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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Drive, Dine, Discover Antipolo: Feat. The All-New Kia Carnival, Luljetta's Hanging Gardens, Le Blanc Hotel, ABCT Izakaya, The Bistro Pop-Up Cafe

By Arabelle Jimenez and Monch Henares

Oriental-themed infinity pool at Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa. Photo: Monch Henares


Tourism is now in full-swing, and we had three days to spend it by rediscovering Antipolo. We went to three highly recommended places using the All-New Kia Carnival Executive Class. This MPV proved that it was the perfect vehicle to explore new places in comfort and luxury. 

For a relaxing stay after a busy work week, our first stop was at Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa. We went straight to the Oriental-themed infinity pool as it's a big favorite among visitors, plus, it is one of the most picturesque places to view Antipolo.


Riding the all-new Kia Carnival in comfort, and discovering new dining places such as the ABCT Izakaya. The Japanese and Korean restaurant is located inside the Sakura Circle compound.

For our second stop, dining at ABCT Izakaya was an easy decision. We treated ourselves with sumptuous Japanese cuisine, which is truly a great find for food-lovers exploring nice places in Antipolo. 


The Kia Carnival Executive Class feels right at home at Le Blanc Hotel and Resort. 

We spent our last night at Le Blanc Hotel and Resort,  right at the heart of Antipolo. Literally the white hotel, its ambience is classy in minimalist style, accented by visual art pieces in the lobby and hallways. 


Make every road trip worth the mileage. To know more about our car of the week and experiences in these places, please read on.


The All New Kia Carnival


Before driving off to Antipolo, we went around the metro to give this newly-launched vehicle a spin. Manila Bay will always be one of our favorite spots in the city.




The all-new fourth generation Kia Carnival is the hottest multi-purpose vehicle that was launched this year. This Executive Class MPV really lived up to our expectations with its stunning and game-changing technological innovations.






We definitely experienced the first-class treatment worthy of a VIP with its second-row seats equipped with ottoman leg rest, all-power adjustment, and ventilation for the most comfortable seating positions. It's like flying on Business Class.






Truly, the all-new Kia Carnival reflects Kia’s new philosophy of thoughtful design and innovation that aim to inspire consumers to drive full-speed towards their desired future. The Carnival received top honors in the ‘Transportation’ category in the 2021 Good Design Awards, one of the oldest design competitions in the world, organized by Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.




For more information about the All-New Carnival, visit Kia Philippines.

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Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa


Arriving safely in the all-new Kia Carnival at Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is a sought-after destination that offers more than the usual inland resort experience and arguably the best of its kind in the locality. This tropical-themed middle-end getaway is part of the bigger 8-hectare recreational complex, the largest in Antipolo City.


Outdoor jacuzzi among the thick foliage of the cliff.

Dr. Fish Foot Spa is a must-try.

Built on a cliff using Cordillera architectural principles, it combines an assortment of Filipino, Balinese, Oriental and Greek elements, not to mention the ancient Babylonian “hanging gardens” technology.


Bali-inspired lounge overlooking Antipolo City.

We were transported to the Mediterranean port city of Mykonos at the resort's Greek-inspired upscale wing with its own private pool and recreational areas. 


Mykonos is a new wing at Luljetta's.


The pool is open 24-hours.

Request for a room at Mykonos Suites, and find out for yourself that its grandeur is not just a myth.


A Mykonos Suite

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Address: Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal 1870

Email: reservations@luljettas.com

Phone: 09171350522 / 09209650148 

For more information:

https://www.bienvenidotours.com/luljettas-hanging-gardens-and-spa.html


ABCT Izakaya


ABCT Izakaya, Sakura Circle Branch, Antipolo

All your fave Japanese dishes can be found at ABCT Izakaya.

Fifteen minutes away from Luljetta's Hanging Garden and Spa is Sakura Circle, where you will find the ABCT Izakaya Restaurant. Get blown away with authentic Japanese cuisine known for its fresh and healthy fare. Everything we ordered at ABCT was delicious and reasonably priced. 


ABCT Signature Seafood Rice


Mixed-Sushi


Seared Tuna

Shibuya Toast

ABCT is an acronym of the owners' and their children's names; Aki, Bernadette, Chihiro and Takumi. You will also find an ABCT branch at East Ridge located inside the East Ridge Golf and Country Club in Binagonan, Rizal. Offering the same menu, you can dine with the grand view of Laguna Lake.


A newly opened ABCT Izakaya East Ridge Golf Club Branch in Binangonan, Rizal

Address: Sakura Circle, Circumferential Road, Antipolo City

Phone: 8532-4344

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Le Blanc Hotel and Resort


Great car, good stay, delicious food. 


The simple, yet classy elegance of Le Blanc Hotel and Resort will make travelers feel the luxury, without going over their budget.

Ideal for families, executives, and adventure seekers traveling to  Antipolo, this hotel is conveniently located not far from tourist spots like the Hinulugang Taktak, a national park with waterfalls, and the central business district of the thriving city. 

Events, parties, and conferences make Le Blanc Hotel and Resort one of the preferred venues in this side of town.


Outdoor pool at Le Blanc Hotel and Resort



Spacious lobby


A Junior Suite at Le Blanc Hotel and Resort

Art work by local artists are for sale

Address: 3 Taktak Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

Phone: (02) 8518 9303

For more information:Visit http://www.leblanc.com.ph/

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The Bistro Pop-up Cafe


 The Bistro Pop-up Cafe at Le Blanc Hotel and Resort in Antipolo.


Enjoy the wide array of sumptuous dishes prepared by Chef Ryan Cainlang at The Bistro Pop-Up Cafe, which is located on the ground floor of Le Blanc Hotel and Resort. Chill, and indulge in refreshing cocktails and drinks while admiring the art work on display adoring its white walls. A delicious buffet breakfast is also available daily.


Breakfast Buffet at The Bistro Pop-up Cafe.

Bacon Slab


Roast Beef with Pink Peppercorn Sauce


Mushroom Truffle Pizza


Craft Beer from Santiago Brewery & Malthouse


Address: LeBlanc Hotel, 3 Taktak Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

Phone: 0956 866 6532

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Motourismo's Monch Henares and Arabelle Jimenez are welcomed by Bernadette Coronado, owner of ABCT Izakaya, and Ella Hallare, COO of Le Blanc Hotel and Resort.


Have you decided where to go to first? Visit them all. Tara na sa Antipolo!


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