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La Vista Highlands, San Carlos

I love weekend long drives.

This time, our family went to Don Salvador Benedicto and San Carlos, via Murcia.

We didn’t have any particular place in mind. It was just a “go drive and let’s see what we find” kind of trip.

Our pleasant discovery was this beautiful resort in San Carlos.

The name of the place is La Vista Highlands, fairly new.

You will be asked for an entrance fee (Php 100 – Adult, Php 50 – Child). According to their brochure, it includes swimming, but we didn’t bring anything that day.

Here are some of the photos I took.

They have picnic cabanas and Balinese type umbrellas.

They also have a restaurant inside, since they do not allow bringing drinks inside. They do, however, allow food to be brought in subject to a corkage of Php 350 per dish.

The interior has a very fresh and airy feel with plenty of natural light coming in.

I love the table setting.

Marapara Harvest – Php 150 (Steamed camote tops, eggplant, string beans, okra, sliced onions, tomatoes with bagoong and suka with honey, chili, and onions)

Vista Kansi – Php 330 (Beef shank and langka soup with batuan for acidity)

Their signature lemonade – Php 95 per pitcher (I need to confirm the price, I forgot).

My taste deduced the following in that juice: Orange, lemon, cucumber, fresh basil leaves, and lemongrass. To get the lemongrass flavor, we were told to stir it with the lemon grass bundle.

Here are more nice details dotting the place.

Here’s what caught my attention. This orchid has hundreds of flowers on it and it is huge! It’s taller than I am.

I’m guessing it is a cymbidium.


La Vista Highlands, KM 67, Prosperidad, San Carlos City.
Contact: 0949-7073383 / 0921-6124597 (Ms. Tonet).

INTRODUCTORY ROOM RATES (Inclusive of set breakfast and use of swimming pool)

Well-appointed, contemporary-Asian style rooms with private lounge-veranda overlooking panoramic views of Mt. Marapara and Mt. Canlaon. Orthopaedic bed. Private dining. Room service. Intercom. Hot & cold pressurized rain shower. Private vanity & walk-in closet. Toiletries. LCD cable tv. Personal refrigerator and mini-bar.

Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Late check out charge: Php 200 per hour


1) Matrimonial Suite (Twin sharing) – Php 3000, additional Php 800 per person
2) Family Suite 1 (3 persons) – Php 4000, additional Php 800 per person
3) Family Suite 2 (5 persons) – Php 6000, additional Php 800 per person

1) Garden Villas 1 to 4 (8 person capacity) – Php 1000 per person plus Php 800 additional in excess of 8
2) Garden Villa 5 (9 person capacity) Php 1000 per person plus Php 800 additional in excess of 9

PICNIC CABANAS (average 6 persons with Dining Table and Chairs) – Php 800 per slot, Php 50 per additional chair

BALINESE (average 4 persons with Dining Table and Chairs) – Php 400 per umbrella, Php 50 per additional chair

HEATED JACUZZI – Php 150 per person
Minimum of 8 persons, maximum of 20. Three hours maximum usage. Php 100 per hour in excess of 3 hours. They will need 4 hours notice prior to actual use.


It’s interesting how this place came to be. See this story from the inquirer here.


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