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Experiencing the Mambukal Resort Overnight Stay

Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental has been there ever since I can remember. The first time I went there was when I was 4 years old, which was already 40 years ago. So yeah, you can do the Math. Haha But it wasn’t till recently that we were able to have the Mambukal Resort Overnight stay experience.

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The boating lagoon at Mambukal Mountain Resort.

Revisiting Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal is a natural forested area in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental. It is actually located at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon—the only active volcano in the province. It is blessed with so many indigenous species of flora and fauna as well as rivers and waterfalls collectively known as the legendary Mambukal Seven Falls.

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Part of the river that streams from the Mambukal Seven Falls. The kids enjoyed playing here in the cool waters. We didn’t take a bath here though. Just spent some time till the Butterfly Garden opened.

The resort, with its buildings and attractions, was constructed according to the natural terrain and formations of the place. While it is just very near Bacolod City, it is elevated at 1,200 feet and surrounded by perennial trees, which makes the place cool, even during the summer.

We have been here a couple of years back and spent the day there. But now that the kids are bigger, we decided on a Mambukal Resort overnight stay to experience the place at night and early in the morning.

We went to Mambukal Resort after lunch, just in time for the required check in time of 2pm. The room was already cleaned and the sheets changed.

What to Expect

The rates are very cheap and for the price, the accommodations are worth it. We were billeted in the LGU Cottage that’s good for four persons that was worth PhP1,200.

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The Mambukal Resort LGU Cottages. That’s ours on the left. You can see my husband carrying our stuff to the room. It’s surrounded by trees and has parking in front. On the right side is already the main road.

With that affordable rate, we got:

  • -4 single beds
  • -air conditioning
  • -small kitchen and dining area (you have to bring your own kitchen stuff and food supplies)
  • -private toilet and bath
  • -outdoor grill area
  • -parking in front of the cottage
  • -balcony with a verdant view
  • -plastic chairs
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The 4 single beds in our LGU Cottage worth PhP1,200.

The mattresses are not premium, so don’t expect orthopaedic beds. For those with back pain, this might prove to be a problem. I was armed with my painkillers–just in case my back acts up because of the mattress. The sheets were also thin, so you might want to bring your own sheets, blankets. And maybe pillows, too.

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The private toilet and bath. There was no hot water and the water in the was not very strong. You may bring a portable water heater, if you like.

In our case, we just used what was provided and we were all fine for the night. We were too tired to complain. haha But if you are ginawin (easily feel cold), wear a sweater and pajamas at night.

Family Activities

After leaving our stuff in the room upon check in, we all changed into our bathing suits and charged the pool with the shallow area for kids. Then we also spent some time at hot sulphuric dipping pool. It is believed that the sulfur and trace mineral content of the water is therapeutic. So we braved the temperature, including Shane, just to spend some time there.

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The sulfuric dipping pool at Mambukal Mountain Resort. It’s quite hot, so don’t jump right in. One of the young men in the other group of guests immediately jumped into the water and had to come right back up because it was so hot. Let your body gradually acclimatize by dipping your feet first. The waters here are therapeutic but can cause shock to the body.

In order to cool off, we went back for more swimming in the pool before rinsing off and changing clothes in our cottage. Since this is a mountain resort, the facilities are rather far from each other and would take considerable distance to walk from one point to the the other. But it’s good exercise.

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The sisters were amazed at the big volcanic rocks at Mambukal Resort. These giant rocks are common around Mt. Kanlaon.

By the way, the LGU cottage that we got doesn’t have a television set and the internet connection is also not very stable. In this digital age, this situation is something novel.

Outdoor Activities for Kids

So we were able to pretty much do away with our gadgets and just spend time with the kids. We played together, took a hike around the resort, looked at the stars, identified plants, and had family meals together without being bothered by social media.

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At the Butterfly Garden. They open at 9am. Entrance fee is P50 per head, including children.

Other things you can do during the entire stay is go boating, take baths in the river, and visit the butterfly garden. Yes, Mambukal Resort has a small butterfly garden. If you visit early in the morning, you can witness the butterfly feeding. Your kids will surely enjoy this time — just like ours.

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Butterfly feeding time! If you stand really still, the butterflies will land on you. Shane was really happy.
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Photo corner at the butterfly garden.

Food and Restaurants

Mambukal has several native restaurants serving the area. There’s no air conditioning—just open dining. Most of them served a lot grilled dishes and seafood. There’s also turo-turo (home-cooked dishes displayed in containers) that you can choose from. Prices are not very cheap and they are a bit higher compared to Bacolod restaurants serving the same food.

We had an early dinner and then selected the breakfast meals we preferred for the following day.

Afterwards, we took a stroll up and down the paved trails around the resort. It was a good time to just spend with the kids and expend their energy so that we could also retire early. After playing with them all day, hubby and I were also bushed! Our energies can no longer keep up with them! Mama and Papa definitely need more exercise!

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Swimming in the kiddie pool. There’s another big pool at Mambukal Resort but it didn’t have a shallow area for kids. They use spring water for their pools.

The following day, we were too tired to get up early so we took a rather late breakfast and went on a last swimming hurrah. Check out time is 12noon.

