Cozy Room and an Outdoor Jacuzzi // Photo source: Kthy

“The breaks you take from work pay you back manifold when you return because you come back with a fresher mind and newer thinking. Some of your best ideas come when you’re on a vacation.” – Gautam Singhania

I couldn’t agree more with this statement. It’s so true how when you allow and give yourself a break from your daily routine; you give yourself the gift of having a moment to stop and breathe. That’s essential especially for those who are stuck in the system – doing the same thing almost every day, five to six days a week. It is exhausting and will cause you to break down at some point.

West 35 Eco-mountain Resort in Balamban

Up in the mountains of Balamban, is another lush setting – West 35 Eco-mountain Resort; and is ideal for a much-needed mini-holiday. It isn’t too far from the city, yet once you get there, you will feel totally far away from the city hustle and bustle.

Hanging bridge at the West 35// Photo submitted by Maureen Aranas

I didn’t think much of Balamban as a holiday destination back when I was younger. Funny how I thought of it as just a sleepy little town that didn’t have anything much to offer. However, lately, I’ve discovered that it’s more than that. Throughout the years, there’s been a lot of development within the mountains of Cebu – from Busay to Balamban. One of which is the West 35 Eco-mountain Resort.

Lush green setting with good food at their restaurant // Photo submitted by Maureen Aranas

Roll down your car windows and feel the cold fresh air sweep through your cheeks as you guys cruise up the hills and head to this mountain resort. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the all-natural landscape – West 35 is a great location for sightseeing the mountains of Balamban and its coastline as well.

Enjoy the view and the fresh air // Photo submitted by Maureen Aranas

Here you will find a number of indigenous species of flowers and animals. Also, they grow their own organic produce – root crops and vegetation. I think that’s pretty sweet and smart, really taking advantage of the fact that they have the perfect spot for farming.

Organic produce for their salad ~ farm to table // Photo by foodtrip.ni.ely from West 35’s FB page

West 35’s working towards helping the preservation and sustaining the diversity of the world’s natural environment, and that’s a really good intention. The mountain resort is also just a few meters away from some tourist spots like JVR Islands in the Sky, Buwakan ni Alejandra, Adventure Cafe, etc.

Yummy nachos with fresh salad and cheese ~

There is a restaurant here called Haven CafĂ©, which serves American, Italian and Filipino cuisines. We wouldn’t mind a 45 minute to an hour drive just to dine here, with the great view and good food. They cook their own produce – farm to table, real sweet. Perfect for couple dates or even group dates.

One of their accommodations with an outdoor jacuzzi // Photo submitted by Kthy

Guests can stay overnight and have more time to enjoy the peace and green scenery. Room choices include Deluxe Rooms, Suite Rooms, and Group Rooms. Take note though that they do not have Wi-Fi and the signal here isn’t too good. This, I think is great because you will really be disconnected from the virtual world and will take all the time to reconnect with nature. As well as have all the time to talk things out with your friends and or loved ones.

Great spot for lounging and some bonfire to give you guys some heat // Photo submitted by Kthy

Those who want to change up their date nights a little bit, you guys can do it here. Have dinner, then drink some wine and chill by the bonfire or hop into the outdoor jacuzzi. 🙂 The place is also great for stargazing at night. I’m certain the night sky here is absolutely pretty.

Spend some quality time at their outdoor jacuzzi with your significant other // Photo submitted by Kthy

In the mornings, you can practice some meditation outside before getting ready for breakfast. Then enjoy a bubble bath with a view in their open bathroom with a tub. Sounds so relaxing. And you can send the kids to the playground, so you can enjoy some quiet and alone time.

Children’s playground
Outdoor activity area for kids

There are also other fun activities you and your loved ones can enjoy – they have a zipline and trekking adventures. Also, you guys can make use of their function rooms for team meetings or private parties.

