Every once in a while, you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle in the big city and find a relaxing place to rest for a while.
That’s what I did last weekend.
I didn’t have a beach trip this year yet, even in summer, because of the load of students assigned to me. So I decided to just have a trip to a nearby resort which was suggested to me.
Despite the few reviews with average to low ratings, I still went on with it and gave it the benefit of the doubt.
Green Nature Resort and Leisure Park is located in San Mateo, Rizal, just less than an hour from Cubao, Quezon City. The room that we booked is the Molave VIP, priced at Php 2,500 for the overnight stay.
Here’s what I loved about it:
– It’s not crowded.
– The room is spacious and almost complete with the basic necessities such as LED TV, aircon, shower, water heater, and towels. It also has a hair dryer, a large table and a couple of chairs, a dresser, and two small soaps and two sachets of shampoo.
– The bed is comfy and spacious for two people. The comforter and the pillows are clean and soft.
– The staff is friendly and accommodating.
– There is a small play place for kids inside the cafe with TV where kids can watch a film.
– They have two kiddie pools and three adult pools, including a lap pool.
– They have a sari-sari store where you can buy some snacks, shampoo, and some swimming essentials.
– They have amenities like basketball court, billiards table, videoke machine, wall climbing, bungee fun, and fish spa.
But I hope they do something about the following:
– Restaurant/Cafe. They have a kitchen, but they only cook silog (fried rice and egg plus an easy-to-cook viand). The cafe has a lot on the menu but only has like three cakes displayed on the shelf.
– Chlorine in the pool. They should consider making the chlorine content of the water lower since there are also children swimming and too much of it when swallowed, is dangerous.
– I wish there are hangers and/or more hooks for the wet towels and swimsuits.
– I think the shower head should be replaced already since it just ‘sprays’ water out of it.
– Make sure that all of the cottages or tables have a mosquito net so flies and mosquitoes flying around.
– There are no lifeguards on duty so make sure that you keep an eye on your kids.
Here are some tips, just in case you are going there:
– Bring your own food, packed or to be grilled. They have grillers that you can use. Plus, they don’t charge a corkage fee for it, only for beers and liquors.
– Make sure to bring mosquito repellent.
– The room or the cottage fee is not inclusive of the entrance fee.
– There are some stores, small restaurants, and bakeries in the main road before Patiis. There is a Puregold Jr. and a 7-Eleven nearby also.
– Proper swimming attire is required, but you girls and women can also wear a white shirt.
– A key deposit of Php 300.00 is required. It will be refunded upon check out.
– In case you forgot to bring food, you can call for delivery from Jollibee, Shakeys, and McDonalds.
Overall, the place is good enough for what I paid for, except for the fact that they do not have a go-to restaurant within their resort. I wish the management could maximize the space more and offer something better for their guests.
How to get there:
– From Gateway, Cubao (Aurora Blvd. side), get on a UV Express to San Mateo or Montalban then alight at SeaOil gas station in Patiis Road. The fare is Php 40 per head.
– From there, you will see mostly white tricycles with the sign PATODA. They will take you directly there for Php 70 one way. Be ready for a bumpy tricycle ride because the Patiis Road is not yet fully cemented and is currently under road reblocking.
Green Nature Resort and Leisure Park
Upper Patiis, Brgy. Guinayang, San Mateo, Rizal