How to Book a Room at Mambukal Resort

In order to book for an overnight or daytime accommodations at Mambukal Resort, you need to visit their Bacolod Booking Office. It is located at the Old Capitol Building, North Capitol Road, Bacolod City, Neg. Occ. Tel. (034) 709-0990. Payment is required upon reservation.

Accommodations for Rent

At Mambukal Resort, there are many different accommodations for whatever family or barkada size you have. And the good thing is, they are all very affordable. I have also included the conversion of the room rates in US$ at PhP53/US$1.

Villas

  • Matrimonial – PhP1,700.00 (Approx US$32)
  • 1 Single & 1 Matrimonial – PhP2,000.00 (Approx US$38)
  • 4 Single Beds – P2,400.00 (Approx US$45)
  • Extra Bed – P200.00
  • Family Cottage – PhP4,000.00 (approx. US$76)
  • Extra Foam – PhP100.00

LGU Cottages

  • Good for 2 pax – PhP900.00 (Approx US$17)
  • *Good for 4 pax – PhP1,200.00 (Approx US$23) – *This was our room for the night
  • Good for 6 pax – PhP1,500.00 (Approx US$28)
  • Extra Foam – P100.00

Tourist Lodge

  • Ordinary Room – P600.00 (Approx US$11)
  • Deluxe Room – P750.00 (Approx US$14)
  • Family Room – P1,000.00

How to Get to Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort
Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental
Tel. (034) 473-0610

To get there, you can go to the Murcia terminal at Libertad Market, Bacolod City and take one jeepney ride. It’s a big jeep and the the drivers usually wait until it’s full before leaving.

If you are not patient, you may also want to drive a private vehicle. The drive to Mambukal Resort takes between 40 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic conditions.

Mountain Scenery

We love the mountain scenery so we might as well have a Mambukal Resort overnight family stay from time to time. Prices are very reasonable and with more preparation, we could have saved more money. This vacation is totally friendly to the family budget.

The best thing is, we got to really enjoy our time with the kids without having to go on a long road trip or spend so much on a family-friendly hotel.

We are a homeschooling family and this is one of the best educational trips that we had. If we can sum up what the children learned, it’s this quote from Shane:

“If they (people) harm nature, they are harming themselves.”

#Shanenanigans | 4 years old
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Shane’s takeaway learning from our trip to Mambukal Resort.

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25 thoughts on “Mambukal Resort Overnight Stay for the Family

  1. This looks like such an interesting place to go and stay for quiet some time. The scenery around the place is just naturally beautiful and relaxing. I would love to be able to go outside and explore. And it’s nice to know that Mambukal Resort is so affordable. It would be a great family vacation without breaking the bank.

  2. Living with nature, making children discover and the simplicity of the lifestyle is a great adventure trip for any family. The educational value that they get from the exploration is priceless. It is really worth taking the entire family to Mambukal Resort.

  3. Such a lovely family outing, especially for the kids. Loved seeing the excitement in their faces. Mambukal Resort is truly a beautiful place, not just for an overnight stay!! Would love to stay for at least two nights here!

  4. Wow! This place is just magical, like fairies would just come out anytime. Hope we can also visit Mambukal Resort one day! The butterfly garden is the one to pose with! love love love! great post and lovely photos of your family.

  5. What a fun trip! Mambukal Resort does look like a wonderful place to stay as a family, as there are so many activities you can do as a family. It’s important to always keep the kids busy during a trip. In our family, we always love being near the water.

  6. Mambukal Mountain Resort looks like a really great and affordable place to stay. I like the fact that it’s so rustic and natural and is surrounded by a natural forest. Thanks for sharing!

  7. My family used to stay overnight or three at resorts before, and seeing your family pictures brings back a lot of fond memories. Thank you for sharing about your staycation at Mambukal Resort! Will definitely recommend this resort! They don’t seem to be overpriced as well!

  8. This looks like an amazing resort that is very close to nature and uses the simple things in life to keep everyone occupied. A great spot for the entire family. And the rates are very budget friendly. Mambukal Resort is a must-visit for families and groups of friends.

  9. What a fun little getaway for your family at Mambukal. I love doing little things like this with the family especially at such a gorgeous spot! Makes for fond memories. “)

  10. What a beautiful family vacation. I love that sulfuric dipping pool at Mambukal Resort. What are the health benefits? I bet the kids had fun in that!

  11. Mambukal Resort looks really good. The amenities sound really great for the price. So affordable for the whole family. Great review and it seems that you really had an awesome time with your kids.

  12. wow super ganda po ng view at clear ng water perfect pasyalan ng whole family. Hoping makarating din kami ng family ko dyan sa Mambukal Resort.

  13. That is such a cool and beautiful mountain resort. I love the look and the river set up right against the resort. It all looks like such fun. Mambukal Resort is a must-visit, especially for the summer vacation!

  14. We love Mambukal! This is the first place we visited after our wedding. And now our daughter loves it too! We’ve tried the dipping pool, the rivers, the butterfly garden, canoeing, and the trail. We plan to try camping there soon!

  15. Such a place to behold! Mambukal Resort is indeed so beautiful! I’ve always loved places that just scream of nature- the gardens, waterfalls, volcanic rocks, dipping pool, vintage atmosphere…I’m in love!

  16. I have always loved Mambukal Mountain Resort. We have made so many memories here while I was growing up. As a young man, I spent some times of quiet retreat here. Now with the family, we have enjoyed swimming here so much!

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