Weekend Date in Antipolo: Pinto Art Musem and Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa

Even though I haven’t explored Antipolo well yet, I’m fond of this city in Rizal because it’s near Manila (an hour at the very least), it seems to have interesting native food specialties and it’s very close to nature. In fact, there are a number of resorts and nature reserves in Antipolo for a relaxing weekend getaway. This is what we experienced on our day trip in Antipolo, where we visited Pinto Art Museum and Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa.

For the first time, we had a date along with Hali’s mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

Related Read: Looking for a day trip in Antipolo? You might be interested in visiting Tanay, Rizal as well.

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum is part of the Silangan Gardens. It has an open plan with white-washed wall structures and high-ceiling exhibition spaces.

Pinto Art Museum is a nice surprise. I’ve often read and heard about it, but only on the context of being “instagram-worthy.” The architecture of the museum is Babylonian style, which makes it a great subject of photography and selfies. What I didn’t know is that aside from the photographic structures, Pinto Art Museum also has good paintings and installations from local artists… Better than we expected, admittedly.

Open-spaced design. The structures have white-washed walls, surrounded by greenery. (Photo by Hali)
With Hali’s mom. (Photo by Hali)
Small pond. (Photo by Hali)
Pinto Art Museum is mostly visited for its very instagram-worthy outdoor areas. (Photo by Hali)

Galleries 1 and 2 holds paintings with religious and fantasy themes. I’m not a fan of either, especially because religious art tends to be dark and depressing, reflecting how the church glorifies suffering. There is also some art pieces I find grotesque, like that one of a decorated dead bird. From what I understand, art reflects a person, so I wonder what fear or trauma or dark personality someone has to be able to create depressing art. Hey… no judgement, just wondering.

A gallery hall. (Photo by Hali)

The art gets better with gallery 3 onwards.

There are semi-sculptures made of wires. They’re beautiful, and you can see the amount of work that’s been done on each. There’s also one remarkable art piece made of thread.

One of our favorite pieces in Pinto Art Museum. (Photo by Hali)
Lovers. (Photo by Hali)
This one is made carefully of thread. (Photo by Hali)

Here I’ll show some other pieces that we like.

Lools like a PETA ad to me, but Hali likes this one. (Photo by Hali)
Hali likes this one as well. I think it refers to pride and sexuality. (Photo by Hali)
It’s amazing once you see that these paintings are made with splashes. (Photo by Hali)
Dreaming. (Photo by Hali)
One of several portraits in a room. This woman looks like a mystic/witch character in a role-playing game. (Photo by Hali)
It’s the bird people! (Photo by Hali)
Feminine. (Photo by Hali)
Bad boy. (Photo by Hali)
Better than the brooding movie or comic batman. Hali disagrees though. (Photo by Hali)

Pinto Art Museum also has some of the best cultural items from Philippine local tribes that I’ve seen. There are paintings of tribal women including Apo Whang-Od, some awe-inspiring necklaces, clothes with beautiful patterns and musical instruments.

Lovely leaf curtains. This is the entrance to the indigenous art room. (Photo by Hali)
Gong. I’m not sure if guests are allowed to touch it. Err… no, I didn’t. (Photo by Hali)
Rich colors and embroidery. (Photo by Hali)
Kalinga women including Apo Whang-Od. (Photo by Hali)
Local drums. (Photo by Hali)

There are also pieces of art outside the exhibition halls. You need to be attentive to see them. Or not… it’s very easy to get lost in the scenic environment of Pinto Art Museum.

The open spaces is also filled with treasures like this statue. Perhaps this represents being overrun with nature? Hmm… Nah. (Photo by Hali)
This woman is either dancing or gracefully falling. It’s not easy to spot because it’s up on the wall perimiter.
(Photo by Hali)

For an entrance fee of P200 each only, it’s a very sulit visit for art lovers and enthusiasts.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa

Oh Luljetta’s… It’s a visit that been delayed for quite a while. Three years ago, I asked my then-boyfriend to go here for a long weekend. For some reason, he got pissed with my invite. My female instinct went ding ding ding. I found out he has plans to see someone else on that date, so I broke up with him.

Why’d I include that here? I guess I just find it funny. I should’ve been here three years ago.

Okay. To give you an overview: Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa (pronounced as lul-he-ta’s) is currently the first and only hanging gardens and spas in the Philippines. It takes inspiration from the old Babylonian hanging gardens, which you can see from its exquisite decorations.

It’s best to go here on a weekday to have this pool to yourself. (Photo by Hali)
Hydro-massage pool. (Photo by Hali)
Amazing view. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Photo by Hali)
Water massage for the back. (Photo by Hali)

It has fish spas, a hydro-massage pool, warm jacuzzi and sauna and an infinity pool. It also has a few lounges for relaxing, playing sungka or native music instruments or watching a movie.

Luljetta’s has two fish spas.
(Photo by Hali)
The dr fishes in this one are big. (Photo by Hali)
Each sauna room fits up to 3 people. You can also see one of the affirmations on the side! (Photo by Hali)
Warm jacuzzi. (Photo by Hali)

It also offers various services including massages and body scrubs.

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Similar to Pinto Art Museum, we found Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa to exceed expectations. It’s surrounded by trees and shrubs, there are zen-like gardens and statues everywhere, a constant relaxing sound and soft bell rings in the background. The facilities, although are well thought of, the mountain view is amazing.

There’s so much details in its decors, and there are so many spots where you can take great photos. There are also signs with affirmations on the pathways, like “You are loved,” “Good vibes,” “Happily ever after starts here,” etc.

You can tell that this is a place made with love.

