, comfortable and yet in harmony with the natural surrounding forest. Wood is the main element of the different structures. The floorings of the cottages, the furniture of the restaurants as well as the pathways are made from molave railroad tiles recovered from tracks no longer use.
The individual deluxe cottages, with or without attics, are grouped in fours. These are completely white , roofed with slate shingles made to look like wood. Spacious terraces provided with benches and armchairs, open onto green lawns and the surrounding forest. The interior is a pleasing harmony of beige and off-white tones. The superb molave flooring, he ceilings covered with abaca fibers and country-style furniture, make for a very cozy setting. In the deluxe rooms without an attic, the ceiling beams were enhance with apitong wood while the deluxe rooms with attics have a sloping ceiling; the attic is accessible via a wooden spiral staircase with wrought iron steps. The slatestone bathrooms are particularly original, with walls decorated with sculpted leaves.
The standard rooms have been recently renovated to highlight the rustic style of the lodgings and other common areas. Also, the corrugated iron roof of the restaurant was replaced with material more in harmony with the surroundings.
It is at the open-air pavilion restaurant that lunch is served under a beautiful bamboo trellis; the other meals are served at the enclose pavilion nearby. The two restaurants have a country look with their red clay floors. This is even more accented with its plated bamboo walls and the bronze , ceiling lamps. It has a nice bar in the basement with large picture windows that open onto the swimming pools below.
How to get there
By land (1 1/2 hours) 75 km from Manila. Take South Superhighway and get off at Calamba, exit 50A (Batangas, Lucena, Legaspi). Turn left when you see Junction Inn Mansion. When you reached the Y-shaped intersection, take the left lane going to Lucena City/Alaminos. Turn left when you see Rural Bank of Alaminos. Before the church of Alaminos, turn right and follow the Hidden Valley Springs sign.