Callospa Resort

*Note: This entry was originally published in my old photo blog in May 15, 2005. I have updated the links but the text and photos are reproduced here as originally published.

I’m really not a spa person. My friends go all the time and I always say no, thanks, I’d rather surf and blog. The thought of trying to relax in a crowded spa just seems so ironic. So, I never went. Despite proddings and assurances that I’d find the experience great.

Then, earlier today, my kids wanted to go swimming. We hardly ever go swimming in public places these days. We prefer renting private resorts rented for the day where we can have privacy. The practice is to go with friends then split the bill with them. A favorite place is Cattleya Farm Resort. But since Cattleya is fully booked on weekends until the end of the month, we decided to inquire at the Callospa and Callos Farm Resort. A little farther than Cattleya which is about a minute away. Callospa is about 5 minutes away.

So, my husband and I went. Unfortunately, the resort itself — pool and cottages — were rented for the day. However, the offices were open. To cut a long story short, the owner, Mrs. Evangeline Mariñas Garcia, gave us all the info we needed. The most imporant of which is that if we go to the spa in a group of ten, we can have the place all to ourselves. The rest of the resort — pool, badminton courts and huts are rented separately. She also offered to take us on a tour of the entire place. Not only that. She very graciously allowed me to take photos for publication in this photo blog.

Callospa jacuzzi room

The tour began with the spa facilities in the main building. I wasn’t quite prepared for the visual experience of the spa. Truth is, even before the tour was halfway through, I was already telling my husband that I would call up our friends within the week and schedule a trip to Callospa. The photo above shows the jacuzzi in the main building. There is a window overlooking a huge mango tree. Mrs. Garcia said it’s more dramatic at night because the tree is lighted and it gives off a glow.

Callospa - orchids on the window

Above, orchids on the window beside the jacuzzi. Below, steam from the scented water wafting through the rooms.

Callospa - steam from scented water

From the main building, we crossed the pool area to another building. Well, actually, building would be misleading. They were more like cottages in the midst of a rainforest.

Callospa - cottage

Below, the stone steps leading to the cottage. The pathway is sprayed with fine mist coming from either side to keep the area cool. That’s my husband and Mrs. Garcia in the photo.

Callospa owner, Mrs. Evangeline Mañas Garcia

Callospa - jacuzzis with rose petals and lemon slices

Above and below, two jacuzzis–one with rose petals; the other, with lemon slices and lemongrass. Below, one of the massage rooms on the second storey of the cottage.

Callospa - jacuzzis

Callospa - massage rooms

While taking photos, I kept exclaiming over the way the interiors were done. I mean, the lighting in the massage room, for instance, was really great. What do you know… the owner just happens to be an interior designer by profession. Figures, huh?

Callospa - duck feeding on the grounds

It wasn’t just the amenities that attracted me to the place. It was the overall ambience. It was a nature trip. Normally, one would have to travel all the way to Tagaytay City to go to a place like this. Then, it turns out that there is something even better a mere five minutes away from our house.

Callospa - badminton courts

Darn, there’s so much more to say about Callospa. Renting the resort for the day means a pool, picnic huts, two badminton courts (above) that can double as a reception hall for parties. On one side of the hall is a dais (below) that opens to a veranda (below the photo of the dais).

Callospa - facilities for weddings and parties

veranda

Callospa - rooms for overnight stay

The suites and rooms for overnight stay are filled with paintings of foliage and flowers (above). According to Mrs. Garcia, painters would go to Callospa to paint the view then leave some paintings as gifts to her (below).

Callospa -paintings

It was marvellous. I know that there would be interested parties asking for info and directions. Callospa and Callos Farm Resort has a website.

  • tf

    been there once and i must say that their service is great especially their signature massage, it was heavenly.

    but what is so sad is what i heard about the management, they’re not treating their employees well. the therapists were given salaries way below the minimum, no overtime pay, they dont get double pay on holidays, they’re treated like a household helps (they required to do chores like scrubbing the floor etc), they’re not given enough food, etc..

    i just hope that someone out there who have connections with the government can look into this because it’s really sad that these people are doing their job excellently but they are treated badly by the people who should have been the first to defend them.

    • celine

      Hi! Do you have a contact number of callos spa? We are very much interested to that place.. thanks

  • mrs.liza yap

    hi im mrs. liza yap i was planning to have our reunions there at callos resort with my other friends and their families.i would like to have your number and details of its location so we can go there.
    thank you!GOD BLESS!

  • mrs.liza yap

    hi its me again i am really waiting for the number please give it to me as soon as possible because we are ready.

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    Well, Ms. Liza Yap, you can wait forever. No Callospa agent nor secretary in this blog.

  • http://emeritus.blogspot.com Dr Emer

    LOL

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    Mano naman kasi magbasa nang maayos bago mag-demand. Ang kakapal.

