“Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Sometimes, this just isn’t true. No matter how much passion you feel for the job you’re doing, there are just days when the workload is too much, or the itinerary is too jampacked. Overburdening yourself, no matter if it’s for something you’re passionate about, will often lead to burnout.
For example, a few months ago, my good friends Charlie and Lauren came down to Bacolod to help raise funds for The Pawssion Project, an organization close to my heart (check out my vlog about the project here!). It was both hectic and tiring, but the sweet doggos made it all worthwhile!
After that week of planning for the fundraiser, we decided to take a well-deserved break and went to Dauin. It almost seems like a dream now, but everything was so balanced. We were in a place so close to the sea, but also to the mountains. It was so near the city, yet as peaceful as a secluded island. It was this moment where we chanced upon Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, and what I saw still astounds me to this day.
As soon as I walked in, I knew it wasn’t like any place I’d ever been before. It was truly paradise in every sense of the word. The lawns are beautifully manicured, the pools a clear shade of blue, and even the air smelled like flowers and citrus. It was the kind of place that unties the knots on your back just by walking in. But we did more than just walk in…
Let me tell you about our stay: close your eyes and imagine lying on a hammock with the sound of running water in the background. A lush green lawn spreads out in your view and the tropical flora blooms all around.
In Atmosphere’s suites, you won’t have to imagine any of that! Everything I just described greets you as soon as you walk into your room. All the rooms are fitted with a California King with Egyptian cotton linens. But they don’t stop there, because the resort is also eco-conscious with its solar-heated water, complimentary eco-friendly cosmetics, and energy-reducing AC unit.
Every detail in every room was designed to make you feel as relaxed as possible, so what are you waiting for? Book your stay now!
Alright, if the rooms aren’t enough to convince you, wait until you hear about their spa. Not only do you get a complimentary 10-minute Indian head massage, you can also get a complimentary back massage if you pre-book any Spa package.
They have a selection of 8 unique full-body massages starting with a foot massage and ending with a tea ceremony. You can get anything from their Atmosphere Relaxing Massage, Atmosphere Signature Massage, Hilot, Thai, Bamboo Massage, Stress Reliever and Hot Stone Massage, Filipino Warm Lava Shells. If you’re travelling with your paramour, you can choose to get a massage side by side with a bath for two afterwards!
The Sanctuary Spa also offers all-natural facials with locally-sourced ingredients, body wraps and body scrubs using French award-winning Algotherm products, and Watsu (water shiatsu) treatments. They even have child-friendly massages if your younger siblings or kids are tagging along!
Pre-book your dream Spa Package through this link!
Booking a room will give you a complimentary 20 minute introduction to yoga, but why stop there? Atmosphere’s certified in-house E-RYT yoga teachers holds hour-long classes daily on a tree top overlooking the ocean, so you can fully appreciate both your mind and body, and the wonders of creation. I know it sounds unreal, but you’ll have to schedule a session to grasp how truly marvelous the experience is!
When you book a room, you also get 24-hour access to the Warrior Gym to complete your wellness package. The gym is at an outdoor area built for your inner Amazon. It has all the makings of a regular gym, too! There are monkey bars, balancing beams, rope climbs, and pull-up bars. You can also pump some weights in the shaded area using their selection of kettlebells, barbells, and dumbbells.
Atmosphere also offers fitness classes daily (except Sundays) conducted by a certified personal trainer. Activities include TRX, circuit training, crossfit, and body conditioning. The fitness center is equipped with shower facilities and a juice bar to cap of your vigorous workout session!
And if you think that’s all Atmosphere has to offer, think again! Not only do they have a couple of beautifully blue swimming pools, they also offer a myriad of other exciting recreational activities! You can go on tours of Dumaguete City or Valencia or opt to visit just the Valencia Hot Springs and the Pulang Bato Waterfall. Other tours include trips to Balanan Lake, Casaroro Waterfall, and Malatapay Market. You can also choose to visit the Atmosphere Soup Kitchen for a more heartwarming and stomach-filling tour. The Soup Kitchen provides around 80 children a balanced lunch 5 days a week, all year round. These children are from some of the most impoverished areas in Dumaguete and it would be a great memory for you and for them if you joined the excursion.
If island hopping suits your tastes better, you’re in luck! A couple of islands are right at the doorstep of the resort. Okay, maybe not quite at the doorstep. But you can go island hopping with one of Atmosphere’s boats and explore Apo, Siquijor, Sumilon, and other islands!
If you want to get in touch with nature, you can also swim with the whale sharks in Oslob and go dolphin-watching at the Tañon Strait. ATVs are also available for those craving a rush of adrenaline. You can take the quad bikes on a 3-hour trip around the Dauin mountain range. You can also visit Valencia and go ziplining on the 600 meter long Rush Zipline Adventure just 30 minutes away from the resort,
For more details on their activities, follow this link!
After all the activities Atmosphere has to offer, they up the ante once more by serving world-class healthy dishes that will suit the palates of all ages! They serve everything from Italian pastas, local Asian cuisine, and even guilt-free organic options. Not to mention, your complimentary sumptuous buffet breakfast when you book a stay. You can choose to dine at The Blue Restaurant, their beach-side all-day fine dining restaurant; or at their Poolside Bar for a candlelit dinner on comfy couches by the pool. You can also indulge in a hot cup of coffee at The Coffee Shop or a cool refresher by the beach. For an extra special meal, you can reserve a private 3-course dinner at The Treehouse. You’ll be served by your very own waiting staff while listening to the the rustles of the leaves in the wind! How much more indulgent can you get?
Find out more about dining at Atmosphere here!
When we got back, everything still went smoothly. The fundraiser for the Pawssion Project was a success, and we sold out a whole cinema. The puppies still need to find their forever homes, but they’re also being loved and cared for where they are. The grind doesn’t stop here, not for any one of us. You have to remember, however, that you are allowed to have a weekend off. So calling out to all you weekday warriors! I know saving the world can be tough, and you definitely deserve to take a break!
What better place to indulge than paradise?
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