+ all natural cold spring; a must see when passing by Pandan Antique - need to improve cottages, changing areas, comfort rooms and other facilities; can get too crowded; should have control at some point
Very nice cold spring. Reasonable entry fee. Plenty of space, and activities. Easy access from bike or car. The choices for eating are limited, recommend to bring food from outside for a day+ stay. There are some hotels there. There is a very nice place to stay if you walk up towards the source of the spring.
After getting dropped off at the entrance of the malumpati resort area, we were a bit taken aback to see that the place was teeming with people and had,as accommodation places/hotels/inns, cemented buildings on the sides of the walkway towards the main cold spring pool. We were expecting to go somewhere away from the maddening crowd and yet here it was before us. Thankfully, a walkable distance and a hanging bridge crossing away from the main cold spring pool was the el Cielo riverfront villas area. It was a welcome sight to travelers like us who were expecting a back to nature, no wifi, eco-tourism experience (that's what we expected of Malumpati cold springs based on google reviews highlighting the river tubing ride through "the cleanest river in the Phil"). El Cielo riverfront villas was a great place for us to go to for family bonding. We booked the two villas for 16 people and the price for two nights was very reasonable (they could have charged more actually and we would still have gotten good value for money). The set up of the villas was just right for our group of four families plus two helpers. The place was very clean (towels and beddings were very clean and well washed). The villas are well designed, tasteful and functional. Care has obviously been put in the choice of materials. Jean, the one in charge of the place, was very gracious and helpful and kind. Always ready to help and very solicitous. One thing that could have been better tho, was the privacy. We were expecting that we would have the place all to ourselves since we had booked all the villas they have (they just have two) but it turned out that there were 5 bahay kubos for rent beside the villas and so people were just passing through the open areas in the lowermost level of the villas that we had rented. And people were just coming in and out of the place having their photos taken in front of the villas, like nothing, when in fact paying guests (us) were in residence and therefore should have the benefit of privacy and security. (Jane did her best to try to gently tell the "walk-ins" that the area was for guests only but she could only do so much without being rude to those insisting to go in just to have photos taken) We would gladly have paid more to be able to have the privacy we were hoping for, because it really is such a pretty place with a nice "get away from it all" vibe. I think they would do well to establish what market they are catering to and price accordingly. Malumpati cold spring is a five hour ride from Iloilo and it is one of those places that one should visit before it gets too commercialized. Was it worth the trip? Yes definitely! mainly because of the following: 1) the river tubing experience (the guides were so friendly and helpful and cheerful and the river ride was fun!) 2) the chance to swim in an area of the river that was really pristine and not crowded (while waiting for our river tubing guides to finish lunch, we were able to take a dip in the river beside a coconut grove area) --- this was so worth the hike to get there! 3) the experience of drinking coconut water from coconuts brought down from the very trees in that same grove ( broken on nearby rocks and with the coconut water being poured down your throat before you start eating the sweet soft meat inside) 4) having el Cielo riverfront villas to come home to afterwards…
Located in the northern spot of Antique; municipality of Pandan. A place where you can feel the vast fascinating worder of nature at its chillest. A cold getaways drive for sunny and summer days. Enjoy Pandan Antique has to offer.
This is my second time to visit Malumpati Cold Spring Resort. During the second visit, I have noticed that there are more cottages and huts for the guests. THe kids and adults enjoyed swimming in the cold, clean and clear water. Grilling stations are available where we grilled fresh fish we bought from Culasi Market. They offer a guided hike to the Blue Lagoon for Php150 ( for 5 persons)