  • Candy san juan

    I would like to inquire how much is your rate for whole body spa for a couple. Thank you & regards.

    • Jing

      Hi Ms. Connie, were you able to rent the place? Did your kids enjoy it? My family also plans to have a small get together, i think this is better than travelling to Pansol,Laguna. My mother lives just down the hill – Cainta. Just want to know if you and your family enjoyed the place and of course the privacy.

      Thanks!

      • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

        No, we didn’t rent it. We usually went to Cattleya Farm Resort which was nearer our old house. :)

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        • only the truth

          I’m surprised you liked this spa. When we went the sauna didn’t work, and in fact gave me an electrical shock. The massage tubs did not work either, no hot water and no working pumps. And the massage was the worst I have ever had, the masseuse was so bad I’m lucky I didn’t end up in the hospital. I would NEVER recommend this spa to anybody……..EVER!!!!!!!

          • http://cpalabrica.wordpress.com Cholo

            We actually just got back from Callospa this afternoon and had a perfect weekend getaway! We availed of their “Affordable Escape” package and it was just right to calm our nerves and relax our bodies. No shocks nor karate masseuses; just a great and awesome way to get away from stress. And yup, we’ll definitely be back! =)

          • Bette

            Hi there! quite contrary to what you experienced, for me Callospa is a really nice place. I’ve been to Callospa several times already, bringing my friends, sisters or just myself for their body scrub and massage tandem. My officemates loved it too, in fact one of them will be having their wedding there on December. Its sad to hear someone had a bit of an unhappy time there..maybe luck was just not on your side. As for me, I’ll be coming back there for my weekly spa indulgences and give Callospa the recommendation it deserves. :)

          • onlythetruth

            Dear blog administrator ~ Please be so kind as to DELETE my comment above. This comment was made in error and was a mistake. I highly recommend Callospa Resort in Antipolo.

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    You’ll have to ask the Callospa people, Candy. This is not Callospa’s website.

  • onlythetruth

    Dear blog administrator ~ Please be so kind as to DELETE my comment above from your blog. This comment was made in error and was a mistake. I highly recommend Callospa Resort and I give them 2 thumbs up and a 5 star rating *****. Callospa Resort is a beautiful facility and it’s in a beautiful setting and is ideal for weddings and other events, as well as a private romantic getaway.

    • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

      I can’t. There are two responses to your first comment.

    • onlythetruth

      Dear blog administrator/Connie Veneracion ~ No comments specifically refer to mine,
      so again, PLEASE be so kind as to DELETE my comment above from your blog. Again, this comment was made in error and was a mistake. I highly recommend Callospa Resort and I give them 2 thumbs up and a 5 star rating *****. Callospa Resort is a beautiful facility and it’s in a beautiful setting and is ideal for weddings and other events, as well as a private romantic getaway. THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOU DELETING MY FIRST COMMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND GREATLY APPRECIATED!

      • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

        I’m losing my patience with you. If you can’t see the threaded commenting and the two comments in response to yours, you’re either blind or dumb. Next time, be careful with posting comments and post only what you mean. I don’t know what your agenda is but you’re not going to do it here. I’m blacklisting you.

    • Darlyn

      I read lots of good reviews so my sister and I decided to try Callospa for a relaxing night…but unfortunately, it was a night full of disappointment. Very bad experience!

      a) Despite setting an appointment, we had to wait until therapists were available. Pagdating namin don, pinaupo lang kame and hindi welcoming ang staff nila. Kulang daw sila sa staff kase may spa party. I think there were only 4 therapists available..and based on what I saw, parang may 2 other clients lang na andon din sa place.

      b) Body Scrub – the body scrub room (or whatever you call that) was not appealing. The srubbing bed was wet (obvious na ginamit na sa previous client) and di man lang nilinis for the next client. The rolled towel where my head was supposed to rest was wet too…kadiri. Di man lang pinalitan after the previous client.

      c) Massage – the service itself was OK..but the music they played was sooo un-relaxing. Pang-horror. We had to ask the staff to change it pero di daw sha marunong. Later on pinalitan nga pero pang-horror parin. Geesh! And…nag-iisa lang ata yung song na pinatugtog nila. Same music playing for more than an hour! Paulit ulit lang.

      d) Facial – Only one staff was available to do our facials kaya take turns kame ng sister ko. While the therapist was applying cream on ate’s face..nagaantay lang ako, then nung pinapa-steam sha, ako naman nilagyan cream..then balik sha sa sister ko for pricking habang ako naman steam. Basta obvious na minadali ang buong session to accommodate both of us. Boo!

      e) Foot spa – We had to sit and wait for at least 30 minutes for the therapists na magfo-foot spa samin kase they were massaging 2 other clients pa. Yon nga, kulang daw sila sa tao that night kaya ganon.

      oh well. A truly disappointing night! It was a long drive pa naman to go there. Never will I visit this place again.

