In mid-September last year, our family went on a nature/adventure trip and spent 3 days and 2 nights (over the weekend) at the Eden Nature Park & Resort in Davao City. It was my birthday celebration and I needed a break from all the “adulting” that I’ve been doing the past few months. I’m talking about career, being a mom and a wife, bills and responsibilities..the list is endless!
We booked a cottage (we got the Vista cottage that’s good for 2 people and a child) through Agoda.com because I’m an SM Advantage card holder and I get points for booking hotels through their site. Also, I’ll share with you a secret: You get better treatment (and rooms) when you book through travel sites like these because you’ll be asked to give a review after your stay. 🙂
The travel from our place to the resort took about a little more than hour. We rode a cab and did not use the taxi meter. The driver agreed for us to pay 1,000 PHP with selected stops along the way – we had to stop for breakfast and to buy snacks.
Checking in was a breeze since they were already expecting us. The front desk ladies were all very accommodating and friendly. They offered to store our luggage while we wait for our room to become available. To be fair, we did arrive really early so we decided to take a walk around the playgrounds instead while waiting. They also offered to take our photos and asked us if we’d like to schedule our tour that day or the next.
Here’s how the Vista cottages look. These photos were from their official Facebook page (I forgot to take a photo of our cottage from the outside).
And here’s a shot from inside our cottage:
Our cottage was really clean, the fridge was stocked with the usual items (coffee, cream, sugar, water), the bathroom is filled with the necessary toiletries and there were fresh towels and an extra roll of tissue. I loved it!
We spent the first afternoon in the playground. During my last visit, which was about 4 years ago, the playground was just wide empty field. It’s nice that they’ve added a lot of stuff so children could also play around and have fun. Our toddler had so much fun whenever we stayed in the playground.
Overlooking the playground is the restaurant where buffet breakfasts and dinners are served. Buffet breakfasts are included in our room reservation so we only had to pay for lunch, dinner, and snacks. There are a lot of options to choose from for breakfast and dinner and I especially love their salad greens because they’re guaranteed fresh. They grow their own vegetables! As for their meat dishes, I find that some of them are a bit bland or a tad too tough.
Here are some of the activities we did on our second day:
Sky Rider and Skycycle
I’m amazed at how well-trained the staff assigned in these rides are. They know how to keep you calm and encourage you to keep going. The Skycycle was totally scary at first and though it was just a few minutes of pedaling your way across on a bike that’s on a thin cable, it felt like forever for me. 😀 The staff were also trained to make sure they take lots of photos and videos for you. We were very pleased with that.
On our third day, we decided to try their swimming pool even though it was cold, because we’re weird like that.
The swimming pool is nestled among tall trees and all you hear are birds and crickets. It’s unusual but really nice. What’s even better is they have extra towels ready for us.
We did a lot more things/activities during our stay. We joined the tour twice because it was raining the first time we went, we tried the Indiana Jones, we went to the butterfly garden and visited all the caged birds. It was an adventure so exciting it made me forget to take photos of everything!
Our stay at Eden Nature Park & Resort was indeed very delightful and relaxing. I’d say it’s one of the perfect spots to stay in if you’d like to get away from the stress and hustle of the city. We went there aiming to sharpen our blades and we left feeling ready to take on the world as adults again.
For more information about rates and availability, check the information below:
Eden Nature Park & Resort
Sales and Reservations Office
Matina Town Square
McArthur Highway, Matina
Davao City, Philippines
Tel. Nos: +63 82 299-1020, +63 82 296-0791
Fax: +63 82 299-0313
Mobile No.: +639189307590