Sometimes, you just need to get away from the madness of your everyday life. And what better way to do it than to go on a retreat in paradise? While we’re not sure what paradise exactly looks like, we think that treehouses in the The Birdhouse in El Nido, Palawan come close.
A breathtaking view by the sea
We know you don’t want to see the oftentimes unbearably banal urbanity surrounding your daily life, so could you just imagine waking up to a view of the glittering sea and the sun rising over the horizon? That’s exactly what you’ll find when you get to The Birdhouse. With the treehouses built only a few meters away from Marimegmeg Beach, you can enjoy the fresh breeze coming from the sea from high up in the safety of your tent.
A glamorous experience in nature
They bring glamorous camping or glamping to the higher level — quite literally — with their tents up in the trees, or nests, as they like to call it. Its furniture are made from locally sourced materials and designed by interior designer Camille Villaflor, one of two owners alongside her husband Mark. Each nest can accommodate up to four people, with about five nests so far. When the sun is rising or setting, you could stand outside the balconies outside each nest to enjoy the scenic view.
And if it’s your first time glamping, don’t worry — they’ve got running water and private bathrooms. The nests are also equipped with solar-powered lights for when the nighttime comes and solar-powered water heaters for when the water gets too cold. It is called glamping for a reason.
A meal in paradise
The Birdhouse also has their own in-house restaurant, appropriately named The Nesting Table, where you can savor the taste of farm-to-table dishes at the same time as you savor the scenery around you. The ingredients that the restaurant uses are sourced from The Birdhouse’s organic garden, where their kitchen waste is also composted. We love how environment-friendly The Birdhouse is.
A relaxing yoga session during sunset
To make your ‘retreat’ experience complete, you should try joining a session with El Nido Yoga. We’re sure you’d be able to find your zen while slowly breathing in and out and gazing at the sunset over Bacuit Bay.
A maze in the mountains
But before you could enjoy all that, you’d need to prepare yourself for some bit of exercise. You could drive to the entrance of Marimegmeg beach, from which you’d have to start your trek, since that’s the nearest point a vehicle could get. You’d have to walk hundreds of meters of the beach and walk another hundred or so meters into the forest just to get to the foot of the stairs of The Birdhouse. And when you’re at the stairs, you’d have to take about a hundred steps up the stairs to make it to the mothernest (a.k.a. the lobby or the main structure).
It’s quite a lot, especially for people who aren’t used to any sort of extensive muscle movement. But on the way, you’d get to appreciate the picturesque scenery offered by nature’s beauty. And if you stop to take a few pictures along the way, we can’t blame you, because we’d do the same. Plus, there’s a lot of inspirational messages that would really make you think, just like the one at the foot of the stairs: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.”
And you better take that first step. There may be a lot of exercise involved just to get to this little slice of paradise, but we think it’s worth it.