Bamban: Goshen Resort, A Glimpse of Rome in Tarlac
A resort and hotel with European (mainly Greco-Roman) inspired architecture located in Bamban, Tarlac. Situated in 4-hectare of secluded grounds, the resort is originally developed just for holding events of a Christian evangelical group. Though it was yet to be formally opened it was already made famous thanks to the social media, and the still-unfinished resort was opened to the public in 2017.
Today, the resort is open to anyone seeking for a quick slip away from the hustling and bustling city life. It takes only 15-20 minutes of travel from Clark International Airport or just under two hours from Manila.
The main highlight of the site is a coliseum named “Dambana ni Yahweh” (Shrine of Yahweh) that resembles the much larger Colosseum in Rome. You will surely enjoy being here, being a perfect place for a photo op. In fact, we were with two other group taking pre-nuptial photoshoots at the same moment.
The site also offers other amenities like pools adorned with Roman columns. There are also chalets and villas that can be rented for those who want to stay. And for the adventurous, they also have an ATV for rent.
The PhP100 entrance fee for a day tour is worth it for your complete enjoyment. You can spend a little more cash on consumables if you want to chill in their Café Roma.
If you want to savor or see Rome and other Roman-inspired architecture without going further, this is your best choice. While discovering the place, you will be refreshed by the serenity and unique charm it offers.
- Entrance Fee:
- 100 – (Day Tour only, consumable at the Café Roma)
- 250 – (Day Tour with Pool Access)
- Kids 3 years old below are Free
- Day Tour/Swimming – 9am-4pm
- Night Swimming – 4pm-12 midnight
- Cottage Rates:
- Small Patio – PhP500 (4 pax)
- Umbrella Type – PhP1,200 (6-8 pax)
- Cabana – PhP2,000 (8-10 pax)
- Cabana Garden – PhP2,500 (10-15 pax)
- Patio Garden, Grand Gazebo – PhP3,000 (15-20 pax)
- ATV Rates:
- P1,000 (2/pax with driver) – short trail (20mins. – 30mins.)
- P3,000 (2/pax with driver) – medium trail (1hr. – 1hr 30mins.)
- P5,000 (2/pax with driver) – long trail (3hrs. – hotspring)
- Hotel Rates:
- Resort Suite – P5,000 (4-6 pax)
- Family Room – P5,000 (4-10 pax)
- Penthouse – P10,000 (4-8 pax)
- Standard Room – P3,000 (2-4 pax)
- Deluxe Family Room – P8,000 (8-20 pax)
- Presidential Suite – P16,000 (12-20 pax)
- Bunk House (Double Deck Beds) – P8,000 (16-20 pax)
- Address: Goshen Land, Barangay Lourdes (91.37 km) 2317 Bamban, Tarlac
- Mobile Numbers: +63 943 228 1608
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/goshenresortandhotel/
- Website: http://goshenphilippines.com/
Take NLEX going to Sta. Ines Exit. From Sta. Ines, go straight to Mabalacat Town Proper, then take the MacArthur Highway going to Bamban. The landmark is the Bamban bridge and at its end is the road leading to the grotto. Turn left going to the grotto and take the 900 meter road to the resort.
Ride a bus (VIA DAU Terminal). Drop off to Dau terminal. Ride a jeep heading Capas or Bamban route (fare: 25pesos/head). Tell the driver to drop you off in BAMBAN GROTTO (“Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine”). Take a tricycle straight to Goshen Resort (70pesos one way).
As a Christian blogger, I admired with their unconventional concept that they made. I and my accompanying flock wondered why the structure was called “Dambana ni Yahweh”, for it resembled the Colosseum where ironically it was the site of severe persecution and martyrdom of the early Christians. I guess, it was just a symbolism, or they just can’t think of a better name for such beautiful architecture, or the martyrdom of the early Christians are sacrifice for the Dambana ni Yahweh (you may decide which of these are the reason for having such a name, or you can just personally go to the site… hehe)