Nurture Wellness Village, more popularly known as simply Nurture Spa, offers a quick retreat out of the busy concrete jungle up in Tagaytay with everything from a week-long holistic detox to a short day trip to help travelers relax and rejuvenate their body, mind, and soul, by taking in the beautiful sights, being one with Mother Nature, and mindfully eating healthy, organic food, meant to nourish you from the inside out.
I found the quick tour of the one-hectare resort very educational. Everyone works in harmony with nature here – the colorful flowers found around the property are also used to color the healthy cocktails created by Nurture’s ‘liquid chefs’ and the bark of some of the trees are boiled and used to help along digestion or to detoxify the body from certain toxins or blockages.
A highlight of paying Nurture a visit are their Filipino spa packages, combining the restorative and healing powers of local and foreign massage therapies and techniques – provided by trained therapists, naturally, with amazingly curative aromatherapy. If you don’t intend on staying for more than just a couple of hours, one of their Sinaunang Lunas treatments may be something you would want to consider – ancient Filipino healing traditions that have tried and tested through time using all-natural herbs and leaves plucked from the nearby trees.
Sip a hot mug of tarragon tea and relax while enjoying a Dagdagay Foot Massage (Php 1,000/ 60 minutes), an authentic Filipino tribal foot massage using herbal clay to cleanse and purify the feet, bamboo sticks to stimulate the soles, and a soothing leg and foot massage to finish of this stimulating yet soothing treatment.
I saw little pouches of rice filled with herbs that were wrapped in leaves. and discovered this was used for their Nilaib (Php 1,800/ 90 minutes) treatment. It’s a very Filipino version of the old Chinese technique of hot stone massage, using steamed hot pouches of traditional Filipino herbs wrapped in banana leaves to leave you rested and rejuvenated.
Personally, this lookes quite painful to me, and the black and blue circles that come up the day after this treatment don’t make me feel any better. But a lot of people seem to like Lunas Ni Nanay (Php 1,600/ 90 minutes), a traditional hilot (massage) with ventosa – an ancient Chinese cupping therapy that involves cups with candles placed on your back with the heat creating a vacuum effect, helping to remove toxins from the body.
If all you really want is a soothing deep-tissue massage, ask for the Hilot Kagalingan (Php 1,200/ 60 minutes). A customized Filipino massage that uses a fusion of Asian therapies to prevent and cure common ailments like colds, sprain, fever and fatigue, Nurture Spa’s skilled therapists instinctively follow the source of physical imbalance and lovingly massage your body back to health using herbs and special holistic healing techniques.
If you have a bit more time on your hands and plan on staying a bit longer, I strongly recommend Nurture Spa’s Hiyas Spa Jewels – exquisite spa combinations designed to make you feel like a King or Queen.
Let time just slip by with Kaaya-ayang Paglingap (Php 3,600/3 hours of 3 treatments), and treat yourself to a Mayumi Coconut Body Polish, followed by a Manggang Yakap Body Wrap, and Aruga Signature Body Massage – all aimed to help you forget your worries and transport you to a heaven of total pampering and pleasure.
If you have something special coming up (like a wedding, perhaps?) and need more than just the red carpet treatment, the good people at Nurture Spa will treat you like royalty with Maharlikang Lubos (Php 5,200/3 hours of 5 treatments). The ultimate pampering treatment, one luxuriates in this royal treatment as you bathe in fresh rose petals and milk to start off, before bringing out your skin’s natural glow with a scrub of tropical herbs and a skin-nourishing body wrap. Lastly, soothe your ‘third eye’ with an Ayurvedic-inspired ritual while your therapist revives your hair and revitalizes your scalp with a heavenly massage.
Indeed, a trip up to Nurture Wellness Village isn’t just about the views, or the food, or the pampering, but the entire experience. I feel rejuvenated after spending only a few hours in the beautiful property, enjoying the fresh, healthy food and a relaxing massage, and I just can’t wait to go back and do it all again.
Nurture Wellness Village is located at Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West, Cavite, Tagaytay. For inquiries or to book a reservation, please call +63 2 401 9030, +63 2 710 9786, +63 46 512 627, +63 917 687 8873 or +63 918 888 8772.
Nurture Wellness Village is owned jointly by Dr. Mike Turvill, a British national and his Fllipina wife Cathy Brilliantes-Turvill. Mike is a Doctor in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK while Cathy is an internationally licensed therapist (CIBTAC, UK) and Certified Wellness Specialist from the USA. They own two spa-related companies: Hotel and Spa Essentials, a supplier of spa and hotel products to five star spas and resorts and Spa and Wellness Professionals which offers spa training and consultancy services. Cathy was the Founding President of the Spa Association of the Philippines and is a Board member of the Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition and TIEZA (Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority). Mike is the immediate Past President of the Cosmetics Chamber of the Philippines.