Feast your eyes on this buffet. Ankle deep in a raging Philippine waterfall, visitors at the Villa Escudero Plantation can take their time filling their tummies from grass-skirted buffet tables while indulging their need to cooling off.
I saw this in a magazine somewhere and knew I had to add it to my “Call Me Crazy but I’m so Going There for This Random Reason” list. At just under and hour and a half drive south of Manila, it sounds like one of my more reasonable obsessions.
Best of all, the waterfall restaurant doesn’t look like the only reason to go to Villa Escudero. This real working plantation started out in sugarcane, but now produces coconuts. Aside from touring the cultivation process, the plantation offers bamboo rafting down the resident river, a cultural show and tour of the rural village, bird-watching and what appears to be a fine art museum. Any one of these things sounds like a hit to me.
Tourists are welcomed for a simple day tour of the plantation, or can stay overnight in 4-12 person units (starting at $76/pp with double occupancy). See the Villa Escudero Plantation’s website for full details.