Take an Extreme Adventure or Just Chill at Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa

The last weekend of February had us driving to UPLB to fetch Ralph who went on an overnight debate competition. Since February 25 was declared as an official holiday, we thought that it would be the best time to spend the night at a resort in Los Baños. It was a last minute decision so I failed to reserve us a room at the Makiling Onsen Spa. Thankfully, Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa was just a few hundred meters and a phone call away.

It was actually my husband first discovered Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa. He saw a viral post on Facebook about it and tagged me. I didn't realize that it was also located in Los Baños until our car drove past its signage along the highway. Luck was on our side when I booked because there were still a few rooms available. As the night passed, we saw guests coming and checking in the rooms beside ours.

Checking-in at Laresio
We availed of the Small Group Overnight Package for 4 which cost us 1,500 each.

The package an airconditioned room good for…

Chocolate Hills Complex, Bohol

First stop of our Bohol Countryside Tour, Day 2 in Bohol.

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

Back when I was in grade school, we would study about the different places of interests in the Philippines and Chocolate Hills would always be my favorite. It never ceased to amaze me. I often wondered how the beautiful mounds came to be. Whenever we were asked to draw hills for a seatwork or an assignment, it would be automatic for me to draw one looking like a Chocolate Hill.

The Chocolate Hills in Bohol is really an unusual geological formation. There are more than a thousand of these hills spread across the towns of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan.

From our El Portal Inn in Tagbilaran City, our driver drove more than an hour to the town of Carmen where the Chocolate Hills Complex is located. We paid 25 pesos each for the entrance fees. The facility is government regulated and it has a viewing deck that allows guests to view the Chocolate Hills in all its splendor. Our driver had to leave us and drive back down by the entrance gate as cars are not allowed to park in the area.

Going up to see the Chocolate Hills

My dad didn't want to go all the way up to the view deck because he has become scared of heights. Since my mom was also suffering from a sprained ankle, we left her and my dad inside the cafe of the complex. We then ventured into the flight of stairs which led us to the viewing deck where we saw the famous Chocolate Hills. Too bad that the hills did not look "chocolatey" at all and were rather green when we visited. We were told that the best time to see the Chocolate Hills is during the summer when the grasses and ferns of the hills dry up.

2010-01-30 Bohol Weekend Day 2 LR-16

I think we stayed for a couple of minutes more after having our photos taken before going down the stairs once again. On our way down, we saw the marker which declares the Chocolate Hills as as National Geological Monument.

Before heading to our next destination, we checked out the souvenir shops and bought some pasalubong shirts that were a bargain that day. All the other items were pricey, though.

The Chocolate Hills Complex is located in Carmen, Bohol. To go there, tourists can ride a bus to Carmen from the Dao bus terminal in Tagbilaran City (mainland). It would be best if you visit the Chocolate Hills as part of a van rental package. We got ours for Php 3,500 for 8 hours.

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