7 Reasons Why Mango Grove Is The Perfect Rest House Peg
Step inside this calming sanctuary in Iba, Zambales
About 200 kilometers or 4.5 hours drive from Manila, The Mango Grove at Bancal River sits in a 24-hectare property as you enter Iba, Zambales. 16.5 kilometers of the river runs through it—and out to the nearby West Philippine Sea. The property is rich with flora and fauna and after the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption, about 50 families were resettled there.
The two-storey villa that was renovated to be a guesthouse in order to augment the income of the residents features a mango orchard and a clean, flowing river—making it the perfect escape if you want to take a break from the frenetic city life. Aside from family plots, a 1,000sqm mini farm provides the produce used as ingredients in the meals served. Members of the community were trained in various aspects of hospitality in order to keep the rooms comfortable and the food, healthy. There are even a handful of massage therapists trained in relaxing massage techniques.
Whether you're planning to treat yourself to a quick R&R or you're looking for pegs for your future rest house, here are seven reasons why Mango Grove is the place to be:
1. The Mango Grove is composed of five spacious, air-conditioned rooms. It can sleep up to 22 guests comfortably.
2. There is a garden room access on the ground floor with a PWD-friendly ramp.
3. The en suite bathrooms feature a rainshower and the floor is covered in stones from the nearby river.
4. The family room on the top floor has beautiful bunk beds equipped with night lights. It also opens out to a balcony overlooking the lush mango trees.
5. The well-illuminated bathroom mirrors are lined with driftwood taken from the river and nearby beach.
RL Tip: Planning to use salvaged wood at home? Visit thrift stores, furniture shops, and the stores along the Tagaytay-Sta.Rosa road.
6. All the rooms on the second floor have balconies that look out over greeneries—giving you unparalleled sprawling views!
7. The meditation hut that overlooks the river was built in 2015 by American youth volunteers. It is a peaceful spot to wait for the sunset.
RL Tip: If you're planning to build or create a meditation spot at home, make sure it's calming, comfortable, and free from clutter.
Within the Mango Grove, you can go kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, archery, basketball, football, pick produce from the farm, take LOTS of photos, and dine with your feet dipped in the river.
RL Tip: When designing your home, think about how you can maximize every inch of space. If you have a sprawling garden, consider transforming a corner into a dining nook, a meditation spot, or even a reading corner.
PHOTOS: Courtesy of the author and the Mango Grove website (Garden Room).
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