If 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 boutique resort hidden 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 online, particularly the rustic cottages and beautiful sea views, we could not contain our excitement. We wanted to experience this hidden gem for ourselves!

I had visited Guimaras many times before but it was the first time I had known about Nature’s Eye, which made me all the more curious.

Looking for a place to stay in Guimaras? Scroll down to read more about my Nature’s Eye Resort experience + blog review.

Nature’s Eye Resort Guimaras

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Area/Address — Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

Price class — Mid-range.

Rooms available — Cottages/bungalows.

Attractions/landmarks nearby — Brgy. Tando Proper (10 min. walk), Guisi Beach and Lighthouse (10 min. pumpboat ride), Alubihod Beach (30 min. drive + 10 min. walk).

“Au naturel” Boutique Resort in Guimaras

Gael and I arrived at Nature’s Eye Resort after a short pumpboat ferry ride from Guisi. We were greeted by a quiet beach and steps that led us to our rustic cottage. After following the walkway that went up the wooded hill, we arrived at the reception area, thrilled to finally enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and the beautiful view overlooking the coast.

Sitting on a secluded hilly corner in Guimaras Island, Nature’s Eye is not a place to seek loud parties or beach crowds. This resort truly lived up to its name — a haven where tree huggers and sun worshippers can escape the urban jungle and be one with nature.

We stayed at the resort for 5 days and 4 nights, which was enough to savor a relaxing getaway from the city, have the beach all to ourselves, explore Tando village on foot, and go on a boat tour to deserted beach coves nearby. At the time, mobile data signal was nearly impossible to get working, so we also got to do a sort of retreat from social media.

My favorite part of staying at Nature’s Eye 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.

I came back a few years later on a quick overnight trip. This time, I arrived by local jeepney commute to Tando Village (from Jordan Wharf) and reached the resort on foot (10-minute hike). I stayed at a new bungalow that housed the ocean view rooms. I also discovered that the original cottages have been renovated/were under renovation. The vibe still remained the same, but now there are more options for accommodations.

Photos posted here is a mix of my first & second visit.

Nature’s Eye Rooms + Cottages

The resort offers five rooms, each spaced far enough to provide ample privacy.

The first two cottages that were already existing during my first stay are built in traditional rustic-style, nature inspired-decor, and a nipa roof that completed the and au naturel vibe.

Sunset Cottage (Standard Bungalow with Fan)

Standing closest to the beach, this cottage is aptly named for its beautiful sunset view. It was previously called the “Coco Cottage,” named from its lighting fixtures made from coconut shells. It’s my favorite room at Nature’s Eye!

A common element shared by all the cottages are the “revealing” bathrooms that literally opened itself to the sea or woodland 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 photos above were taken during my first stay. This cottage had undergone some renovation since. You can view more recent photos on the resort’s FB page or on Agoda/Booking.com.

Ocean View Room

This is where I stayed on my second visit. There are two ocean view rooms housed in a bungalow-style building (one on each floor). These rooms are more spacious and can accommodate bigger groups. I recommend that you book the upper ocean view room (if available) because it has a better view of the sea.

Cliff Cottage

This is cottage is special because of its very open shower. Built on a secluded part of the property, the Cliff Cottage offers the most privacy and has its own spacious balcony.

Shell Cottage

The shell cottage is located a bit farther up the hill from the Sunset Cottage. Similarly built in rustic-style, this room features interesting soft lighting made from seashells. The renovation was still ongoing during my last visit. You can check with the resort if it’s available for booking already.

Nature’s Eye Beach

Like 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 fish near the rocky edge.

Better keep your camera ready for a clear view of the sunset and alluring dusk twilight.

Food

The 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.

Nature’s Eye does not have a proper restaurant with a set menu prepared. Home-cook meals are served depending on fresh ingredients available. If you have any meal requests or food considerations, they are able to service it. Just make sure to inform well ahead so they can prepare before your arrival.

Also, meals are served at the reception area, which is a 3-5 minute uphill walk away from the cottages/rooms. It could be an inconvenience if you’re traveling with elderly people/handicapped, but I’m sure the staff would be willing to bring the food to your cottage upon request.

Tando Village Walk

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 walk 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.

Tando Boat Tour

The resort also offers island hopping tours. The area is filled with secluded islets, white sand beaches, snorkeling spots, scenic cliffs, and rock formations. During my first trip, 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 uninhabited Dalum Balas Beach.

Guimaras Island Hopping

During my second trip, I was able to go on an island hopping tour of Taklong Island National Marine Reserve. This place is famous for its sprawling mangrove forest, disappearing sandbars, white sand beaches, and beautiful islets.

Guimaras Land Tour

The adventure does not after check-out at Nature’s Eye. Don’t miss a tour of the inland spots in Guimaras. The nearest attraction you can visit is Guisi Beach and the Spanish-colonial lighthouse nearby. On your way back to the city, stopover at San Lorenzo to see the towering windmills or at the many tourist spots in Guimaras.

How to Get to Nature’s Eye Resort

Reaching Nature’s Eye Beach Resort takes around 1.5 to 2 hours travel time from Iloilo City. There are three main ways to get there from Iloilo City:

1. By Land to Brgy. Tando

The time-saving option is by hiring a private tricycle or multicab from Jordan Wharf in Guimaras to Brgy. Tando Proper. The drive takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

From Brgy. Tando, Nature’s Eye is a 10-minute walk away.

If you want to try a cheaper alternative, you can ride the passenger jeepney to Brgy. Tando Proper. The jeepney fare is P40+ per person. Travel time may take up to 2 hours because of frequent stops and long waiting times. Take note though, the direct jeepney only runs once a day from 7 to 9 am.

You can also take the frequent jeepney that goes to Pandaraonan/Dolores. Tell the driver to drop you off at the intersection to Brgy. Tando Proper. From there, you’ll need to take a motorcycle taxi to Brgy. Tando. The motorcycle fare is P50 per person.

To get to Jordan Wharf from Iloilo City, ride the passenger ferry from Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City Proper. Travel time is around 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Direct via Iloilo City

Charter a boat that will drop you off directly at Nature’s Eye Resort from Ortiz or Parola Wharf in Iloilo City. This is the most convenient and expensive option. The pumpboat charter rate costs P4,000 per way or more.

3. Pumpboat via Guisi Beach

Travel by land from Jordan Wharf to Guisi Beach (30 to 45 minutes). From there, ride Nature’s Eye private pumpboat to take you to the resort (15 minutes). The pumpboat rate is P300 for 2 pax (additional P100 per person). Prior reservation is required if you want to go with this option.

Nature’s Eye Contact Details

Ready to enjoy your own Nature’s Eye experience? Here’s how you can reach them:

Facebook: @NaturesEyeBeachResort

Phone Number: +63 907 757 9055 (Smart)

Phone Number: +63 926 279 1189 (Globe)

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: @natureseyebeach

Nature’s Eye Online Booking

Nature’s Eye Resort is also listed on these trusted booking sites. Click below to check rates & book your room:

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Disclosure: My stay at Nature’s Eye Guimaras was sponsored. Rest assured, opinions stated in this article are solely my own.