Hillcreek Gardens in Alfonso, Cavite in the Philippines is a very nice, calm resort. And the hotel staff, with Mark in the lead, is amazingly hospitable, considerate and helpful.
It’s a place I can warmly recommend. It feels exclusive. My whole family occupied the resort when my cousin Ito married his American bride Julia in August 2014. The wedding ceremony was at nearby Sonya’s Garden.
The family members and friends shared huge rooms that cost over 6000 pesos per night. These big rooms are very near the reception where there’s Wi-Fi, and also near the pool. They stayed two nights.
On their last night we had a huge dinner party near the pool. It was fun to have most of the family members – with all their different quirky personalities – together.
We stayed in a smaller room (but still quite big for just three people) that is in a house five minutes’ walk away from the main building. We liked walking back and forth the buildings because the resort has lovely gardens. The only problem was in the night, because I am somehow scared of the dark. And we had to pass by a huge old mansion, which for some silly reason gave me the creeps – only at night.
My nuclear family stayed three nights and paid over 4000 pesos per night. Our room also had access to an outdoor living room (now what do you call that?), so my daughter was able to invite my cousin Yay and his girlfriend Danna, plus friends Dante and Wendell. She offered them some chips and tried acting grown-up as she entertained her guests.
And I liked the pool. There’s a shallow area for my six-year old daughter.
There’s also a jacuzzi. We had to book it though in advance, it costs 500 pesos per booking. Don’t make spontaneous bookings if you want to dip in the bubble pool right away because the heater can’t heat up the water that fast. It took us almost an hour to have the jacuzzi filled with water, and it wasn’t exactly warm.
The water is also solar-powered. Which means that the water in the jacuzzi and that in the shower in our room do not come out warm in the evening.
Sad though that my daughter got sick in the last day. But I was touched that the hotel staffers offered to go out to the drug store and buy her medicine. Anyway, I was first afraid that she was bitten by a mosquito carrying dengue or malaria.
We have three medical doctors in the family, but they left already, and we didn’t have local mobile phone operators, so I thought we should just google for information first. But since there wasn’t Wi-Fi in the room, hubby had to go to the main house to sit in the reception where the internet connection was strong.
But the park was unlit, so he walked back to us and said it was too dark. Darkness out in the Philippine province is way darker than darkness in Sweden :-). So we called and asked Mark to light up the park.
It’s nice that Mark and the staffers did their best to accommodate our needs.