Alvin was a mountaineer. He loved climbing mountains and camping at the summit. He would always tell us stories about how fun the climb is and how beautiful the view is at the top.
Ako, I really want to join him sa mga ganyan. Hindi niyo naitatanong, girl scout ako from Grade One to my 4th Year High School. A lot of people (including my husband) find it hard to believe na isa akong Girl Scout. Beneath my very maarteng demeanor, I am a “decorated” Girl Scout. Pinagdaanan ko yan lahat: Twinkle, Star, Junior, and Senior. Nawala ko lang ang sash ko with all my badges kaya I don’t have proof. In all those years of being a Girl Scout, we went to one camping event to another. I know how to pitch a tent ng mabilis. I can make a campfire without using gas. I know all the different kinds knots eklaver. I can cook without utensils. I can barbeque a raw egg on a stick. I know how to fold the Philippine flag properly. Do you know that, out of respect, the Philippine flag cannot touch the floor? Galing ano? May ganun pa talaga.
Ang hindi ko lang kaya is to pee and make poopoo outdoors without properly washing. Hindi ko talaga kaya mga bakla! Alvin told me that there are no portalets at the top of the mountains. Hindi na lang. K thanks bye.
That is the reason why all these years I have not gone mountain climbing with Alvin. Secret dream pa naman namin to make love inside the tent on top of the world.
Pero atin atin na lang yun.
Anyway, one night, Alvin told me that he found a place where we can go camping.
“May toilets ba?”, that was my first question.
Hindi lang toilets ang meron. It’s not called GLAMPING ng wala lang.
GLAMPING is short for Glamour Camping. As what the term implies, glamping lets you experience the camping without the hassle and stress of camping out! There will be toilets (check!), hot and cold water (check!), bed mattress (check!), electric fans (check!) and your personal butler (check!). Eto daw ang camping na papatok sa amin ni Anika!
Come on hard core mountaineers, sabay sabay kayo magroll eyes now with my husband!
Nurture Wellness Village offers GLAMPING to their guests. It costs Php 3,190 per person (minimum of 2 pax), inclusive of the following: (from their website)
- 22 hours overnight stay at naturally ventilated Camping tent
- Bon Fire, BBQ diner with Rice, fresh fruit Platter and Lime Basil Cocktail
- Arozcaldo Breakfast with Homemade bread & Pate with Kale Juice
- 30 minutes outdoor treatment choice of Facial or Foot massage
- Common toilet and bath, with toilet amenities
Check na check talaga!
Two weeks before our schedule, I deposited half of the total bill and sent the deposit slip with my name to them.
We were super set to go.
Just so you know, when Alvin was booking us, the staff at Nurture Spa said that there are no more weekend slots for glamping until parang April yata. Hindi ko sure but paki confirm na lang. Thanks to the Chinese New Year holiday which fell on a Thursday, we were able to get a slot.
We arrived at Nurture Spa around 1pm. We took the Sta. Rosa exit at SLEX. Nuvali pa lang traffic na paakyat. Grabe. We went back to take the Carmona exit instead. Walang traffic!
We used Google Maps app to aid us in finding our way to the Nurture Spa Wellness Village.
One thing that I noticed first is that ang relaxing ng aura at Nurture. Lahat kalmado. Si Anika lang ang maingay.
Maybe because fully booked sila and madaming tao, we had a hard time checking in. Parang magulo sila. Magulo in a very relaxed way, mind you. We decided to have our lunch first na lang.
Anika was super restless so while we were waiting for our orders, we went around to take photos of the place.
To say that Nurture Spa is beautiful is an understatement.
Everywhere you look, you will be able to see lush greenery and different kinds of flowers. Super pretty talaga. It was so serene. If you were there, ang maririnig mo lang ay si Anika.
“Nanay, can I go swimming now?” “No anak. It’s very cold.”
Repeat 100 times.
Anika’s outfit of the day:
Finally after 10,000 years, our food arrived. Hindi ko makuhang magalit sa mga waiters because they were very pleasant. Ang babait. Ang rerelax. Nakakahawa lang siguro ang place.
Anyway, when I posted in instagram that we were at Nurture Spa, a lot of my friends told me that masarap daw ang food so I had expectations. Everything daw was made
We ordered their creamy pumpkin soup.
The bread was good. Yun lang.
Next, we had the Tinapa spread which I really liked! Their bread is notable. It’s freshly baked and there’s something nice to it that I cannot place. Basta masarap. Period.
Alvin had the Bistek Tagalog. It was also good. Malasa siya.
Anika and I shared the Tinapa Carbonara. Hindi ko gets yung lasa. It was sweet. Ang weird. Hindi ako sanay.
While Anika had their fresh mango juice na ginawang shake, I had the most refreshing Tarragon Iced Tea. Ang sarap!
For dessert, we had their suman with hot chocolate.
