NATURES’S VILLAGE RESORT HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
in Talisay City, Negros Occidental provides the
perfect respite from city dwelling.
When you live in the city, you itch to get out of town when weekend sets in because the traffic, the dreariness, the noise, and the pollution can really get to you. You wanna just leave the city and see the scenery on the countryside where the air is fresh and you are surrounded by the greenery that your eyes desperately need.
If you live in Bacolod, the nearest point that you can go out of town is Talisay City. It is Bacolod’s next-city neighbour going north. And the nearest and easiest resort to go for a staycation is Nature’s Village Resort. Located about a kilometer or so from the boundary, it is easily accessible from the main highway—Lacson Street. For us, it is a grand swimming outing–a family weekend.
Turning right from Bacolod, you will be ushered to an avenue lined with plants and Indian trees swaying in the wind, telling you that you have stepped into nature’s best. A few meters away is the main gate. On the left side is the building for their restaurant and function rooms. You have to drive a bit further in order to read the hotel.
The Nature’s Village Hotel is a quaint building ensconced by plants and trees. Its décor involves a lot of wooden accents and tapestries from around the world, making it like a country chic home than a hotel. If you are billeted on the second floor, you can easily go up their giant staircase just in front of the reception area.
Our family (my husband, two young children, and I) went on an overnight stay at the Village Hotel, courtesy of a gift certificate that my husband won in a raffle. We had standard room accommodations and we chose the twin single beds so that my husband and I can sleep with one child in each bed. *Note: Children from 12 years old and below are still free of charge.
We checked in after lunch of a Saturday and since it was still quite hot outside, we settled in our air conditioned room and fixed our things before we headed out to swim. The room is tastefully appointed, with décor that matches the lobby and the hallways. Garment hooks are made of brass (or at least made to look like it) and come with hardwood backing. There were notes all around, too, encouraging guests to conserve energy and water. The beds, tables, and shelves were also made of hard wood that they were too heavy to move around. We no longer joined the two single beds because it was too much work already.
What we like about Nature’s Resort is that it is a big property with gardens, parks, and two swimming pools with varying levels so it’s not boring. The kids had a field day moving between the two pools. In the afternoons, it is nice to stroll around the parks, lie down on the grass, or just run around. It is cool there because the entire property is lined with trees and inside there are many plants and trees as well.
Another plus about Nature’s Village is its proximity. So you don’t need to spend so much time on the road as well as gasoline for that very long drive just to get out of the city. You can just even take public and your bottom won’t get tired sitting for very long. It’s like 3 minutes away from the north terminal. I think the stay at the terminal would be longer than the actual drive.
And since it is near the boundary of Bacolod and Talisay, it is walking distance to one of our favorite malls—The District North Point. In the evening, we went there to have dinner with the grandparents and their aunt, got some groceries that we needed at the Metro, and then the kids further played in the playground.
When we went back to the hotel, we took out our telescope and spent more time outside, looking at the stars. Oh well, it was more like Papa spending time figuring out how our telescope works.
The next day, the kids went ready for another round of swimming before we checked out for the day.
If you need food, you don’t really have to go to the nearby mall because Nature’s has a restaurant that serves snacks and meals. They have several function room and in house catering for different occasions and many companies and schools come here to hold their seminars and conferences. Many also hold their weddings here, either indoors for the reception or in the garden for picturesque and fresh garden ceremony. We just appreciate the fact that we are near a mall that has a supermarket and pharmacy. For us parents, this is important (although our bags our packed with things that we thought would need for an overnight trip).
Our room is the cheapest at P1800 for an overnight stay. Guests over 12 years old will be charged an extra person. We loved our stay there. The staff are friendly and helpful, too. And if you like general knowledge, you will especially enjoy reading the backgrounds of each tapestry hanging on their walls. My only complaint is that I got the sneezes inside the room, especially whenever I would get something from their wooden cabinet. It seemed to reek of dust mites and my sensitive nose really took a beating in the two days we were there. Had to take two antihistamines for that. Other than that, everything else was perfect.
I also appreciate the fact that they try to operate their hotel and resort with the least damage to the environment. They have organic gardens where they produce vegetables and herbs for their food. They segregate their garbage, too, and encourage the guests to do the same with their properly labeled trash cans. I think their resort is aptly named.
Nature’s Village Park Rates
If you want to just visit for the day, park entrance is only P30. Swimming at the kiddie pool is P60 while in the big pool, it’s P80 for the whole day. They have nice shower rooms and outdoor showers available as well as pretty sun loungers for that perfect poolside selfie. Gazebo rentals range from P500 to 3500 (for groups of 40). They also have umbrellas and tables for rent for only P300 and P250 respectively. At the park, they have a playground for kids and an open space for group games.
NATURES’S VILLAGE RESORT HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
Talisay Highway, Talisay City
Negros Occidental, Philippines
Tel. No. (034) 495-0808, 495-3369
Maria Sigrid D. Lo is a multi-awarded Bacolod lifestyle blogger and social media advocate. It is her desire to make the city known to the world through her online presence. She promotes Bacolod restaurants, food tourism, social media etiquette, breastfeeding, and a greener Bacolod City in her blogs and talks. She loves taking photos, mostly of her children and of food. She is a proud member of the Negrense Blogging Society Inc. (NBSI) or the #NegrosBloggers.