Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens: A Superb Spa Getaway from Metro Manila
Located within the sprawling Loreland Farm Resort, 4 km from the city center of Antipolo, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is situated along a mountainside with impressive views overlooking grassy hills and, in the distance, Laguna de Bay and the Metro Manila skyline. Set in garden terraces filled with flowering plants and linked by a maze of stairs, their amenities include two small infinity pools, a hydromassage pool, sauna, fish spa and heated jacuzzi. One may use all their amenities for up to seven hours when you avail of their resort packages like the Hanging Gardens Retreat (PHP 930 per person), which includes welcome drinks and snacks of specialty suman (sticky rice), or the Hanging Gardens Getaway (PHP 1,500 per person), which includes two snacks and a four-course wellness menu for either lunch or dinner. Both packages are exclusive of spa services.
While the beautiful setting exceeded my expectations, the amenities themselves can be improved. I enjoyed their outdoor fish spa, which was filled with the largest doctor fishes I’ve ever seen! They might want to reintroduce smaller fishes again in a separate pond, so guests can experience different “intensities” of fish spa, just like being offered a choice of either soft or hard pressures during a massage. Unfortunately, the infinity and hydromassage pools were uncomfortably cold during our visit, perhaps due to the cooler season and higher elevations of Antipolo City. Moreover, the sauna and heated jacuzzi weren’t warm enough to console us after a chilly dip in the pools. While the cold-water pools would be more inviting on a hot summer day, the resort might want to consider installing heaters to warm them up during rainy days or cooler months.
I highly recommend Luljetta’s for their massages, however. Their well-trained therapists were friendly, courteous and professional. We enjoyed the one-hour Luljetta’s signature full-body massage (PHP 550), which expertly combines Swedish, shiatsu and Thai techniques, at a native-inspired massage hut with glass windows overlooking the city lights at twilight. Guests also have the option to enjoy their massage services in air-conditioned rooms, but we preferred the rustic ambiance of the fan-cooled huts. Soothing aromatherapy oils were placed underneath the massage bed to enhance the whole experience. The massage was so relaxing that I couldn’t help but fall asleep towards the end of the session.
The following day, we also enjoyed their equally amazing 45-minute foot spa (PHP 315) at their garden gazebo. I can honestly say that Luljetta’s offers one of the best massage experiences! Aside from body massages and foot spas, the garden spa also offers facials, hand reflex, head or back massages, herbal foot bath, and royal body mask. While their resort amenities need to be improved and upgraded, their excellent spa services – most especially their signature full-body massage – offered in a private and relaxing setting with breathtaking sunset views make Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa a superb getaway from Metro Manila, as the place may be reached in an hour, whether you’re driving your own car or taking public transportation.
Meals from Loreland Farm Resort are served at the al fresco dining area of Luljetta’s. Many dishes were lackluster, but those that stood out from the rest were the tuna pesto (PHP 130), bangus belly sinigang sa mangga (milkfish with green mango soup) (PHP 395), and beef steak tagalog (PHP 130). I also couldn’t get enough of their iced lemongrass tea (PHP 40), which they serve in hipster mason jars!
How to Get There
Take a jeepney from the corner of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to Antipolo Church (PHP 27, 45 minutes in light traffic). From the vicinity of the church, charter a tricycle (PHP 60) to Loreland Farm Resort, where Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is located, 4 km from the city center. Alternatively, there are Antipolo-bound vans (PHP 60) at Ayala Center Terminal in Makati City, but only depart starting 4:00 PM. Going back to Metro Manila, vans bound for Ayala Center/Ayala Avenue also depart from near the church.
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Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa
Loreland Farm Resort
Sitio Loreland, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Sales & Marketing: +63 2 6228779 or +63 9175444432
Reception: +63 2 5702532 or +63 9771626569
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Friday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM; and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.