A Review: Grand Villa Resort and Butterfly Centre Laguna

Grand Villa Mansion

Planning to have a family summer getaway without going far away from Manila?

Then, I would suggest that you go to Grand Villa Resort and Butterfly Centre in Laguna to have a much needed rest from the metropolis. Don’t be fooled by the one and a half hour drive because once inside the resort, you will feel that you are completely detached from the congested atmosphere of the city.

The Olympic swimming pool

Here’s my review:

The rooms
My family (party of 10) stayed on two hotel rooms located at the Grand Villa Mansion during the Lenten season. Personally,  I have these doubts that the assigned hotel rooms will be a little tiny for 5 people each (I was actually planning to get one more room) but my hesitations were all gone when I saw how each room looked like. Then, our rooms were strategically located at the covered private pool as well. The location was just right for us, yey!

Olympic swimming pool entrance

My son enjoying the water at the covered private pool

The covered private pool
We took advantage of the chance that our rooms were strategically located near the private pool. It was actually the best thing that happened to us during the first day because there was an ongoing summer outing for Goldilocks bakeshop!  We loved the privacy of this pool plus it was so near the Adventure Kamp side of the resort.

Spa Garden Room

The food
Too bad, the resort strictly prohibits bringing food so the entire family decided to avail of their offered buffet meal. During the first day, my family had a welcome snack that was served at the private pool and a managed buffet dinner that was served at the Olympic poolside of the resort. Then, we had managed breakfast buffet, morning snack and a managed lunch buffet on our second day.

The dishes served were all okay. Very home cooked meal. Memorable dishes that they served were the yummy fish fillet, the chicken arroz caldo, the tomato soup and the salad cabbage. It was quite a surprise because I didn’t expect that they’ll serve such yummy dishes. The quality of the food was a far cry from our first visit here at Grand Villa sometime in 2010 as the crispy pata and the adobo doesn’t taste that good. But after a year, the taste of the food improved a lot.

*Update: Grand Villa is no longer offering a buffet meal since October 2011. Too bad. :(

Relaxing Jacuzzi

The Spa and Jacuzzi room

The owner must have loved Bali so much as one can clearly see how it was executed in every corner of the resort. It was not actually the Jacuzzi that I liked here but the furniture! The big Buddha wall décor that will greet guests was just enough for me to be relaxed! I also liked the big comfy chairs because it made me suddenly fall asleep while we were waiting for our Jacuzzi attendant. Our rest and recuperation was almost perfect if she was not too late that night – geez, we waited her for almost an hour before we were allowed to enter a Jacuzzi room.

Adventure Kamp

at the Butterfly Centre

So glad I didn’t booked  my family at the tree house because it is so far away from the ‘heart’ of the resort proper!

The ostriches at the mini zoo

The mini-zoo and butterfly centre tour
If you plan to go here, I strongly recommend you to avail of the mini-zoo and butterfly centre tour because it’s a good family activity. During the tour, you will have a chance to see the other amenities like the Adventure Kamp, the tree houses and the owner’s magnificent collection of roosters! The butterfly presentation at the Audio Visual Room was quite entertaining too because the oldies were given a feel of a ‘field trip mode’ before touring the butterfly garden.

Resort Name: Grand Villa Resort and Butterfly Centre Laguna
Address: Purok 2, Barangay Tranca, Bay, Laguna
Website: http//www.grandvillaresort.ph
Email address: Go to this LINK should you want to email inquiry
Contact Number: MANILA OFFICE (632) 643-7261
Recommendation: Overall, my family and I enjoyed our Lenten vacation here. And since my son is not yet ‘ready’ to ride a plane for a semestral break this October, my husband and I may booked a weekend here soon.

Cheers,

Photo Credits:
My Canon IXUS 75 Camera (all labeled with my site) and the rest Grand Villa Resort Website




 

 

 

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11 Responses to “A Review: Grand Villa Resort and Butterfly Centre Laguna”

  1. Ciara says:

    Wowowow Snow, looks like you had fun staying on that hotel resort in Laguna! Teka nga, mapuntahan ko rin nga. Magkakadiscounts ba ako kung sasabihin kong na blog mo sila…hahaha… :D

  2. Sheila says:

    The jacuzzi looks like a mini pool.

  3. Thanks for this review. It’s been helpful, as I’ve been tossing around the idea of going there inside my head. Will bring my kid during the sem break. I’m excited already :)

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  5. Shey says:

    How’s the price of the food?

    many thanks~

  6. Laurence Beruin says:

    Good day! I’m a college student from UPLB conducting a study about ecotourism of Bay Laguna focused mainly on the Butterfly Center located at Grand Villa resort. Can you please take the time to answer this few questions regarding the Butterfly center. It would really mean a lot to me if you’d consider this request. Thank you and BTW nice review of the resort… very informative. (lancehrin.08@gmail.com)

    Research questions:
    1.What do you think of the butterfly center?

    2,How do you see the butterfly center as a means of ecotourism?

    3.Is it lacking? (if yes proceed to 4 if not jump to #6)

    4.What else do you think is/are needed?

    5.How should the management work on it?

    6.Is it sufficient?

    7. In what way is it sufficient?

  7. sandy says:

    Hi Snow,

    have you seen the Garden View Room or Pavillion Room? ano itsura, may aircon ba? another question? malayo ba tong resort sa mga restaurant o fastfood sa labas? thanks.

    sandy

    • Snow says:

      My family and I are frequent guests of this place so almost all the rooms (except for dorms and tree house ) nagamit na namin. Yes, Garden View and Pavilion both have aircons. Very comfy naman ang loob at maganda talaga bawat rooms including the bathrooms. May tv sa lahat ng rooms. Villa Rooms is the best because it has mini ref, sofa and dining table.

      Malayo siya sa bilihan ng food but you can order sa resto nila. Affordable naman yung mga price.

  8. Anonymous says:

    well, the review is not so detailed. And you have a lot to learn about responding to your readers’ comments. Don’t be a snob. If you would continue being a blogger, be more not yourself.

    But, all in all, it’s fine. Yeah, I guess so. I just didn’t like you, responding to comments like that. It’s so… what’s that… oh yeah… immoral.

    • snow says:

      Oh, I am sorry to disappoint you Miss Joselle Agas (that’s your submitted email address Ms. Anonymous, right?) but I have been on a blogging break for since July 2012. Why such a whiner? If you don’t liked my post then you can ‘Google’ and find more details online. Chill and relax, okay? hahaha :-D

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