|photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes|
A serene setting of an inland resort in a farmland awaits discovery. Mila’s Hill Inland Resort is one of the newest tourism destinations set aside to preserve Iloilo’s natural beauty. The resort is located in Barangay Pasil, New Lucena, a town situated at the central portion of the province of Iloilo and 28 kilometers from the city. It is in a secluded area with lush flowing grounds and a unique picture-perfect location that gives this resort its exotic ambience.
The resort is a two-hectare verdant land that offers visitors not only a peaceful and relaxing time, but also a chance to learn more about nature amidst tranquil surroundings. Visitors will be awed by the remoteness and tranquility of the destination. The resort was originally established as a family rest area. But when the property was refurbished, people became interested and started flocking for day tours, special events, or as a venue for other important family occasion. The resort is run by a family corporation and is currently managed by Mr. Reynold Jardiolin.
It is open for public access and offers various recreational opportunities. The admission fee is a reasonable and it is well worth a visit. There is a nominal admission fee of P20.00 for kids and P30.00 for adults that help with the upkeep of the site. The resort offers its guests the opportunity to see and enjoy some of the sites and activities in the area.
Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime as you harness up and glide through the air on the resort’s action packed zip-line adventure. Experience a rush as you soar 75 feet over the area’s mini zoo, aviary, butterfly garden and pool with a length of 200 meters. For P100.00 per person, experience the resort’s natural beauty as never before while soaring through their zip- line.
Another family-friendly resort attraction is its aviary. The resort fosters caring for the natural environment through our connection with birds. Here you can see 15 species of individual birds living in harmony with one another, all within an open-air sanctuary that has paths and trails leading to the birds' preferred nesting areas. Kids will surely love this place. The resort is one of the very few places in Iloilo where children are certain to see some of the most popular colored birds and hopefully develop a sense of respect for them.
The resort’s mini zoo will truly be a unique, fun, and fascinating experience for kids who love animals, and even adults from every walk of life. Come and experience close encounters with ostrich, snakes, deer, eagle, peacock, civet cat and crocodile.
The resort also invites guests to experience their trial rides; suitable for kids. This ideal family outing is at a walk-jog pace for everyone’s safety, and our friendly guides and beloved horses offer an entirely new perspective on the lovely fields that surround the resort. A perfect introduction to riding for youngsters, the resort’s pony rides are outdoors and self-guided. Pony rides are on a first-come-first-served basis – no reservations are necessary. The first 30-minute ride would cost P150.00.
When warm weather is approaching, it is time to think about swimming outside. A day in the pool is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors during a hot summer day. Visitors will enjoy splish-splashing around its cool and refreshing pools: a 3-feet deep kiddie pool would cost P40.00 and 5-feet deep pool for adults for P50.00.
It is also a perfect hideaway that offers complete privacy and good accommodations, with four (4) fan rooms good for four (4) persons and an air-conditioned room good for six (6) persons. There is an air-conditioned pavilion that can accommodate 120 persons perfect for an intimate party or any social gatherings. A gorgeous promenade sits at the end of a pathway surrounded by tropical gardens. The pathway leading to the pavilion starts at the main entrance and around the beautiful gardens.
So whether you are planning a team-building retreat, or looking for something new to try with your family and friends, Mila’s Hill Inland Resort is the perfect place to spend your day in the mountains. It is a comfortable and relaxed environment. Your time here is your own.
New Lucena is politically subdivided into 21 barangays and is bounded on the northeast by the Municipality of Pototan; on the southeast by the Municipality of Zarraga; on the southwest by the Municipality of Sta. Barbara; and on the northwest by the Municipality of Cabatuan and a little portion of Mina. The town proper of New Lucena could be traversed by land either way via Dawis-Zarraga or via Sta. Barbara. It is 9.8 kilometers away from Sta. Barbara, 15 kilometers away from Cabatuan, 6 kilometers away from Pototan, 6.6 kilometers away from Zarraga and 11 kilometers away from Mina. New Lucena is crisscrossed by the roads from the north to south and east to west thus providing roads for easy means of transportation.
To get to the resort in New Lucena, one can take a jeepney from the terminal in front of Christ the King Memorial Park in Jaro, Iloilo City. Get off at Brgy. Cabilauan and get a tricycle ride going to the resort that opens daily from 9 am till 5 pm. For more information please call (033) 3969698 or at 09997797387, 09199310260 or check their blogsite at www.milashill.blog.com.