Nuvali lies about 40 km south of Manila and straddles the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna. Lots of people go there to enjoy the lake that’s filled with koi, have picnics on the grounds and shop at the factory outlets of various brands. It has also become a haven for runners and bikers looking to train for their marathons, bike races, duathlons and even triathlons. And there across the lake is Seda Nuvali, this conspicuous hotel where we always park our car. It had always been like a beacon of repose to me, promising great relaxation after doing some hardcore running. The idea of being able to enjoy lavish comfort after a day’s worth of hard training was what made the idea of a staycation at Seda Nuvali very appealing. It had been a case of intrigue at first sight since the first time I went to Nuvali.
I was able to procure a gift certificate to stay at Seda Nuvali’s Deluxe Room and it was just in time for the Duaman Duathlon in which Moche was joining. I made the reservation over the phone a month prior and it had been a very efficient transaction. Checking-in was also quick albeit with the usual requisite 2000 Php deposit. Our room was the one on the seventh floor, towards the front of the hotel and with a view of the lake to the left. The Deluxe Room of Seda Nuvali is very roomy, has a huge 40-inch LED TV that has complete cable channels, a very good complimentary Wi-Fi connection and a king-sized bed. There’s also a closet that had about six hangers, a bathrobe and a couple of hotel slippers. Other amenities include a mini-bar, an executive desk, coffee- & tea-making facilities and a safety deposit box.
The bathroom’s pretty basic. Toiletries are provided as well as a digital bathroom scale. The shower area is just right and has this mat that sucks at your feet. It is worth noting though that the water took too long to warm up and that the toilet does not come with a bidet.
We were entitled to use the hotel’s facilities like the swimming pool, located at the ground floor outside the hotel lobby, the gym and the gaming area. One cool thing we noticed was that iMacs are available for public use at the lobby. Cool!
Seda Nuvali’s complimentary buffet breakfast did not have much to offer in terms of dishes that would go with rice. But as I prefer continental breakfast, I was pleased that there were more choices for breads and pastries than in other hotels.
One of the really great things that Seda Nuvali has working for it is its location. There are lots of places to eat nearby and areas that offer different activities like shopping at the Solenad 1 and 2 retail outlets, wakeboarding at the Republic Wakepark Nuvali, visiting the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and feeding the koi at the the lake.
As ideal as it sounds, I have to be honest that I had a very less than stellar experience at Seda Nuvali. Don’t get me wrong, the hotel staff was courteous and helpful and nice but for me, my staycation at Seda Nuvali was another proof that first impressions don’t last.
What happened was, I stayed up late tinkering with my blog using their high-speed internet. By 2am I was more than ready to take over the bed as it was Moche’s turn to get up and start preparing for his duathlon. I couldn’t sleep until I’d seen him out. That was when I noticed that I could hear people talking from the room next door. And then I realized that what I was hearing was actually the TV blaring BBC. I could also hear everything that was happening in the adjacent rooms and even on the corridor. The walls just seemed to be too thin! It was awful.
Needless to say, I left Seda Nuvali not rested at all. So much for being a beacon of repose and relaxation. But to be fair, Moche did not have any complaint at all. He slept during my 5km evening run, while I was blogging and seemed well-rested enough for his duathlon. Oh well.
Lakeside Evozone, NUVALI
Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
Phone Numbers: (+63) 2558888 or (+6349) 5433788
Fax Number: (+6349) 2558891
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
***All photos were taken using iPhone 5.