8 reasons to have your family weekend getaway at Timberland Highlands Resort

Are the heat and the humidity of the metro getting to you? Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Or do you feel bored to bits while stuck in your room as you work from home?

It may be high time for you and the fam to take a break from the daily grind and hie off to a quick getaway for a much needed change of scenery.

That’s what Hubby and I did this last weekend. Together with the kiddos -#ExhibitA and #ExhibitB – we went off to a mountain adventure to Timberlands Highlands Resort for some family bonding time and well-deserved R ‘n R.

Here are 8 reasons why you should, too!

1. You won’t have to travel far to get there.

Timberland Highlands Resort is a sprawling property located within Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.

Thanks to the ever-reliable Waze app, we were able to reach the resort in less than an hour from our home in Pasig (not counting our lunch stopover in Marikina).

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

If traveling by car, it’s also around 40 minutes away from the Batasan area in Quezon City, and a little over an hour away from the cities of Manila and Makati.

Imagine being that close to your staycation destination!

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

2. It’s your escape back to nature.

Surrounding the Timberland Highlands Resort property are lush greenery with the Sierra Madre mountains as a backdrop.

With this high altitude and its situation away from the busy cities, the area boasts of fresh air and a cooler climate. As is typical with other green spaces, the area is conducive to outdoor activities and socializing while promoting both physical and mental well-being.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

3. You can engage in revitalizing physical activity.

One of the physical activities that the fam can do together is taking a leisurely stroll through the path surrounding the property. Doing so brings you to various vantage points to appreciate the surrounding mountainside.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

After your invigorating walk, you can all take a dip in the swimming pools to cool down. One is an infinity pool that lets you enjoy the view while taking a swim. The kiddie pool, on the other hand, features a slide and cascading water, guaranteeing lots of fun time in the sun for the little ones.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Adult Pool
Timberland Highlands Resort
Kids Pool
Timberland Highlands Resort
Chillin’ at the Pool with #ExhibitB
Timberland Highlands Resort
Diving in.

If the weather does not permit outdoor activities, you can always engage in physical exertions indoors, thanks to the resort’s well-equipped gym (which got a thumb’s-up from fitness buffs Hubby and #ExhibitA).

Timberland Highlands Resort
Gym
Timberland Highlands Resort
Gym

Did you know that the resort used to be known as Timberland Sports and Nature Club? The indoor sports facilities it was famous for – such as the basketball court, badminton court, table tennis and indoor rock climbing areas are still here for guests to enjoy.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Basketball Court
Timberland Highlands Resort
Badminton Court
Timberland Highlands Resort
Table Tennis
Timberland Highlands Resort
Indoor Rock Climbing

4. The kids are sure to have a great time.

While all the grown ups are exercising and getting into sports, the kids can play and entertain themselves near the pool area, thanks a wide space they can run around in, and kiddie-sized chairs and plush seats. Here, they can learn a game of chess, challenge themselves with Jenga or even spot a mascot or cartoon character handing out treats.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Recreation Area near the Pool Bar
Timberland Highlands Resort
Entertaining games like Jenga
Timberland Highlands Resort
Kiddie-sized chairs and comfy plushy seats
Timberland Highlands Resort
Blippi handing out cookie treats

5. You can settle down to a relaxing retreat.

After your very active day, you can wind down and relax in your well-appointed accommodations. The hotel has 70 fully air-conditioned rooms which can all accommodate two adults and two children sharing the bed with their parents, making the hotel perfect for a family retreat.

The Deluxe Twin is a 35-sqm room situated in the main building, furnished with comfy twin beds.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

The Deluxe King, a similar-sized room furnished with a king bed and features a fitted bath tub, is also an options

At the newly renovated building annexed to the main hotel, you can find the 32-sqm Premiere Deluxe accommodations.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Premier Deluxe Twin
Timberland Highlands Resort
Premier Deluxe Twin
Timberland Highlands Resort
Premier Deluxe King
Timberland Highlands Resort
Premier Deluxe King
Timberland Highland Resorts
Timberland Highland Resorts

All hotel rooms are equipped with a safety deposit box, flat-screen TV with cable channels, Wi-Fi connection and a work desk. (The latter two, in particular, were very helpful during our first day there as I was doing remote work. I was able to log in to three consecutive Zoom meetings, and was presenting in two of them with nary a dropped call or frozen screen.)

Note: Mobile phone signal may be spotty in the room and at some other locations within the hotel so I would suggest logging your devices into the hotel WiFi. That way, you can be reachable via online messaging to your work colleagues and family members (if you want to be reachable, that is, hehehe!)

