Cebu, right now as we face a pandemic that doesn’t have a certain cure yet, has been placed on quarantine. Not only Cebu but almost the entire country. Which means, many things have been placed in pause, unlike any regular day. These include people’s movement, mall openings, and even public transportation. This being said, what many need to do to flatten the curve is to stay at home like what I’m doing for almost two months now. Summer and many plans have also been postponed and need to be canceled due to this problem. Canceled trips? That’s okay because we’re in the same boat. Haha. But have you thought of going somewhere and relax when everything goes back to normal?
If the answer is still No and not sure yet where to go, then this blog might help you decide where to.
As I was taking a look at my phone’s gallery recently, I saw some photos of a trip that I and Aldrin have been to on a sunny Sunday last March. It was a trip that made me more amazed by how beautiful nature and mountains can be. It was a trip away from the bustling city life and total disconnection from stress with just the views of the mountain, fresh air, good food, and very relaxing weather.
Is it Baguio? No. Is it Tagaytay? No. Ever heard of West 35? If that doesn’t ring a bell yet, let me take you back to an unforgettable experience that this mountain resort served us during that time.
Discovering West 35 Eco Mountain Resort
West 35 Eco Mountain Resort is situated 35 kilometers from Cebu City and is a 45-minute ride via private or public transport. This eco mountain resort is open for everyone who wants to have a relaxing moment with a breathtaking view of the mountains of Balamban. Whether you’re here for a staycation or just a walk-in visitor, this eco mountain resort will get something for you. And speaking from experience, if you want to be away from the crowd and the busy city life, West 35 is the place to be!
How to get to West 35 Eco Mountain Resort
BY PRIVATE CAR. Drive yourself going to Balamban from Cebu City via trans central highway. West 35 Eco Mountain Resort is approximately 35 kilometers from the city and would take you up to a 45-minute drive going there. Need not to worry about getting lost since there would be a big “West 35 Eco Mountain Resort” signage at the facade.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT. At Ayala Center Cebu, walk yourself going to the jeepney terminal. On the lower ground floor of Ayala’s terminal, there are vans lined up heading to different routes. Take the one going to Balamban or Tuburan and tell the driver to drop you off at West 35. Fare is Php 120.
Upon reaching West 35, there would be an entrance fee of Php 85/pax. It would serve as your access with some of West 35’s amenities for the whole day.
Experience West 35 Eco Mountain Resort
I have heard of West 35 Eco Mountain Resort back when I was still in High school since it was just a drive away from the school that I used to study. But even if that was the scenario, I haven’t got the chance to visit it not till recently I was already working. So when I knew that we will be staying at West 35 Eco Mountain Resort for a night and make ourselves experience what this eco mountain resort has to offer, I was so excited!
Upon coming to West 35, we were already informed that the signal here is intermittent. So if you do plan on coming here soon, it’s good that you’re already aware. But no problem though since we’re here to relax! Haha.
Staying at West 35
West 35 Eco Mountain Resort does have plenty of room options for you if you want to stay either with your loved one, your family, or your group of friends at a very reasonable price. There are rooms good for two, a room for a family, and a room that can cater to groups of friends with a capacity of 6 and above. These rooms do come with a very modern rustic vibe and amazing facilities. If not mistaken, I think all of the rooms do have balconies where you can enjoy the views of the mountains. Some rooms also do have their own private bonfire pit area.
To start up, let’s take a look at how beautiful their waiting lobby is! We’re still at the waiting lobby but just look at the view of lush greeneries and the use of ornaments! It looks so pretty!! 😍 Not only that, with the help of the friendly folks from West 35, checking in was easy and very convenient! You would also be greeted with the people around with smiles on their faces. Whether you are staying in or just taking a look for a day.
Accommodation + Full Remarkable Experience
As for us, since we were staying the night out, we got ourselves the Basil – Suite Room. The Basil – Suite room is their biggest villa and would be perfect for those who are looking to seek a spacious and exquisite comfort. This villa will surely promise you one of the best experiences that you can get from West 35.
The Basil – Suite room comes with facilities that wowed us the moment we got in. It came with a comfortable king-size fluffy bed, LED TV with cable, complete bathroom amenities with a hot and cold shower. I just also think that it was good that you could adjust the shower either in hot or cold since the weather in West 35 is so cold. Haha. I was also astonished by how beautiful the bathroom is! Taking a shower with the views of the mountains is just so amazing! 😍
The villa comes with a mini-bar with snacks and drinks for us to choose which is optional during our stay. On top of that, one of my favorite spots in our villa was the outdoor jacuzzi! Just dipping there with the views of the mountain ranges of Balamban with a glass of wine and a slice of pizza was truly remarkable!
To sum up the night during our stay, we also lit some bonfires since we got our own private one! I could still remember the feeling right now! I would surely come back once everything is good. Thinking about it, that night was magical. We were just playing some good music and enjoying cans of beer while having a bonfire for almost an hour!!
Indulge at Haven Cafe
Of course, our stay at West 35 Eco Mountain Resort would not be completed without having good food at West 35’s very own, Haven Cafe! Haven Cafe offers nature-inspired architecture and delicious al-fresco dining. Also, this cafe warms the hearts of many guests coming over with its cozy ambiance, rustic yet modern interiors, and cozy weather. Just as we experienced it. So if you are a little stressed with the hot weather in the city or would want to try an experience of something new, you should give this cafe a visit because the weather here is very relaxing!
Haven Cafe from far away looks like a really big house. You would still walk with the zigzag inclined colorful mosaic path with various ferns, yellow, and green plants and begonias before you can enter the area. Of course, it’s very Instagrammable so don’t forget to get your cameras ready! Haha.
From selections of good fresh salads, appetizers, and main courses, there are surely great finds to choose from!
Read the full review of Haven Cafe here.
A Day in West 35 for Families and Friends
As mentioned earlier in this blog, West 35 Eco Mountain Resort is open for everyone. Whether for a staycation or a quick visit with your loved ones, families, and friends. Nestled on top of the tranquil mountains of Balamban, West 35 Eco Mountain Resort is the ideal place if you’re looking to unwind and to escape the hustle and bustling city life for a day.
Aside from the available spacious villas that folks can choose from and a dining outlet comes with a viewing deck where you could enjoy the freshest air and the picturesque 360-degree view of the mountains of Balamban.
To complete the experience for everyone, you could enjoy West 35’s outdoor activities such as ziplining and trekking. If you’re more into exploring more, you could also visit Gaas Falls, a nearby waterfall just an hour or two of trekking from West 35.
You can ask the front desk for more information. 😊
For your children, there is also a kid’s playground for them to be adventurous in their own simple way. Designed safely for kids, they can enjoy their day with their climbing ropes, slides, tire swings, and West 35’s safe hanging bridge. Need not to worry since these are all safe! 😊💯
As for us, we were not able to experience outdoor activities during our visit because it was kinda windy during that time and there were important things we needed to attend to as well. Perhaps on our next visit! 😍
The overall experience was great!! The hospitality, the service, the food, the friendliness, everything was just so good! And if everything after this pandemic will be fine, I’ll definitely come back here and experience these things again. 😍 So if you don’t have any plans yet or looking for a place to add up in your go-to list, I suggest you highly consider West 35 Eco Mountain Resort as part of them! 💯
How about you? Have you been to West 35 Eco Mountain Resort? Share your thoughts and unforgettable experience in the comment section below.