Monday, May 14, 2012

Team-Building and Retreat Venue Near Manila: Sierra Madre Resort

Lying along the mountains in Tanay, Rizal, about 2 hours away from Manila is the Sierra Madre Resort. This place is perfect venue for team building, camping & retreat or just a quick weekend family getaway.

The best thing about Sierra Madre Resort is the sweeping view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges. Every corner of the place is filled with the majestic view of mountains- slopes, steeps, peaks & valleys.

Sierre Madre Resort has an overlooking al fresco dining overlooking the mountains. It makes the place a relaxing venue for picnics.

on top of the Sierra Madre

Hanging bridges, ropes and zip lines are also provided for team- building activities.

my sister on the hanging bridge

Along the slope of the resort are camping grounds, obstacle course and a jungle trail.

making an attempt at a web bridge

A spacious Grecian garden makes it a romantic venue for prenuptial shots along with a function hall for events.

posing at the Grecian-themed gardens

Sierra Madre Resort also has three medium-sized pools catering to both children and adults. However,  with the cool water and the cooler weather, summer is the best time to swim in the resort.

taking a dip at the cool pool

Budget rooms are also available for those seeking affordable accomodations.  The cheapest is about P1500 good for 2. There are also rooms overlooking the Sierra Madre mountains.

An attraction of the place, but also a disappointment, is the so-called Sto. Nino waterfalls. There's nothing spectacular about it. Personally, it just looks like an high bathroom shower.

the Sto. Nino waterfalls

The place also has a cafeteria. Food tastes good but you have to place your order at least 30 minutes before you think you'll get hungry.

Also, the common toilets are dirty. I hope the management can do something about them.

So if you're just around the Metro, take time to breathe the air and be inspired at the Sierra Madre Resort.

How to Get There:

The best way to get there is through a private vehicle since there's only a handful of jeepneys that travel along that road.

From Aurora Boulevard, Cubao

1. Drive along the road going to Cogeo.
    You'll pass by SM Mariking, Robinsons Metro East.
    Just drive straight ahead. No left or right turns.

2. Drive straight upon reaching Cogeo Market. The Cogeo Market is on the left side.
    You'll pass by resorts and subdivisions. Just follow the highway.

3. Sierra Madre Resort is on the left side of the highway. The area going to Sierra Madre seems so far because you're literally driving on the mountain tops.

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