This Relaxing Glamping Spot Is Less Than An Hour Away from Cebu City
Go on a peaceful getaway amid rows of towering trees.
(SPOT.ph) For city-weary souls who are unwilling to sacrifice hours for travel time alone—because every minute of the weekend counts—we feel you. Believe it or not, there’s an aesthetic glamping site no more than 40 minutes away from Cebu City. In fact, it’s only a five-minute habal-habal (motorcycle) ride away from SM Consolacion. No more of that long, bumpy, winding uphill ride that will stress you out before you even arrive.
The Greenland Cabins is perhaps the nearest and best glamping getaway for you. It has the rustic simplicity of a campsite but is outfitted with modern urban conveniences, such as an air-conditioned glamping tent and a gorgeous swimming pool with a wooden lounge deck and bamboo roofing.
Cebu Glamping Near the City at the Greenland Cabins
The Greenland Cabins started out as a private hangout of its owner Dr. Silver Arevalo. The lot was always in his family as it has been passed down from his maternal grandparents, except it had not been used. Arevalo then started developing the property in June 2021 with the help of his father who is in the construction business. It was initially just going to be an exclusive vacation spot for him and his friends.
Taking inspiration from his travels to tropical paradises, like Bali, Phuket, and Siargao, Arevalo fixed up the place with a classic Asian-inspired aesthetic. A consummate “plantito,” he even chose to forego hiring a landscaper, and instead designed the overall look himself. He strategically placed his favorite plants to take full advantage of their beauty. As a result, the property comes to life in a balance of greenery and vibrant colors. Fellow plant enthusiasts will recognize the Elephant Ear (Badjang), cigar plants, gigantic Melanonis, and Bird’s Nest (Manaw).
The Greenland Cabins sits deeply in the middle of lush grove of tall trees, mostly mahogany, which completely hides the cabins from the road. Guests entering for the first time will be in awe of the thick canopy that hides the cabins. But perhaps the highlight of the site is the pool. It has a wooden lounge deck that overlooks the bonfire area. It’s definitely a favorite among past guests, and no wonder, since it’s so Instagram-worthy! The wooden deck lounge also has a roof with bamboo stilts and is clad in traditional bamboo and nipa materials.
On the campgrounds, you’ll find yourself walking in between hundreds of trees and taking in the silence, occasionally punctuated by the cool, whistling breeze and the twittering of birds perched on the high branches. During the day, the light spills beautifully on the grounds as it breaks through the canopy at an angle. Little pools of sunlight spill through the canopy and dot the ground. Dried leaves crunch at your step. At golden hour, amber light and a reddish glow from the west side of the site look like mists of light exploding.
At night, the place lights up with intention. String lights give that magical feeling, while ground spotlights highlight some of the beautiful plants. The bonfire area also adds to that warmth. The whole place is well lit but without being too bright to preserve the chill, quiet ambiance.
Staying the Night… or the Entire Month
The property listing is for exclusive bookings of the entire place. It’s good for a minimum of eight guests but up to 15 people can be accommodated. Plus, if you’re looking to spend some time with your fur babies, then you should be happy to know that the place is pet-friendly (up to three pets are allowed). While Greenland Cabins does not serve meals, guests are free to bring their own food and cook in the rustic kitchen or the grilling station. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped with a mini-fridge, electric kettle, rice cooker, pots and pans, utensils, and basic condiments. There’s no corkage for food and drinks. If you don’t feel like cooking, the place also has an on-call cook who charges P500 only per meal.
As for the accommodations, nearly all structures in the cabins are made of wood, bamboo, and nipa. They’re all perfectly set between trees, under their shade. You’ll feel like you’re living right in nature. You’ll actually be provided with bug repellent since you’ll be expected to fully immerse.
Three triangular "Maru" huts, named after the owner’s mother, Maruja, are built atop a small slope. The huts can each accommodate two to three people and have a private viewing deck that overlooks the cabins. Each 12-by-8-foot room is provided with an electric fan.
There’s also the air-conditioned "Leo" glamping tent, named after the owner’s father, Leonardo. The tent is larger, 14 by 10 feet, and can accommodate three to four guests. Elsewhere on the property are the cabanas, the kitchen, and an outdoor bathroom. With sustainability and tradition in mind, the interiors and accessories in the place were mostly bought from local suppliers. For instance, the pieces of rattan furniture were sourced from Sogod, Cebu.
The weekday rate is P9,980, while on weekends it’s P11,980, already good for eight guests. For each extra guest, you need to pay P400 (up to 15 people in total). Check-in time is at 2 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.
Plus, if you fall in love with the place, you can stay there long-term for 28 days or more.
At The Greenland Cabins, you can laze out, read a book, or chat with friends. Or you can find a solitary corner for yourself just to bask in silence and do nothing, just lying down, listening to nature. It’s time to give nature-bumming a try when you can just daydream among the foliage and feel your worries disappear if only for a sec.
UPDATED (February 28, 2022): This article erroneously stated the land area of the glamping site. It was updated to correct this mistake.
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