Last week, hubby and I had our 12th year anniversary. We didn’t go out for a date and we just stayed at home the whole day. Last Monday, we decided to go to Nurture Spa Village at Tagaytay to celebrate our Anniversary.
We arrived at the Nurture Spa Village around 3:30PM after an almost 2 hours trip from Alabang via commuting. Thank you to the patient and attentive crew who even called us to show the way on how to get there. We were welcomed by their friendly staff and gave us a welcoming hot drink. After filling up some forms, one of the staff helped us carry our baggages and show us our Ifugao Hut room.
The Ulayaw Package (Php 9,000) that we got includes the following:
- Twenty hours overnight accommodation in an Authentic Ifugao hut
- Set breakfast, set meal lunch or dinner (PLATED) for two persons
- Full body massage plus one outdoor treatment choice of having facial OR foot massage for two persons
*** Ifugao Huts are naturally ventilated, has a private toilet and bath, one queen sized bed and can accommodate up to three to four persons. It is best for the adventurous type. It is not recommended for the elderly since entrance to the hut is by a ladder.
There is a hammock below the Ifugao hut and the comfort room is also downstairs.
They provide a complete set of Toiletries (including ear buds and a shower cap). I like the shampoo and conditioner which came from Crabtree and Evelyn.
They also provide a complimentary alkaline water inside the room.
You don’t have to worry about the security of the room because they gave us our own key. Also, if you need something, you can call the crew by ringing this bell.
Hubby and I can’t have our massage at the same time, so my son and I had a dip in the small pool first while daddy is fixing our things.
When hubby was called for his full body massage, my son and I had a bonding time inside the hut. I like that the place is so quiet and what we can only hear are the birds chirping and the relaxing music playing outside. The Ifugao Hut is a fan room, but since it was very cold at Tagaytay, we did not even had to open it. (read more HERE)
After hubby’s full body massage, I am quite hungry that we decided to have our dinner first. We had our dinner at their cozy restaurant. I was surprised to see the owner Ms. Cathy Turvill. She greeted us and the other guests (very friendly of her).
The meal consists of a vegetable salad and mushroom soup. I like that the salad came from their organic garden and I love the taste of sesame dressings that comes with it.
After the appetizer, the waiter told us to choose whatever food we want. Since it’s quite cold at the place, I ordered the “Sinampalukang Manok“. It’s grilled chicken with a de-constructed soup (worth P220.00) and it comes with rice. I ordered extra rice (Php 30.00) for my son and we just shared the dish.
Hubby on the other hand, ordered the Crusted Fish Fillet (worth P350.00). It is a deep fried crusted dory with mango butter sauce. Hubby liked it so much, the mango butter sauce and the crusted dory was a perfect combination.
We were also given 3 pieces each of coconut macaroons. Yummy!
After dinner, I had my full body massage. My massage therapist asked me to remove everything except the underwear. That’s fine because it was done inside a room. She cleansed and rubbed my feet first before she asked me to lie down. I asked her to provide a light massage and I am glad that she followed my instruction. The massage helped me fall asleep soundly. I liked it!
We woke up around 6AM in the morning the next day, and had our breakfast at the restaurant.
I have read some good reviews about their hot chocolate so that’s what I ordered, together with the Batangas Tapa, fried egg, fried rice and fruit in season (which is Pineapple) (worth P250.00). My son asked for an egg (P15.00) and fried rice (P45.00).
Okay, I admit I never had a hot chocolate that’s perfect for my taste bud until now. I loved it, even Ren who don’t like choco drinks surprisingly liked it. The Batangas Tapa also tasted very good.
Hubby on the other hand, ordered for “English Breakfast” which consists of Pork Sausage, tomato, egg, toasted bread with butter and jam and fruit in season plus a cup of hot coffee (worth P250.00). The Pork Sausage is spicy, just what my husband liked. The butter and jam was also perfect.
After breakfast, we toured around to have some photo shoots. The place is so photogenic, I think this is one of the reasons why it is quite pricey.
Around 9AM, our massage therapist called us for the outdoor massage.
You can choose from facial or foot spa, we both have chosen the facial massage. They used pure honey to scrub away the impurities on our face, then they put a moisturizer. I have taken a bath before having my facial massage but since I felt that my face is sticky and oily I had washed my face afterwards.
We decided to go home at around 11AM, and just had our lunch somewhere at Magallanes Square.
I tried to break down the P9,000 package and here is my computation:
Ifugao Hut (fan room): Php 4,000 per night
Dinner for two: around Php 700.00
1 hr. Full body massage for two: around Php 2,800
Breakfast for two: around Php 500.00
30 min. outdoor massage for 2: Php 1,400
if you will get the package you have saved around P400.00. I thought that it was quite expensive. I think that the reasons it was priced that way was that the place was nice and that they have to maintain it that way. The staff and crew were very friendly and provide quality service. I was just disappointed when I asked if they have complimentary service/items for couple who are celebrating their Anniversary and they said they provide FREE facial massage. Unfortunately, since I was using a Gift Certificate they said that they will not anymore provide the facial massage because it was only available for customers paying in cash or card. I thought all along that the GC’s are equivalent as cash.
Anyway, Nurture Spa Village was recently named as one of the 28 Most Relaxing Spas in Asia by CNN Go (June 2010) and one of the Top Seven Spas of the Philippines by Asia Spa Magazine (May-June 2010 issue) a Hongkong based luxury magazine. Nurture Village is among the few spas in the Philippines which has at least 6 management and staff who are internationally certified by CIBTAC, UK. Their therapists were trained for a minimum of 2 months to the highest standards by internationally licensed trainers. Updates and refresher trainings were provided by it’s sister company, Spa Professionals International Development Center – the only internationally accredited spa school in the Philippines. Its Amu’in massage oils and room amenities are blended fresh by Nurture Village’s sister company, award winning Spa Essentials and are made only of the finest quality therapeutic essential oils sourced from the best suppliers.
So just like any other pricey brand, you have paid for the name and the quality.
You can check out their website to know more of their other services: www.nurture.com.ph
Nurture Spa Village
Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West
Tagaytay City, Cavite, 4120
Phone: (0918) 8888SPA, (0917) 6878873, (02) 7109786, (046) 5126273, (0922) 8988654
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored or paid by Nurture Spa. All opinions and observations are all mine.
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Mon Martinez says
Nature Spa Village in Tagaytay surely is a worthwhile place to visit, not only because of its fine amenities but also because of the great foods that they offer at very affordable price. One day, I too will spend a day or two there with my family.