So you want to get away from the busy city?
Relax and feel the nature, the cool air, the trees surrounding you in Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort.
The place is located in San Fernando, Cebu, a few kilometers south of the main city.
As of this writing, searching for “Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort” in Google Maps will point you to the wrong direction as it will direct you to Lapu-Lapu City instead of San Fernando.
Instead, here’s a sketch to the location:
Once you turn right, you will ascend up to the mountain. The slope is just average, not too steep, but enough to give make your vehicle stay on the first gear for a few minutes.
Average travel time from the city is around 1-2 hours.
Upon arrival, you will proceed to the reception area which is located in front.
I suggest you reserve beforehand so that once you arrive, all that is left is to get the keys to your room.
As of this writing, this is the contact number for reservation: (032) 255-4112.
If you reserved for overnight stay, check in time is 2pm. Check out time is 12 noon on the next day.
After reception, you will be greeted by this view:
As much as I want to immediately explore the place, we need to go to our room first to put our things.
The rooms are elevated, so I consider it as the top most portion of the resort.
Rooms are placed consecutive to each other.
This is what our room looks like:
We pay 3,500 pesos for this room. That is already good for 10 people. If more than that, the excess will pay around 100-200 pesos each. Extra bed will be provided. If you bring your own food, corkage fee will be 35 pesos per person.
Other room rates:
- Row Houses. 600 pesos per overnight. Good for 2 people. Non-airconditioned but with electric fan. With shower and bathroom.
- Standard Rooms. 1,500 pesos per overnight. Good for 2 people. Airconditioned. With shower and bathroom.
- De Luxe Rooms. 2,500 pesos per overnight. Good for 2 people. Airconditioned. With veranda, shower and bathroom.
- Executive Rooms. 3,500 pesos per overnight. Good for 4 people. Airconditioned. With refrigerator, TV, shower and bathtub.
From what I perceive, the whole Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort has three levels of elevation. Each higher than the other. Each level has one swimming pool in it. Here is a sketch. (again, this is just how I perceive it.)
As convention, let’s term it as 1st level (pool on the highest elevation), 2nd level (or middle level), and 3rd level respectively.
The reception is along the 1st level.
Here is a view taken from our room. This shows the higher and the middle swimming pools.
The swimming pools may look like they are beside each other, but they are actually on different elevation. The left pool is the topmost pool and is elevated compared to the right pool. This is what the 1st level pool looks like:
And below is the 2nd (or the middle) swimming pool:
The top portion of the slide came from the same level as the first pool. You slide down until you splash in the 2nd pool.
Now let’s go to the 3rd pool. This is the lowest elevated part of the pool base on my sketch. See picture below:
Alongside the 3rd pool is a tower made of rocks:
There is a staircase inside. Go through that and you will reach the top of the tower.
But there is another use for this tower. And that is…………………………Zip Line!
The zip line will start from the 1st level and slides down to the 3rd level (rock tower). The picture below shows a man trying to setup the zip line. He is standing on the 1st level. Notice the rock tower on the left. That’s the end point. The two pools shown are the 2nd and 3rd pool.
What we don’t like:
- Pool closes at 11pm and opens on 7am. This is the major thing I dislike about the place. If your objective is night swimming, then you will be dismayed because you can’t use the pool after the said time. So what will you do? Stay in your room. (and wait for 7am?) Unless you do some interesting activity.
- No cellphone signal on all network. (Well I guess that’s what “hidden” in Hidden Paradise is for.)
Copyright image: The first sketch came not from the author. Thus, the author gives proper credit to the source.