If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (@lush_angel), you probably saw a glimpse of my quick getaway over the weekend. Because a lot of people got so curious were I was, might as well share this beauty to everyone. Take note, I didn’t have to book a plane to see paradise. In fact, it’s just about 1.5 hours away from Metro Manila. And just like that, I was transported to Bali! Bali in the Philippines??? Yup, and that’s Cintai Corito’s Garden.
A Tour Around Cintai Corito’s Garden
Personally, I consider Bali as one of those places I’d like to go back again and again. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. There are so much to see. Plus, the chill vibe and the happy people are simply very inviting. You can see more of Bali in my Travelogue: Bali Indonesia post. So, when I learned that there is “Bali in the Philippines”, I had to see and experience it for myself.
Obviously, I was amazed! The sanctuary is Balinese-inspired, as you can see from these photos. The history of this place is actually interesting. The garden started out as a family rest house. In 2005, their mother Corito was diagnosed with a terminal illness. To let her relax, the family brought her to this sanctuary often until she passed away. Her husband and children then decided to make the garden a paradise since Corito loved the place so much. Thus, the creation of Cintai, an Indonesian word that means “love” – love for their mother and love for his wife.
Cintai Coritos Garden has two pavilions which can be rented out for weddings, birthdays, or corporate parties.
Napas Pavilion (good for 150 pax inside and 500 pax garden)
Pavilion Tresna (180-200 pax)
Well, good for us there were no events during our stay. The entire garden was so peaceful. But because the place is really huge (I always get lost when I had to go to one place to another), I don’t think it would get too crowded or rowdy. Of course, just expect a number of visitors taking photos around. With such beauty, who wouldn’t anyway?!
Aside from the structures and decors, I really loved how I was surrounded with greens. All pathways and villas are surrounded with grass, plants and trees. There are also ponds on some areas. I was surprised that Cintai Coritos Garden was opened to the public in 2011. To maintain such huge garden is really impressive.
Of course, when you’re surrounded with plants, expect a lot of mosquitoes and insects at night. Well, at least not in the room. Just don’t forget your insect repellent, in case.
Even the walls of their shower rooms and comfort rooms are so nice! By the way, they offer day trips too which is why they have shower rooms.
They also have spa, which is PHP 1,000 per head for a full body massage.
They have 4 different sizes of pool.
This pool is my fave… I could spend my entire afternoon lounging here….
They also have a few animals- some roam freely around the garden. While walking, I saw a pony, then after a while, an Alpacas (not in the photo because he’s scared of people).
Cintai Coritos Garden Accommodations
They offer different villas depending on the capacity. We got the Terrace Villa, which is good for 4. The room is very clean. Despite being open for about 3 years, the room looks new. By the way, there’s no television inside the room! It’s a nice way to have a break with technology for a while and simply admire the beauty of nature.
Cintai Corito’s Garden Food
There’s only one restaurant in Cintai, which is Abadi Restaurant. Looking at the menu, everything’s reasonably priced. I ordered Pork Sinigang for dinner, which is PHP 300+, good for 2. I read some bad reviews regarding their food, but for me, it wasn’t so bad. Nothing exceptional, but everything we ordered were okay.
The villa comes with free breakfast. Menu for that day was Beef Tapa and again, it wasn’t so bad.
Ahhh… I’ll definitely be back here! I told you, I’d go back to Bali anytime! Haha! But seriously, it’s such a relaxing place! Coming from a busy and stressful city, this is surely a breath of fresh air. I find it perfect for all ages too. Kids would love the pools, playground and animals. Teens and yuppies would love to lounge and have a few drinks by the pool or in the cabanas. Older ones would appreciate the relaxing view or the spa. It’s one place that everyone would surely enjoy. A not-so-secret paradise that’s just 1.5 hours away from the metro is definitely a winner!
I shall return! 😀
P.S. You’ll see more of Cintai Coritos Garden in my next style posts!
To know how to get to Cintai Coritos Garden and their rates, you can visit their website at http://coritosgarden.com