My favorite escapade outside of Bacolod City is the Mambukal Resort in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental. The first time I went here, I said to myself, I was in paradise. As I see the domesticated bats flying while I was basking in the hot spring, I could not help to be in awe as I watched how balanced the ecosystem is in this place.
The travel time from Bacolod City would be about 30 minutes by bus.
The only thing that makes me sad is that the entrance was P50.00 making it difficult for ordinary people to enjoy the beauties of nature considering that this should be enjoyed by common people.
Activities include, swimming in the hot spring, swimming in the swimming pool, boating, mountain hiking, camping, butterfly watching, zip line, wall climbing among others. The hot spring is what I enjoy the most, because it is not only good for my skin, but also for my nerves. There is also spa available inside the Resort.
The water comes from the foot of Mt. Kanlaon. There is place cold Sulfur spring, where you can get some water with high sulfuric content. The temperature is quite high. Also the soil is sulfuric which could be good as mask for your skin.
You can go picnic either in the cottage, or along the banks. What is interesting, are the trees which are old have been retained thus shade is abundant and what makes it so ecologically balanced.
There is a Seven Falls which you could explore up but you have to do this at your own risk. I havent gone there, but plans to do this next time . To do mountain trekking.
There is more to explore in this beautiful nature getaway. If you want to stay there for few days, there are available cottages at a reasonable price. You can temporarily find some quite and serenity outside of the city in this Nature Resort.