Coffee, Mountains and Adventure

“There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this”

Feeling stuck in rut? Get outside and explore! That’s what we did in Mambukal Resort and Spa, I swear there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.

Mambukal Resort lies 1,200 feet above sea level and serves as a gateway to Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park, spread over 23.6 hectares, Mambukal is blessed with exceptionally beautiful natural features.


Originally developed by a Japanese architect named Kokichi Paul Ishiwata in 1927, the resort started as a bathhouse and picnic garden and has provided cool haven for Negrenses and their guests.


Mambukal boasts a number of hot sulfur springs whose medicinal waters are a balm for the weary flesh and continually feels the warm dipping pool Ishiwata Bathhouse and the newly constructed Japanese Ofuro.


Above pic is a bougainvillea plant, but the setting feels like coming to Korea.

They say this is a secret “easy” passage to the 7th waterfalls but we did not attempt to hike up.


There are awfully huge rocks everywhere and they are placed below the trees and other shady areas.


There are man made bridges that lets you roam around the place safely without going through the rocky paths.


Path going to the Dipping Pool


Bats flocking around a leafless tree


This is the Resort’s popular warm sulfur dipping pool it is said to have an effect on your body just like that of the fountain of youth. It rejuvenates the body and removes toxins. The recommended time for a dip is about 30mins and people who have heart problems or those who are not feeling well due to illness or other major diseases are not allowed to enter the pool for health safety reasons.

When we got there the water is scalding hot like a hot shower set to max. (times 5). But as soon as we get to dip our bodies little by little and testing the waters for a good 10minutes we begin to relax and its an experience we want to try again. We had a very restful sleep that night.

There are lots of hidden places in the resort, here we found a small children’s playground but it was in a very secluded area of the site. We couldn’t say that it was completely abandoned because everything is still in shape. But when we were there exploring, we have this constant fear that a snake will come out and bite our ankles, or maybe we just watched so many Horror Movies.


We got tired and we feel hot and sweaty from all that hiking. Time to grab something cool.

This is the entrance to the Resorts Canteen.


Overview from our room to the Resorts Canteen, featuring the lush forest and semi-tropical treesas well as a variety of pines, ferns and orchids that thrive on its cool climate and rich soil, known as Mambukal clay.

The smoke from the right side of the pic is not coming from the canteen but from hot sulfur mud.


To cool off we had some Halo-Halo -(mixed together”) is a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various ingredients, including boiled sweet beans, coconut, sago, gulaman (agar jelly), tubers and fruits. It is served in a tall glass or bowl.


Above is the entrance to Ishiwata’s Camping Ground.


This is one of the main highway of the resort, the road is elevated from the curb and we nearly got ran over by a rushing private vehicle trying to get the perfect Instagram picture.

The resort has strategically located viewing decks. For more intimate encounters with nature, ascend the hanging bridge and bask in the beauty of nature from a different viewpoint from the Canopy of trees.

Check more pictures of our adventures here:


Our room offers free swimming passes good for 6 person!


It is a very hot morning but mambukal resort has lot of shade to offer, such a glorious greeting from the wild


Swimming pool of Mambukal Resort sorrounded by mountains


Boating Lagoon where you can rent Kayak’s and Rowboats for 35Php



Featuring more of the boating lagoon view


At the foot of the mountain, locals sells different kinds of ornaments and potted plants


The butterfly garden



Endless cases of Neatly preserved Butterflies


Were all a little fragile


One butterfly just landed on me, I hope it brings good Luck


In every Adventure, Follow your butterflies


Mariposa Butterfly


Beetles are neatly preserved in large glass cases


Some of the butterflies are preserved in this cases and are sold as souvenirs


The best thing in here- Coffee

I’ve had several cups of coffee but this is the only decent picture I have. (I take my coffee real serious)


Go where you are feel most alive

If you are planning to go to Mambukal Resort and experience the beauty of the mountains and woods, here is the link to the Mambukal Resort Rates:

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