I didn't expect to experience such a treatment from such a nice place which was very close to nature. No, sir! But it happened. When I saw an announcement in the wall post of Mr. Paolo Florenda, I immediately grabbed the opportunity to join because, my, after 41 years, this will be my first time to go to a spa. Yup, you heard it right, it was a spa.
This place is Nurture Spa Village, where one can get that relaxation, rejuvenation, de-stressing that one needs if one is so fed up with city life. I knew I had to take this trip. And this blog has long been overdue.
Actually, since my kids knew how my life is here in the city, they even encouraged me to go and said, "Yes, Ma, you need it, badly." They knew very well the reasons and that's another blog altogether.
But going back to Nurture Spa, it was such an adventure for me because I know there are a lot of spas around the metro but going out of town every once in a while is always a great idea for me. I love nature and this place is teeming with green grass, fresh air and cool breeze to soothe your stressed body.
When the bloggers grouped together and stayed in the dorm, we were in for a surprise. I say 'we' because I wasn't the only one who was treated like a queen. There were several of us who stayed overnight for a more in-depth look at what Nurture Spa has to offer.
Okay, so we get down to business. Once we got there, we were greeted with the courteous staff and even showered us with rose petals as we entered the place. I have proof. Look at the picture below.
We were led to the Salo Pavilion and had some cocktails first. The cocktails, which really filled my hungry tummy, were the chicken avocado fingerfood and the shrimp dipped in avocado sauce, which was my favorite since it was so delicious! I just didn't get to take a photo of it, awww, shocks. And the welcome drink they served us was the lemongrass tea. It was also soothing.
After the cocktails, we were told to put our things in our dorm, since there were like 6 of us and after settling down, our tour guide, one of their well-trained staff gave us a tour of Nurture Spa Village, where all their services were offered.
Okay, so what you're seeing is one of their Ifugao Huts where couples can relax and enjoy and be taken to a whole new world of rejuvenation they need.
That's what's inside the Ifugao Hut, they call "Ulog." It looks relaxing and refreshing to stay in it, right? Whooh, I'd love to sleep in one of those next time!
Here's what you can find under the bedroom of the hut. Then the next picture shows that a client is having her foot massaged.
In the next photo, you'll see the room so immaculately clean and arranged for the next guest to occupy and get a dose of Nurture Spa's treatments.
And look at the shower! it looks so marvellous, doesn't it? Its door is just the capiz shells to cover you while taking a bath in that white bath tub.
Here's what the room looks like from another angle. You can see it's a four-poster bed and a table at the foot of the bed.
Now, we go to the Institute of Natural Healing and Wellness Center. Well, it's a village so there are a lot of places to go and the next few photos will show that these are the services that clients like to avail of when they're here in Nurture Spa.
The next photo shows that some of us experienced walking on this stone path and it's called Lakad Kalinga (Healing Path) wherein one should walk barefoot to enjoy its healing effects through reflexology, as it says on the poster and it's great for the soles of the feet.
It's a circular path that one has to walk on until the person reaches the end point.
Also, we went to their Hardin Panggagamot (Herb Garden) where the lemongrass were planted and their source for this specialty of theirs.
After this, we saw a portion of the sprawling garden which has this enclosed section. It's the Bahay Paru-Paro (Butterfly Haven) where butterflies hang out. It was cool. There was one interesting butterfly that was perched on the bench in the Bahay Paru-Paro. I took a video clip of it as my digicam could not capture a photo of it.
So Nurture Spa didn't just have those massage rooms, they also had these sanctuaries that one could go in and take a look at the beauty of nature. The garden was also a breather for me as I like wide spaces with lots of room. It makes me feel relaxed. The pictures speak of what I mean.
And of course, for those who are celebrating their wedding anniversary or those who want to enjoy a natural setting to make that much-awaited proposal, here's a nice spot for you to sit and talk and make her say, "I do."
There's a pool in the middle of the garden, in the upper right side before you get to the main garden. I took a photo of it but just don't mind the background, okay? I got it in a hurry because we were already supposed to stay together for the program that was going to be held at dinner time.
