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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Glamping at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort in Balete, Batangas



From time to time, we need to get away from the stress of daily life. My kind of escape is the one that reconnects me with nature and pampers me with good food. That is why I am a fan of glamping. 


Glamping is basically camping minus the inconveniences from uncomfortable bed/ blanket/ sleeping bag, tent set-up or location. When you glamp in a resort, you can sleep, eat and bath comfortably, as well as have the freedom to use all other resort’s amenities.

Hotels promoting glamping or "glamorous camping" are plenty and accessible from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) or from nearby provinces like where I am from, Rizal. Nayomi Sanctuary Resort is among these splendid properties, where I got to experience glamping a week ago. 

Oh clouds!

Glamping at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort 


It was a rainy afternoon when I arrived at the resort. I was welcomed by the friendly security and was helped with my backpack by Grace, one of the resort's cheery staff. At the reception, which is a small room just near the huge entrance gate, I needed to fill out the check-in form and present my ID. Afterwards, I was escorted to my glamping tent that is a few minute walk from the reception.

During the short walk, I took the chance to ask Grace some questions about the resort and gladly she responded. I found out the resort's owner is the celebrity family, Prats. Yes. Sarah ang Munting Prinsesa a.k.a. Camille Prats, John Prats, their parents and other family members. The resort was built exclusively for family use but was opened to the public in 2015. I was also told Camille Prats held her wedding ceremony and reception in the resort the weekend before my stay. Wow! That explains the wedding packages I saw at the reception. The resort is actually ideal for big, intimate gatherings as such.

After the chit-chat, we arrived at my glamping tent. It's tent no. 3, good for 6 people, nested on an elevated deck with wooden balusters, and overlooks a refreshing view of Batangas mountains.

One of Nayomi Sanctuary Resort's elevated open decks where my glamping tent is beautifully situated

Inside my glamping tent


The bell tent is spacious, carpeted and in itself, glamorous. What you can see inside are: 3 double beds with 2 pillows each, wooden chest for storage, a huge stand fan, 3 power outlets, a night lamp, a door mat, blanket and towel for each guest, and a pole at the middle - definitely for support and not for pole dancing! The pole also holds a Dream Catcher that provides a dreamy touch inside the tent. 

Glamping beds at night

How's my sleep?


I was able to sleep cozily inside my glamping tent despite the relatively lower temperature. Thanks to the snugly blanket! I skipped on the fan and slept to the sound of raindrops against the tent, some crickets and the wind rustling the leaves. These gentle noises sort of completed a campground experience. However, if you feel like you wouldn't be able to sleep to these sounds, bring ear plugs.

The Girl with the Muji Hat inside Nayomi Sanctuary Resort's glamping tent

The bathroom


If you worry about where the bathroom is or whether you'd need to share the toilet with other guests, well worry not. Each glamping tent has a private comfort room that's a few steps away. The bathroom has a cold shower, toilet, and a mirror. There are no hair dryers nor toiletries provided. You need to bring your own. But if you happen to forget, you can request from the resort for a reasonable price. 

That's the clean, private bathroom just near the bell tent


The resort staff


My impression is that Nayomi Sanctuary Resort has the friendliest staff. From the security guard who welcomed me with full smile to the gardener who greeted me good morning when I was on my way to have my breakfast, down to the other staff I met and interacted with namely, Ms. Lhen and Ms. Pia. I felt really at home.

Photo Opp with Ms. Len Zara of Nayomi Sanctuary Resort

Activities to try


Nayomi Sanctuary Resort promises to take all your worries away. It plans to do this by letting you "Eat, Sleep, Relax, Repeat". But of course, as I have mentioned earlier, when you are glamping at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort, you have the freedom to use all the resorts amenities, which I did even when it was cold ad rainy!

I guess I was cold during this shot

Just relaxing!

In between my swims

The pool was even more inviting come night~

If you are feeling more active, you can try outdoor activities such as wake boarding, banana boat, fly fish, hike to Taal Volcano, visit to Marian Orchard. The resort has package for guests wanting this kind of adventure. 

