Laguna’s not so secret sanctuary
Environment- and family-friendlyThe 150-room hotel, which opened in March, is the fourth and latest hotel of the Seda brand. Seda Nuvali is strategically located near malls, offices and the booming industrial sites of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Its gardens open up to the scenic four-hectare man-made lake, making it the brand's biggest in terms of facilities land area and “the most photogenic Seda hotel’’ according to its general manager, Jeffrey Enriquez. Seda Nuvali takes pride in being an environment-friendly hotel. In line with Nuvali's goal to build a community that allows people and nature to thrive harmoniously, the hotel was designed to complement with nature and implements energy-efficient practices. For instance, Seda Nuvali has a north-south orientation to avoid direct sun exposure and has floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the natural light during the day. True enough, even on a hot summer afternoon, the hotel is able to keep the temperature inside comfortably low. Aside from offering a panoramic view, the Nuvali Lake also serves as the hotel’s catch-basin facility for recycling wastewater. Like its three counterparts in Bonifacio Global City, Centrio and Abreeza, Seda Nuvali was primarily established to cater to business travelers. During weekdays, nearby offices in Nuvali are regularly booking employees and guests at the hotel. But on weekends, families and groups of friends flocking to the area to join sporting events keep the occupancy levels higher than expected. "We are proud to say that we are reaching 70 percent occupancy rate. On weekdays we have corporate bookings usually those coming from Laguna Technopark, while on weekends we have more walk-ins, mostly family and friends," shares Enriquez. Wakeboarding in Nuvali is attracting lots of local and foreign tourists. According to Enriquez, Seda Nuvali has also become a popular site for families on staycation and those going to Tagaytay but prefer to stay in Laguna. "Some choose to stay here since there are also good choices of activities in the area such as fishing and boating by the lake, wakeboarding, biking and outlet shopping," he adds. Meanwhile, team-building at Camp N and small conventions are boosting their corporate client bookings. A convention center to be built soon in Nuvali is expected to further increase the hotel's occupancy rate.
Choose your own activityFrom a pit stop of urban weekenders headed to Tagaytay, Nuvali has now become a destination for quick getaway. The sprawling community offers different activities for thrill-seekers, nature-lovers and hardcore shoppers. From Seda Nuvali, a 10- to 15-minute drive brings guests to Republic Wakepark where one can test his skills in the water and learn the basics of wakeboarding. Republic Wakepark is owned and operated by the same people behind the world-class CamSur Watersports Complex. However, it features a smaller and shallower lake for both beginners and advanced wake boarders compared to CWC. Nonetheless, the watersports complex is one of the reasons more local and foreign tourists head to Nuvali. If water is not your thing and you prefer to walk and hang on ropes and other obstacle courses up to 20-ft above the ground, then Camp N is right up your alley. Perfect for company team-building, Camp N will surely test one's physical strength, mental skills, patience and drive to finish each obstacle. It's open on weekends and for special booking during weekdays. For a more laid-back afternoon, guests can opt to feed the hungry kois by the lake or hop on a Water Taxi boat and enjoy a different view of Nuvali for only P30 per head; both can be done from 8am to 5pm every day. Or go spot a variety of bird species by the view decks at the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary from 6am to 8am or 4pm to 5pm. Shoppers always on the lookout for the best bargains will surely love Solenad 1 and 2 in Nuvali—a short walk from Seda—which house several outlet stores of known brands such as Aldo, Collezione, Hush Puppies, Adidas, Rudy Project, Sebago and a lot more offering discounts on their items. According to officials many guests of the hotel from Metro Manila simply come for outlet shopping. For information about Seda Nuvali and its promotions, visit http://www.sedahotels.com/nuvali/