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highland Resorts

Other room features include toilet and bath (with hot and cold shower), dental kits, bath items such as soap, bath gel and shampoo from Aum Spa, a minibar, a coffee/tea set and bottled water.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Hot and cold shower
Timberland Highlands Resort
Dental Kits
Timberland Highlands Resort
Toilet with bidet
Timberland Highlands Resort
Minibar and Coffee Set

The fam loved the crisp linens and the blackout curtains that helped us get a restful slumber after our activity-filled day.

6. Dine with a majestic view at Ridge Cafe.

Of course, any weekend getaway wouldn’t be complete without a gastronomic adventure, wouldn’t it?

Fortunately, the hotel two in-house restaurants, one of which is Ridge Cafe. It has an elegantly appointed interior dining room, as well as an al fresco area which boasts of grand view of the surrounding mountains and overlooking Metro Manila.

Every weekend, foodies can look forward to a sumptous breakfast buffet which includes:

  • The makings of classic Pinoy silogs such as Corned Beef with Potatoes, Tocino, Longganisa and Tocino (just add the Garlic Fried Rice and a sunny-side up egg from the Omelet Station)
  • Locally-grown fresh produce for salads or fruit desserts
  • A variety of freshly baked breads, including four types of pan de sal (regular, ube, cacao and malunggay).
  • Continental breakfast choices such as cereals, chicken nuggets and breakfast sausages
  • Kiddie treats such as mini pancakes and cookies
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

On weekdays and for other parts of the day, guests can order ala carte from a menu that includes Appetizers, Sandwiches and Burgers, Pastas and Noodles, Salads, Sushi, along with main courses and desserts.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

Curious about the foodie possibilities here? I’ll tell you more about our dining experiences at Ridge Cafe here, here and here.

And should you fancy a drink while hanging out at the pool or viewing deck, you can always get refreshing beverage from The Pool Bar.

Pool Bar - Timberland Highlands Resort
Butterfly Pea Lemonade
Pool Bar - Timberland Highlands Resort
Fresh Mango Juice

7. It supports local industries.

Timberland Highlands Resort recently partnered with local merchants in showcasing sustainable and home-grown products. These include brands such as Zarah Juan, TÙ by Modern Filipiniana, Gourmet Farms, Engkanto Brewery, Alab.Mnl, Lakan Lubi, Circa 1740 by Timplado, Better Snacks PH, Tu’ka Spiced Vinegar and more. Their wares are all prominently displayed and available for purchase in the Live Love Local corner in Ridge Cafe.

These are also great for souvenirs or pasalubong to your city-bound friends and relatives.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

8. The management and staff are all geared up to provide you with a memorable stay.

All of these are just the tip of the iceberg, as they say, because more exciting developments are in store for guests and visitors, as envisioned by resort’s management.

These include additional restaurants and other exciting renovations (which will be revealed in due time!)

Timberland Highlands Resort
Zeon, Director of Operations. He’s also got great things planned for the hotel. Watch out for them!
Timberland Highlands Resort
Ranuka, Executive Chef. He’s gearing up to bring more exciting cuisines for hotel guests to enjoy.
Timberland Highlands Resort
Stephen, Sous Chef. He’s keeping the kitchen staff in tip-top shape.
Timberland Highlands Resort
Moira, Pastry Chef de Partie. She’s whipping up new kinds of breads for guests to enjoy.

The resort also helps local communities by sourcing its manpower from nearby areas, upskilling and retooling them to provide world-class service to guests.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Derek, F&B Manager. He oversees the dining room staff to bring you a great dining experience.
Timberland Highlands Resort
Rey, F&B. He also taught me how to add a background to your Tiktok video (thanks, Rey!)
Timberland Highlands Resort
Josh, F&B.
Timberland Highlands Resort
Jona, F&B

They’re always ready to give you a hand, so when you see them around, be sure to say hi!

Timberland Highlands Resort
Rom, Housekeeping. He gives quite an animated tour of the hotel room.
Timberland Highlands Resort
Analyn and Marlyn, Housekeeping. These friendly ladies will keep your room spic-‘n-span.
Timberland Highlands Resort
Edison, Kar and Genie, Front Office. Count of them for your queries about the hotel.
Timberland Highlands Resort
JR, Lifeguard. He also takes care of the gym and guided me on a tour of the indoor sports facilities.

Thanks to the above reasons, my family and I had a fun, restful and memorable stay at the Timberland Highlands Resort, so why don’t you treat your family to one, too?

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

For more details, visit Timberland Highlands Resort’s website, call +632 8891 8288 or +63 918 9799863 (calls are entertained between 9am and 6pm) or email reservations@timberlandresort.com

Check-in is at 3pm while check-out is at 11am.

