Mambukal is a 23.6-hectare area which is 1,200 feet above sea level. Mambukal Mountain Resort was started by Kokichi Paul Ishiwata, a Japanese architect, in 1927. Originally, the resort only consisted of a bathhouse and picnic garden for Negrenses and their companions. Even though it has now been developed into a full-fledged resort, the original bathhouse designed by Ishiwata is still in use.
Mambukal Mountain Resort is government-operated and directly governed by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental. It is located 32 kilometers from Bacolod City and lies on the foot of Mount Kanlaon. Its location has given it unique characteristics compared to other resorts, such as the cool air thanks to its elevated area, hot springs, and flora and fauna which can only be found in the Negros region. There are a total of seven waterfalls in the area which is the source of water for their swimming pools and boating lagoons.
There are many attractions and activities that can be done in the resort. For adventure seekers, they offer ziplining and trekking up the seven falls of Mambukal. Visitors can also experience Japanese-style bathing in the bathhouse designed by Ishiwata, or take a dip in the sulfur pool which is known to be good for the skin. There is a butterfly garden in the resort where visitors can see different species of butterflies, and local guides also offer bat watching and bird watching to see the wildlife local to the area.
For beauty aficionados, the resort offers a do-it-yourself volcanic clay face mask experience, together with a Mudpack Festival in Murcia Town. Mambukal Clay is said to improve skin elasticity and clears up the pores. The Mudpack Festival of Mambukal is held annually on the third week of June to celebrate man’s return to primitive times as the faces and bodies of the dancers are covered with mud and Mambukal clay.