Nurture Wellness Village
Maitim Dos St., Maitim II West, Tagaytay, Cavite
- 3 Reviews
- 29 Recommend
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Stare at the computer screen (yes, I am using the web version).
Place my fingers on the keyboard. Stop.
Stare at the computer screen.
Stand up and make myself a peanut butter sammich.
Sit in front of the computer. Stare.
I couldn't seem to figure out how to start writing this review because:
a.) There are a lot of things I wanna talk about in my stay in their hotel/resort/village.
b.) I'm pressured because I need to create an article that's more than a thousand characters. Lol.
This article is actually overdue. What else is new? I'm the self-proclaimed president of BLA (but I think Neil R. will oust me). This is not as overdue as the rest of my articles that were erased last year. Sigh. This was last February.
We've been meaning to try this place for years but I can't remember why we really haven't done it. So one time last year, I decided to get a good offer I saw on Deal Grocer, only to realize that the same hotel had an almost similar package.
I'm really great at this voucher things, really.
Anyhoot, my Valentine's day prep for my girl was cancelled because my most favorite person, my lola, died... so I had to fly back to my hometown and cancel all my Valentine plans. When I went back, I was totally guilty because I left my girlfriend alone on V-day so I decided to book the accommodation after Bangkok. I figured, we did long walks in BKK so we might as well stay there so we can rejuvenate.. and because I wanted it to be still in Feb so it won't be a super delayed V-day celebration.
She knew the plan but what she didn't know were the add-ons I had when I booked it. I kept it from her because I still wanted her to be surprised even if it's already late. You know what they say, it's better to be late than later.
I booked us a Magsing-irog Massage Package as well as a romantic dinner with set-up. I also asked the staff to make a lovely greeting in our room so she'll feel more than welcome when we settle in. I gave them the instructions and what to do and the note to put so that everything will be in order when we arrive. They were very accommodating and said that my additional requests will be done.
What I forgot to mention was that it was supposed to be a surprise.
So, when we arrived and after we were given the usual welcome drink (we had a very nice tea but I forgot the flavor) and I filled out the necessary papers, one of the staff went up to me and asked what time we'll have our massage and our dinner. My eyes went all round and it almost popped out because my girlfriend was beside me! I looked at her and she laughed. Then, I looked at the staff again and since I had no choice, I told him na lang, "Kuya, that was supposed to be a surprise..pero sige ok lang."
He felt ashamed and was very apologetic. When we went to the cashier to pay for the add-ons, he was still profusely apologizing and I told him that it's alright, that we still have the small surprise welcome greeting and she still have no idea that it's a dinner set-up and not really an ordinary dinner.
When I went back, my gf was very amused with me and I apologized that I ruined the surprise again and she said it was ok. Lol.
We got the Superior Garden View Rosal room and the facade is wonderful. It was very green and the cool breeze was refreshing. True enough, the greeting with the flower petals and the towel swan was waiting for us. It was a small gesture but she liked it.
The Garden View rooms are made of concrete with thatched roof. It has modern amenities basic and usual to a hotel: Cable, Aircon, phone, bathroom, blower (important to girls), hot shower, etc. They also have a DVD player but I was sad that my usb cannot play my movies in their TV. The bathroom was just basic but I like that it has bidet. They're using organic toiletries which they also make in their farm. The room is simple but it has the basic things that anyone will need to just lay around and be lazy for a day or two.
The whole small village consists of different sections with different room and house designs. I roamed around the next day to see what the other huts looked like. Some look like Ifugao huts, some are modern, there are open cabanas everywhere, so when you feel the need to just laze around and have the cool breeze slap you silly, you can stay there anytime. There's this one quaint house that looks like it came from a fairytale -- you know, the one where Sleeping Beauty grew up with the elves... or at least I assume.
The garden has an area where you can just make tambay and play chess. Or you can do an eggroll if you like. Below it, there's the camping area where you can do Glamping. Yes, GLAMPING, or Glamorous Camping, wherein, you will have the opportunity to experience how it is to camp.... with butler and prepared food and a nice tent with an available bathroom and shower. Lol.
Personally, Glamping is not for me because I like to do it rough --- CAMPING, and the basic way of doing it. But if I will be with my friends, it would be a nice experience. They have a different menu plan for glampers. At night, they also have a bonfire. It's not as expensive as some other glamping offers.
The village also has a Farmacy where you can buy your organic oils and condiments. That's also where you'll pay all your bills and if you bought veggies in their farm, you'll also pay it there.
The whole place is a NO SMOKING zone so I was pretty happy with it. 🚫
When you stay here, there are a few activities you can join free. We opted to join the walk in the farm. After breakfast, we walked for about 5 minutes before arriving to our destination. It was inside a large gate. When you enter, at the left side you will see tons of boxes and some trucks. It's the area where they make their own organic products that they use in the village and also supply to their clients.
Our first stop was the reception area. They gave us a hot tea made of avocado and one other herb which I forgot, but it was very nice. I like the fact that they can make tea out of almost everything! Our guide gave us an introduction of the farm. She showed us the water technology they use (which I won't divulge here so you can find it out for yourself. Lol). We started the tour. It was a small farm but I love how it was created. It's very organized and all the plants and herbs were planted in sections based on the human anatomy. So for instance, your brain needs this particular food, that specific food/herb will be planted in the Brain Section.
They also have herbal plants and a small bee community. They placed it somewhere a little bit far from the people because she said it used to be somewhere near and the bees kept on sticking on people's hairs so they died or people were distracted. This particular bee family is stingless.
