The Close-to-Ultimate Guide to the Campuestohan Highland Resort (Part 1)

Campuestohan Highland Resort is a destination that needs no introduction. Bacolod locals are either familiar with it or they’ve actually been there once or twice already. It’s so notable that locals recommend it to guests when guests ask which places to visit in Negros. It’s one of a kind  here in the island of Neg Occ and, the great news is, it’s not that far from the City of Smiles.

 

Resort Profile

A view Campuestohan From the Zipline Tower - 1

The view from the Zipline Tower

  • Location – The resort is located somewhere in the boundaries of Talisay City and Bacolod City.
  • Type – It’s a nature park and a theme water park and resort combined.
  • Area Measurement – I don’t have an accurate measurement but all I can say is it’s massive.
  • Opening and Closing – 7am to 6pm, Monday-Sunday.
  • Amenities you might want to know about:
    • Pools
    • Rides and Attractions
    • Spa
    • Bathhouse and Public restrooms
    • Playgrounds
    • Resort Restaurant
    • Several accommodation options
    • and more…

 

How to Get There

You have 3 options: private/rental cars, resort shuttles and the off the beaten path type of transportation option.

Private/Rental Cars

If you have one, all you have to do is drive up to Campuestohan. From Lopues East or Mcdonald’s East, take the road that goes up to the mountains. Go straight. There are actually signs that tell you where to turn when you reach Granada, a small barangay that you’ll pass through. When in doubt, ask for directions.

Resort Shuttles

There are different options for resort shuttles:

  • 30-seater Sarao with A/C. Costs P100 per head and travels during the weekend. You will see this parked at the Villa Angela Arcade, right across Lopues East or, more specifically, right across Jollibee East. The Sarao can also be rented for private groups. It is a 2-way service costing P3000. You can choose the pick-up and drop-off point as long as it is within the city of Bacolod.
  • Nissan Urvan. You can rent the van for the day with a maximum of 15 persons, costing P1500, or you can rent the van for an overnight stay. The same maximum capacity applies, costing P2500.

Off the Beaten Path

From the Burgos Market, look for the Alangilan jeep stop. Wait for the jeep to be full. Tell the driver that you are going to Campuestohan. He’s going to drop you off a tricycle terminal. Rent a tricycle and tell the driver that you’re going to the resort. I’m not sure how much this option would cost you, but I don’t recommend that you go for this one. It’s a bit of a hassle especially if you have kids with you.

 

 

Entrance Fees and Other Fees

As soon as you arrive at the resort, you would need to pay the entrance fee. It’s P150 per head. Kids who are below 2 years old can go in for FREE, but the ones over 2 years need to pay the same fee as the adults. Parking is, of course, free and you’ll find that you have plenty of space to park your private or rented vehicle(s) in.

Parking Area Inside the Resort Near the Second Pool - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 2

Parking Area Inside the Resort Near the Second Pool

In fact, they were working on a bigger parking lot (I think parking lot B) so visitors have more space to park their cars in. This parking lot wasn’t open when we visited but when it does, it’ll be more convenient as there will be 2 entrances to the resort. I saw a ticket booth on the closed parking area which will make getting into the resort easier.

 

 

Cottages and Accommodation Options

For day trips, you have 3 types of cottages to choose from:

  • Big Cottages – good for 20 people – P1000
  • Small Cottages – good for 12-15 people – P600
  • Umbrella Hut – good for 10 people – P500

Cottages - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 3

You can double check where you can pay the fee. I think you can pay at the entrance booth or at the restaurant.

Cottages have an open and close cover - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 4

Here’s what I like about the cottages. They have covers that, I assume, you can use when it rains. The bigger ones also have the same covers. It’s a very nifty feature as Campuestohan makes it easier for its visitors  to take shelter when it’s raining.

As for accommodation, either for overnight or for a few days, you have several options to choose from:

Bonita Huts

Bonita Hut - Campuestohan Highland Resort - 5

Inside

6 - Inside Bonita Hut - Campuestohan Highland Resort

Diane Diolina from North Carolina

  • Good for 4 people; maximum of 6
  • P2500 for an overnight stay
  • The 4 people already get free entrance passes
  • Excess of 4 people is P300 per head
  • No A/C but with restroom

You might be worried that it doesn’t have an A/C. On the contrary, it’s pretty cool inside and when night time comes, it’s not an A/C that you will need but blankets.