Timberland Highlands Resort is located inside Timberland Heights, Barangay Guitnang Bayan II, San Mateo, Rizal 1850 Philippines.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

In accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines set by the Department of Tourism and the local government, the following safety practices are in place:

  • Observance of minimum public health standards such as wearing of face masks, maintain physical distance and frequent handwashing
  • Requirement for guests 18 years old and older to present proof of full vaccination or a negative result of a swab or saliva-based RT PCR test, taken within 48 hours prior to check in
  • Guests below 18 years old should always be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian

To know more about Timberland Highland Resorts’ latest updates and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

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Burnout-busting staycation in Our Own Little Paradise

After a busy quarter into the year 2022, many of us may already be feeling tired, drained or stressed out.

Whether from work responsibilities, family duties or tasks we take on for our communities, the sheer magnitude of headspace and efforts we devote to so many areas in our lives can lead to burnout.

A great way to fight the effects of burnout is to take a break from the stressors in our lives. Over a recent long weekend, my extended fam and I took a staycation in a private home in Lipa, Batangas to do just that.

Staycationing in a time of pandemic

A portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation,” (and sometimes also referred to as a “holistay” from “holiday” and “stay”), a staycation usually involves a short trip to a local destination (as opposed to one abroad) to enjoy fun and relaxation without a lot of the effort and costs that long trips abroad usually incur.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

Especially in this time of pandemic, staycations are a great way to get that well-deserved break. Staycations can also be planned to enable us to practice social distancing and safety measures such as:

  • Traveling via short drives that require no stopovers at crowded stops for meals and bathroom breaks
  • Staying in a private and self-enclosed area with little contact to people outside our immediate circles
  • Bringing food in, cooking onsite or ordering in to that eliminate the need to dine out
Sa Aming Munting Paraiso
Sa Aming Munting Paraiso

All the time spent together while traveling, eating or hanging out during staycations also prove helpful to family bonding.

A restful idyll in paradise

In Barangay Bulaklakan in Lipa City, Batangas is a picturesque private residence called Sa Aming Munting Paraiso (“In Our Own Little Paradise”).

Its location affords it with ideal vantage points with which to view Mt. Maculot and Taal Lake.

These natural wonders were formed centuries ago when volcanic explosions destroyed the previous Taal Cone, creating a depression that is now called the Taal Caldera. This caldera contains what is now Taal Lake and has Mt. Maculot has its highest rim.

Sa Aming Munting Paraiso
Mt. Maculot
Sa Aming Munting Paraiso
Taal Lake

This 6300 square meter property is built to combine the comforts of home and the gifts of nature to provide urbanites with a restful getaway from the stresses of city living where they can renew friendships or revitalize familial bonds.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Entry to the property
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Pool Area
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Steps to the house
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Main House

The ground floor of main house boasts of a luxurious yet tastefully furnished lounge (with a toilet and bath to the side) well-suited for conversations and family activities.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

Equipped with adequate WIFI connection, it also provides spaces for work and entertainment.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

A spacious dining room wrapped with large windows and sliding doors that gaze out into the surrounding rainforest is an ideal setting for delicious family meals.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

A kitchen island (where dining ware and cutlery are kept) also serves as a surface for preparing salads or drinks, as well as a breakfast nook or buffet table during mealtime. Near it is a two-door refrigerator to house food and drinks.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

Adjoining the dining room is a secondary kitchen equipped with rice cookers, an oven toaster, a microwave, a four-burner gas stove and other implements for food preparation and cooking.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

Up the stairs is a master’s bedroom furnished a queen-sized bed and sitting area to provide guests with restful slumbers and an awesome view. Outside is a veranda that leads to a spiral staircase leading to the roofdeck.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

Downstairs from the kitchen is a second bedroom furnished with two double-sized beds.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

The family room next to it houses a single bed and three bunk beds to accommodate a larger group.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

Each bedroom has its own en-suite toilet and bath (with hot and cold water as well as handwash, body wash and shampoo). Each bedroom is also fitted with air conditioning and electric fans while fresh linens, blankets and pillows are also provided.

Stepping outdoors brings guests to more areas for recreation such as a bahay kubo where they can find shade and a quaint yet comfortable place to sit.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

They can take cooling dips in the two swimming pools with cascading water and given shade by the surrounding trees.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

They can also take a dip in outdoor jacuzzi and let the cool water jets massage their aches and pains away.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

A covered patio equipped with an outdoor grill, a karaoke machine, table and chairs as well as nearby lounge chairs provide a venue for barbecues and outdoor dining.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

In the evening, guests can venture out to the property’s backyard and hang out around the bonfire pit.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

They can also take a night-time stroll around the beautifully lit premises.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

However, for the really spectacular views, guests should proceed to the roofdeck which is also accessible through an external spiral staircase.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

It is the perfect spot for sunrise and sunset views of the local attractions Mt. Maculot and Taal Lake.