I don’t eat suman that much but these were really good! Had I known, eto na lang sana ang kinain ko for lunch, with the bread and tinapa spread =)
Price-wise, I’m happy to say that their food is not expensive.
After lunch, we went na to our tent.
The Glamping site is far from the reception area. Good thing that the staff of Nurture Spa were very helpful. Ang thing lang is that if you would need something from them and you’re at the camping site, you would have to wait for someone to pass by your area so you can ask for it. Otherwise, lakad ka paakyat dun sa reception area #tamadproblems
On our way to the tent, we passed by the play area.
Kampo Sabila is where the glamping site is.
Our tent was huge! I saw the tent that Alvin had and this is like seven times bigger than that! Parang Harry Potter tent! Hahaha!
It was huge.
ME: Ilan ang kasya kaya dito Babe?
ALVIN: 50 people.
Kidding aside, I think 14 people can sleep inside the tent side by side. I also love it that it’s big. Pwede ako tumalon-talon sa loob. I get suffocated kasi inside tents.
The Glamping tent has a bed mattress, a lampshade, toiletries, towels…
… a small table and two cushions.
The glamping area has a dining table with six seats and a bon fire site.
Ang thing lang is that the tent was kinda old. The zipper of the door was sira na. The staff had to fix it for us and Alvin had to be the one to close and open it carefully otherwise masisira na naman siya.
Good thing also that Alvin knows how to camp so he made sure to secure the tent so the insects will not go inside. That became Anika and my past time while inside the tent. We kept on looking for insects. Katakot eh! Grrr!
Nevertheless, the bed was very comfy. Ang sarap ng cool afternoon fresh air. We didn’t find a hard time getting comfy inside.
After resting for a bit, I checked out the toilets. Very important!
The common toilets were clean. Nothing extra special.
Near the toilets were two more tents with their own dining table and bon fire area.
After Anika played, we went around Nurture Spa to check it out.
Outfit of the day muna:
We checked out the Spa area. I inquired about the Ifugao Huts where you can stay. Wala na daw ang mga yun. They were replaced by the small huts when you can have the head and foot massage done al fresco.
After going around, I watched over the playing Anika while Alvin had our car tire fixed.
We had our afternoon nap afterwards. Ang sarap ng tulog namin!
Our schedule for our complimentary massage was at 6pm. Alvin and Anika played chess while waiting for the massage therapist to pick us up.
The massage was good. Check na check sila dun. Tama nga the feedback and reviews that I read about Nurture Spa. Masarap ang massage nila =) Partida, I’m very maselan sa massage and yet I liked my massage =)
It was already dark by the time we finished our massage. When we got to our campsite, our “personal butler” had already started our bon fire and was grilling our dinner. I loved it! It was Anika’s first bon fire experience and she was really excited!
I read that they don’t allow food to be brought inside Nurture Spa so hindi na ako bumili ng marshmallows hoping that they have. Sadly, waley daw silang marshmallows. Super sayang. We would have loved roasting marshmallows and making smores!
Dinner was rice, grilled pork, fish and vegetables and fruits. They also had the basil drink with lambanog which Alvin and I liked! =)
After dinner, we made kwentuhan ng konti then we washed up na for bed.
Anika was asleep in 5 minutes. Ako hindi ako makatulog! I remembered all the scary mumu stories Alvin told me dati nung umaakyat sila ng bundok. Hahahaha! But since the bed and pillows were super comfortable, I fell asleep na din.
Alvin woke me up the next morning to tell me that there was water inside the tent.
It was raining pala outside and it was soooo cold!
I dunno what happened but the water got inside the tent. Not naman on the whole floor, mga puddle puddles lang. Nabasa pa din my bag with my wallet inside. Buti na lang I put my phone on the bed before I slept that night. They really need to replace this tent though kasi it’s old na. There are tiny holes also when water can seep in.
Anyway, did I mention that it was so cold?! Super duper cold talaga! Hindi ako nakaprepare!
Instead of waiting for them to serve breakfast (which I think they won’t kasi basa everywhere), we went to the restaurant to have our breakfast.
The Glamping package includes breakfast for two which was Arroz Caldo and bread. We ordered na lang extra kasi I don’t eat Arroz Caldo pagwala akong sakit. Yes, I’m weird that way.
Their Arroz Caldo wasn’t very impressive. Super normal lang. Maybe because they don’t put MSG kasi healthy nga there, the Arroz Caldo tasted a little bland.
There were sahogs that you can put in the Arroz Caldo…
.. and this is how Alvin’s bowl looked like.
The tapa also tasted bland for me. Bakit kaya? The food that we had in yesterday’s lunch was okay naman.
We went home na after breakfast. It was so cold and wet. We can’t do anything na there because it was already wet inside the tent.
Nevertheless, it was a one of a kind experience. We might go back again maybe in summer with friends. Ang saya eh. This time, I’ll make sure to bring marshmallows for roasting!
NURTUR SPA WELNESS VILLAGE
Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim West 2, Tagaytay City