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Laguna’s not so secret sanctuary

Less than an hour's drive from Metro Manila is Laguna's not-so-hidden secret. Urban dwellers itching to take respite from the congested roads, crowded streets, pollution and monotony in the metro are now heading to Nuvali.

Seda Nuvali provides the conveniences of urban
living in a relaxing resort-like environment.
In the 2,290-hectare Nuvali growth center, which spans the municipalities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and Cabuyao in Laguna, residential developments, business process outsourcing and IT offices, shops and restaurants are set against a backdrop of trees and manicured lawns, and the manmade Nuvali Lake. Aside from efficient road network, it also has designated biking lanes and jogging paths.

Nuvali's proximity to Metro Manila and other nearby destinations and its refreshing rural appeal with metropolitan amenities make it the perfect place to settle in. In fact, people based in the Ayala Land-owned community development say it's usual to hear from visitors how they "want to live and work here!"

Taking advantage of the dynamic growth of Nuvali that espouses eco-friendly living, AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts' Seda hotel brand was built.

Environment- and family-friendly

The 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.

The Deluxe Room offers amenities to
ensure guests are comfortable and
connected while enjoying a scenic view
by the window.
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.

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.

Business travelers are afforded several amenities to help them stay connected. The hotel lobby has an e-lounge equipped with three Mac computers, while in each guest room there are media panel with HDMI, USB and audio visual connectivity, IDD phone and iPod dock. Guests also enjoy free Wi-Fi.

Families with kids need not worry in keeping the young ones occupied with Seda Nuvali's Play Room, which can accommodate 10 to 15 children. For older guests seeking thrill from the screen, the hotel's Game Room is complete with PC, PS2, Xbox and more for an hour or two of gaming session.

For those who want to take a dip, scratch the thought of the lake because the hotel has a 4-ft deep Swimming Pool which opens from 6am to 8pm. Seda Nuvali's in-house restaurant Misto offers wide array of food choices in its buffet spread.

But if guests prefer to stay in their room, they are in for a scenic treat as each room is strategically positioned to provide unobstructed sightlines to the best views of the Nuvali Lake, the green fields, as well as distant Mount Makiling.

For more space and privacy, there are Premier Rooms that offer use of the Club Lounge and its accompanying benefits.

Choose your own activity

From 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/

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