We stayed in Sundaze Farm to celebrate Hobbes’s 5th Gotcha Day last week.
I loved how spacious it was. Everything, from the rooms to the gardens, to every nook and cranny, was well-thought-of and well-maintained.
Of course, the main reason why I chose this place is that they’re pet-friendly.
For Php 5,500 on weekdays and Php 6,500 on weekends (good for 4 persons), we got two villas (though I don’t consider them villas as I found them small).
One villa had a queen-sized bed.
I love its flooring, lighting, and accents. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were too soft and thin. Also, as I have a sensitive nose, I didn’t like how their linens smelled strongly of fabric softener.
The other room has two small beds, ideal for guests with children.
As I traveled solo with Hobbes, we didn’t use this room.
Tip: Book direct through their official Facebook page instead of through Airbnb because it’s cheaper by at least P1,000.
Sundaze Farm is known for its heart-shaped pool, which I found corny. Heh.
As we arrived at nearly 2 PM, it was too hot, so I decided to forego swimming and nap instead because I was tired from the almost 3-hour land trip.
Around Sundaze, Day 1
I woke up at nearly 4 PM, and by this time, Hobbes was raring to explore the place, so off we went.
It was nice to go around the farm because the gardens were well-kept, and there were so many picturesque nooks and crannies. We found another pool, too, as they were building a 3rd villa on the farm.
Of course, Hobbes was my model; again, he took his sweet time posing for photos, especially when he was on the swing!
Sunset at the Farm
Ever the sunset-lover, I kept going around the farm to determine the best spot to catch the sunset. This was taken at the view deck.
I thought this was the best that I could get, but when we went to the main hall – I actually don’t know the specific names of each area on the farm as they had no map and no one took us on a guided tour – I was struck by how beautiful the pastel skyline looked!
And from here to our room, we passed by this pretty arch, which looked even prettier because of the colorful stained glass lamps.
As it was no longer hot, I took a quick dip before I had our dinner. The water was perfect, not too cold or warm, and the muted lighting was perfect!
I really couldn’t be bothered to bring my own food or cook whenever I travel, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out they could cook for me.
I ordered Tapsilog (Tapa, Sinangag, Itlog), and it was good. The meat was tender and it wasn’t too salty or too sweet as most tapas tend to veer towards either taste.
The two cups of rice were too much, though; I consumed only half.
After my dinner, I fed Hobbes and intended to go night swimming, but I must be so tired because it was already 4 AM when I woke up.
I figured from yesterday’s position of the sunset that the sunrise would be on the other end, so I again went to the stairs view deck. This was the best shot I got.
Hobbes was again his usual model self, so I took snapshots of him, too.
They were still working on this during our stay, and this is the only spot on the farm bearing its name.
This was such a nice arrangement from the farm. Note that this requires prior advice.
I had spam, eggs, fresh buko (young coconut), and fruits.
The buko was sweet and the mangoes were, too. And while I was so looking forward to eating the guyabano (soursop), I wasn’t able to as I was just too full!
Around Sundaze, Day 2
After my sumptuous breakfast, I again holed myself up in the room because it was just too hot outside. I read a book and listened to some music.
Despite the heat and remembering that we booked this only for one night, I explored the farm again before we checked out. So, again, Hobbes became my model.
The farm is a popular photo shoot venue in Carcar, so there are so many places and spaces that one could pose to his heart’s content.
This doorway was my favorite and if you noticed the change in Hobbes’s bandana, it’s because we brought 8 accessories on this trip!
I mentioned on this post that Hobbes loves swings and again, the swings became his favorite spots in Sundaze.
Overall, we had a short and enjoyable stay here. The place was lovely, and the staff was hospitable and accommodating.
It’s perfect for an intimate get-together, especially since you can bring or cook your own food without worrying about the necessary supplies, as Sundaze has spacious dining and kitchen areas.
They even had drying racks, which was very convenient.
There were ongoing refurbishments during our stay so we heard some noise in the morning. While tolerable, it would have been nice to be told about this when we booked or before we arrived at the farm.
(For the curious, they were still building the third villa (pictured below) and some tents for camping, so in the future, this place may have more people.)
Another thing that I didn’t like was the fact that the shower and restrooms are outside the guest rooms, with only curtains for privacy. It was a hassle, especially when you get nature’s call at night.
My most unsatisfactory experience here was the presence of a smelly stray dog. Typically, stray dogs don’t bother me. I even feed them, but the one here took off with my swimsuit and later, my newly bought running shoes! Good thing we recovered them, though the shoes sustained chew marks. The owner and the caretaker were very apologetic, and there really wasn’t anything anyone could do, so I just let it be.
My tip? Don’t leave your things, especially your footwear, in the foyer. Also, secure your food, as the caretaker mentioned that other guests had complained about their food being taken by the same brown dog.
I’ll end this post with two of my favorite photos taken at Sundaze Farm.
This was taken during sunrise. I just loved the blue and light yellow colors and the wispy clouds that covered the mountains.
Next is this photo of Hobbes. I just thought he looked so cute here.
Sundaze Farm is located in Valencia, Carcar, Cebu. To book, visit its official Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach them via mobile: +63 929-859-4249.