Another bonfire area ~ Photo submitted by Maureen Aranas

Rates

Day use entrance fee – Php 85 per head; Five (5) years old below are free 

Bonfire set up – Php 500 (inclusive of woods)

Suite Room – Basil

  • Good for 2 persons
  • Php 7,200 a night
  • has 1 king-size bed
  • has flat-screen cable TV
  • a minibar
  • toilet and shower room
  • outdoor jacuzzi
  • outdoor lounge with a bonfire pit

Executive Deluxe – Dill

  • Good for 2 persons
  • Php 6,200 a night
  • has 2 double size bed
  • has flat-screen cable TV
  • a mini living room area
  • indoor jacuzzi
  • overlooking balcony

Deluxe Room – Thyme

  • Good for 2 persons
  • Php 5,700 a night
  • has 1 queen size bed
  • has flat-screen cable TV with a DVD player
  • a minibar
  • bathroom and a bathtub
  • overlooking balcony

Deluxe Room – Mint

  • Good for 2 persons
  • Php 5,700 a night
  • has 2 double beds
  • has flat-screen cable TV with DVD player
  • has a minibar
  • has a mini sofa
  • toilet and shower room

Premier Group Accommodation – Celery

  • Good for 6 persons
  • Php 6,200 a night
  • has 3 double decks ( 2 queen deck and 1 single deck )
  • 2 toilets and shower
  • has flat-screen cable TV
  • overlooking balcony
  • outdoor lounge area with a bonfire pit

Senior Pad – Cilantro

  • Good for 4 Persons
  • Php 7,200 a night
  • has 2 double size beds
  • has flat-screen cable TV with DVD player
  • has a minibar
  • PWD designed restroom with a hot and cold shower
  • outdoor lounge area
  • has a bonfire pit

Group Accommodation – Sage/ Ginger

  • Good for 6 Persons
  • Php 5,700 a night
  • has 3 double decks ( 2 queen deck and 1 single deck)
  • toilet and shower room
  • 1 hot shower room
  • has flat-screen cable TV
  • an overlooking balcony
Deluxe Room // Photo submitted by Kthy
Deluxe Room ~ Thyme
Suite Room
Senior’s Pad
Group Accommodation ~
Lounge area with a bonfire pit ~ Celery
Bubble bath with a view ~ Deluxe Room // Photo credits @flokahontas

Extra Person – Php 500 per head

– inclusive of the extra mattress and a complimentary breakfast to be served at Haven CafĂ© Restaurant; if you request to have your breakfast served to your room there will be an additional charge of Php 100 per head

Complimentary Breakfast Choices:

– Tapa with Egg and Rice

– Ham with Egg and Rice

– Hotdog with Egg and Rice

– Corned Beef with Egg and Rice

– Native Chorizo with Egg and Rice

– Smoked Fish with Egg and Rice

(A choice of Sunny Side up/ Boiled Egg)

Drink Choices:

– Hot ChocĂł

– Coffee

– Iced Tea

  • Check-in Time: 2:00 PM
  • Check-out Time: 12:00 NN
  • (Early Check-in depends on the availability of the Room)
  • (All room with air-conditioned)
  • Please be informed that prices are subject to change without prior notice. Holidays have different rates from weekends and weekdays. No pets allowed at restaurants and villa rooms.

Read: Balamban’s Adventure Cafe

Facilities

  • Garden
  • On-site coffee house
  • Restaurant
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Meeting/ Banquet facilities (Additional charge)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Non-smoking rooms
Haven CafĂ© 
Haven CafĂ© 

Activities

  • Villa Accommodation
  • Haven Café 
  • Zipline
  • Trekking
  • Children’s Playground
  • Function Room

Read: JVR Island in the Sky

Which way to go? Hmmm

How to get there

The West 35 Eco-mountain Resort is located in KM 35 Transcentral Highway, Gaas Balamban, Cebu. It is approximately 35km from the city proper, and a 45 minute to an hour drive.

CAR: The easiest way to get there is through a private or rental car. You may use Google Maps or Waze as your guide. There are parking spaces available at the resort.

V-HIRE: You can take a V-hire from the Ayala Terminal going to Balamban. Let the driver know you’d like to be dropped off at the West 35 Eco-mountain Resort.

Information

For inquiries and reservation, you may call the resort through the following numbers: +63 32 514 3262 / +63 923 159 0721 / +63 915 465 1124/ +63 32 520 2633 / +63 933 995 3245 / +63 917 705 9833.

You may also send them an email at ecowest35@yahoo.com. Please also check out their Facebook page: West 35 Eco Mountain Resort.

*All photos used are from West 35 Eco Mountain Resort’s Facebook page.



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