Indian TeePees

7 - TeePee Indian Village - Campuestohan Highland Resort

Inside + View of Other TeePees

8 - Inside TeePee Indian Village - Campuestohan Highland Resort

  • Good for 6 people
  • P5000 for an overnight stay
  • The 6 people already get free entrance passes and free breakfast
  • With A/C and restroom
  • Choose: family room or suite room

In case you were wondering, the toilet and the bath are separated. If you’re facing the mirror, the toilet is on the right and the bath is on the left.

9 - The Indian Village - Campuestohan Highland Resort

It may not feel like it when you’re in the inside, but it’s going to be like you’re living in an Indian village. The TeePees are closer together compared to the Bonita Huts. If you like having neighbors, definitely go for this accommodation option but if you like your privacy, go for a Bonita Hut.

The Log Cabin

This is probably the closest Negrosanons can get to living like a pioneer. Well, not exactly but the log cabin factor is there.

10 - The Log Cabin - Campuestohan Highland Resort

This building is more elevated thus, you get to experience a really nice view every time you step out of your room.

12 - Log Cabin Better View - Campuestohan Highland Resort

A view from the Log Cabin

Inside + Outside the Rooms

14 - Inside the Log Cabin and Furniture Outside - Campuestohan Highland Resort

  • The Cabins can be good for 3, 4, or 5 people
  • P3000 for 3 people, P4000 for 4 people and P5000 for 5 people (overnight stay)
  • When you book a cabin, it already includes breakfast and entrance passes.
  • With A/C and restroom
  • With WIFI but the signal is not that strong

11 - Log Cabin View - Campuestohan Highland Resort

If you noticed, the veranda of the cabin has several tables and chairs which you can use for eating. There’s also wooden furniture for lounging around.

13 - Log Cabin with Wooden Furniture - Campuestohan Highland Resort

The picture is a little dark, but this wooden furniture is very comfy to nap in. Melinde Merida from Monaco

When I visited the Log Cabin, there was a group of people that looked like they were having a mini-seminar. That’s actually a great idea for people in an office or company. You have room for presentations, meetings and so on. Your rooms will be close together so it’s more convenient to be in touch with members of your group.

King Kong

15 - King Kong - Campuestohan Highland Resort

The King Kong statue is like the pièce de résistance of the resort. It’s the centerpiece, so to speak. The fun thing is that you can actually spend the night inside the king of the apes.

16 - Crash Landing King Kong - Campuestohan Highland Resort

The surrounding is meant to look like a plane crash so don’t be put off by its unkempt appearance. Have you ever seen a plane crash site that’s kept and tidy? I don’t think so.

Inside + Outside seating

17 - Inside King Kong - Campuestohan Highland Resort

The doorway inside the great Kong can be found at the back, on its hip. The outside has a stone seating and a few chairs but no shade. Once inside, you’ll see the ground floor which is mostly seating. Going upstairs, you will see the bedroom which, I think, is King Kong’s rib cage. The bone design on the walls also gives the room a ribcage feel. It’s fun for pictures and it also makes a fun memory to tell folks back home. You can also tell them that King Kong roars sporadically. A speaker strategically hidden from plain sight plays a loop of roaring sounds every once in a while.

  • Good for 6 people
  • Loft-type
  • P6000 for overnight stay
  • The 6 people already have free breakfast and free entrance passes.
  • With A/C, restroom and seating
  • Excess persons can pay P300 per head minus the free breakfast

Bathhouse

This is probably not on the website. So, the resort has 2 pools (we’ll go into more details about these later). The older one, which is the one that’s NOT shaped like a foot, has several cottages that surround it. It also has bathhouses for both males and females. The upstairs of those bathhouses can be rented out as accommodation.

20 - BathHouse and Upstairs Accomodation - Campuestohan Highland Resort

  • Good for 4 people
  • P2500 for overnight stay
  • The 4 people already get free entrance passes.
  • Excess persons can pay P300 per head
  • Only common restroom

The great thing about staying in a bathhouse is that you get to be really close to the pool. The downside is that you won’t have your own restroom.

