HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaPhilippinesGuimarasNature’s Eye Resort — A Relaxing Getaway in Guimaras 9414 sharesRelax with nature and getaway from the crowds at Nature’s Eye Beach Resort in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines. By Marcos Detourist on March 5, 2015If you love nature and want to spend a relaxing break from the crowd, you might want to check out Nature’s Eye Beach Resort, a natural haven located in a secluded beach cove in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Island.After a hectic Dinagyang Festival weekend in Iloilo City, Gael and I were looking for someplace interesting to visit nearby. When we saw pictures of the resort in Facebook, particularly the rustic cottages and the beautiful sea views, we could not contain our excitement on experiencing this “hidden” gem for ourselves. I had visited Guimaras many times before but it was the first time I had visited or even known about Nature’s Eye, which made me all the more curious.Here is what greeted us on our arrival: Peaceful beach cove bordered by rock cliffs. It was not as white or long as spacious as Boracay’s White Beach but we loved the freedom of having it all or ourselves. Wooden cottages in harmony with nature. Our colorful welcome :)CottagesThe resort had two seaside cottages spaced far enough to provide ample privacy. They were built from wood and a nipa roof, which completed the traditional and au naturale vibe. Each cottage was named from its own charming themed decor. The one nearer to the beach was the “Coco Cottage,” named from its lighting fixtures made from coconut shells. We stayed higher up the hill at the “Shell Cottage,” warmly lit by shell lamps and had a curtain made from shells as a bathroom door. What both cottages shared in common and the first thing that caught our surprise were the “revealing” bathrooms that literally opened itself to the sea view. To be honest, I felt self-conscious about it at first but I got used to it because of the strong feeling of privacy. The Shell Cottage and Hammock Hut during the blue hour. Hammock happy :) Shell Cottage Bedroom Beautiful shell lamps. The Coco cottage near the beach. The rustic bathroom with an open view of the sea. Coconut shell lamp. Seaside view from the balcony.I loved the intimate ambiance at dusk with the cool night breeze and warm soft lighting. Though, my favorite part of staying there was waking up to the chirping of birds that circled freely and unafraid around the cottages. It really made me feel that this place was a natural sanctuary.The cottages rates are priced at P1,500 to P1,800 per night.Around the ResortNature’s Eye Beach Resort sits on the edge of a hilly property in Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Perched on top is the largest cottage that doubled as the kitchen and reception area. This is where we ate our meals and hung out while enjoying a magnificent overlooking view of the beautiful coastline. Steps leading up to the hilltop cottage surrounded by trees and flowering plants. Hammock heaven :) Overlooking view facing Taklong Island Marine Reserve.The Beach and Sunset ViewLike most of Guimaras’ beaches, the sandy part of the resort’s beachfront was small and wasn’t immaculately fine nor white. We did not share it with any crowd though, which more than made up for it. We got to snorkel a bit and saw some decent coral cover and fishes near the rocky edge.Better keep your camera ready for a clear view of the sunset and alluring dusk twilight.FoodThe resort prepared and served all of our meals during our stay. Expect to feast on delicious traditional home-cooked Filipino and Ilonggo dishes while enjoying a view of nature. Be sure to ask if Guimaras’ renowned sweet mangoes are available and in season beforehand. They know how to pick the best and sweetest mangoes. Crispy dried fish and scrambled eggs. Unripe mangoes with ginamos, grilled pork, and soup. Grilled fish topped with herbs, fish tocino, and calabaza.Village WalkWe stayed at Nature’s Eye for four days and three nights. If like me, you can’t help but give in to your itchy soles and love to go out exploring, there are interesting places to visit within an easy hike from the resort. One of the staff showed me around the village center of Brgy. Tando, some 10-minute walk away, and its long coconut-lined sandy beachfront devoid of other tourists. The walk was a nice glimpse of the everyday life of fishermen and locals in the village and a place to find sari-sari stores if ever you’re looking for one. At Tando proper beach. With Gael.Island HoppingThe resort