We explored the mystical cave (Check : Biyaheng Antipolo : Mystical Cave) for almost 20 minutes but what really stressed me the most is not the caving part but dealing with the huge stairs going down from the site. As far as I remember, it takes over 200 big steps going down from the Mystical cave. Anyway, it’s passed 3 and we decided to hit our last destination. We concluded our tour in Antipolo by heading to Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort.
Much like the Jardin De Miramar (Check Biyaheng Antipolo : Jardin De Miramar), Cloud 9 is also an ideal venue for various occasions. Whether it’s a wedding reception, a company team building and more. It may not be as huge as Jardin De Miramar and it may not offer attractive themes but Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort is special on its own right. Built in 1995 and owned by Dr. Potenciano R. Malvar and Mrs. Lourdes C. Malvar, Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort (Cloud 9 Sports and Leisure Club) has become one of the most popular destinations in Antipolo. The place is composed of three structures that altogether consist of 78 rooms and housing 2 relaxing swimming pools, 7 different venue halls, and numerous amenities.
The place boasts its highly elevated venue that provides you a picturesque overlooking view of Antipolo City. Since we are just part of a Day tour package, we went here not to avail any of their hotel rooms or to have a staycation of some sort but to experience their 360 Point View attraction and also to marvel the beauty of seeing the stunning skyline of Antipolo City through their view deck restaurant (and also to take our early dinner).By the time we arrived in the area, we were welcomed by this small exhibit showcasing various items and memorabilia affiliated to Antipolo’s rich history. The huge painting sizing up to 13 feet in height and 29 feet in length depicts the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and her miraculous appearance in Tipolo Tree. It is also accompanied by various churches and pilgrim sites in the town including the Antipolo Cathedral, Boso-Boso Church and the Via Dolorosa in Pinagmisahan Hills. The artist behind this masterpiece is Mr Othoniel M Neri who also provide various paintings displayed on Cloud 9 Art Gallery. The glossy ceramic tiled floor with a mosaic featuring a map of the Philippines is something cannot go unnoticed too.
The 360 View DeckIf you are not afraid of heights, then you should definitely try crossing their hanging bridge and reach the 360 View Deck. For only 50Pesos, you can experience the marvelous beauty of Antipolo City. I personally have a fear of heights but I decided to try it anyway. Crossing the skybridge allows you to get a wonderful overlooking view of both Manila and Sierra Madre Mountains. The guard allows visitors to access the bridge by batch. He only let another batch in once the previous batch is almost halfway through. It was truly a nerve wracking experience for me. My legs were shaking in every step especially when the bridge is starting to swing. It might be a terrifying experience but the view is simply breathtaking. Almost done!The Skybridge as seen from the view deckThe view from the top is simply spectacular and it is not really surprising why the place is aptly named Cloud 9. The skyline of Antipolo City
Going down the viewdeck, you’ll notice the artistically designed floors. You will also spot random portraits almost everywhere. This made me realized how artistic the people of Antipolo are. With so many stunning artworks from Pinto Art Museum, artistically designed landscapes of Jardin De Marimar and now these immensely beautiful arts in Cloud 9, art enthusiasts will surely find this trip ultimately rewarding. Going down from the view deck, you will be prompted to a tunnel-like exit which is called the 7th Heaven.It is more like a hanging garden adorned with luscious greens and colorful ornamental flowers. The View Deck as seen from 7th HeavenThis monkey is a bonus attraction too!
Cloud 9 Restaurant
We decided to have our early dinner in Cloud 9. They offer an average menu but the price are surprisingly very costly but the view from their deck is equally stunning from the 360 View Deck.
Things You should Know before going to Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts
►The Cloud 9 Resorts is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
►The restaurant charge 10% service fee on food and drinks which explains the pricey menu
►The entrance fee to 360 View Deck is Php50 per head
►The place offers a lot of other facilities such as swimming pools, billiards and sports area, gym, basketball court, an art gallery and more.
►You can appreciate the view more if its sunset or sunrise!
How to Get to Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort
►Antipolo is accessible by jeepney or FX taxi, with terminals in Metro Manila including one in Araneta Center Cubao and Valero Street behind RCBC Plaza in Makati. The resort is can be accessed easier from MRT Station Cubao. From there, just walk towards the jeepney terminal near Telus and ride a jeep going to Antipolo/Sumulong. (make sure to ride the jeep bound to Antipolo/Sumulong and NOT Junction/Tikling)
►Tell the driver to drop you off at Cloud 9 or Padi’s Point (it’s just in front of the resort)
Where to Stay in Antipolo
For those who are looking for a nice place to stay in Antipolo whether you are in a tight budget or not, you might consider this list of hotels and resorts in Antipolo as compiled by TravelBook (with discounted rates too). Again, Antipolo has so many great places to offer that you guys can explore and a day tour may not be enough to discover them all.
Visiting the Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts concludes our Biyaheng Antipolo series. We headed back to Manila afterwards. Before ending the series, i might have another entry related to Antipolo for my next entry
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In case you missed our previous entries, feel free to visit the links below
►Biyaheng Antipolo (Prologue)
►Hinulugang Taktak Falls
►Pinto Art Musuem
►25 Artworks That You Should Not Miss in Pinto Art Museum
►Jardin De Miramar
►Casa Santa Museum
►Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts
►Things To Buy When Visiting Antipolo