When I hear the word “farm,” and especially “farm resort,” I think of lettuce beds, herbs, and tours where we get to harvest them. Then there’s a nipa hut cooled by the mountain air to spend the night in. This was in fact, how I spent one weekend in Costales Nature Farms. The experience is similar in my Nurture Wellness Village Tagaytay farm glamping weekend.
And so I was a bit surprised when I found a luxurious swimming pool with a view of Mt. Arayat, and hotel-like rooms with creature comforts – though with a rustic touch – at Nauvoo Farm Resort.
Nauvoo is actually a 4.5-hectare mango tree and coffee farm, and you can take in the the greenery from the open-air dining area beside the pool. This setup is perfect for me while eating – on one side I can enjoy the blueness of the pool and Mt. Arayat in the distance, and on the other side is the lush green of the trees.
“Nauvoo” is a Hebrew word meaning “beautiful,” and is used in the Bible, especially in the book of Isaiah (52:7): “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”
The resort owners Lourdes and Irving Nogoy named the resort as such for fun, when they had an informal naming contest among family on what would be a unique name. The name is fitting, though, as the resort is indeed beautiful and, if the verse in Isaiah should be a reference, the resort has a mountain view!
The Nogoys were hardworking OFWs based in the United States who wanted to retire at a farm. So Nauvoo was first their own haven before they opened it to friends, and then later, to the public. They live in one of the rooms at the resort, the Gumamela Room. Do say hi if you see them when you visit!
Nauvoo is perfect just for chilling and relaxing both with nature and creature comforts. Take a dip on both of the pools while enjoying the view of Mt. Arayat and the mango trees, eat home-cooked Filipino meals, and have a good sleep at the native hut-inspired rooms. You can order a drink from the poolside bar and even sing songs at the videoke with family and friends. Below are more photos from our resort experience:
- Day rate (use of pools only) is P200, and P250 when availed of at night
- Smallest room good for 4 like the Dama de Noche room is P4,000
- Bigger rooms with bunk beds good for 12 people at P12,000 (P1,000 per person). But they accept smaller groups. You can just pay P1,000 per person if ever.
- Breakfast is at P175, lunch and dinner at P200 (add P50 for lunch and dinner for an additional dish)
- They also have a function hall for rent at P8,000 for 8 am to 4 pm and P10,000 from 5 pm to 10 pm. P15,000 is the rate from 8 am through 11 pm.
Resort contact details:
- Address: Orchard Village, Brgy Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines
- Website and Facebook page (click on the links)
- Mobile: (Globe) 0917-467-4620; (Smart) 0928-672-0863
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get there:
- Ride a Dagupan-bound Five Star Bus in Cubao, Quezon City (EDSA) for Php120+. Get off at Marquee Mall which is roughly an hour’s ride.
- Ride a Magalang-bound jeepney for Php20 and get off at the corner across Jollibee at the town proper.
- Ride a tricycle to the resort. Fare is usually P100.