Villa Elma: A Place Fused with Nature

Quiet and harmoniously filled with nature’s goodness.

Villa Elma is best described as a mountain resort and pilgrimage site that offers relaxing and uplifting experience for you and your family. It is located at the foothills of Mt. Banahaw in Lucban, Quezon.

Blend with nature as you roam around Villa Elma

 

Short History 

Villa Elma is a result of one man’s dream, Mr. Magdangal Elma, to express his love for family, friends and his spiritual relationship to God. It was built in the year 1992 as a private rest house and only allowed invited guests. It was June 2016, when it has opened to the public. The total area is 10 hectares but only 4 hectares is accessible where accommodations/rooms and other structures are located.

There are numerous sculptures made and designed by Eduardo Castillo and Rey Contreras and two stations of the cross. You may noticed the different cartoon figures like Hulk, Thor, Batman, Superman and even Jurassic Park. The manager said (Hector Rico), they were specially made for the family owner’s grandsons. Other designs in the area are Magdangal’s fruit of broad imagination.

Amihan-Habagat. It moves around when a strong wind blows.

 

Places to Visit

Hanging Bridge

There are two hanging bridge in Villa Elma noticeably placed along the way to the first station of the cross. They are made of steels and cables. The view is a must-see and perfect for selfies.

A view of the hanging bridge
The larger hanging bridge connecting from the other side

Unique Sculptures and Architecture

There are different sculptures distributed in the place that gives an artistic charm.

Wooden ceiling made from trees’ roots
Dining area made from different wood

Stations of the Cross & Religious Symbols

Villa Elma is one of Lucban’s pilgrimage site and it is visibly displayed all throughout the area. It is expected to be visited especially during Holy Week. To get to the stations of the cross, you need to walk downstairs and upstairs. For elderly visitors, you may expect a challenging walk to get to these stations.

 

Fish Spa

Guests may try to experience fish spa and get a tickling fish massage.

Playground

Kids and kids-at-heart can enjoy Villa Elma’s little playground. They have the classic seesaw, swing and “lambaras” or chin-up bars. There are also tables and chairs to use for picnic area.

 

Jurassic Park

Another attraction is the Jurassic Park. As seen in the movie, you will expect different types of dinosaurs but of course as figures.

T-Rex and other dinos

Wishing Bell

You can pull up to three (3) times then make a wish.

Batis

A natural stream and running water coming from the mountain. The water is cold and they allow swimming. There is a nearby changing room and toilets. Bringing of bottled drinks are not allowed for safety.

The cold stream water to enjoy swimming

Natural Swimming Pool

Currently, the natural pool is under renovation. The management decided to redevelop the pool since it was originally 10-feet deep and not advisable to everyone. It is expected to be completed before end of 2017.

Mt. Banahaw View Deck

This is a must-visit and We Wander PH’s best pick. Get the perfect view of Mt. Banahaw near the second station of the cross and Cristo Rey huge statue. The best time to visit is early in the morning. If you are lucky (like us), you will be able to see the unobstructed view of Mt. Banahaw without clouds. Yes, it’s like Mayon Volcano but with a different charm!

A view from Mt. Banahaw

Entrance Fee

Day Tour
7 years old below – FREE
8 – 12 years old – P50
Adult – P100

Villa Elma Rooms

There are numerous rooms that you can choose, from a budget-conscious to a more intimate stay luxury.

Twin House

This is suitable for guests who prefer to experience the mountain climate on their own homely private room. It has its own toilet and bathtub and perfect for budget-conscious. This is a fan room accommodation.

Base Rate per Night: 2 person

Rate: P2,000

Extra Person Charge: P350

Maximum Capacity: 5 person

Package: Inclusive of breakfast for all paying guest

Master’s Room

This room is perfect for couples or a small family. A fully-air conditioned with own dressing room, toilet and bathtub.

Base Rate per Night: 2 person

Rate: P2,300

Extra Person Charge: P350

Maximum Capacity: 4 person

Package: Inclusive of breakfast for all paying guest

Tree House

This is were We Wander PH stayed. A spacious room good for a maximum of 8 person. It has its own balcony, toilet, bathtub and fully-air conditioned. The Tree House, may not be located on top of the trees but the feel and vibes is more like it. The whole room and spaces are made of woods and may be very cold especially during nighttime.

Base Rate per Night: 2 person

Rate: P2,800

Extra Person Charge: P350

Maximum Capacity: 8 person

Package: Inclusive of breakfast for all paying guest

Log Cabin

Villa Elma’s Log Cabin is a more luxurious type. It is a two-storey accommodation room which will captivate the guests’ hearts. The design and feature is modern-like with a touch of nature. It has a balcony with an amazing view of the forest.

 

Base Rate per Night: 2 person

Rate: P3,500

Extra Person Charge: P350

Maximum Capacity: 8 person

Package: Inclusive of breakfast for all paying guest

Memorabilia

The Memorabilia can accommodate up to 12 persons. This is suitable for big families who prefer to stay in one room.

Base Rate per Night: 2 person

Rate: P2,800

Extra Person Charge: P350

Maximum Capacity: 8 person

Package: Inclusive of breakfast for all paying guest

Glamping Tents

Camping in Villa Elma is made possible thru their glamping tents. For those who prefer to have an outdoor-like atmosphere, glamping is the best pick. They have available tents with fans.

Base Rate per Night: 2 person

Rate: P1,400

Extra Person Charge: P350

Maximum Capacity: 8 – 10 person

Package: Inclusive of breakfast for all paying guest

Bonfire at Night

You may also want to try their bonfire. To have a complete experience of glamping, a perfect activity to do at night is making a bonfire served with s’mores and sticks. This will be perfect venue for barkada who loves to have a good night chat while watching the flumes. The rate is P200.

NOTE: Base Rates are subject to change without Prior Notice.

Elsa Cafe

Villa Elma is a Bed and Breakfast type. It has a small cafeteria to serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and meryenda short orders. Options are: porkchop and fried egg, Lucban longganisa and fried egg and tapa. They are all served with rice and drinks (coffee or hot choco).

For Reservation and Inquiries

You may coordinate your booking and reservation to Villa Elma’s point of contact.

Contact Person: Joanna Baldejo

Contact Number: 0995-5045385

Things to Consider

  • You may bring your own food. No corkage fee.
  • The only store in Villa Elma is Elsa Cafe. You can order your breakfast, lunch and dinner and short orders. Menu is limited. We suggest to bring your own food.
  • Usual weather in Lucban is 70% rainy weather and 30% dry weather.
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Bring extra clothes and umbrella for the sudden change of weather
  • If planning to tour the whole place, expect a lot of walking. Bring water with you all the time for hydration.
  • If you are coming with an elderly member, walking and getting to stations of the cross would require walking. Expect to get sweat.
  • There are no television in the rooms as Villa Elma promotes a Bed and Breakfast setting that will disconnect you the usual city life.
  • There are dead spots or weak signal around Villa Elma
  • Always practice the Leave-No-Trace Principles
  • CLEAN AS YOU GO

How to Get There

Option A

  1. From Buendia Taft in front of Arellano University, ride a UV express that will lead you to public market in Lucban, Quezon. Fare is P240 or range P200-P250.
  2. From public market, ride a tricycle going to Villa Elma. Fare is P15 per head for group or P50 for two person or depending on the actual passenger.

Option B

  1. From Cubao or other bus stations, ride a bus going to Lucena Grand Central Terminal for P218 fare.
  2. From Lucena Grand Central Terminal, take the jeep going to Lucban public market.
  3. From public market, ride a tricycle going to Villa Elma. Fare is P15 per head for group or P50 for two person or depending on the actual passenger.

Option C

  1. From Calamba Laguna, ride UV express heading to Lucban public market.
  2. From public market, ride a tricycle going to Villa Elma. Fare is P15 per head for group or P50 for two person or depending on the actual passenger.

Review

Villa Elma has a unique charm combining the mountain forest feature and a pilgrimage site. The 3 – 4 hours travel time from Manila to Lucban, Quezon is worth it especially when you are visiting as a group to share the expenses. The place is more than two decades old which is noticeable on some parts but still has an appealing spell that attracts the visitors. It has different attractions that will surely give you the perfect spot for your instagram-worthy post or a family group selfies.

Villa Elma is aware of the improvements that they need and they are working on those to give additional offering to visitors.

For adventure seekers, the place is built to provide an atmosphere of silence and relaxation. The activities may not be your usual to-go-to but if you want to have a break and have a perfect resting place, try Villa Elma.

We Wander PH is thankful to experience Villa Elma’s relaxing and serene environment. The place is beautiful and the staff are very warm and accommodating. Special thanks to Mr. Daniel Elma for accommodating us and Sir Hector Rico for assistance and history-telling. We had a great stay!

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    1. Hi Louie,

      You may connect with Joanna Baldejo for the availability of the schedule. The contact number is 09955045385.

    1. Hi Mariecris,

      Yes, they accommodate day tour visitors. Here’s the fee:

      7 years old below – FREE
      8 – 12 years old – P50
      Adult – P100

    1. Hi Josie,

      Please connect with Villa Elma directly for reservation. Contact details below:

      Contact Person: Joanna Baldejo
      Contact Number: 0995-5045385

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