(SPOT.ph) There’s nothing like reconnecting with nature to recharge and get in touch with your inner self. Thankfully, Cebu is blessed with plenty of mountain spots where you can retreat, relish in the surroundings, and have an outdoor adventure. Whether you’re looking for a quick escape or a faraway adventure, start planning because we have these cool options for you.
For your next venture to the outdoors, check out these Cebu mountain resorts:
Danasan Eco Adventure Park
Danasan, Danao, Cebu
Room rates start at P1,200/night
If you’re looking for an extreme adventure experience, you should definitely check this place out. This popular adventure park is located an hour and a half from Cebu City, and has plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied. You can choose from riding an all-terrain vehicle or speedway, wakeboarding, ziplining, skybiking, and wall climbing. For those with a nature-centric adventure in mind, you can also go for horseback riding, kayaking, waterfalls rappelling, caving, and trekking. Once you’re done with the day’s adventures, you can cool off at the pool or have a soothing Hot Kawa Bath, a traditional Filipino bath where you dip in a cauldron-like basin with water that’s slowly being heated.
The entrance fee for the park is only P50 and there are packages to choose from depending on which activities you’d like to try out, starting at P600 per person. If you’re looking to spend the night, Danasan has camping facilities with tent rentals starting at P350 for two persons, along with bonfire options. There are also air-conditioned rooms with a starting price of P1,200 for two people.
Lava Mountain River Farm
Bonbon, Cebu City
Room rates start at P7,500/night
This four-hectare property is an agri-tourism farm where you can bask in the beauty of the outdoors while still having access to facilities for your comfort. Lava Mountain River Farm is best for those looking to get away for some fresh air and peaceful mountain surroundings. You can trek along the farm or the Mananga River where you can see various native flora and rock formations and visit a secret waterfall, or go for a swim in the pool or river.
Once dusk sets in, camp on the farm’s lush grounds or stay indoors in the Riverside or Mountain Hut, the property’s open-air accommodations. These huts are native-inspired and offer good cooling ventilation to really let you take advantage of the cool mountain air. For overnight stays, the rates start at P7,500 for up to eight people, perfect for a large group of friends or family.
Florentino's Eco Park
Florentino’s Eco Park is perfect for day trips when you just want a quick escape from the busy city. Nestled in the highlands of Balamban, the place provides plenty of opportunities to interact with nature in the flower garden and fishpond. There are also scenic views of the mountains, along with the seascape of nearby Negros Island and Mount Kanlaon.
For parents looking for a kid-friendly spot, this mountain terrace has an outdoor playground. There are board games for children and kids-at-heart. If you’re looking to get creative, there’s also the Paint Bar, a painting studio for you to get inspired enough by what you see around you. Once you’ve had your fill, you can just sit back and lounge on deck and wait for the magnificent view of the sunset.
Florentino’s Eco Park is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The entrance fee is only P100, half of which is consumable for food.
Mountain View Nature's Park
Busay, Cebu City
Room rates start at P1,200/night
Mountain View Nature’s Park has a viewing deck where you can check out a breathtaking panorama of the city. The place has a pool where you can swim or lounge while enjoying the cool air and the view. If you’re up for a challenge, there’s the Rope Course with its many twists and turns—17 obstacles at that!—perfect for shaking away all the pent-up energy from months of sitting at home.
For meals, you can drop by Firetree Nook Restaurant to fuel up with pizza, pasta, and rice meals. If you're feeling indulgent, there are also favorites like Sisig (P260) and Crispy Pata (P450), and refreshments at the bar.
Camping options are available at the site, while room accommodations start at P1,200 for fan rooms and P2,000 for air-conditioned rooms, both good for two people. Entrance fee is P50 per person.
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Senen's Mountain Resort
An hour away from Cebu City, this resort in the mountains of Liloan has a panoramic view of not just the hills but the sea and neighboring islands, too. You can opt to cool down by the poolside, go biking around the premises, or simply take in the scenic nature around you.
There’s also a café and resto should you get hungry after walking around in the mountainside. They have a variety of breakfast sets, pasta and pizza, and rice meals to choose from. For desserts, satisfy your sweet tooth with a Moist Choco Cake (P100), Cinnamon Roll (P50), Ube Desal (P15), and more. You can dine outdoors to be one with nature or settle down with a cup of coffee in hand (starts at P110) and feel your stresses slowly fade away.
West 35 Eco Mountain Resort
Room rates start at P5,200/night
West 35 is not just a mountain resort, it’s also dedicated to the preservation of local biodiversity and helping sustain natural environments. The place grows its own vegetables, which are served fresh at the Haven Café in dishes like the Westy Salad (P200) with lettuce, grilled chicken slices, tomato, onions, jicama, and sesame, and the Garden Fresh Salad (P200), with fresh tangigue soaked in vinegar and mayonnaise, served with cucumber, green mango, onions, and chili.
You can marvel at the mountains of Balamban as well as the seaside of Tsuneishi at their 360-degree viewing decks, or relax by simplying walk around and breathe in the fresh air brought about by the vegetation, foliage, and spot the birds and insects endemic to the area. There’s also a kid's playground for the little ones and kids-at-heart, with slides, swings, climbing ropes, and climbing wall, as well as a zipline for a more exhilarating experience. For overnight accommodations, villas start at P5,200.
Adlawon Vacation Farm
Adlaon, Cebu City
Room rates start at P3,000/night
The Adlawon Vacation Farm is a real farm where you can bask in the beautiful scenery while learning more about your surroundings. You can learn about the different names of local flora and fauna, how they thrive, and how to take care of them. There are also farm animals around that you can interact with. Fruits and vegetables from the garden are served fresh at the restaurant in the form of salads and shakes. You can choose to walk around the grounds or just take in the view, but you can go camping here, too. For overnight stays, rooms start at P3,000 for a night.
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