Best Boutique Hotel For An Extraordinary Weekend

As a habit or intention of living my weekends to be extraordinary, I often curate quick getaways. It's my amplifier of good things and...

As a habit or intention of living my weekends to be extraordinary, I often curate quick getaways. It's my amplifier of good things and my workout to beat burn out. I don't know about you, but I'm working like mad on weekdays. Naturally, I long for a relaxed vibe during the weekend with balance for fun and excitement for my favorite travel companions - my boys. 

So, a little R&R at a boutique hotel, 2-hour drive from Manila going north to Subic Clark in Pampanga made up one of my most splendid weekend. My destination is at Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort in Bamban, Clark. I'm very tempted to claim that it's actually crafted for me and my family. I love it!


I felt the personal touch of this resort because it didn't just serve me my wishes of relaxation, fun and excitement but has given me a weekend of art appreciation, savory gastronomic experience, revitalising recreational activities and a starry night while falling in love with nature and the persons I am with more. Cheesy but that's how you'll feel when you booked to this resort.

The resort is a combination of luxury and nature. You get the modern feel of a hotel room accommodation with all the room services and free amenities to give you a comfortable sleep. While the building itself is a refreshing sight with its eco-friendly design. The lobby has high-ceiling and open up to vast space with lots of plants and natural light coming thru its glass walls. Outside can never be more spacious with all the greens and mountains reminding its guests the beauty of nature and uncluttered surrounding. It's an authentic escape from the urban scenery.

Looking unique but well-thought off, the lobby is also a contemporary art gallery of the creations of Niccolo Jose, the resort's in-house artist and designer of its furnitures. 


Our stay in an upgraded standard room was like a stay on a 4-star hotel in a city. I love the white, soft and clean bedsheets and pillows while tuning in to some movies on Star World when the sun is too much to explore the outdoor. Honestly, I don't watch TV at home too often, so that was real treat for me. It's like ice cream on a hot summer day! (For accommodations, check rates here)

The resort has wide area to bike or have picnic or play with the kids on its playground. For us, we spent the afternoon biking, swimming and exploring the grounds until the beautiful sun sets. 

Before sunrise, you should experience the Green Canyon Journey or the organised hike to the mountains to see the beautiful glow of break of dawn and the grounds below as the sunlight illuminates it. Very refreshing view and revitalising to your health having a healthy activity first thing in the morning. The hike is about 45 minutes for one-way and depends on how fast you can do your way down. But it's perfectly timed to prepare you for the sunrise.

Exploring more of the grounds is an adventure. And I appreciate that they grow their own food, too!


Palette Restaurant is where to dine when in the resort. The farm-to-table offerings comprise a variety of Filipino dishes that truly satisfies your palate. It has done its magic on us, making me realise how the regional dishes of Kapampangans stand out.

During the day, its al fresco arrangement gives a breathtaking view of distant mountains as well as Green Canyon’s own green expanse. Our room has a complimentary breakfast buffet and I really love their tocino. The choices may not be plenty but everything is prepared professionally. 


Private Car
  1. Drive to EDSA or Mindanao Avenue to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) segment 8.1/C-5 in Novaliches, Valenzuela.
  2. Take NLEX/E1/R-8 to Prince Balagtas Ave in Clark Freeport, Mabalacat. Take Exit 91-Clark from NLEX/SCTEX/Subic - Clark - Tarlac Expy/R-8 
  3. From exit, continue on Prince Balagtas Avenue before turning right to Sacobia River Bridge for about 2.7km.
  4. Turn left on Bamban road and go straight ahead for about 1.1km before turning left and about 250m you'll reach your destination.

Thanks to more than 5-star reception to us, Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort! I really have more reasons to repeat an extraordinary weekend with you soon! For rates of stay, check here. 


What was your close to nature accommodation so far? Have you enjoyed it? 

Here's hoping you to live well,

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  1. Just in time! I spent the last week searching for staycations in or near Manila. There don't seem to be any other people in your pictures. Is the crowd always small then in Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort?

    1. The place is vast. And I guess we're there on non-peak season so we got a really relax stay. Hope you'll enjoy your stay, too! :)


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