One February day. It was a Sunday when my friends and I went on a road trip to Banban, Tarlac, for another swimming escapade. My friend heard about this 4 hectares Romanesque themed Goshen Resorts and Hotel, and so this was how it came about.
We started early, 7am meet-up and left Las Piñas around 7:30am. With my waze app on, we headed north and had a smooth, uneventful drive of about an hour and a half to Banban. Upon reaching the resort, there was an entrance fee of 150/pax, which was good for occular and pictorials only; another 100/pax for the use of the pool and 300/table of four. Actually there were five of us, but since one was a kid, we were given a leeway on the table.
We did what we always do first, picture taking, yay! Did I mentioned, it was Romanesque? Here are some pictures, I took.
Bringing outside food is allowed, by the way. But if you happen not to have packed a picnic lunch, there is a bar and a cafe, Café Roma, where you could order food and drinks.
There are three moderately sized pools, and all are for sharing with other guests. Trees, trellises, Greecian statues of women, and huge lion statues surround the pools. The water is clean and quite cold at first, but you will get acclimated soon after. We claimed a spot under some shade.
About three hours later, after a lot of talking, swimming and some water poses, we decided to go. We carefully walked towards our poolside table because we witnessed some people slipping and sliding from the tiled floors. Also we noticed, that the place may not be suitable for handicaps and elderly because you would need to passby some winding steps to go to the pool area. I think, these were the only drawback for this resort. Oh no, and not enough shower and comfort rooms.
There are other amenities, i.e. hotel, café and ATV, we have not tried because my friends and I lost track of time enjoying the pool and outside façade. It is something to look forward to when we next visit.
Anyways, like most tourists, we finished with some group pictures again, and then said goodbye to the place. I would say, the resort was nice with a beautiful landscape and theme. Picture perfect. Instragrammable. Almost perfect, except for the three drawbacks, I mentioned. Hopefully, they could fix this issues. I really recommend this place to day tripper barkadas, families and honeymooners alike.
Now going home. Whoa is me…we were just in time for the weekender vacationist traffic. The traffic at Balintawak toll was really bad. We reached Las Piñas after four, yup, four gruelling hours. So if you’re not up to getting trapped in traffic, either go on a Saturday or weekday before or after the EDSA rush hour. It was a long day, and we were tired to the bone; but nonetheless, it was a fun, one day adventure with good friends. Looking forward to the next, where-to.
Note: Prices may have changed since our last visit. Contact Goshen Resort and Hotel for current rates:
Contact No. +63 943 228 1608
219 MacArthur Highway Grotto, Brgy. Lourdes, Bamban, Tarlac, Luzon 2300 Philippines
– From Zapote-Alabang Road head towards Alabang Skyway
– Veer on left SLEX onramp going North
– Exit ramp heading to Makati-EDSA
– Ply EDSA all the way to NLEX exit going to Baguio
– Take SCTEX N/Clark Airport
– Keep right on fork follow North Clark/ Concepcion/ TPLEX
– Exit 93 towards Dolores
– Keep right on fork and merge to MacArthur Hwy
– Keep a lookout for the sign going to Goshen Resort
– Turn left onto Goshen Campside Road
– Goshen Resort and Hotel is on the right side