Ivory Beach Resort in Calataganis one of the serene places to go to in Batangas. You may not always catch the high tide but still, this beach resort is good for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city.
Can you wake me up when September ends?
Can’t believe it’s already the end of September. As cliche as this may seem, time really passes by so fast and we really have to make the most out of it.
That’s why I pushed with my Calatagan getaway! Fortunately, my best friend is from this peaceful and beach blessed town.
Not the populated ones though, but the peaceful and laid back beaches like Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas.
Along Calatagan beach resorts (Manuel Uy Resort, Stilts Calatagan Resort, Burot Beach, and Playa, Calatagan) lies Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas.
This peaceful and Talisay-blessed resort is perfect for those who want to spend the rest of the night in a tent or just to stay hours to enjoy the serenity of the vast beach space.
If you really want to have that peaceful stay with a few other beachgoers, we suggest that you try Ivory Beach Coast Calatagan.
How to Get to Ivory Beach Resort from Calatagan Bayan
From Calatagan Bayan, it will approximately take you less than 30 minutes to this hidden beach resort via tricycle.
Tricycle Fare to Ivory Resort: PHP 100/pax
Bus Fare to Calatagan: PHP 160/pax
Van Fare to Calatagan: PHP 180/pax
It’s a bit far from Calatagan Bayan so please, wag na nating baratin sila Kuya driver. 🙂
The Ivory Beach Calatagan Resort
Angelic (my best friend) and I arrived at the beach at 1:00 in the afternoon already as we prepared some food and also went to the grocery to grab some snacks and drinks.
Being a beach lover, what I appreciate more about the place is its exclusivity.
I can actually compare this beach to the virgin beaches in my hometown, Masbate.
Also, although there are a number of pitched tents in the area, still, the feeling of peace and stillness of the place is there.
Or maybe because I was just too focused on how lovely the ocean is. Even if low tide siya. Hehe.
The water was not high when we arrived. Sad because we weren’t able to fully enjoy the beach.
But, we enjoyed cooking/roasting or should I say ‘toasting’ hotdogs. Haha! We had a very lovely chef by the way. Love how she made our hotdogs so yummy!
Going back to the beach, I also love that this resort is blessed with trees that bring shade to the beachgoers. It also has tables and some areas have hammocks as well. Not sure though if it was brought by the guests as well.
Although we stayed for just two hours because it started to rain, my heart was still filled with so much happiness.
It has actually been my greatest joy ever since to be in the beach while raining.
All the more when I am already swimming! Huhu! That’s why it was hard for me to leave earlier. I wish I could still see the rain over this vast beach as it gives me the feeling of peace and joy each time I see the calm waters and the pouring rain combined.
I wish I can stay but I can’t.
But still, I left the beach with a happy heart, thanking God for another prayer fulfilled – to be with nature again and to experience the rain at the beach.
True to its tagline, Eat, Sleep, Relax, Repeat, you will never leave Nayomi Sanctuary Resort without having that glorious feeling of being pampered to the fullest!
Wanna know a trivia? Nayomi Sanctuary Resort is actually a property of the Prats Family. Yes! The resort has long been a family vacation resort ever since but eventually opened the establishment to the public around 2015.
Located in Balete, Batangas, this 14,418 square meters resort is an hour and a half drive from Metro Manila but around two hours if you chose to commute.
If you are looking for a place to unwind, relax, and just forget about the hustle and bustle of the city, Nayomi resort is one of the perfect places to go to.
Aside from the magical glamping tents that they are offering, they also have hotel rooms, villas, and dorms that has delicate interior designs which is perfect for your family, barkada, and special someone.
Nayomi Sanctuary Resort Glamping Experience
Last February 6-7, 2017, my best friend and I went to Nayomi for an overnight staycation in one of their glamping tents.
Even though we stayed for just a little over 24 hours, I fell in love with everything about Nayomi: overlooking Taal Lake and Batangas mountains, weather is cold just like that of Tagaytay, instagrammable spots are just about everywhere, everything is clean and well-maintained, and lastly, the employees are all so courteous, kind, and welcoming!