But afterwards, we went back to the pavilion and grouped together with the other guests and we got the chance to talk with Ms. Cathy Turvill, one of the co-owners of Nurture Spa and she was explaining to us the computerized Digital Meridian Scan (DMS) (P1400) that could identify what are the forthcoming potential problems of the body based on a scan of the different key organs of the body. It's non-invasive, nothing scary. There are probes that are connected to the Meridian points of the body, energy points of the body. I have a photo of her while doing this. I also have a video of her which I will upload also in my YouTube account later and will connect it to the blog here.
After a few minutes, Dr. Samuel P. Dizon, whom Ms. Cathy introduced to us, joined in the discussion about the Institute of Natural Healing (INH) which he and Nurture Spa have partnered with to provide individualized program of holistic healing for those who have cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease.
After this interview, we were told that there will be a program that will be held in the garden. So we went there and the host introduced Ms. Cathy and Mike Turvill, the Undersecretary of the Department of Tourism - Ms. Cynthia Carreon, an interpretative dance by Ms. Marge Enriquez entitled "Binhi," which was the highlight of the program.
This was followed by a sumptuous dinner prepared by their caterer, Josiah's Catering. Guests were given the choice to eat Japanese, Korean, Italian or American food. I chose to eat spaghetti first by getting the ingredients and choosing the noodles and the sauce to go with it and handed it over to the lady who was going to serve it to me and everything was heated in a frying pan in front of me and everyone else as we all lined up to taste what they had prepared for us. I had pasta first, okay.
But I still had space left in my tummy so I went for the barbecue or steak buffet table. There was this table for those meatlovers and most of the guests lined up for this so I just had to wait for the people to get what they wanted and be seated and finally got to choose the food I wanted to have a taste of. My, I didn't regret going to the meat section of the buffet because the meat was sooo tender and yummy and so nice to eat. Hah! My diet gone down the drain. But never fear, I'm still on it.
During dinner, Cathy was making rounds and talking to the guests. At a certain point, she and some bloggers talked about something they probably wanted to clarify with Cathy.
After dinner, some of us tried having a free massage, the DMS, or just went back to our room and freshened up for we were going to wake up early the next day.
That's the view from our dorm. Someone was already asleep, Ria was already checking her email and Ms. Josie was just staring at the ceiling.
As you can see above, that's where we were going to do our Qi Gong exercises led by our instructor, Jerry. After this, we had breakfast in the Tanglad Bistro and this is what I had for breakfast. Don't you think it's so mmmm... tempting?
I definitely had to take a photo of it before I chomped it all down so I could put it in my blog, my first picture of a breakfast that was served to me. Isn't this just terrific?
This is the interior of Tanglad Bistro but not the whole interior, though. I just wanted to capture a spot that was interesting and attractive that's why I took this picture of the dining table with the spoons and forks laid out properly for fine dining.
A portion of their menu. As you can see, the choices are for people who want healthy options.
Just playing around with the place mat, spoon and fork before the breakfast was served.
Their Amu'in products near the lobby, as you enter the premises. This was the time we were about to check out after our 1 hour body massage. That was the highlight of our stay there. Of course, it was my first time, as I have mentioned at the start.
More Amu'in products on display.
Just a photo of a white gumamela within Nurture Spa. I miss photography, that's why I'm practicing it using my point-and-shoot digicam.
Now, this is interesting. Herbs or plants placed in this pot with the explanation of what these are used for. It's just something interesting for me.
Rose petals soaked in liquid. I'm just not sure if the liquid is just water or it's mixed with herbs in it. I took this photo because of its beauty.
It's been a long blog and I guess I would have to end it here. All in all, it was not only a de-stressing experience, it was also educational as a whole. I even got to meet other people like the other bloggers who do blogging for a living or just a hobby. It is definitely something I will never forget.
If you want to avail of Nurture Spa's services like the massages, the wellness programs, the venue for weddings or other special occasions, you may contact them through telephone numbers 632 - 584 4228 or 6346 483 0804/05 or through mobile number - 0918 8888SPA or 0929 950 5724. Website: http://www.nurture.com.ph/ or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.