Villa Escudero, located at San Pablo City in the Philippines, is a fine hacienda-style resort with cozy rooms and a museum that boasts a large number of weird stuff. But the villa’s true attraction is the amazing restaurant at the foot of a small waterfall.
Bamboo dining tables and grass-fringed buffet stations are set a few feet away from the cascading waters of the Labasin Falls. Diners enjoy delicious local dishes such as fish, curry meats and rice, as the sparkling water massage their feet. After lunch guests can even lie against the rushing water-covered wall and get wet.
As you can make out from the pictures below, Labasin Falls is a not a natural waterfall. It is actually a spillway of the Labasin Dam – the country’s first working hydroelectric plant – built by Don Arsenio Escudero in 1929.
A pioneering agriculture industrialist, Don Arsenio Escudero built it to supply his desiccated coconut factory and the Escudero Plantation house, which he and his wife Doña Rosario Adap built in the early 1900s.
The plantation was opened to the public in 1981 as a tourist attraction, offering glimpses of plantation life. The family’s eclectic private collection was presented as a Museum tour. Carabao cart ride takes visitors to the resort area, surrounded by park-like setting while being serenaded by locals. Dining is, of course, under the spillway of the Labasin Dam. The dam’s reservoir has been turned into a lake where visitors go rafting in native bamboo rafts. Other attractions include live cultural dance show, sports facilities, and even more restaurants, albeit in dry places.