After exploring the 1.3 Hectare land of Pinto Art Museum (Check : Pinto Art Museum) we decided to take our lunch nearby and then we headed to another popular destination in Antipolo, the Jardin De Miramar where the famous Casa Santa is located. Jardin De Miramar is a huge garden venue that covers an entire three hectare of land.It actually feels like going to a place with various portals in it as it takes you to several garden themes. It is a perfect place where you can ideally celebrate various special occasions such as weddings, receptions and birthday parties. Whatever the theme you like, this place got you covered. Our main destination was the Casa Santa which houses thousands of Santa Clause and Christmas-related collections but we had enough time to explore the other venues that this Jardin De Miramar has to offer.
Jardin De Miramar is owned by Mrs Edna Del Rosario. Interestingly, the name Jardin De Miramar was merely based on Mrs Edna’s first company, the Miramar Realty and since this is a garden venue, she decided to name it as Jardin De Miramar. Jardin De Miramar do not just offer their venue but also a wide range of services including wedding packages, Social Events, Photoshoots, Location Shoots, Seminars, Team Buildings, Corporate Parties, Outings and even tours.
What makes the place even more interesting is that the landscapes and the sculptures were all created by well known artists today. It includes the landscaping artist and CCP Artist Awardee Tony Leano, Sculptures by Ral Arrogante and National Heritage awardee, TOYM Michael Cacnio, CCP Master Planner Jason Buensalido, international artist Daniel dela Cruz, BGC and Glorietta sculptor Reggie Yuson adorn the grounds.
By the time we get there, the first attraction that took my attention is this “Sylvana”. It is a small attraction that kids will surely enjoy. A manmade maze that is adorned with fantasy-related sculptures and designs.
Intricately designed walls inside the SylvanaSmall Sandbox for kids to play
Galera is another themed venue in Jardin De Miramar which is seemingly ideal for birthday parties and other kids-related events. The venue highlights a 30-ft tall ship where kids can play. The venue is also adorned with play ground and many other attractions. I also learned that the ship was reconstructed from a 50-year old boat.
The boat is more like the replica of Noah’s arc which is perfectly matched with animal-inspired attractions.
Intramuros, as what the title suggests, is another venue in Jardin de Miramar that brings you to the picturesque sights of Intramuros. It is a venue that will seemingly take you back in time and absolutely a perfect wedding venue or even for Pre-nup shoots. It highlights these stunning brick arches adorned with lushes greens. It even has ponds to complete the stunning scenery.
Isla Palma Resort is one of the newest attractions in the Jardin De Miramar. The resort is notably adorned with many contemporary designs. The landscape is designed by a modern building designer Jason Buensalido which explains why everything in this area looks really unique. It is called Isla Palma because it is literally surrounded by many Palm trees (check the first image). It highlights a 250 sqm. pool which is patterened after a palm tree.
The Isla Palma’s amenities includes, 2 Lounges, which includes kitchen, a game room named “Juego” which includes several activities namely billiards, air-hockey, a mini-theater system and a bar. It also has many function rooms ideal for team building or other corporate events.
“Casa Santa Museum”
Possibly the most popular attractions in Jardin De Miramar, the Casa Santa. It is basically a museum that houses over 4,000 items with Christmas and Santa Claus themes and motifs from different countries around the world. Christmas never ends in Casa Santa and it will surely bring the inner kid out of you with so many great items to see. It also has a room that is dedicated to a small Christmas Village. Since this is the highlight of our Antipolo Tour, I am going to have a separate entry for Casa Santa.
Things You should Know before going to Jardin De Miramar
►The Jardin De Miramar has no entrance fee but is a semi-private facility. They are, however, open for ocular visits especially for those who want to check their venues and also the packages they offer. Casa Santa, on the other hand is welcome for visitors everyday.
►The entrance fee to Casa Santa is Php180 per head but please be mindful that there is a minimum number of visitors required. For Weekdays they are open from 8 am – 5pm (with Minimum of 5 pax) and when Weekends, they are only open from 2pm – 4pm with minimum of 4 Pax.
►According to their site, every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month from 2pm-4pm, the Casa Santa is open even without the minimum number of visitors required and entrance fee is P180/person, and that is good for a 1-hour visit.
►For updates and more info about their rates, you can visit their official webpage at http://jardindemiramar.com
How to Get to Jardin De Miramar
►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. This will drop you off to Antipolo’s Town Proper. From here, you can ride a tricycle which can take you to all nearby destinations including the Pinto Art Museum. Places along the main roads are accessible by jeepney.
►Jardin De Miramar is located at the back of the new Robinsons Mall in Antipolo. You can ride a Tricycle from there or even from the town proper and asked the driver to drop you off in Jardin De Miramar or Casa Santa.
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.
I wish we could spend more time exploring this huge Garden Venue but our time is limited and we have to go to our next destination, the Mystical Cave. Anyway, before we proceed with that caving adventure, I will post more about Casa Santa in my next entry. Take a quick peek to the Christmas Village in this video below
Casa Santa is truly one of the most unique museums I have ever visited and I’m so excited to share it with you guys
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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