Tea lounge. I appreciate that there are also available water (with slices of lemon and cucumber) in Luljetta’s many lounges. (Photo by Hali)
Movie lounge. (Photo by Hali)
One of the many lounges in Luljetta’s. (Photo by Hali)
Water basins among a small garden. (Photo by Hali)
I so love this idyllic area. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Photo by Hali)

I also liked the fact that the staff already provides you everything you need: comfortable (and very cute) traditional bathrobes and towels. There are several rest rooms and shower rooms, so people won’t have to queue (in case of huge crowds). These rooms are replete with body wash, shampoo and conditioner so there’s no need to bring any of these things when you visit.

Hali’s mom tried a full-body scrub, where she got massaged, scrubbed with lemon oil and sugar and then coated with banana leaves. She loved it. I would like to try that next time; I was cautious of how much to spend because everything here is a bit on the pricey end, with massages starting at P700+ and body scrubs at P1200+.

We’re glad we planned this together with Hali’s mom because it’s a wonderful treat for anyone.

After touring the facility, we had dinner in Luljetta’s Cafe. I initially wanted to have dinner somewhere else, but Hali likes the mountain view from here so much. The food is priced at P200+, and the ones that we ordered are good for sharing for 1-2 people.

Overall, we liked the food in the cafe. We had banana bread with walnut (the famous Antipolo’s best suman wasn’t available), burger with onion rings, seafood pasta and soy-glazed tofu. We’re not a fan of the burger’s crispy patty, but the accompanying onion rings are good and large with crispy breading. The seafood pasta is also delicious, and the tofu is a must for vegetable lovers. We also liked their iced tea, which has a hint of turmeric.

Overall, we felt happy and pampered during our stay in Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa.

Practical Information: Weekend date in Antipolo

Although it is possible to commute to these places in Antipolo, I suggest going via a private car instead for convenience… and also because the idea here is to treat yourself on a weekend.

We rode a private car from Alabang to Antipolo via C6, and it took us 1.5 hours (2 hours going back), which isn’t too bad given that it was a Friday.

For those who want to commute: ride a van or jeep to Antipolo (there are terminals in Megamall, Cubao, etc). Get off at Ynares Sports Arena or Antipolo Church and ride a tricycle to Pinto Art Museum. After visiting the museum, ride one of the tricycles outside to your next destination.

Pinto Art Museum

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9AM to 6PM. Entrance rates are as follows:

– P200 – regular guests
– P180 – PWD or senior citizens
– P100 – students

Contact information: Facebook pageย / (landline) 697 1015

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa

Open from Monday to Friday and Sunday (10AM to 9PM) and Saturday (10AM to 11PM).

Here are the Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa rates and inclusions for the day tours:

Hanging Gardens Retreat (P1150)
– Access to hanging gardens facilities (locker, sauna, heated jacuzzi, hydro-massage pool, infinity pools, meditation lounges)
– Traditional bathrobe and towel
– Snacks of Antipolo’s best suman

Hanging Gardens (P1750)
– Same but with addition of: Set meal (soup, salad, pasta, dessert)

Reservation is required. You will be asked to deposit the full amount to reserve a slot.

Contact information: Official websiteย / Facebook page /ย 0917-544-4432 or 0928-627-8897

Where to eat in your day trip to Antipolo

We dined in at Mom’s Pot restaurant and at Luljetta’s Cafe.

Mom’s Pot restaurant is a beloved local brand in Antipolo. I read it in another blog, whose Antipolo staycation itinerary I followed for this day trip in Antipolo. It offers eat-all-you-can buffet for P125 each. For me it’s just okay. It’s basically a carinderia in an air-conditioned dining room, with unlimited portions. I mean, the food tastes good in general, but it isn’t the place to go if you want the day to be extra-special. It is, however, a decent choice for budget vacationers.

Luljetta’s Cafe is highly recommended (see above).

In addition to these, Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery sounds like a good choice. They offer native and exotic dishes and have a group set meal consisting of meat and sea foods for P1000+ only.

For couples, Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant has good reviews for its European meals and romantic ambiance.

Tips for your weekend date in Antipolo:

  • In the morning, drop by the pasalubong center near Antipolo Cathedral to get your fix of kasoy (cashew), suman (glutinous rice roll, a specialty of Antipolo), kalamay, and many others.
  • Although this is ideal weekend getaway in Antipolo, it’s actually best to plan it on a weekday to avoid the crowd. We went here on a Friday.
  • Pack up a bug spray, for visiting Pinto Art Museum.
  • Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa isn’t PWD- or senior citizen-friendly. It is located on a mountain side, and you have to get up or down flights of stairs to get to anywhere.

How do you find this weekend date idea in Antipolo? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

5 Comments

  1. I have always wanted to go to Pinto Art and Luljetta when I was back in the Philippines kaso nawalan na rin ng time and medyo malayo. Ang ganda! Lalo na dun sa Luljetta. Sobrang nakakarelax tignan kahit sa photo palang. Thank you for this, Ate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow, I’m really captured with how the museum gather so many beautiful things for everyone to experience and enjoy. I truly love this place, the serenity and the view is breathtakingly stunning. The pool and the fish spa seemed to be another interesting activities to experience here. I will surely visit this place if I get the chance. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Kath.

  3. You know what, I have always wanted to go to Rizal, to the exact places you featured here. Iโ€™ve never visited Pinto Art Museum and Luljetta but I really want to go. I just havenโ€™t gotten around to doing it and I dunno why. I love your Pinto Art Museum photos, so many beautiful art in there that are very instagrammable. I hope I can finally go soon.

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