I’ve got good news for half-mermaids out there! I discovered a nature-inspired resort and leisure park just a few hours away from Manila named Los Arcos de Hermano.
March 19, 2016 — When the city feels so fast-paced yet my time doesn’t allow me to take a break from the hustle and bustle, I get easily exhausted and anxious. I feel like I need a time for myself where I’m not pressured and rushed to do things. When I came across this resort in San Jose del Monte Bulacan, I was so surprised to learn that such place near Manila exists. It was the quick break I needed.
When we visited Los Arcos de Hermano, they were celebrating their 4th year anniversary. There were hula dancers, live band and fire dancers who amazed and entertained the guests. Fun!
The resort was so huge that there are lots of activities one can try while staying at Los Arcos. Aside from swimming, the venue also allows camping, biking and also serves as team building venue and events venue. Touring around this 5-hectare resort was such a delight. It took me the whole morning to roam around. If you’re planning to visit the resort this summer, then let me give you a quick visual tour.
Of course, the swimming pools were the star of the resort. There are three public pools available, and one private pool.
Maybe it’s just me, but the rustic cottages, the tall trees, and the clear waters make me feel like I’m in Bali. This infinity pool is still being developed, but wait until it gets finished! I’m certain that this one will be the main tourist attraction.
Dipping in the water is nice because it wasn’t filled with chlorine. When I open my eyes underwater, it didn’t once hurt my eyes. The day swimming (from 8am to 5pm) costs ₱200 for adults, ₱150 for kids. The night swimming (6pm-12mn) costs ₱250 for adult, ₱180 for kids.
The cottages here are so nice! It adds more character to the Bali-theme here in Los Arcos!
The rustic huts are good for 10 persons for ₱800. The small cabanas are good for 14 persons for ₱1000 and lastly, the big cottage good for 20 persons for ₱1500.
Checking in at 1pm and checking out at 12nn, we found our room stay to be on the average. The towel, the soap and the dental kit were a big plus though, but the rooms were tired. Maybe a little repainting and I think it will make the experience much better.
When we asked for an extra mattress (which costs ₱500), and after a thousand follow-ups nothing arrived. We just moved the beds around and got to enjoy the night still, thanks to the good air conditioning. The room has television and it only has 4 TV channels available (I don’t think people come here to just watch TV though). The bathroom was just okay, with some issues on the sink clogging (but really it’s no big deal). Our room was good for 4 persons, and the rate starts from ₱3000 – ₱3200 a night.
If you don’t feel like getting a room, or a cottage, or you simply want to be one with nature, Los Arcos de Hermano also has a campsite where one can pitch a tent. The campsite is so huge, you can bike around the place!
I super like the dried leaves here. I think this could be a perfect spot for nature-themed pictorials. It’s so dramatic! For ₱400 per head, one can enjoy the vast space of the camp site from 1pm to 12nn. Just be extra careful with the mosquitoes!
The cafe inside the resort is a hero for those who haven’t prepared food for this trip. However, nothing’s really special with the menu they offer. The taste of the food is so-s0. The serving was small.
Anyway, when you bring in food and drinks inside, the resort wouldn’t charge corkage. In fact, they have grilling station provided in case needed.
Aside from weekend stay, the resort can also be a venue for team building and holding events. I heard that Los Arcos de Hermano received an award as the best events venue place in Bulacan for 2015.
Lastly, Los Arcos de Hermano also serves as a venue for company team building. It’s convenient for companies in Manila because it’s just a few hours travel.
I tried overcoming some of the activities on the site, but it was hard. The struggle was so real! I ended up laughing at myself for looking stupid. Ha ha. There are lots of amenities being developed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this resort becomes the ultimate leisure park in the metro. So many things to look forward to!
How to get there
1. From Cubao, ride a Mersan Bus going to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The route is Cubao-Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan via EDSA Fairview Commonwealth Avenue. Estimated travel time is 2 hours.
2. Get off the bus once you see the Puregold Tungkong Mangga and CLN square. From there, find a tricycle to take you to Los Arcos de Hermano.
Los Arcos de Hermano
Address: Corner School Rd., Paradise Farm, Brgy. Tungkong Mangga, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
Contact Number: (+63) 932 8444492 or (+63) 917 8577446
Email Address: email@example.com