A lush of greenery and a splash of peppermint scent all over the place are tattooed on my mind after visiting Luljetta’s (pronounced as lool-yetas). Get a front row seat at the infinity pool with an overlooking view of mountain ranges and city skyline. And of course, their rejuvenating signature massage is not to be missed. The bonus part is that this almost secret spa is situated at the heart of Antipolo and only an hour away from Manila.
This midweek escape was probably the best decision Marti and I have made for the first half of the year. Apart from celebrating our fourth year together, we thought this was such a treat to relax and pamper our crumbling bodies and exhausted minds. A moment of peace and bliss was already in queue for quite some time and we were so glad we have chosen the right venue to treat ourselves and breathe fresh air.
We booked our Hanging Gardens Experience and Traditional Massage early on at Bienvenido Tour and within the day, we were able to receive a response to secure a spot at this hidden gem. So fast and efficient! One thing we loved about this place was the warmth of the staff and how the ambiance transported us from the noisy streets of Manila to the serene rolling hills of Antipolo.
Our afternoon started with a much-awaited and famous suman (rice cake) and lemongrass tea snack from the cafe. As weird as we could get, we then ate our lunch after. Marti tried their seafood pasta and I ordered beef rendang. Food was so-so and something we would not go back to.
Hanging Garden Experience – P1,150 per person ($24 as of May 31)
Traditional Massage – P750 per person ($16 as of May 31)
After lunch and welcome merienda, we were ushered to the locker room where we were given a basket of batik robes and towels as we move from one pool to another.
To start our spa date, the jacuzzi welcomed us to experience hydrotherapy and warm our bodies up before entering the perspiration-inducing sauna room. After that, we took a dip in their hydro pool which we had to ourselves while staring out at the balete trees for about 30 minutes before getting a traditional massage. How’s the massage if you may ask? Well, let’s just say that I fell asleep and felt light when I woke up. The masseuse was a pro and totally relaxed my stressed muscles, nerves, and soul.
With the garden’s Banaue Rice Terraces-inspired landscape, climbing down the stairs is necessary to visit other infinity pools. Before taking a plunge into the pools, a quick break at the Dr. Fish Spa is an option. Not my preference but it sure made me laugh out loud and my feet dry skin-free.
Go farther down and there lies my two favourite pools- the ones overlooking the Laguna de Bay and the other one that has rainfall acupuncture. The plush of greeneries and fallen bellflowers are everywhere. Luljetta’s also has a cinema room and Buddha room where a cozy, 5-course meal, and romantic date is usually held. Perhaps this is the reason why this garden is such a hit to couples.
This place definitely made our anniversary extra special and romantic. Not wondering why I included this in my must-go-back list. I can barely wait to experience the spa garden and take a rejuvenating break once again.