Satisfy your thirst for fresh air and adventure with a trip to the great outdoors. If you’re overwhelmed by work, responsibilities, and the global pandemic, a night or two under the stars may be the pick-me-up you need. Incredibly, Cebu boasts some of the best spots for glamping and camping in the country. Here, we share seven of our favorites, from mountainside escapes to beachy havens.
The Greenland Cabins (Consolacion)
Just a 40-minute drive outside Cebu City, The Greenland Cabins is a fairy tale oasis where outdoor lovers can indulge the natural beauty of the province. Take your family and friends to this dreamy Consolacion escape for an exclusive glamping experience that’s especially ideal in these socially distant times. Three native fan huts and one air-conditioned tent offer ample space for eight to 10 guests. A definite highlight is the beautiful swimming pool under the trees. At night, gather around the bonfire for s’mores and scary stories. Other fantastic amenities are a cabana, a fully equipped kitchen, hammocks, outdoor showers, and an outdoor lounge.
Fall asleep on a whimsical tent in the heart of the woods that’s not quite above the clouds, but will leave you feeling like you’re floating on top of the world. The glamorous Lotus Belle Tent of EZCamp is a spacious four-person retreat with a plush queen-size bed, two pullout beds, and air-conditioning. Guests can rest easy in the knowledge that they have exclusive use of the sprawling property, so they can roam the grounds safely. Great amenities are found here, like an open-air kitchen, a lounge, a bonfire pit, a trippy galaxy projector, and an outdoor bath with an outhouse. Hiking trails nearby are found nearby.
Alhibé Farm (Carmen)
A magical escape nestled in the mountains of Carmen, Alhibé Farm delivers a memorable farm stay experience in a one-hectare private farm. This exclusive glamping spot is designed by M+S Studio, so it’s not surprising that it’s especially stunning. A sparkling spring-fed pool surrounded by luxuriant greenery is a serene spot for a dip, while the rest of the farm is a treat to explore with its bonfire pit, yoga and events deck, hammocks, and farm animals. The two-level hut features a spacious deck, a kitchenette and dining area, and a cozy sleeping area for two on the second floor. Glamping tents offer additional beds for 12 more guests. As a bonus, mouthwatering farm-to-table are also offered at Alhibé.
Evo Nature Camp (Balamban)
Located in the mountains of Gaas, Evo Nature Camp is a spectacular outdoor recreation playground with an obstacle course, a kid-friendly playground, and hiking trails to surrounding peaks and caves. Enjoy hotel-like amenities in the luxurious glamping bell tents appointed with air-conditioning, comfortable beddings, sofas, and even free hotel slippers. Travelers who prefer a back-to-basics experience can camp on the property with their own tents or tent rentals on-site. Evo Nature Camp is also home to Araucaria Bistro and Café, where travelers can savor well-prepared international cuisine after a full day of outdoor activities.
Address: Gaas, Balamban, Cebu
Rates: Glamping rates start at P2,500 for four guests, camping fee is P300, tent rentals start at P300
150 Peakway Mountain Resort (Dalaguete)
Feel like a VIP at 150 Peakway, the perfect spot to elevate your Dalaguete experience with unique and elegant accommodations. Deluxe glamping tents and the even more luxurious domes offer bright, breezy, and beautifully furnished interiors. A suite and villa are also available. Food is exceptional at the in-house restaurant, while other amenities include a swimming pool, a hot tub, and a fire pit. And of course, a trek to the famous rock formations of Osmeña Peak is a popular activity among outdoor warriors exploring Southern Cebu.
Archery-Asia Nipa Huts (Moalboal)
Bring your Hawkeye and Katniss Everdeen dreams to life at Archery-Asia Nipa Huts in Moalboal where you can indulge in archery in a tropical paradise. Travelers get a native-inspired glamping experience with the property’s Jungle Tent, Bambo Tent, Nipa Hut, and Nipa Tipi, all of which feature comfy mattresses for a good night’s sleep. Regular tents are also available, or guests can bring their own for a fee. Within the campgrounds, there’s a guest kitchen, bar and restaurant, and a common lounge area. Plus, not only is the resort a great place to learn how to shoot arrows, but there are ample opportunities for other activities such as spring gun shooting, billiards, badminton, and more.
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort (Oslob)
Sail away to Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, a beautiful hideaway in Oslob where you can sleep under the stars in style. Each air-conditioned glamping tent is perched on a wooden deck facing the beach, so you can wake up every day to stunning views of the sea. Inside, plush beds and pretty lighting make the tent a serene place for rest, while your private area right outside the tent has beanbags and lounge chairs. Glampers enjoy access to resort amenities, like the restaurant, the spa, swimming pools, and water sports facilities. It’s also the perfect base for exploring Sumilon Island’s white-sand beaches, natural lagoon, and historic watchtower.
When you’re camping or glamping, it’s extra crucial to bring everything you need with you. In particular, don’t forget to pack your COVID-19 essentials—like face masks, vaccination cards, and hand sanitizers—for your trip to the outdoors.
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*Featured photo via Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, The Greenland Cabins, and 150 Peakway Mountain Resort Facebook pages