With the stress, tons of work load and never-ending pressure in the office, it pays to pay a little visit to Mother Nature once in a while to forget those black-hair-turning-white moments.
A friend of mine (also an office girl) and I booked a 3D/2N stay here. We decided to have a girlfriends-bonding time, leaving our partners behind so we could go on a relaxing trip while we chit-chat about everything (we opted to leave without our hubbies since bringing them along would turn our vacation into a romantic trip. Besides, we may not be able to chat much if that happens and that would be missing the whole point of the trip). In short, it was just me and my girl friend. We decided to unwind away from the city, just to keep our mind off work for a few days and chat endlessly like we girls normally do. And, during the whole duration of our stay, we really enjoyed the little time we had. We would have stayed another day if the room wasn't booked already (it's difficult to freely book your desired date because they are usually fully-booked so it's an advice that you make your reservations at least a month early). Anyway, I could say that the trip was a success! We came home relaxed and feeling better; emotionally, physically and mentally. I think most people who stayed there were aiming for a couple getaway. But this time, I would like to share an experience from the perspective of a busy career woman trying to get the most of her vacation.
Here are some of the highlights during our stay:
1. Cozy Room - Even without an air-conditioning unit, the room temperature is very comfortable; not too cold/chilly nor humid. We slept soundly at night and even had a nice nap in the afternoon. The bed was comfortable, and its size was just right (we had enough space to roll over). Another thing to note is that a mosquito net is installed above the bed. I thought it was purely for aesthetic purposes but later realized it served a great function; keeping bugs away while you sleep. Bugs don't bother much; it's just their nature to fleet here and there and occasionally land on your skin. But with the nets, we were able to sleep without being disturbed. Probably the only thing I wouldn't give a whole approval of the room is its dim lights. It was difficult to read a book in there, even the bedside lamp didn't help. But I guess the dim lights are for sleeping ease, not for reading.
2. Food - Dinner time for me here is equivalent to tasting heaven. The meals provided for us were not really gourmet, bistro-type of dish but they are very, very good (I tip my hat off to the chef). The first night, we had vegetables, stewed meat and fish. The next night we had fish, chowder and chicken. I won't name the recipe (since the food they serve varies anyway), but each time we dine, we feel 2 kinds of sensation: the delicious taste of food, and the happy feeling of eating. Normally my friend and I would eat only an ample amount of serving. But during our stay, it seemed our appetite grew and we just had to ravage everything on sight (well, within the scope of our plates). We ate so heartily, we had to call another serving of rice. I don't know if it's the food itself, or the pleasant mood that made us eat a lot. But honestly I think it was both. For the morning breakfast, we had ordinary "silog" meals but good nevertheless; it greeted our tummies a very good morning indeed! We also had a simple lunch (we had to call this one ourselves since lunch meals were not included in the package deal), and it met our expectations just right. They have other choices in their menu, and they are not too pricey. Also, most of the food too is good for 2 persons.
3. Massage - This is one of the free services included in securing the package deal. For this one though, you have to notify the staff ahead so they can arrange your massage on your desired schedule. Otherwise, you'll just have to pick the remaining hours available. Anyway, my friend and I had a lovely experience. There were 2 choices, hard or moderate massage and we both chose the latter option. The masseuse hit it right and got our bad parts of our back well treated. I couldn't elaborate much because half the time I was either dozing off or already dreaming. In conclusion, the massage helped us feel relaxed. The first night we had it, it boosted our appetite (not the main reason why we ate a lot because the dinner next day came first before the massage and we ate a lot just the same) and the next night it helped us sleep more comfortably. I'm not familiar with the oil they used to rub on our backs, but it smelled pleasant; an aroma therapy as side dish. They also have a musical background (I forgot to ask the music title) and it adds up to the peaceful ambiance. But it couldn't be compared to the natural music the insects and birds make outside the room.
4. Environment - The place isn't too spacious that you can get lost in it, or too wee to feel smothered by the entire area; the place is just about right. And since there aren't too many guests even when the place is fully-booked, you can walk around both during the day and night without having to worry passing by a crowd (in our case, an audience to hear our never-ending conversation). You can't go much farther though, but there are nice spots/corners where you can still hang out with your companion. The atmosphere is perfect (not very cold at night, and not very hot in the afternoon) and there are beautiful sites with lots of trees, flowers and nature. You can easily roam outside the room whenever you want. Moreover, since it's an enclosed area, you won't have any problems with security. The whole place is quite safe. Additionally, there are certain spots you can take a picture of you in. The only thing that bothered us were the bugs. They don't attack you viciously, but they fly around a lot. During the day, it would be dragonflies. At night, it would be mosquitoes and moths. Rubbing on insect-repellant lotion could help keeping them off a bit.
5. Pool - We almost had it to ourselves because with the cold water and adding the chilly wind, most guest would rather stay in the room than swim. But we took the advantage of swimming under the noonday sun; there was no hot wind (that could tan us) and the sun heated up the cold water a bit so we were able to swim comfortably, not half-frozen. We only got off the waters before the sun would set. Also, the pool is not too deep. I'm 5', and I could still tiptoe at the deepest part of the pool so I think it is quite safe to swim there alone even if a person doesn't really know how to swim.
That's about what we experienced during our 3D/2N stay under a package deal. We would go over there next time (when we get stressed out again at work, perhaps?) once we have the chance/reason to do so. Although the next time we will book our stay, it would be on a normal rate. But then again, that might be a different story, a different review.
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