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Mt. Maculot at Sunrise
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso (“Our Own Little Paradise”)
Mt. Maculot at Sunset
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Taal Lake at Sunrise
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso (“Our Own Little Paradise”)
Taal Lake at Sunset

A restful sojourn in this little bit of paradise is sure to rejuvenate and recharge city slickers, busting their feelings of burnout.

So why don’t you treat yourself and your family to a staycation here?

Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”
Sa Ating Munting Paraiso “Our Own Little Paradise”

Book your stay at Our Own Little Paradise via Airbnb where it is rated an average of 4.46 stars.

For the health and safety of its guests, Our Own Little Paradise is committed to Airbnb‘s five-step cleaning process.

Our Own Little Paradise is located in Barangay Bulaklakan, Purok 4, Lipa City, Batangas. Check in is from 2pm to 7pm while checkout is at 11am.

Socially distant staycationing at Casa 1254 in Pansol, Laguna

Nearly two years into the pandemic, we can’t help but feel like we need a break from the stresses and hassles we encounter while quarantined in the city.

We also want to be able to spend time with our extended family after being separated for them for so long.

With quarantine restrictions loosening just a wee bit, we can now enjoy some time with our loved ones through socially distant staycations such as what I had with my in-laws at Casa 1254 in Pansol, Laguna.

Casa 1254
Casa 1254

Casa 1254 was deemed as the most suitable venue for our socially distant staycation-cum-family outing, as it ticked off the requirements that will enable us to keep ourselves safe during our trip:

  • It should be within driving distance. Casa 1254 is less than two hours away from Metro Manila by car. Traveling by car is a lot safer (in terms of social distancing) than traveling by plane or other public transport systems. Also, given the short driving time, we didn’t need to have stopovers in crowded areas for a meal or to rest from the drive.
  • It should be in a private, self-enclosed area. Casa 1254 is a single, detached house enclosed in a perimeter wall with parking slots for up to four cars inside the compound. We had the place all to ourselves, allowing us to minimize contact with anyone outside of our family circle.
  • It should have its own kitchen. We expected dining out options to be quite limited, and, since we didn’t plan on going in and out of the venue often, we brought enough food for the duration our stay which we either cooked or reheated in the kitchen.
  • It should have good internet connectivity. Since we didn’t plan on going out and will spend the entirety of our time within the property, we needed to have fast and reliable internet access for work and entertainment.

With those important considerations addressed, the entire extended family was able to enjoy our stay at Casa 1254 and maximize its amenities for family bonding:

Living Areas. We congregated at the living room and adjoining sitting area for lively conversations and catching up. The kids were also able to set up their mini tents and use their toys in this sprawling space between the two areas for their playtime.

Casa 1254
Casa 1254

Dining Room and Kitchen. Family bonding was made even more enjoyable with good food. We dined in style in the well-appointed dining room on dishes re-heated or cooked in the spacious kitchen which are furnished with a large refrigerator/freezer, a stove with oven, as well as a hot and cold water dispenser.

Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254

Plates, cutlery, cookware, cleaning items are already provided.

Swimming Pool. The heated pool was the piece de resistance for the kids who had lots of fun splashing around. An outdoor BBQ and patio with a cabana was available for poolside dining.

Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254

After pooltime, the kids washed up at the 3/4 bath in the ground floor.

Bedrooms. At the end of each fun-filled day, we retreated to our respective bedrooms to rest and recharge. Each air-conditioned room conveniently has an en-suite bathroom, complete with toilet and shower.

Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254

Bed linens, pillowcases, towels, shampoo, body wash, hand soap and toilet paper were also provided.

View. Upon waking up, we basked in the cool breezes and calming view of the mountainside from the wrap-around balcony of the second floor and the roof deck of the poolside cabana.

Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254
Casa 1254

Our stay was fairly trouble-free as a caretaker who lives in a separate building was available to help us in operating the pool and other concerns during out stay.

Casa 1254

Planning your own socially distant staycation? Book your stay at Casa 1254 via Airbnb where it is rated an average of 4.98 stars.

For the health and safety of its guests, Casa1254 is committed to Airbnb‘s five-step cleaning process.

Casa 1254 is located at Purok 1 Bridge, 1-254 Kaimo, Calamba, 4027 Laguna. Check in is from 3pm to 8pm while checkout is at 12pm.