What makes a "perfect summer getaway" for you? Is it sprawling greenery, crystal clear waters, and an awesome view of the sunset? Or is it shopping malls, movie theatres, and everything else you love in the city?
Either way, you'll feel right at home in Nuvali. Situated in Sta. Rosa, Calamba, Laguna, Nuvali isn't your run-of-the-mill commercial and residential complex. It's designed for green living and environmental sustainability, so it's not unusual to see state-of-the-art buildings alongside long stretches of grasslands.
Of course, Nuvali's eco-friendly design isn't the only reason to visit it. If you're still not sure where to go this summer, these 8 things to do in Nuvali might give you some ideas.
Visit the Evoliving Center.
In the heart of Nuvali, you'll see a group of buildings clustered together. Their architectural styles are so futuristic, you'll feel like you've been transported into another world.
Those buildings are collectively known as the Evoliving Center. There, you can visit Nuvali's main corporate headquarters, as well as watch the "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" principles in action. You'll also learn a thing or two about energy efficiency, waste management, and other sustainable practices, which you can apply to your everyday life.
Go wakeboarding at Republ1c Wakepark.
Not many watersports can beat wakeboarding in terms of excitement. For as low as Php250 per hour, you can whoosh above water while holding on to a cable attached to a speeding boat. The wakepark provides separate lanes for beginners and professionals, making it highly unlikely for you to run into anyone performing maneuvers you won't even do in your wildest dreams.
Feed the koi fish at Solenad.
If you're looking for something a little more laidback and kid-friendly, head over to the Solenad Group of Malls. Like Greenbelt (which is also an Ayala Land project), Solenad has a pond of koi fish you can feed for only Php15 per bag. The food is specially designed to float in the water, so your kids can have fun as they watch the koi go on a feeding frenzy.
Ride a water taxi on the lake.
You've tried taxis on land. But have you tried a taxi on water? On Nuvali's 4-hectare lake, you can go on a round trip for a flat rate of Php30 per head. Don't forget to ask the driver everything you need to know about the lake, because chances are high that he knows!
Watch an outdoor movie at the Night Sky Cinema.
Unlike most theaters in the city, the Night Sky Cinema doesn't hold regular screenings. Instead, it holds special showings every season, such as every Christmas and Halloween.
When it does have a film showing, though, the Night Sky Cinema is the perfect place to sit on a picnic blanket, eat popcorn, and watch a great flick on a gigantic outdoor screen. If you want to stay updated on the latest at the Cinema, bookmark Nuvali's events page for more details on screenings.
Take a trip through the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary.
If you're visiting this place, make sure you have a good pair of binoculars. Otherwise, you'll miss the 60 species of birds flying all over the Sanctuary, not to mention the other animals and plants that call this place home. Although you're not required to have a guide with you, it's strongly recommended that you get one, because learning about the Sanctuary from an expert makes the trip much more interesting.
Cycle all over Nuvali.
No matter what kind of biker you are (or even if you don't bike at all!), Nuvali has a place for you. You can rent a bike at Lakeside Evozone, bring a friend or two, and go for a leisurely ride along Nuvali's roads. The nice thing is that, since few cars pass through the complex, you don't have to worry so much about accidents and the like.
If you have pro-level biking skills, on the other hand, Nuvali's off-road trails might provide the challenge you're looking for. Extending 50 kilometers at the very least, the trails often host the Nuvali Dirt Weekend, one of the most anticipated biking events in the Philippines. So gear up, sit down, and get ready to pedal like you've never pedaled before.
Have an awesome shopping/food trip.
As mentioned earlier, Solenad is an Ayala Mall, just like Glorietta and Greenbelt. At Solenad, you can shop for designer brands like Adidas, Bench, Brat Pack, and Hush Puppies, or pig out in restos like Army Navy, Conti's, Yellow Cab, and many more. Solenad plans to add new establishments to its roster, so stay tuned via Nuvali's retail directory.
If there's such a thing as a "perfect summer getaway in the Philippines," Nuvali would be it. Packed with activities for people of all ages, personalities, and walks of life, Nuvali will satisfy even the pickiest summer traveler. In the meantime, thank you for reading, have a great weekend ahead, and enjoy your trip to Nuvali if you decide to go there!