Other activities to try at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort

The food


Nayomi Sanctuary Resort is a Filipino food haven. If you are hosting foreign friends or simply craving for Filipino food such as Kare-kare, Bulalo, Sinigang, Sizzling Sisig, Lomi and other Filipino dishes, you’ve come to the right place! The resort serves these flavorful dishes made with fresh ingredients. If you are lucky to be in the resort during the mango season, you’ll have death by mangoes! I mean, you’d enjoy mangoes with fermented shrimp, ripe mangoes, mango salad, ripe or green mango shake – all freshly picked from the mango trees teeming all over the resort. Don’t miss on other fruit shakes though. Like the Soursop Shake (Guyabano Shake) I tried for my late merienda.  

Guyabano or Soursop Shake

Baby Back Ribs

Leche flan for dessert

You can dine by the pool. There is a Nipa Hut you can use and tables in the pool side. but at night, I recommend dining inside the Anahaw restaurant.

I was too full with my heavy merienda all I could add was this Garlic Kangkong

Breakfast 


For breakfast, guests can indulge on Filipino garlic fried-rice and fried egg combos such as tapsilog, bangsilog, cornsilog, longsilog, etc.. I had Daing na Bangus with garlic friend rice, sunny side up, pickled vegetables, and fried bananas. Also, coffee for my drink.
    
Hello coffee

Here's the menu

Filipino breakfast at Anahaw Restaurant 

How to Get to Nayomi Sanctuary Resort


If you are commuting, take a bus going to Lipa or Lemery Batangas. In my case, I took JAM Liner from EDSA Star Mall. The fare was Php 124.00. If you are coming from Quezon City, you can opt to take any bus headed to Lipa City from bus stations near Ali Mall. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Jollibee. It's the one along President P. Laurel Hi-way just after Calabarzon expressway toll. You'll know you are there because the traffic would get slower in that area.

After getting off the bus, cross the street and take any PUJ going to Robinsons or SM. The fare is Php 7.00. Ask the driver to drop you off at Starbucks near Shakeys. You can get off just before the footbridge. Take any tricycle from the terminal near Starbucks. Tell the driver to take you to Nayomi Sanctuary Resort. Once they hear Nayomi, they already know. The ride is Php 200 for at most 4 people. If you with your friends, you can share but if you are alone, you'd need to pay the full amount. It's a long and bumpy ride by the way!


If you have a private transportation, it's much easier to locate. You see the address and the map below? It's approximately 1 hour 58 mins away from SM Megamall.  

Address: JM Katigbak Street Barangay Alangilan Balete Batangas, Philippines 4219
Contact No.: (02) 645-3092 | (02) 986-5487 | 470-2708 | 240-3478 | 240-5021 | 470-9334
Email Address: nayomiresort@gmail.com



Parting Words


Glamping at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort is perfect for family, group, couple or even solo getaway – the glamping tents’ charm is in its effort to please both children and adults. I recommend the resort for guests wanting to be a few hours away from Manila, yet in a calm, quiet and well-manicured garden setting. At Nayomi Sanctuary Resort, the staff cordially connects with each guest and assures a stress-free, memorable stay. The restaurant menu features scrumptious food with fresh ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between snacks. With the its recreational activities, food, and location, this nature preserve is "a sure escape from the urban world".

I rate my glamping experience at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort as one of the best in the South. I felt a homey-esque vibe overall when I glamped at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort. I enjoyed my stay and would always remember the short laughs I had with the resort staff, the days I marveled with my favorite Mango trees, and the relaxation I got being unplugged and glamped in a beautiful sanctuary. I cannot wait to go back, preferably during the Mango season! I also invite you to try glamping at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort or try a family staycation in their Himalayan House.

If you want to know more about Nayomi Sanctuary Resort, check out their official site here. 

Do you want to go glamping? Have you glamped before? What do you think about glamping at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort? Share your thoughts below. And if you find this post helpful, don’t forget to share!

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