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Monday, June 8, 2015

Boso-Boso Highlands Resort and Convention Center - A Hit Treat!


I know, I know summer's almost over, but I guess it'll never be too late to hit the water! (As much as I'd like to say we hit the beach, unfortunately no beach for the wicked this summer -_-)

Let me start this with a question. Do you have that thinking that you have to leave your city to see better or more exciting resorts? 

I did - guess you already know how this review will go.
Boso-Boso Highlands Resort, located along Marcos Highway in Sitio Cabading, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City, is nestled in the lush Sierra Madre ranges perfect for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and swimmers (and frustrated swimmers) of course. As of the moment, and hopefully for longer generations, the place is still free from pollution, the amazing view is quite picturesque it is impossible to leave without a photo taken (that is if you have a cam with you).

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW:

Is it affordable? Yes, just the usual rates these days.
Is it clean? Yes, the place is quite refreshing (although I think peak season's over, so...)
Is it worth the money? Yes!

WHEN DID WE GO:
Just yesterday, June 7, 2015, so details as to the entrance fees and all are the current ones.

HOW TO GET HERE:

Coming from Manila/Cubao:
Ride the LRT2 to Santolan, then ride a jeep/fx to Cogeo Gate2. From there, ride the jeep to Paenaan, then just inform the driver to drop you off at the resort. Easy peasy! Travel time from Cubao might take you 1 1/2 hour.


HOW MUCH ARE THE ENTRANCE FEE AND COTTAGES:
As of June 2015

Their 150 rate for kids are available for 3-7 years old. 2 years old and below are for free. You can also add 70/50, adult/kid, for an extension of 3 hours.

For other queries, you may check here, especially since their facebook page is not that active and updated.

SOME RULES:

Unfortunately, this is not indicated in their website nor in their facebook page. What caught my attention is the prohibition of dark colored shirts; you might want to bear that in mind, although I don't know why they did not call my attention as I'm wearing all black. 

WHAT TO DO HERE:

So here's the fun part!

#1 - Of course cherish nature!



I'm really a nature lover so this is already worth the money for me!

#2 - Enjoy your company - have a social media detox for a while!

Places become better a thousandfold if spent with your loved ones!
Who doesn't have a jump shot?! Ugh, me.
And random poses?!
Grill and chill!
Take selfies!
And groupies!
And brothies! What?!


#3 - Zipline!
Doesn't get too old!
#4 - Hold your events here!

The place is quite vast they have lots of spaces, rooms and amenities for events like wedding, teambuilding activities or conferences. Here are sample photos I grabbed from their page. 





Here's a vicinity map for a better overview of what amenities they offer
This resort boasts off their Convention Hall, cottages and villas, open fields for activities, basketball court, playgrounds, and of course their swimming pools, which leads us to the next thing to do!

#5 - Swim, slide, have a massage and a workout!

They have 6 pools, save the private and hotel pools, of different depths, which is really nice and safer. 

The first pool that'll welcome you is their awesome kiddie pool! 

This is by far the best kiddie pool I've ever seen, it makes want to be a kid again even just for the time being! Kids will definitely have a very good time with this one. The round arcs squirt sort of cold water so staying inside is really a must try!

Then the 3 other pools are strategically placed in terraces form, if you may call it that. Hehe
This is the topmost pool. it has a small slide and an even smaller slide with water
sprinkling above. I stayed here for a little while 'cause it's just relaxing.
This is around 5 feet in depth I think.
Then these are the 2 lower pools. The 2nd and 3rd pool is 4 feet and 6 feet in depth
respectively, I think. Poor in measurement, sorry. Haha I just know I already
 tiptoed on the edges and I'm 5'2" in height. I can barely reach the center area, poor me.
I love the fact that it has differing depths so you'd feel free to choose which one you'll dip into. The topmost and the lowest pool have slides which are pretty awesome. I slid down the longer slide for more than 5 times just because it was really fun! (even if I have to ask my dad to wait for me down the pool and grab me to the edge 'cause I told you I can't reach the flooring :( )

Then, a little too far from these 4 pools are the 2 others. You have to go down the 250-step stairs or use your 4x4 vehicle 'cause that's the only car they allow down here.


A glimpse of the *gulp* stairs
This is the pool in front of the Paradise Hotel
And then the wave pool!
So just when you think they're still the usual pools! It's pretty cool and not bad for the 170 entrance fee we paid! Too bad I wasn't able to use this slide 'cause the area with the wave ball is 7 feet in depth I think. Will surely drown!

Don't fret if you can't swim, the long and tiring walk is still worth it because the area near the, sort of, breakwater is more shallow, while that with the 2 dolphins are really shallow just enough for you to sit, relax or have a massage on the 2 dolphin fountains, if you may call it that :D.

OTHER QUESTIONS:
Do they have a canteen? Yes.
May we bring in food? Yes, but take note of the corkage fees for some drinks. Check here.
May we bring in electrical appliances? Yes, but they also incur electrical charges.
Are the hotel rooms nice? I'm sorry I don't have an input 'cause we only rented a cottage. You may check their website or check reviews.
How is their customer service? Well, let us just say I don't care so much about it, but we noticed that they seldom smile, they talk to us with a poker face, but maybe I just don't mind too much about it since I'm there to enjoy. Let's just keep our temper cool, shall we? Hehehe


FINAL THOUGHTS: 
I surely loved the place! I recommend it. You just really have to pace yourself for the strenuous walks and slides, but for the price you pay, you'll definitely have a lot of things to do here!

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I live in Antipolo City and going here just took us more or less 30 minutes! This outing was actually unplanned, and we really doubted if we'll like the place just because it isn't located in the usual summer destinations such as Laguna or Batangas. Sorry for not being localistic, but I surely learned a lesson. This makes me want to try some more of the nearby resorts. It pays going against the bandwagon sometimes! I think this resort is somewhat underrated because they're quite hidden in the mountains, but I think that's what sets them apart from the usual pool resorts! I guess this is going to be my next place to just hang out and relax! Hope you'll like it too!

Thanks for reading! :*

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