      • Callospa

        Callospa’s Response to Ms. Darlyn: Our apologies for your disappointment. We were short of therapists during that time because of the spa party held at the family spa, which intially booked for 10 but eventually ended up with 15 persons. Their wedding will be held for the next day and they had all treatments done, body scrubs, eyelash extensions, body waxings, nails, etc. Our body scrub is wet body scrub, unlike the scrub some spas are offering wherein its done in the same bed you will be using for massage. We appreciate you liked our Massage. Rest assured that we will take as constructive criticism whatever negative impression you had during your stay.

        • ruby

          hello Ms.Garcia,
          Sana maalala mo pa ako,We met in a seminar was held in PODIOUM last yr. just wanna ask how much the charge of overnyt stay there at least for 50person on May 15′ 2010,W e still canvassing r u open in an exchange deal? please email me the further details thanks..
          Ruby

          • benj

            hi good day!

            How much room rates for overnight stay?

            Thanks.

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Hi, good day!

            Does this look like the website of Callos Spa? Magbasa ka naman!

          • Chichay

            When we went for a visit recently, the place was not clean. Parang ilang taon nang hindi nalinisan yung lugar. Sa reception area, nagkalat at magulo ang mga products nila on sale. The rooms were dark and there were plenty of insects. Maganda sana yung place kung name-maintain ang cleanliness at order. Class ang dating ng place sa photos lang. Even the massage was not “wow” for 650 pesos. I enjoyed and appreciated more the yung massage at “Let’s Face It” in Market Market.
            I hope the management exerts more effort to spruce up the place. I say the service I got was definitely not worth the price I paid.

      • http://www.mjces.com MJ Ces

        Hi Ms. Connie,

        Thanks for this post about Callospa. I’ve been looking for some more info about the place and glad I found this.

        By the way, I’m surprised to find people thinking this is Callospa’s website. Obviously they didn’t read your blog post. :)

        • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

          Most random surfers rarely read; they just do as the last commenter did. LOL

          • Yme Adriano

            My office mates & I are planning to go there this May. I’m having second thoughts due to mixed comments both good and bad.. hmmmmm

          • disappointed

            my sister had her wedding at callos spa a couple of years ago. as you enter the resort, u wud notice how calming and serene the place is; but that was the only good thing i remember about callos spa.

            the owner seemed very pleasant the first time we met her. so my sister and husband ‘to be’ that time didnt have second thoughts about renting the place for their wedding reception. dealing with the owner, mrs. garcia, was such a HEADACHE. she had made verbal promises initially that were never provided after we had paid the reservation fee. in short, malabo at mahirap s’yang kausap!

            if there wud be any who’s interested in holding a party or reception at the place, make sure you have everything written down and signed by the management before you make an initial pay.

            in addition, the personnel (and the owner) were not very welcoming. There was one incident when there were 3 of us who showed up for the food tasting with their accredited caterer. Upon telling mrs garcia that we came for the food tasting session, she told her staff, “___, mag handa ka nga ng table para sa dalawa lang.” how polite was that?! I still participated in the food tasting because the couple value my feedback about the food.

            obviously, i will not recommend the place for your reception or party especially if you have other options.

          • Tse

            Hi! just want to ask kung ano ang mas maganda? im torned bet. callospa and casa ibiza eh. :(

          • Louisse Anne Carandang

            woa! I’l be going there tomorrow for some research and ask for some information about spa resort. Hope the owner will not be snobbish or what . (cross-finger) Sana welcome naman xa kahit hindi kami mag aavail ng kahit anong service nila .

  • John

    I’ve stayed in some pretty cheap places since I travel on a budget. But I have to say this is the worst experience I’ve ever had with a hotel/resort.

    The “resort” was rented out the whole night (from 6 pm-6am). The videoke machine was blaring the whole night, and the people drinking poolside got noisier and noisier as it got later and later. I was up from 2 am-5 am due to all the noise. We weren’t informed beforehand regarding the resort rented out, and we weren’t given any apologies either.

    The service in the spa was equally poor as we were constantly unattended to. The massage itself wasn’t something you couldn’t get in the city.

    For a relatively new place, the rooms were in very poor condition.

    The “Asian breakfast” was one of the worst I’ve ever had in a hotel/resort: small portions and tasteless food.

    Long story short, it’s your typical run-of-the-mill resort that’s only after maximizing its profits. We should have shelled out the extra 2k php and opted to stay in our first choice, Vieux Chalet.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Vieux Chalet — I agree. Food is so good too in case you opt to order. :)

  • pj

    nice