Camping Grounds

Are you planning to rough it up? No worries. Bring your tent and set it up on the resort’s camping ground. You’ll have access to all of the common restrooms. The camping ground is near Kung Fu Panda. You can also ask if there are other areas where you can set your tent up on because the resort has a lot of open grounds.

19 - Camping Grounds - Campuestohan Highland Resort

  • Bring your own tent
  • P300 per head for overnight stay
  • From 5pm to 6am
  • Only common restroom

Other details about accommodations:

  • Check-in time: 2PM, Check-out time: 12noon
  • You can check in as early as 7am if you already have a room reservation
  • Log Cabin rooms have 32″ LED TV
  • All rooms have a hot and cold shower
  • It’s always a good idea to check and book way ahead of your scheduled trip
  • To confirm your booking, a 50% down payment is required
  • Visa and Mastercard accepted

For bookings and further inquiries, please contact:

  • Landline: (034) 702-0964; (034) 433-3335
  • Mobile: 0915-211-1406; 0917-300-5007; 0925-600-8088
  • Contact the numbers fr0m 9am to 6pm.

Amenities, Safety, and Tips

Swimming Pools

22 - Mosaic on Pool 2 - Campuestohan Highland Resort

Take a look at how beautiful the bottom of Pool 2 is. I digress but, it’s what makes Pool 2 all the more enjoyable to swim in. It makes you feel like you’re really vacationing!

21 - Two Resort Pools - Campuestohan Highland Resort

L-R: Pool 1, closer to the entrance; Pool 2, closer to parking space; Jaja Gargallano and Amiel Gargallano having fun under the sun

Anyway, I think I already mentioned the resort having 2 pools, right? Pool 1 is the older pool. It’s supposed to be bigger. Pool 2 is shaped like a foot. Both pools have cottages that surround them as well as common restrooms that visitors can use for bathing, changing and bathroom breaks. For safety, rest assured that they always have 2 lifeguards that roam around each pool.

23 - Common Restrooms Near the Pools - Campuestohan Highland Resort

L-R: Shoe Restroom for Pool 2; Bathhouse Restroom for Pool 1

Bonus Accommodation Tip

Remember the nursery rhyme about the old woman who lived in a shoe? Well, you can now see how the old woman felt while living inside a shoe. The upstairs of the shoe can also be rented out as accommodation. See for yourself. Check the back of the shoe. You’ll see a ladder there that leads up to the room. Go for this one if you want to be near to Pool 2 as well as a parking area.

  • Good for 4 people
  • P2800 for overnight stay
  • The 4 people already get free entrance passes.
  • Excess persons can pay P300 per head
  • Only common restroom

Pool Schedule Tip

Take note that the resort only opens both pools during peak seasons. When I went there, only Pool 2 was open. They alternate the opening of the pools. Let’s say today, Pool 1 is open, tomorrow it’s going to be Pool 2.

Spots for Kids

24 - Playgrounds - Campuestohan Highland Resort

L-R: Playground 2 near the Zip Line Tower; Playground 1 near Pool 1

This I am not sure of, but I’m going to say that the resort has 2 playgrounds for kids. One is near the tower for the zip line and the other one is near Pool 1.

25 - Playgrounds and Rides - Campuestohan Highland Resort

Kids’ Spots Near the Zip Line Tower

You’ll also find rides for smaller kids: the train and the carousel. The fare is only P30 or P50 per head. Operators are on standby in the area. It’s also around here that you can go horseback riding, P100 for 15mins.

Hero’s Hall and Other Statues

25 - Statues and Figures - Campuestohan Highland Resort

These are very popular resort features. These life-size action figures are a hit with both kids and adults. The most famous would have to be Hero’s Hall where you get to take pictures with Superman, the Green Lantern, Batman and other comic book super stars. You’ll also see Mickey Mouse, Po from Kung Fu Panda, and a giant Islander slipper. Take as many pictures as you want with your favorite character!

Spa

27 - Resort Spa - Campuestohan Highland Resort

Here’s a treat for you! How about you let the kids go and play and you spend an entire day at the spa? Campuestohan now has a branch of Chair Spa within the premises. The services are various but when we went there, one of my cousins got her nails done at an affordable price.

Ice Cream, Photos,and Coffee

Here's the photo stand where you can purchase photo souvenirs.