Every time I enter a hotel/resort may it be for the purpose of review or just staycation with family or business trip, what I always look forward to is how the employees treats me and the people around me.
What I love about Nayomi is that they know how to treat their guests with utmost care and they never forget to ask how’s your stay, how’s the meal.. And I think it’s not because they know that I am reviewing the resort but because I saw how they treat other guests as well.
So, kudos to the management for having such employees!
After about 1 and 30 minute travel time from Manila, not to mention the long and cold tricycle ride to the resort, we finally arrived at around 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon. We were welcomed by their guard full of smile as he graciously assist us to the reception area.
As we entered the resort, we already saw how wide and beautiful the area is.
I don’t really know why but I feel like I was entering a familiar place, a picturesque, comforting haven that I’ve been longing for months – Yes! I feel home.
After months of thinking about an escape from the city, I was perfectly sure that time that Nayomi is the place I was looking for. The big NAYOMI letters to my left were as if smiling at me, saying that they have been waiting for us.
We then headed to the reception area and were welcomed and greeted by Ms. Len Zara, Nayomi’s Reservation Manager with a smile and welcome drinks.
Here’s our welcome drink, a combination of pineapple and orange juice! Surprisingly delicious!
After a little chit-chat, off we went to our glamping tent which is Tent no. 4. We were assisted by two of their staff and we rode a golf cart! The road is in downward slope and Kuya drives a bit fast (or I’m just a bit scared. Haha!) but hey, we still managed to video the experience!
We were assisted by two of Nayomi Resort’s staff using their golf cart! So cool!
Nayomi Resort’s Glamping Tent
Since it is my first time to try glamping and to actually see one, I am amazed how everything was done and organized.
Aside from the picturesque view from our picnic table, I was also interested on how the glamping tent was set up. After we settled inside the tent, I had a quick stroll around our tent and saw the delicate materials to ensure that the tent has a strong foundation.
Our glamping tent is beautifully situated facing Batangas mountains. <3
I so love the our overall glamping space! Here’s why:
We have our very own toilet! Not shared!
Nayomi Sanctuary Resort didn’t forget to make a separate picnic table inside the glamping area maybe for a more private chit-chat or sessions with the group
As mentioned earlier, Nayomi Sanctuary Resort has been in its full operation since 2015 but everything on our area is well-maintained and very clean!
Our glamping tent (no. 4) was situated facing the Batangas mountains leaving a perfect nature view while having coffee or relaxing inside the tent.
Colorful banderitas added to the charm of our glamping tent!
Big light bulbs are just so lovely at night <3
Here’s our glamping area at night and day time. So magical. 🙂
GLAMPING AT DAYTIME
GLAMPING AT NIGHT
Want to know what’s inside our glamping tent? Let me tour you inside!
Our glamping tent is so big and wide that it can actually house 6 to 8 persons!
3 Double Beds
6 Big and Fluffy Pillows
5 Throw Pillows
1 Electric Mosquito Zapper
2 Do-it-yourself Lamps
1 Wooden Chest
3 Power Outlets
1 Industrial Electric Fan
Towels for each of the guest
1 Dream Catcher (so cute!)
How’s our sleep?
Angelic slept a bit earlier than the usual maybe because of the cold weather and maybe because our stomach is full! Haha. However, me on the other hand was starting to write about Nayomi. I think I slept at around 1:30AM to the sounds of crickets outside.
It was 6:15AM when we woke up. We were about to see the sunrise but was not able to catch it because it’s still so cold outside!
Anyway, I think had one of the best sleeps of my life.
I honestly thought that I would be a bit scared because you know, you’re just inside a pretty tent, what if someone peeks, opens the tent, or anything! Haha! But yeah, I had a really sound sleep.
Glamping Rates and Packages
If you decide to go glamping with your friends, you can just spend around P1,350 each for the glamping tent.