They are avid fans of kale so they have a large area for that. They also have a mushroom house which at the time was under renovation because they were expanding. There also was a section for an obstacle course and the guide said it's made for groups who want to have their team building at the farm.
When we went back to the reception, we were given a cold towel, which was very fragrant and refreshing by the way. Of course, I had to order some of the veggies they have. I got kale, cherry tomatoes, celery (I won't suggest this though, Baguio celery is way better), peppermint, and asparagus ( I love this!).
Except for the dinner, the only food we were able to try was their breakfast offerings and we loved it. I got the tinapang bangus and my companion had tapa. Both came with eggs and we were given the choice on how we wanted it prepared. Plus, of course, the breakfast drinks that went with it. The beef tapa was nice and tender even if it was batangas beef. Mine was smoked properly, not too intense, not underprepared. So, we basically enjoyed it. The manager on that shift was very amiable.
We were fetched by two masseusse exactly at the time that we asked them to and was led to another place just near ours. The room was called Renew. Inside the warmly-lit room are two massage beds with all the necessary paraphernalias. Lol. The room didn't smell of sweat covered up with an intense peppermint oil which is not atypical to some spas in the metro (I know it because I've unfortunately been to one. ). When you enter, you will see at the left side a door leading to the bathroom that has a bathtub. A nice touch if you ask me, although I already showered so I didn't use it.
I won't go into details how we were massaged but I can only say that it was really good to a point that I fell asleep in the middle of what she was doing and probably even snored a little.
THE ROMANTIC DINNER:
I was expecting it to be just a table with a candlelight set-up but was slightly impressed when we saw it. The gf was pleasantly surprised (a little bit) and we liked how it was done. Our table was prepared not in the dining area but on a different section, probably reserved for this kind of occasion. It had a number of candles, and since we were the only ones in the area, they turned off the lights and the candles were the only thing illuminating our faces. Flower petals were scattered all over the table. We had our own waitstaff and as we sat, the chef went up to us, introduced himself and welcomed us. And hoped that we'd enjoy his food. Lol.
And since it's a fine-dine set-up, we had to wait for our food to be served one-by-one. We first had:
MUSHROOM TEMPURA - local oyster mushroom deep-fried in a batter served with their own vinegar. It was extremely scrumptious! The mushroom was very fresh (they grow it in their own backyard, remember?), it was crispy, and there are no off-putting taste that you can sometimes have in some mushrooms. I wanted to have more but stopped myself because it was just the appetizer.
KALE PUMPKIN SOUP - Since they're a fan of kale, of course it's expected that it will be in their menu. It was creamy and delightfully refreshing.
GREEN SALAD - It was an ordinary garden salad but was made extraordinary by the Nurture oriental dressing they used that had a hint of sesame, and the fact that the greens used were very fresh.
SURF and TURF - I ordered the surf and turf because meat. It had black tiger prawns tossed in butter and a tenderloin steak cooked medium (just the way I like it) with mushroom gravy and veggies. I chose the mashed potatoes to go with it instead of rice. Everything was cooked properly, however, I found it a little bit bland. It's probably either because I just came from a travel that made me eat a lot of food with intense flavors so my palate didn't have a chance to reset to its natural settings, or because since they are basically a detox place, they really don't put in too much salt. But anyway, I still liked it... I just didn't enjoy it as much as I would enjoy a normal steak.
CHICKEN ala KIEV - My gf had this main entree, a breaded chicken breast stuffed with melted cheese and ham and sided with mushroom gravy and veggies. I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed my plate. Hers was more palatable and flavorful. Lol.
CREMA de FRUTA - When it arrived, it was served on a large white plate with a chocolate text written on the plate that says "Happy Extended Valentine's Day, Babe". She was surprised, but the amusing part was, I was surprised, too... because it wasn't part of the plan... they made an extra effort for us and I was visibly delighted with the gesture. So anyhow, the crema de fruta was placed in a small glass and the fruits used were very fresh and I loved it... although, the lower part was a tad too sweet for me. Basically, the dessert was TOO SWEET because of the sweet gesture. #seewhatidithere
Our stay was hands-down a good experience. From the ambiance, to the food, to the service, and the entire place in general. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating and they made sure that we will really find the relaxation that we were hoping we would have there. They may be more expensive compared to the other hotels around the area but it's something that's worth trying. It's different. It's refreshing. It's relaxing.
Peanut D is this long enough?
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One of my favorite place in Tagaytay! ️ Perfect for those days when you really need to relax and de-stress.
The room is spacious. It has a TV but no cable but you can check out their DVD collection if you want to watch a movie. I think it's better that way so you can really relax.. So no TV/cable is actually good. Hehe! The toiletries smell good and were made from natural ingredients (accdg. to the label). The photo is a view from our room's balcony. Don't you just love the view?
Thumbs us for their service too. Each room is equipped with a bell near the door and if you need anything, you can just tap the bell. I wonder how the crew can hear it and where they are hiding. Lol. They are very quick to respond.
The food is good too! Since the place is a bit far from they usual dining places in Tagaytay and we just want to stay-in, we dined here during our whole stay. The choices were a bit limited but the food is yummy. Can't remember exactly what we ordered though. Also, their vegetables were from their very own farm and said to be organic - plus points for the health-conscious.
Oh btw, their ginger tea is ️! I wonder if they sell those.
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For a different kind of weekend, decided to stay in an ifugao suite. Wooden everything, with our own massage area at the bottom of our hut!
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