Weekend Escape: Green Canyon Resort at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
It’s about two hours away from the city but you feel like you’re light years away from stress
(SPOT.ph) It’s a canyon and it’s green, thus, Green Canyon. Throughout our tour of this new resort, Brand Manager Abel Jose put heavy emphasis on avoiding complications-a sensible decision, since they’re in the business of relaxation.
But upon closer inspection, the thought placed in the development of the 29 hectares of land will gradually impress you. Unlike most resorts, the charm of Green Canyon isn’t in its lavishness or grandeur. Its beauty is understated and commands a bit of exploration. The wall of rock that leads to the in-house restaurant, Palette, may seem indistinct at first, and it’s only when you become privy to the information that these are artifacts from the Mt. Pinatubo eruption that you begin to admire the craftsmanship in the architecture.
This was a warehouse.
Handcrafted chandelier made with real wine bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
The wooden furniture by Niccolo Jose will immediately catch your attention upon entering the hotel.
The land used to be a field of wild growth before the Jose family decided to work on a little project that produced Green Canyon Resort. No electricity, no signal...nothing but a river, the mountains, and a warehouse. The warehouse is now the 51-room hotel that houses Niccolo Jose’s wooden marvels. His pieces are striking and they are enough to distract you from exposed black metal beams in the lobby and even in some of the rooms.
"We essentially built around the landscape," Abel Jose said. Remnants of the land’s history can be seen everywhere on the site. Around the wave pool are huge boulders and old mango trees are scattered all around the resort, making it feel like you’re just lounging in a yard. Cozy would be the most apt word to describe the feeling of staying in Green Canyon.
Those who appreciate finely crafted wooden furniture will surely fall in love with the rooms and the furnishings
The food is great. The drinks are even better.
Instead of the beach, Green Canyon provides a great view of both the sunrise and the sunset. They offer a guided hike up the mountains surrounding the resort for those who enjoy a meditative trek. If that’s a bit too adventurous, an art tour featuring installations by Niccolo Jose is another option you can take. It might even inspire you to attend their art workshops, where you can learn how to make your own sculptures or paintings. Culinary lessons are also available and you can even visit the farm on the site, where the ingredients from the dishes served in Palette are grown.
If that made you think of the word sustainable, it’s not by accident. Solar panels are on the roof of the hotel, they’ve installed a filtering system that makes water from the tap potable, and all the little scraps lying around get turned into art. The conscious effort to reduce waste just adds to the many winning aspects of the resort.
Scraps of rattan turned into installation art
There is little gimmickry involved in Green Canyon. They preserved everything good about nature and simply inserted a bit of comfort. You can rent an ATV in case you need a bit of excitement, but trust us when we say that a massage by the pool with a Peanut Butter Coffee shake in hand is the better deal.
Green Canyon officially opens in September 2014. For more information, call (+63 45) 499-1381 for more details or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.