Here’s the photo stand where you can purchase photo souvenirs.

Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of most of these but you should know that the resort has carts for food scattered throughout the walking areas. It’s not that many but you will see some while you’re walking around. Fior Gelato has a big shop located at the side of a playground and a small stand or cart somewhere near the lodge, I think. Smaller carts are also parked in a certain area for selling photos and concessions. When I went there, most of these shops were closed.

 

 

The Restaurant

The Outside

27 - The Outside of the Restaurant - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

You’ll definitely know that you’ve arrived in the restaurant’s area when you see Mr. Ricardo “Cano” Tan’s signature – “Cano Gwapo”. Who knew that Mr. Tan had a fun side?

Inside + The Food

30 - Inside the Restaurant - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

The inside has tons of seating, mostly, if not all, wood furniture. You’ll also see a lot of stuffed-looking animals as well as trophy heads on the walls of the restaurant. Dear PETA, they are not real. They’re merely there for display and are made of non-living materials, I checked. The restaurant is also where you can find souvenirs.

31 - Souvenirs - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

There might be other types of souvenirs available so it’s better to visit the restaurant if you really want one. As for the food, well I haven’t tasted any of the restaurant’s food yet but they sure do look appetizing. We brought our own as most groups and families do while visiting the resort.

29 - Restaurant Menu - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

A sneak peek of the menu and the prices

Food recommendations by the kitchen:

  • Black Pata – P420
  • Gising-gising – P125
  • Binukad-kad na Plapla – P 220
  • KanKong stem with Gata and shrimp

28 - Food Restaurant - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

Clara’s food pasalubong item’s can also be found on display at the resto. In the city, Clara’s can be found near Pendy’s.

Bonus Restaurant Tip

Here’s another thing that’s not on the website. Did you know that you can actualy do events such as family reunions, weddings, birthday parties and the like upstairs? The resort’s restaurant has a function room upstairs which is good for 100 people. Tables and chairs are already step-up, plus you get to use the karaoke for free when you rent the venue.

32 - Function Room - Campuestohan Highlnd Resort

  • P8000 for 4 hours
  • Catering Menu  worth P300 – P500 is available
  • Minimum of 50 people, additional of P50/head if in excess
  • Choice of soup or vegetable dish, main course, rice, dessert (this will vary depending on the cost per head) 
  • Free use of facilities and pool (entrance fee waived)
  • In charge of functions: Mr. Gerard Dela Cruz
  • Best for receptions, birthdays and seminars

Let’s take a breather for now! That was a lot to take in for one post so I’m breaking this guide down into two parts. Only the rides remain and you have to admit, the rides are a whole other story on their own. Stay tuned for Part 2 if you want to know more about the fantastic Campuestohan Highland Resort.

Part 2 Here

Mr Tan with my family

This post wouldn’t have been possible without the invitation of Mr. Richard Tan as well as the hospitality of Mr. Cano Tan and Mrs. Nenita Tan. Thank you.

For your reservations, please contact the following numbers:

Landline: (034) 702-0964; (034) 433-3335
Mobile: 0915-211-1406; 0917-300-5007; 0925-600-8088

Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Office Address: Bacolod TP Truckers, Gonzaga St., Bacolod City
Resort Address: Sitio Campuestohan Brgy. Cabatangan/ alternate route via brgy. Granada and Alangilan Talisay City 6100 Philippines

 

 

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Mea P. is a full-time online freelancer. She spends most of her time in her room-cave working, writing, and watching movies. She's a mom of one, a beauty enthusiast, and a person with great interest to write and create.

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6 Comments

  1. Sigrid Says

    Waaaaa So many things to do at Campuestohan. I like that Bonista hut ha. hihi looks really cozy. I wonder when we can stay there over night. hmmmm

    • Mea P.

      Maybe when the weather becomes better 🙂 I’m waiting for the wave pool!

  2. Des

    what are the transportation available to go back to bacolod city?

    • Mea P.

      Hi Des, you can ride the shuttle. Unfortunately, you’ll have to adhere to the schedules of the shuttle. As far as I know, there are no jeepneys that pass by the resort. I highly recommend that you rent a car.

  3. Iscarea

    Do they accept walk-ins or do we have to make a reservation as a walki-in?

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