Glamping Package Inclusions
1 Big Tent
1 Industrial Electric Fan
3 Queen beds
1 electric mosquito zapper
A Quick Tour Inside Nayomi Santuary Resort
After settling inside our tent, we changed to our swimming attires but before we headed to the pool, we had a quick stroll inside the resort.
What to expect?
Overlooking Taal Lake and Batangas Mountains
Very cold weather from late afternoon till morning
Hot weather from around 8AM to 3PM (We visited last February 2017)
Peaceful and homey vibe
Delicious Filipino food
2 swimming pools
From breakfast to merienda and dinner, we have enjoyed all dishes served to us! Especially the Sinigang na Baboy!
Tips and Reminders
Bring toiletries as this is not included in the package
If you are looking for a night life, this one is not for you. But you can also order drinks from Anahaw Restaurant and chill in your own picnic table
Absolutely no wi-fi
Children 0-7 years old are considered free of charge
Bringing of food that are not from Nayomi are not allowed. Please take note of this as you will be charged accordingly
Additional per head is PHP 1,000++ with free breakfast
Bringing of any drink that are not from Nayomi are not allowed. Corkage is PHP 1.00/ML
Pets are not allowed
Resort and Glamping Recommendations
While we love our stay at the resort, listed below are just some of the recommendations to the management that I hope they would somehow consider to talk about 🙂
I think our glamping experience would be the best if we have a campfire nearby. Or maybe at least a common campfire area if it’s not possible to have one per tent. I can imagine myself while roasting marshmallows! That would be so much fun!
I hope the T&B has hot water because it’s really cold in the evening and morning haha!
Maybe you can also consider to have a shuttle from Manila to the resort. While it’s perfectly fine for me to travel by bus and tricycle, I’m actually thinking about families who doesn’t have their own service going to the resort. Plus, the tricycle ride is really long and bumpy. I also can’t imagine myself riding the tricycle to and from the resort at night.
How to get to Nayomi Sanctuary Resort
From Manila via PUV:
From Shaw, Boulevard, take a bus going to Lipa, Batangas. In our case, we waited for around 15-30 minutes for buses bound to Lipa. Luckily, Alps stopped for us. We also learned that they are not allowed to stop along Shaw. So better go to LRT Buendia or Cubao terminals bound to Lipa, Batangas to save time waiting.
Travel Time: 2 hours
Inform conductor to drop you off Tambo Bus Stop just right after the Lipa tollway. Anyway, if feel like the traffic is slowly building up, then you’re already near the frop off place. One sign as well is the Jolibee on your right which is also after the tollway.
Once you got off, cross the street and take the jeepney going to SM Lipa/Robinsons Lipa. Tell Kuya Driver to drop you off Starbucks/Shakeys. It is just right after the footbridge.
Travel Time: 10 minutes
Cross the street again to the side of Shakeys and Starbucks. From there you will see a line of tricycles. Tell Kuya Driver that you’ll be going to Nayomi Sanctuary Resort. Typically, all the drivers know Nayomi already.
Travel Time: 20-30 minutes
Fare: P200- P300
Tip: Make sure to ask Kuya driver how much the fare is. Based on our experience, Kuya Driver first said that fare is P150. Then later on changed to P200. After we get off Nayomi (after 30minutes, I guess), we handed P250 to him instead of P200 since we feel like P250 is really worth the long and bumpy ride.
Nayomi Sanctuary Resort Details
Location: JM Katigbak Street Barangay Alangilan Balete Batangas, Philippines 4219
Since I have been looking for a quiet place to unwind, Nayomi Sanctuary Resort was actually the answer to it. I highly recommend this resort if you also want peace and full relaxation to end a stressful week. What adds to the thrill is that I spent it in a beautiful glamping tent. 🙂
From my first glamping experience, to the staff, food, services, and cleanliness of the resort, I can say that I am now in love with Nayomi! Can’t wait to be back soon with my Mama!
The Prats family really knows how to train their staff and maintain the resort. Two thumbs up for this amazing experience!