Enjoy a trip to the country, take time to experience country life here in the Philippines, and here at Villa Escudero you can have this experience. We are a fully operational and self supporting coconut plantation, that was founded by Don Placido Escudero in the early part of the 1800's. Originally the Villa Escudero Plantation was planted in sugarcane, however in the early part of the 1900's the son, Don Arsenio Escudero decided to change the plantation over to a coconut farm. Don Arsenio Escudero was a pioneer to the argo-industry, in fact he was the very first person in the Philippines to build the very first hydroelectric plant, that would supply water to his dying coconut plantation.
In 1981 the children of Don Arsenio Escudero decided to open the property to the general public, from once humble beginnings, this beautiful country estate has now become a resort destination of choice for the wealthy and elite Filipinos as-well-as foreign tourist. Villa Escudero has now a global reputation for showcasing the Philippines, both past and present culture, learn about the rich heritage of the Philippines, and the life of the Filipino through the cuisine, dress, traditional customs all presented here.
Here at Villa Escudero we provide a variety of accommodations that include both apartment style and riverfront cottages. Each of our rooms have been well appointed with all modern amenities and furnishings. Each room provides a warm and relaxing interior, with furniture created from local materials that include bamboo, anahaw leaves as-well-as coconut lumber.
All Rooms Provide:
- Electric Fan
- Ceiling Fan
- Hot Water
- Private Bathroom
Apartment Style – These rooms are all set within a beautiful tropical garden area, where at the center you have a swimming pool and play area for the children, this is the ideal setting for a family.
Long House – These rooms are good for up to 6 persons, each room offers a wall fan and a ceiling fan, a private bathroom, one double bed downstairs and a loft area with 4 additional mattresses.
- Executive Suites – These rooms are good for up to 6 persons, with one oversized bed that can accommodate 4 persons, there are 2 trundle beds good for 2 persons and a private bathroom.
Riverfront Cottages – Each of our riverfront cottages area set along the Labasin River and are good for 10 persons. Each cottage offers a wall fan and a ceiling fan, there is a small veranda that sits over the river, there are two bathrooms, 1 double bed, 1 single bed, and a loft area with 7 mattresses. Our Riverfront Cottages offer wonderful views of the sunrise and evening sunset, this is just a remarkable setting, perfect for anyone wanting to just relax in complete solitude.
- *Gumamela Suites – These rooms are good for 4 persons, each room provides, air-condition, 1 double bed good for 2 persons, 1 trundle bed good for 2 persons and a private bathroom.
Located on the property of Villa Escudero is a beautiful museum, filled with many historical artifacts from World War II as-well-as other time periods. The museum was founded by Arsenio and Rosario Escudero, and offers one of the largest and most eclectic collections in the Philippines. The museum itself opened in 1987 and is a reproduction of a church that once stood in Intramuros City, in Manila. A large part of the museum's collection is of colonial religious art, and pieces from World War II.
Enjoy your native Filipino lunch served on picnic tables created from bamboo, with each table set a few inches into the rushing stream of crystal clear water from the man-made waterfalls above. This is truly an experience to enjoy with the entire family, enjoy local Filipino dishes that include Pancit, Rice, Pork Adobe and a local fish, however the menu will change, so each time you eat here it may be different. There is just nothing more enjoyable than eating your lunch near a waterfall, with the sound of rushing water in the distance, while your feet are feeling refreshed from the water.
Philippines Cultural Show
After you have had your lunch, you can then take in a wonderful Philippines cultural show, enjoy watching as the country's rich and vibrant culture comes to life on a stage before you. Each of the dances were created by Ramon Obusand a renowned artist for dance from the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It is the authenticity of these cultural dances that make them so special, along with the fact that the dances are performed daily by the Villa Escudero Resort employees and in-house musicians. These authentic Filipino cultural shows are available on Fridays thru Sundays and on holidays only.
After lunch is a great time to visit the Labasin River, where you can enjoy a wonderful time on the river with a native bamboo raft, created using native bamboo. Each raft is good for 2 persons, life-jackets area available for each guest.
Rural Filipino Village Tour
What a way to really experience the life of a Filipino, enjoy a tour of the Villa Escudero compound via a cart pulled by a Carabao, each cart can carry several people, this is just another wonderful experience.
There are so many fantastic things one can do here at Villa Escudero, for example you can enjoy some exercise, go bicycling, or play tennis, there is a basketball court, or enjoy singing your favorite song at the Karaoke hall, or maybe a game of billiards or even ping-pong, there is so much to enjoy here, fun for the entire family.
For both bird lovers and nature enthusiast we offer, bird watching, here at Villa Escudero we have 181 of the 600 recorded bird species, that live here in the Philippines. So bring your camera with a f/4 70-200 lens to capture the best shots of these birds in their natural habitat. In the early morning hours you can hear the sounds from the Myna, Oriole, Doves, Kingfisher and even some Fantails. As you walk around the garden area you are sure to see the Red-keeled Flowerpecker, a Philippines Pygmy Woodpecker or even the Philippines Tailorbird. There are over 17 species of birds that live here at Villa Escudero, so come visit us for a real adventure.
So whether you are looking for a place for your family gathering, or a business get together, we are sure to offer you the perfect place. Our conference center is located along the Labsin River, and adjacent to a lush tropical garden, this makes for a perfect setting.
Villa Escudero Resort is the perfect place for your wedding, our grounds offer beautiful gardens, we are located next to the Labsin River and we have our own wedding chapel.
Getting to Villa Escudero Resort
This beautiful coconut plantation is just a two hour drive from the city of Manila, the drive is very scenic and relaxing. We are located in Laguna, however you will travel through various small towns on your way here, Alabang, Calamba, Saint Tomas, Alaminos, until you arrive here in San Pablo City, where Villa Escudero is located. Here at WOW Philippines Travel Agency, we do include private transportation from Manila to the Villa Escudero Resort, the round trip transportation is included with your resort package.
Villa Escudero Day Trip from Manila
If you would rather spend only a few hours at Villa Escudero, then we here at WOW Philippines Travel Agency can also arrange that option, you can visit our sister company at Manila City Tour or just click the link here, Villa Escudero for complete day tour information along with an online booking form that will accept both credit cards and PayPal.