PH’s 1st eco-art resort soon to open in Pampanga
COME September, the first eco-art resort in the country is set to open at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Simply named Green Canyon Resort, the 29-hectare space comes with a promise to relax the body and spirit amid nature’s splendor, while stirring the mind and the senses with art installations.
A fairly new destination concept, a number of eco art resorts are presently in India, namely the Garden Village in New Delhi, Atlman in North Goa, and the Benaulim Beach in South Goa.
According to property developers Green Canyon Leisure Farms Corp., the 29-hectare space is only similar to these art-eco resort precursors in as far as it was constructed. That is, Green Canyon Resort’s natural environment remained untouched throughout the development, with facilities built around the mountainous paradise and the flowing river Sacobia.
“Green Canyon was built around the resort, and we developed [the property]using sustainable and efficient techniques that are environmentally friendly,” hotel manager Abel Jose elaborated.
Two lush canyons serve as the focal point of Green Canyon. Located at the back of the hotel, they are the fitting grand finales to daily-guided tours of the scenic landscape, which can be taken on foot, or via an adventurous ATV drive around the terrain.
Besides partaking of such scenic views, guest will also have their fill of “green cuisine” at the resort’s sole food and beverage outlet, Palette, an Asian-fusion restaurant, which only serves dishes made with farm-fresh and organically grown produce.
Palette also makes available foodstuff, which couples or groups can bring on picnics at favorite spot around the glorious grounds.
As added activities, the hotel also features a wave pool and spa for rejuvenating treatments.
“The resort is very private, and also very romantic, making it a perfect venue for destination weddings and other important events,” added Jose.
As for the “art” component in the eco-art resort concept, noted Filipino wooden furniture designer Niccolo Jose takes center stage, with his works greeting guests from the moment they enter the hotel.
Commissioned as Green Canyon Resort’s in-house designer, Niccolo’s organic sculptures, art installations, and contemporary furniture pieces are inspired by nature’s wonders as well.
Truly an eco-artist, he makes them out of reclaimed and recycled wood, blending perfectly with the surroundings, which serve as his very own gallery.
Jose’s artistry is further featured in all of the hotel’s 60 rooms, via center tables, chairs and hanging wooden sculptures, all unique from each other.
“No two rooms are exactly alike in the hotel because Niccolo purposely wanted to offer distinction in each suite with his works,” Abel said.
The manger added that returning visitors in the future might likely miss the same furniture pieces they come to admire as the artist is at liberty to change his displays whenever he wishes.
Finally, in an effort to truly share his art, Niccolo also plans to conduct workshops in painting, woodwork, and sculpting for interested guests.
Located at San Vicente Road, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Green Canyon Resort officially opens in September. For more information, contact 499-1381.