Trip Report: Mambukal Mountain Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental

Entrance, Mumbukal Mountain Resort, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Entrance, Mumbukal Mountain Resort, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Coming from the USA, we are accustomed to natural areas being in public ownership as parkland. In the Philippines many such places are privately owned and operated. Mambukal Resort is about a 45 minute drive from Bacolod City. It consists of beautifully landscaped grounds in which are set a swimming pool, picnic shelters, ponds, rental cottages, a Japanese bathhouse, a butterfly garden, and a food court. From Mambukal one can hike further up into the mountains to a series of waterfalls. Contact: 034-7100-800. Please note that some guidebooks refer to Mambukal as Mambucal.

Mumbukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental - Swimming Pool

Mumbukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental – Swimming Pool

Beautifully landscaped grounds – Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Cottage at Mambukal

Cottage at Mambukal

A rental cottage at Mambukal. While the design of the cottages was delightful and the price reasonable, our cottage was not in the best of shape. This is a heavily used resort and the rooms are often occupied to overfull. We paid P900 for our aircon room. The aircon was not really working due to low voltage. While there was a hot water heater, it was not working. The accommodations were acceptable but nothing to look forward to. We did have our dinner at the on-site food court. There were two or three separate independently run restaurants. Ours was quite good (grilled Blue Marlin, BBQ chicken) and the prices reasonable.

Hot Springs at Mambukal Resort -- the sign said 90 degrees C!

Hot Springs at Mambukal Resort — the sign said 90 degrees C!

Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Volcanic activity was evident everywhere at Mambukal

Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Volcanic activity was evident everywhere at Mambukal

Picnic Shelter - Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines The design of the landscaping and the buildings was very well thought out and well maintained as well.

Picnic Shelter – Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines The design of the landscaping and the buildings was very well thought out and well maintained as well.

Pretty Roads - Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Pretty Roads – Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Hiking trail to the waterfalls Mumbukal Mountain Resort

Hiking trail to the waterfalls Mumbukal Mountain Resort

There are a series of waterfalls in the mountains above the resort. Perhaps there is a formal road or trail but our Mambukal guide took us on an informal route that wound steeply up, through mountain barrios, to the falls. The footing was slippery so I wished I had had boots rather than running shoes. Still, the hike was a high point of our trip, not so much for the falls but for the chance to see how life is lived in the mountain barrios.
Falls in mountains above Mambukal Resort

Falls in mountains above Mambukal Resort

I believe this is fall five of seven. Kids from the surrounding barrios hung out at the falls hoping to secure a little money. Although fairly high in the mountains, there are lots of people living in this backcountry. We did not swim in the pool because we were not sure if the water was contaminated.
Barrio Road near Mambukal Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Barrio Road near Mambukal Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Rice harvest in the Mambukal backcountry Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Rice harvest in the Mambukal backcountry, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Clothes trying to dry in the wet backcountry near Mambukal Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Clothes trying to dry in the wet backcountry near Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Butterfly Farm - Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines If you pay a small fee you may visit the resort's butterfly farm.

Butterfly Farm – Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines If you pay a small fee you may visit the resort’s butterfly farm.

In the Philippines, the population density is so high, the forest so decimated that, except for beach resorts, it can be hard to experience nature and natural beauty in the Philippines. Mambukal is a great getaway for those seeking a bit a of nature.

Comments (16)

  1. hi, me and my family spend a vacation at Mambukal Resort, we find the place clean, beautiful, comfortable and secured. I love the dipping pool ! The employees are courteous and accommodating … thank you Mambukal Resort.

  2. hi,can I ask how many kilometers away from murcia to bacolod city,thanks

  3. hi, i just suggest its good if there is a hot water shower the missing og mambukal, the reason was low voltage. you know guys, Why you did not make a project the hot come out from the land u make a system to go every room for the hotel mixed from cold water and reality thats not a reasonable for low voltage because mostly resort they have there oun generator to support all the lights etc. if there is low voltage and even from water u get electricity like that lagoon place there is very much water.
    and one things the room is big and good looking outside but inside the room is poor.?

  4. what are the means of transportation in going to Mambukal
    since we will be having planning workshop there tomorrow till thursday i’ll be leaving tonight from Misamis Oriental via Cebu ?

  5. Hi Bob. Good to see your many beautiful websites and apt comments. My home-helper, a city college scholar, likes your photos of Mambukal resort. There are jeepneys parking at Bacolod City’s south public “Libertad” market going to the resort, about 34 kms. east of the city. We will have a church retreat there April 2-3 and have a Tenebrae service. A solemn weekend to you and Carol. gad

  6. When we were there there was sort of a food court where separate vendors offered meals at reasonable prices. The prices were not inflated, but were similar to what you would pay at BBQ places outside the resort — say like Mang Inasal The food was quite acceptable.

  7. We are planning to have a three day overnight stay there in mambukal and we were aware about much of the stuff and fees but the food rates in the said “RESTAURANTs” maybe someone could post or send me a message about their “average” price per viand. or if they have “SET (good for a number of people) meals”

  8. Good day,

    We are planning to have a vacation at Mambukal. But we dont know how to get there.. can anyone tell us how?

    thanks.al

    • Mambukal Reservation Office
      Government Building near Bacolod downtown lagoon.
      Provincial Capitol Building,
      Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City,
      Negros Occidental, Philippines
      +63 34 709 0990 ?

      Roughly 24 kilometers East – South East from Bacolod. Through Murcia via Alijis Rd onto the Negros Eco Tourist Highway, follow the signs to Mambukal.

  9. Edwin,

    It’s true, but remember, you’re paying P900 for an aircon room at a beautiful resort. A comparable mountain resort with modern reservations systems in the U.S. would charge how much per night?

    While Mambukal may not have all the luxuries and bells and whistles, I think it’s great that the provincial government runs Mambukal and that it’s affordable to many ordinary Pinoy families so that they can enjoy the natural beauty of their own country.

    Bob

    • I totally agree with you. if that resort was here in the US ,it would cost you an arm and a leg. I am a native of negros and coudn’t be more proud that I am now with manbukal resort. theres nothing like it on earth

  10. I find it absolutely amazing that such a premiere resort in the sugarland -Mambucal Mountain Resort, does NOT have a website of its own where you can do bookings and reservations directly ONLINE. . . . but I would not be surprised: much of the Philippines is still a century behind in terms of telecommunications technology. . .

  11. If you what reservations you have to call the Negros Occidental government office. Here’s the contact information for Mambukal Mountain Resort
    Brgy. Minoyan, Muricia
    Negros Occidental
    Phone: (034) 710-0800
    Fax: (034) 710-0801

    Mambukal Reservation Office
    Provincial Capitol Bldg.
    Phone: (034) 709-0990
    Fax: (034) 433-8516

  12. hi,

    how much is your villa room good for 6-8 persons? I would like to reserve a room for aug.21-23 2nights. Please contact me thru my phone 09228354766.

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