also offers island hopping tours. The area is filled with secluded islets, white sand beaches, snorkeling spots, scenic cliffs, and rock formations. Since we started our tour late that day and wanted to come back for the sunset, we only spent around an hour for island hopping. We explored the nearby coves north of the resort. Our guide showed us imposing rock cliffs, took us to a hidden beach inside a cave, and to Dalum Balas Beach, one of the best beach coves I had visited in Guimaras at the time.If you allow three hours for your tour, it’s possible to go south and explore the beautiful islets, sandbars, and mangrove forests of Taklong Island National Marine Reserve among other interesting spots to visit in the province. Sailing towards the jagged rock cliff islands. Approaching Dalum Balas Beach.Side TripsOur Guimaras adventure did not stop after we checked out from Nature’s Eye. On our way back, we traveled via Guisi Beach and got the chance to take photos of the Spanish-colonial lighthouse nearby. Instead of the usual tourist spots in Guimaras, we chartered a tricycle from Alibhon Market and journeyed to San Lorenzo to see the first set of towering windmills in the province as part of the 54MW San Lorenzo Wind Project. Guisi Beach View of the lighhouse from the boat. Me at Guisi Lighthouse 54MW San Lorenzo Wind Farm photobombed by a rainbow and the moon. Amazing sunset twilight from Jordan Wharf.Getting ThereReaching Nature’s Eye Beach Resort takes around 1-2 hours travel time from Iloilo City. There are three main ways to get to the resort from Iloilo City: (1) The first is by chartering a boat directly from Ortiz Port or Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City. This is the most convenient and expensive option; (2) The second is by crossing over to Jodan Wharf in Guimaras, traveling by land to Guisi Beach, and then taking a boat to the resort; (3) The third and cheapest option is by doing a local commute by land to Brgy. Tando Proper and then a 10-minute hike to Nature’s Eye.1. Direct via Iloilo CityIloilo City to Nature’s Eye direct pumpboat charter – P4,000 per way2. Pumpboat via Guisi BeachOrtiz Port, Iloilo City to Jordan Wharf, GuimarasPassenger pumpboat (15 minutes) – P14 per personJordan Wharf to Guisi Beach (30 to 45 minutes)Chartered multicab – P500 to P700 per wayChartered tricycle – P300 per wayPassenger jeepney – P38 per person. Runs infrequently until 4PM. Only leaves when full. Not all jeepney trips go all the way to Guisi, so you may have to take a motorcycle taxi (P20 fare per person) at Pandaraonan/Dolores to get there.Chartered pumpboat from Guisi to Nature’s Eye (15 minutes) – P300 per way3. Local Commute via Brgy. TandoJordan Wharf to Brgy Tando (45 minutes to 1 hour)Passenger jeepney – P45 per person. The direct jeepney only runs once a day from 7 to 9am. You may take a more frequent jeepney that goes to Pandaraonan/Dolores and then ride a motorcycle taxi to Brgy. Tando Proper (P50 per person).ContactPrior reservation is needed because of the limited rooms and so that the resort could have ample time to prepare your meals. Make sure to mention “Detourista” when making your reservations. You may contact the resort through Nature’s Eye Beach Resort Facebook Page, through their mobile numbers: +63 907 7579055 (smart), +63 926 2791189 (globe) or through landline: +63 33 3940004.Disclosure: My experience at Nature’s Eye was sponsored by the resort. Rest assured, opinions stated on this article are solely my own.Don’t leave yet. There’s more!DIY Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal1 Month Solo Travel in Northern India: A Survivor’s…Alila Seminyak — Eco-Chic Luxury Beachfront Resort in BaliIloilo and Guimaras 3-Day Itinerary with Injap Tower HotelDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:GuimarasSoutheast AsiaPhilippinesAsia See all placesFind more posts about:StayLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Comments Karl Ace saysMarch 5, 2015 at 6:33 pmMy kind of sanctuary. I think I just O-ed seeing the photos.Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 6, 2015 at 8:07 amHahahaha! Mine too Karl ^_^Reply Chum Guerrero saysMarch 5, 2015 at 6:37 pmThank you for featuring this resort, it made me want to go back to mom’s hometown and experience nature at its finest through this wonderful place. Your lighthouse pics are really nice too. Your shots never cease to amaze me, eye-catching and very refreshing! Everyone should go and visit your featured off-beat Philippine destinations, huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan :)Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 6, 2015 at 8:07 amThanks too Chum!Reply Honey saysMarch 5, 2015 at 7:45 pmThe place looks promising… Might visit this place instead of Boracay this summer. You take great picturesReply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 6, 2015 at 8:06 amThanks Honey. Boracay and Guimaras offer different things. If you want to take a rest from the crowds and parties, then Nature’s Eye is a great place to visit!Reply Dave ( Silverbackpacker ) saysMarch 5, 2015 at 8:04 pmSounds like the ideal place to get away from everything for a while ……. added to my list of must visit destinationsReply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 6, 2015 at 8:05 amI totally was. I told you about it when we were hiking in Sagada because I knew you would love the place :) Glad to see you here on my blog. Cheers Dave!Reply Lili saysMarch 5, 2015 at 9:18 pmI have been wanting to go here for a while now. Unfortunately i live out of the country. Seeing the pictures got me excited to go home and experience this myself.Reply kevin vallejera saysMarch 6, 2015 at 6:53 amMarcos! Makadto kami da ni tata. HeheheReply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 6, 2015 at 8:02 amBaw, ma enjoy niyo guid na dira! Don’t miss the island hopping and hike to the village :DReply jakie saysMarch 7, 2015 at 3:16 amgood day, pwde rin bang magdala nang foods? wala bang corkage doon? thanksReply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 12, 2015 at 9:34 amI’m not sure Jakie. Best to contact the resort for your inquiry.Reply betty mediano gella saysMarch 7, 2015 at 8:54 amhow much naman per day ang resort nyo pati na ang cottage?Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 12, 2015 at 9:33 amHello Betty, do contact the resort directly for inquiries. Contact details are provided on the end of the article. It costs around P1,900 per person per day including accommodation, 3 meals, and round trip transfer from Guisi Beach.Reply Xandra saysMarch 9, 2015 at 5:01 pmThank you for sharing! My husband and I are heading there very soon and for weeks, I have been searching for blogs/reviews about Nature’s Eye resort but can’t seem to find much. The way you put everything in crystal clear detail is such a big help for us. Also your photos are beautiful! :-)Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 12, 2015 at 9:32 amThanks Xandra! That was one of the big reasons why I wanted to experience the resort as well. The journey was well worth it :)Reply Metrochik saysMarch 9, 2015 at 11:13 pmHi there! Amazing photos. But I’m wondering about the safety of the place since it looks very isolated. What type of security does the resort have?Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 12, 2015 at 9:30 amThanks Metrochik. There are no security personnel in the resort aside from the staff, who also stay in a cottage nearby. From my impression of the area, it is pretty safe and rarely has any security issues.Reply Dawn Chris saysMarch 22, 2015 at 11:12 pmHi. Is safety a concern in the place?Reply Marcos Detourist saysMarch 23, 2015 at 12:33 amNot during my visit. I did not feel even remotely unsafe… except for the time that I purposely went out (of the resort property) at night to the barangay to buy at the sari-sari store :D There was a pitch black tree in the middle of the desolate clearing that crept me out, haha.Reply Krish saysMay 21, 2015 at 10:59 pmGlorious photos Marcos, will visit soon but just want to ask if the network of globe there is good so that I can bring work with me. :)Reply Marcos Detourist saysMay 22, 2015 at 1:58 amHey Krish, mobile signal for all networks is very weak at the cottages (no bars most of the time). There’s mobile signal coverage at the hilltop reception area but very spotty for mobile internet. You can only connect during unpredictable selected hours of the day. They also have wired internet connection, albeit slow.Reply Cybil Macachor saysNovember 17, 2016 at 10:54 amHi there! Our team is planning to go to Guimaras and we’re looking for a place to have a team building. When we saw these pictures, we really loved it because it is so natural. Though we are wondering how much will it cost us if we stay for one night at Nature’s Eye. And we are wondering if they also offer activities for our team :D But we are very excited to see the place :DReply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 29, 2016 at 2:30 pmBest to ask the resort directly, Cybil. I’ve posted the contact details on the page.ReplyAdventure Starts HereDiscover travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.