CALATAGAN, PHILIPPINES – Nawa, deriving its name from the Filipino word for “wish,” emerges as an undiscovered treasure in the heart of Calatagan, serving as a cultural epicenter that celebrates the Philippine legacy. The sanctuary elegantly intertwines herbalism, authentic health regimens, and prehistoric Filipino gastronomy, providing a multifaceted approach to wellness.
The resort, a proud venture of the Araw Hospitality Group, reaffirms its commitment to time-tested wellness by championing herbalism, humanity’s earliest known form of medicine. Leveraging the abundant native Filipino herbs, Nawa serves as a conduit to nature’s healing secrets. The Herbal Apothecary is an integral part of the retreat, presenting traditional herbal remedies that include the sacred practice of smudging, a unique method of space purification through energy cleansing. Visitors are also invited to participate in the transformative Madre Kakau and Hapé ceremonies, harking back to Amazonian shamanic healing rituals.
Nawa’s commitment to fostering health also extends to a variety of wellness experiences. Accommodations offer roomy, breathable villas and teepee huts facing mountainsides, embodying an idyllic island atmosphere. The wellness center provides an array of services from a full-service spa, meditation studio, to a sauna and steam room, promoting indulgence and tranquility.
Moreover, the wellness studio caters to various activities such as yoga, mat Pilates, personal training, and circuit training, proven methodologies to invigorate latent energy, improve flexibility, and enhance movement and breath consciousness.
When it comes to gastronomic feasts, Nawa intertwines wellness with soul-nourishing food. Dining at Nawa transcends the ordinary, offering Paleo-inspired Filipino meals that resonate with the Philippine’s rich culinary customs by utilizing locally procured ingredients that merge outdoor elements indoors through earthen tones, natural finishing materials, and artisan-crafted ceramic ware.
Every aspect of Nawa’s mission to forge a harmonious healing community anchored in Filipino culture and traditions shines through its offerings. By crafting a space that promotes the conservation of mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, Nawa welcomes guests to initiate a wellness journey that forms an integral part of their existence. As visitors saunter through lush canopies and bask in the serene mountain ambiance, they are invited to rekindle their relationship with nature and their inner selves, leaving Nawa with rejuvenated vigor and a profound appreciation for the unique touch, hospitality, and care embodied in Filipino culture.