Cebu Destinations : Terra Manna Camping & Resort Review

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Imagine a sanctuary away from the stressful and unhealthy environment of the big city sitting atop a mountain with a beach front on its own. Terra Manna offer these necessities for a perfect getaway and more! They have beautiful gardens growing flowers and organic food, glamping spots with bonfire and one of the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. You can avail all of these for a justifiable price. Proceed to read the full review of my weekend stay in the resort.



Location: Lambug, Badian, Cebu, Philippines

Contacts: 
Landline #:
+63 32 475-0296
+63 32 475-0297
Cellphone #:
+63 916-529-7014
+63 921-384-1629
Email: terramannaresort@gmail.com



WiFi: Yes (Near the office & Big Cottages Accommodation)

Rates:

SOLEMAR BED AND BREAKFAST : PHP 3,800.00 ( 2 pax + bf )

SOLEMAR UPPER : PHP 3,500.00 ( 2 PAX + BF )

OCTAGON VILLA : PHP 3,800.00 ( 4 PAX )

TRAVELLER’S PALM : PHP 3,500.00 ( 3 PAX + bf )

TERRA MANNA HOUSE : PHP 4,800.00 ( 6 PAX )

CORALE COTTAGE : PHP 3,500.00 ( 3 PAX + bf )

BAHAY KUBO FAMILY WITH PRIVATE GARDEN : PHP 3,200.00 ( 4 PAX + bf )

BAHAY KUBO DOUBLE : PHP 3,200.00 ( 4 PAX + bf )

CAMPING : PHP 600.00/PERSON ( free bf )

DAY TOURPHP 600.00/PERSON

Inclusions :
  • Free use of WIFI
  • Free use of beach
  • Free tour with a guide
  • Free use of open cottages
  • Free lesson of mandala flower arrangement

Few mountain resorts stir my curiosity in the province of Cebu. For starter, I am not always fond of staying in the mountain because I have always been a beach person but Terra Manna has been circling my to-visit list for many years now. That is why when an opportunity to finally visit the resort last weekend came I was ecstatic to do it. It arrived at a perfect time when I needed some de-stressing from a busy work week.




The mountain resort offers day tour but to get the most out of the experience it is best to prompt for an overnight stay which won't cost you much as well. They offer glamping (glamorous camping) for those who want an outdoor experience, bahay kubo for small groups and houses for families and big groups.


LOCATION

Terra Manna is located way down south in Badian averaging around three hours of bus trip so I highly advise to start early in the morning to avoid the traffic. In our case we left the city late in the morning and was caught up with the weekend traffic so we were lucky to arrive in the resort before dark. 



Part of the charm of the resort is its location. The mountain and beach converge in a harmonious manner which makes it ideal for people who love both or couldn't decide what to pick between the two. I love the rawness of nature in the resort. They didn't do much to modify the spot to avoid it looking manufactured and go with the natural look. I even spotted several species of birds that I couldn't identify flying around and a monitor lizard roaming freely. At night the sky lit up with numerous constellations twinkling above your head being freed from the light pollution of the city.


“Decide the type of camping/nature lifestyle you want to experience before checking in and make sure you are aware of available food on the menu. You may sleep on a tent or choose to stay on really nice rooms or villas.” (LodRose from TripAdvisor)

 The beachfront may be rocky but this uniqueness played quite well in my taste and made it more appealing. The rocky terrain made the water much clearer near the coastline and a diverse species of sea creatures is very visible swimming around. 


Terra Manna's Beach
Strangely, the water here is really calm even if it is facing the open sea of Tañon Strait so kayaking around the coastline is the activity to do here and you will even get a shade from the cliff where the resort stand. During low tide it is hard to appreciate the beach but come high tide the sea becomes your own personal swimming pool when the water get real close to the wooden platform they set up. With the swimming pool come to mind let us discuss some of the things the resort really need to improve or even change.


TIP! They offer Mandala Flower Arrangement Lesson to those interested.

Mandala Flower Arrangement
For starters, Terra Manna doesn't have a swimming pool. I know for other people the sea will suffice but there are those who prefer fresh water to lounge in. This is major consideration that you need to consider before checking in here. And the pet dogs are roaming freely around the resort and will try to steal your food if you are being careless. Don't get me wrong because I love those furry critters and enjoyed their company but not everyone is like me and they are bothersome for some guests.

FOOD

Since they are growing their own organic food expect the menu to be very healthy and they are delicious as well. I have one of the best breakfast I've had in the one they served us. The restaurant has a cozy vintage look which adds appeal while you are eating your food. It is positioned to to have good view of the Tañon Strait which I think is a very clever thing to do because it adds something beautiful to your meal time.

The Lantawan Seaview is all too perfect for couples to have that romantic dinner in a garden with an uninterrupted view of the Tañon Strait. Before checking in, you must definitely let the staff know you wanted your food to be serve there or reserve that spot for both of you because it is in a first come basis.

