Recharge in Nature at this Bali-Inspired Resort in Negros Occidental
A hidden gem in Visayas.
by Ina Louise Manto | July 06, 2020
Negros Occidental is the home of many destinations that both local and international tourists can’t get enough of. You can revisit the past in Dumaguete‘s heritage sites, enjoy multiple servings of batchoy and chicken inasal in Bacolod, or get a much-needed tan at Lakawon Island. But if you want to skip the touristy activities or simply want to unwind on the last days of your vacation, check out this resort that would make you appreciate the beauty of nature.
Baluarte Rest and Relaxation
Baluarte Rest and Relaxation is a quiet retreat nestled in the foothills of Mount Marapara. Located in the municipality of Murcia, this haven in the forest is perfect for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Prepare to go completely offline here! There’s no WiFi – don’t worry about your FOMO and get on that much-needed social media detox.
This hidden paradise is only 40 minutes away from Bacolod. You don’t even have to go international as you’ll be greeted by two countries here at once. White Bali-inspired cabins are surrounded by lush greenery that would make you feel like you’re in Kyoto’s bamboo forests.
It’s even more beautiful in the mornings as fog seeps through the canopy of trees. Bring your favorite book, drink a hot cup of their native Murcia coffee, and enjoy the relaxing hums of nature.
Rates and Amenities
Baluarte Rest and Relaxation currently has eight cabins and two types of rooms:
- Woodside Duplex Cabanas for Php 2,500* per night, good for 2 pax
- Bamboo Side Rooms for Php 2,200* per night, good for 2 pax
Each room has air conditioning and two double beds. Up to four pax are allowed to stay, but extra guests are subject to fees. Children aged 10 years old and below are free of charge.
Every cabin has its own outdoor lounge area with a table and seats, which is perfect for contemplating or chatting.
You can take your afternoon siesta in their Duyan Area where you can find hammocks that would rock you to sleep as you enjoy the trees’ relaxing breeze. Guests also have access to the freshwater pool for a refreshing dip in its cool waters.
They have a quaint restaurant that serves Ilonggo comfort food and delicacies, and they only hire locals to support the community.
Location: HAD Baluarte, Brgy. Alegra, Murcia, Negros Occidental