Antipolo has a lot to offer – from specialty restaurants, to boutique underrated resorts, up to quirky fun things to do. This place is the quickest way to escape the bustle and hustle of the city we all love and hate.
Actually, it was so long ago when I last visited Antipolo with friends. It was one of the happiest memories while we had the spontaneous road trip and overlooking escapade to Cloud 9. Since then, I never had the chance to get back again.
So this earlier month of August, our company had the chance to spend our annual Team Building at one of the hidden resorts in Antipolo. And if you’re familiar with the famous Hobbiton in New Zealand, then this place will excite you more because you may now stay in a place like that in a secluded resort located in Ticzon Park, Antipolo, Rizal.
The Grounds Resort is a private resort that offers a place suitable for team building, family gatherings, pre-nup shoots, or even just a simple vacation with friends and families. The rustic and cozy ambiance makes you want to forget all the noise of the city because of its peaceful location.
So, let me tour you around to feel the rustic and homey ambiance of this tranquil resort just few hours away from Manila.
Upon entering, a serene nature welcomed us. There is a big gate for guest’s security, as well as small parking for few number of cars. The resort is surrounded by green bushes, plants, and trees which makes it more nature-friendly. The landscaping is like you’re living in a small enchanting forest. Every little piece you’ll see inside the resort is instagram-worthy and deserves to share on your feed.
The Hobbit House
The accommodation inside the resort is not your usual room because you’ll feel like you’re in Hobbiton. The yellow painted wall outside blends really well with the lush vegetation of the surroundings. The circular-shaped door up to the very small details feels like you’re living in a real Hobbit world.
The room looks small outside but actually spacious inside. There are three queen size beds that can accommodate small up to large number of people. The wall design is completed with rustic decorations. Even the lights are gloomy and surreal. There are also a restroom inside, small sink and kitchen, appliances like refrigerator, electric fan, TV, and air conditioner (with additional charge per unit). You can also rent videoke and sing inside the room.
One of the amenities inside the private resort is the 7m x 12m swimming pool, just don’t mind the cold water specially in the morning. We enjoyed swimming and doing our water activities during the Team Building. The pool can also do bubble massage. If you found some fallen leaves on the pool, just nicely approach the caretakers to clean it.
Beside the pool there are comfortable chairs for relaxing. There’s also a picturesque old-style bed beside the pool, perfect for ootd’s and aura. Restrooms + showers can also be found near the pool. It was clean and well-maintained.
Gazebo with Dining + Grill Area + Outdoor Kitchen
Their gazebo is big enough to accommodate our whole team for dining and drinking sesh. The table can also be used for playing beer pong. The grill area is where we prepared our own food. We just brought everything we need like paper plates, plastic spoon and fork, and condiments.
The abundance of plants and beautiful landscape make the whole place relaxing and inviting. The garden also has tables and chairs for dining if you opt to use the gazebo area. At night, the scene is very pretty because of the lights hanging all around the trees and plants.
The Grounds Resort will totally make you fall in love with the place. The charming ambiance is one of the reasons why, and the accommodating and smooth transactions with the staff from reservation up to check-in. The entire resort can entertain up to 30 guests (or more).
Overtime: Php1,000 per hour
Videoke Rental: Php800
Appliance Rental: P150
How To Get There:
Take any transportation going up Antipolo. Alight at Ynares Center/ Rizal Capitol and just walk to Ticzon Park compound where The Grounds Resort is located.
The Grounds Resort
Address: P. Oliveros St. Ticzon Herbal Park,Antipolo, Rizal 1870
Contact No.: 0917-153-2277