Probably the best decision the resort made is not charging any corkage fee for guests bringing their food in. This is great news for happy campers and they even have an open kitchen for all your cooking and grilling activities. I must remind everyone that there are no convenient stores nearby and the resort itself has limited choices of packed food for snacking and late night binge.


Lantawan Seaview

As the darkness peeled the blue sky layer by layer the true beauty of Terra Manna slowly comes out of hiding. The breathtaking sunset scene here is one of the best in the province which made it an ideal spot for fashion and engagement shoot and maybe even a private garden wedding. Majority of the terrain of the resort sits atop a cliff which made the sunset in a level of where you are standing and there is so much creative shot to come up with such location. 


“Better reserve ahead so when you arrive everything is already prepared!” (kims831 from TripAdvisor)


SERVICE

The nice lady in the front desk welcomed us with a warm smile (sadly no welcome drinks as I expected) and offered us options to go with in our stay. Setting up our expectation before we check in is a mark of a good service for me. I appreciated the gesture of offering us a free upgrade because the weather was not favorable for camping. We paid the fee for camping and got a cozy bahay kubo in return because they don't have any guests at that time. 




“Rather suggest you stay on a tent!. Atleast once in your lifetime you get to experience just having the stars as your roof and the sea as your playground.” (zettea2014 from TripAdvisor)



There was not a lot of staff roaming around the resort at that time so I didn't depend a lot on their service but when we did ask for something they're quick in giving us what we wanted. We only waited for a few minutes before we were served with breakfast and the extra commodity we requested was duly noted by them and was served along with the breakfast. My only complain was upon checking out we did wait for quite awhile because nobody was manning the reception area.


CLEANLINESS

The resort covers a vast area and majority of it is carpeted in bermuda grass. One of my companions pointed out the maintenance of those grass is uncanny knowing there're few staff managing the big resort and to that I agree. They have trimmed the grass well and haven't spotted any garbage lying around in our stay with the exception of the dog poo that was in front our house when we arrived but they were quick in cleaning it. 


CONCLUSION


Terra Manna comes from the word "Earth" and "blessing" and staying true to that nature this mountain sanctuary serves us a blessing for weary travelers seeking some spiritual sustenance through nature. We often disregard the simple things in this life that make a huge difference - the comforting breeze of a calm sea, the relaxing melody made by the birds by day & insects at night, the stunning rise and set of the sun unknowingly makes you contemplate about life. This is what the resort offers - a full nature retreat  minus all the luxurious amenities that we often associate with a resort like fast internet connection, swimming pool etc. If you come here with a group or family then you will surely spend a lot of time to bond with them. We all have varying needs why we go in a staycation and if yours aligned with what this offer resort has to offer then you definitely should give Terra Manna a try.


PROS
  • Crystal Clear Beach
  • Extraordinary Sunset Scene
  • Picturesque Location for Creative Shoots
  • Serve Organic Food
  • Mandala Flower Arrangement Lesson
  • Close to majestic waterfalls like Kawasan Falls & white beaches

CONS 
  • No Swimming Pool
  • Limited Mobile Signal & Internet
  • Dogs Roaming Around Freely Stealing Food

Random TripAdvisor user reviews:

I highly recommend this place if you are a kind of person who just wants to escape the busy life of the city and just relax and embrace the beauty of nature! I would suggest that if you expect a 5 star services and facility you shouldnt go here coz these place is just for people who just wants to experience something unique and just appreciate the humble life of just being in a camping tent, do stargazing and perhaps meditating on the word of God under a tree or perhaps who wants to paint and write. by Zette A from Cebu

the danish owners attention to detail and customer service is amazing. the only advice I'd offer is to let staff know in advance dinner plans so can have cook ready ( as there are no formal nor really casual restaurants in town of Badian) this is important. Also inquire in advance if BYOB as may not have bar open. Has very small but very nice white sand beach area. The view from the outdoor living room near the restaurant is unbeatable. by mikeeee8 from US

i've been to this place in april with my family. we were lucky to be there with no other guest on the resort. we had fun the whole day. it was like we owned the place for a while. the staffs were friendly, the place was like paradise, the beach was clean, you can light a bonfire at night, the breakfast was superb! everything else was near perfect except for one thing... we didn't get enough sleep! i was aware that we will be sleeping in a tent becoz i was told so, in fact i was excited at the thought of sleeping in a tent becoz it will be my first time. i didn't realize that it could be so hot in a tent becoz the air can't get inside. we were also unfortunate becoz there was electricity interruption which started at 7pm and lasted for 6 hours. too bad they don't have a standby generator power. it was too hot to stay inside the tent. we tried to sleep in their little bamboo house, it was like a little kiosk but the mosquitoes were feasting on us! by snowsheen from Cebu

Terra Manna is one of the few places close to the somewhat touristic Moalboal-city, which has a relaxed atmosphere, space and a beautiful view of the sea. The resort is within a short distance from waterfalls, whalesharks, and diving places, and after a long day of exploring the island, the charming garden of Terra Manna is the perfect place to relax and recover. The owners are very helpful and friendly, the facilities are very good, and the restaurant serves great food and homemade lemonade :) by CecilieLA fro Denmark






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