Years ago, Randy and I had a romantic getaway at Hidden Valley in Calauan, Laguna. I remember us having a great time there.
Fast forward to Valentine’s season this year. At the last minute, Randy decided for our family to have a Valentine’s weekend staycation there. Yes, Raviv included. So forget about coupley stuff. May kasama kaming ipu-ipo personified. LOL.
We went there on Valentine’s Day itself. From Feb 14-15 (Sun-Sat) because the 13-14 slot was already fully booked.
True enough, when we arrived there, the usually quiet pools were filled with people.
If you are not a nature lover, don’t go to Hidden Valley because you will be bored to death. There is no Wifi and cellphone signal is bad. The old style TV (read: not flat screen) in the cottage has Cignal, though. But if you are a tree-hugger, this is the place to be. Why? Take a look:
I’d say that these are the main attractions of Hidden Valley. No one—I say NO ONE—could resist the call of the clear and clean springs of the Hidden Valley pools! Unlike your regular swimming pools, they are chlorine-free but they are still clean because water is running and free-flowing just like beaches. But unlike beaches, the water is not salty and does not sting the eyes.
The Warm Pools are the first cluster of pools you would see. I think they’re also the most popular. Take a look why:
A few meters from the Warm Pools are the other pools.
Steps from the Warm pools to the Soda Pools
The Soda Pools look more like the traditional pools where one could practice his strokes. Unlike the Warm Pools, there are no mini-pools within a big pool. There were less “waterfalls”, too. It’s bigger and wider and there’s also a deep part. And although it is still surrounded by lush vegetation, it is less shady here.
And just like the typical resort, there also a “kiddie pool”.
But don’t get too jiggy rin ha? The Lovers’ Pool is visible along the road to the Hidden Falls.
The Hidden Falls
To be honest, it’s not exactly a sight to behold.
It was really sad because when Randy and I went there years ago, it was still standing majestically. Randy the Eco-Hero said he was teary-eyed upon reading the “obituary”.
But even as it fell, it was still useful! Its huge fallen trunk served as our “bridge” in going to the Hidden Falls.
And in our quest to get near the Hidden Falls, trudging the shallow yet uneven, rocky waters was also another adventure!
Randy is currently addicted to bird photography, so that’s an added bonus for him. Let me show you some of the birds he shot: