Adventurous tourists and explorers would surely love the unique experience offered by Campuestohan Highland Resort. Situated in a semi-plateau some distance away from the summit of Mt. Mandalagan, it is more than 850 meters above sea level, allowing for a truly cool atmosphere that visitors would surely enjoy.
Getting to the resort is easy. If you are billeted in Bacolod City and have your own transportation, just follow the road going to Granada and on to Alangilan. If you do not know where that is, you can try the road map provided on the front page of the resort’s website. Once you get to Alangilan, you will be able to see road signs pointing you towards the direction of Campuestohan Highland Resort.
From Lopue’s East Bacolod City, the distance to the resort is around 21 kilometers and can take you anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes of travel depending on how fast you drive or how well your vehicle handles an uphill climb. The road to the resort is more than 90% paved, so there is no need to worry much about the wear and tear on your vehicle’s suspension system. The remaining 9% or so of the road, though not paved, is easy to navigate because it is not that rough and there are no huge stones or rocks buried deep beneath the road. The only thing that you have to prepare for is the really steep climb, oftentimes necessitating the use of your vehicle’s lower gears.
If you are coming from Talisay City, just follow the Bacolod Airport Access Road, passing the Talisay City hall and Habitat for Humanity Talisay Village and on to Barangay Concepcion. Once there, just follow the Granada-Concepcion road to get to the Campuestohan Highland Resort. Just be prepared though because if you opt to use this route, some sections may be a bit tricky to navigate.
As you come nearer the resort, you will notice the air getting cooler and you start to feel a bit of ear pressure, which are both signs of high altitude. You can also see that agriculture thrives in this side of Talisay City, with various crops being cultivated on both sides of the road. Plenty of gamecock farms can also be seen on either side of the road since it is widely believed that game fowls breed well in cooler surroundings.
The first thing that you will see upon arriving at the Campuestohan Highland Resort is the huge concrete sign at the gate. Friendly and smiling resort personnel will then check your reservation and guide you straight to your reserved accommodation. You will also immediately notice the smiling and bright faces of other visitors, indicating that you are in for a really pleasant stay.
At the center of the resort complex is the attractive log cabin which have been designed to look like the charming cabins of the American old west and Canada. This beautiful structure blends perfectly with the natural backdrop of the lush rainforest of Mt. Mandalagan and Mt. Patag. Low-lying clouds oftentimes blanket the sprawling resort complex during early mornings and evenings, making the entire scene look like a magical fantasyland.
A beauteous wooden bridge arches above an irrigation channel, the appearance of which has been greatly enhanced to complement the overall enchanting look of the resort. To complete the effect, the owners and planners of the resort have added waterspouts that shoot jets of water up in the air in gentle arches similar to what you see in elegant fountains. As you come near the bridge, the sound of rushing waters and singing birds greets your ears, calming your soul and emotions.
Landscaped gardens filled with beautiful plants and flowers, most of them are wild and can only thrive in high-altitude areas, line the side of the resort adding to its already bewitching beauty.
At the back section of the main log cabin, you can see a wide open space dotted with delightful huts that will surely remind of you pleasant abodes in The Shire where peaceful Hobbits live, as well as a large Stonehenge-type structure in the middle of the field where life-size replicas of superheroes like Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Ironman, Wonderwoman and Green Lantern stand guard. In the upper section of this area, you will see the huge, life-size replica of King Kong and another awesome pool where you can take a fresh dip at your leisure. Bordering this side of the park are the colossal mountain ranges of Mt. Mandalagan and Mt. Patag, blanketed in lush rainforest that have remained untouched for generations.
Turn around and go down the direction of the resort’s main open ground and you will see yet another row of beautiful cottages lining the side of the original pool and the cheerful children’s playground. Look towards the horizon and you will definitely be awestruck by the magnificence of the view of the plains below. On clear days, you can easily distinguish the large structures of Robinson’s Place Bacolod, Two San Parq Tower, as well as the Silay-Bacolod International Airport. At nighttime, the horizon comes alive as thousands of lights illuminate the perspective, providing for a magical and romantic panoramic view.
Exploring the entire length of Campuestohan Highland Resort is truly an exhilarating and invigorating experience. As you walk around the entire area, you will easily see why people who visit it call the place captivating and magical. This is because that is what this resort is all about, giving guests a truly unique and enchanting experience that they will surely cherish all their lives.