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Camper and Cabin: A Mountainside Luxury Staycation Unlike Any Other

Camper and Cabin: A Mountainside Luxury Staycation Unlike Any Other

Travel | May 10, 2021
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Here’s what to expect from Camper and Cabin’s laid-back vibe and eco-luxury accommodations—a piece of paradise away from the city.

Staying at home throughout the summer holidays (for the second year in a row!) has got us all yearning to travel again. Since we can’t just easily jet off to an island destination, it’s time we cast our field of vision wider—but close to home—and discover other options.

And yes, you will be astonished as to what you will find within driving distance from the Metro.

Vintage Airstream Camper Van Suite in Batangas. Photo of Camper and Cabin.

It was an unexpected treat when I discovered Camper and Cabin last March. They had just launched their mountainside luxury retreat by the foothills of Mount Batulao in Batangas. Founded by a keen traveler and photographer, the place exudes a vintage vibe—with an industrial architectural design that merges with the spectacular surrounding nature.

Mid-century Modern Luxury Cabin Interior. Photo of Camper and Cabin.

Primed to be a premier eco-luxury destination in the Philippines, Camper and Cabin combines sublime vistas of the raw beauty of the Calaca countryside, with the cozy comforts of a boutique hotel—giving you a unique staycation experience.

Bringing eco-luxury to life at Calaca. Photo of Camper and Cabin.

Staycation Finds

It is rare to come upon a place where you instantly feel this desire to experience what they have to offer all at once, but when you lay your eyes upon Camper and Cabin, that is exactly how you’ll feel. Not knowing what to do first, you’ll immediately check your calendar to see how you can plan your staycation dates. That way, you can experience each and every one of their eco-luxury staycation choices.

Three accommodation options are available for your stay: a Luxury Mid-Century Cabin, a Modern Glass Cabin, and an Airstream Trailer. All of these options allow you to bask in the vivid scenery and stunning sunsets over Mount Batulao, Balayan Bay, and the Nasugbu farmland.

Mount Batulao Unobstructed View. Photo of Camper and Cabin.

Cabin 1: A Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Cabin

You might do a double-take the first time you see a snapshot of the first cabin. When I first saw it come up on my staycation search, I thought it was a place located somewhere else entirely and that was somehow included in the list by mistake. But I was wrong. This stunning site is part of Camper and Cabin’s staycation options.

The stunning image of Cabin 1 at night. Photo of Camper and Cabin.

Designed to perch on top of a hill, this cabin is a newly-built destination showcasing timeless mid-century interiors with modern and industrial elements. With its uncomplicated clean lines and open spaces throughout, the property boasts of a sweeping 360-degree view of the splendid Mount Batulao sunset, tranquil Balayan Bay, and lush Nasugbu farmlands.

With a fresh mountain breeze all year round, this cabin draws upon the raw beauty of the countryside and the creature comforts of a boutique hotel to offer you a redefined retreat experience.

Living Room view from the Pool Deck. Photo of Marie Faith.
The Open Plan Dining and Living spaces gives you a spectacular mountain view even while inside the cabin. Photo of Marie Faith.
Unwind here and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. Photo of Marie Faith.
View of Cabin 1 upon arrival at Camper and Cabin. Photo of Marie Faith.

Cabin 1: Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The master’s bedroom—with a king-sized bed and organic plush beddings—opens its sliding doors to the sunken outdoor patio next to the infinity pool. The guest bedroom has 2 queen-sized beds, allowing a comfortable stay for a family or small group of 6 to 8 people. Both en suite bathrooms have glass windows, giving you a glimpse of the view overlooking the countryside.

Master’s Bedroom with king-sized bed and organic plush linens. Photo of Marie Faith.
Hall connecting the two bedrooms with outdoor access to the Breakfast area. Photo of Marie Faith.
Guest Bedroom with two queen-sized beds, furnished with organic plush linens. Photo of Marie Faith.
Ensuite Bathroom for Cabin 1 provided with complete amenities. Photo of Marie Faith.

Cabin 1: Kitchen and Dining Area

The open-plan kitchen-dining area is sleek and modern—with complete amenities required to compliment an enjoyable stay. It even has a vintage turntable for a nostalgic experience.

Modern kitchen with complete amenities for cooking your own meals. Photo of Marie Faith.
Open plan dining area to share meals together. Photo of Marie Faith.
Complete with everything you need for that cup of coffee in the morning. Photo of Marie Faith.

Cabin 1: Patio and Poolside

The sunken patio is just begging for sundown gatherings, enjoying drinks while soaking in the rays of the fading sun and savoring the glorious play of nature’s light.

Sunken Patio by the pool deck. Photo of Marie Faith.
View of Sunken Patio from Master’s Bedroom. Photo of Marie Faith.

The wooden-decked infinity pool invites you to soak your weary city body and stare at the unobstructed views of Mt. Batulao. Intended to be a heated pool in the near future, the pool will be perfect for a dip even in the cooler months. This is also an idyllic spot to practice meditation or yoga flow while you bathe in the energy of nature around you.

The Infinity Pool has an unobstructed view of Mount Batulao. Photo of Marie Faith.

Cabin 2: A Modern-Inspired Cabin

I was already booking this in my mind, thinking that it would be perfect for a couple’s getaway, but this cabin can actually fit a small family or even a group of four! So in theory, I could take my kids with us.

But then again, why would I? Ha!

View from the Living area of Cabin 2. Photo of Marie Faith.

Cabin 2: Bedroom and Bathroom

As the name suggests, this cabin combines a modern architecture design with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The result is an extraordinary panoramic view across the farmland and hills that surround the property. The master’s bedroom, complete with a king-sized bed and optional pull-out bed (if you got conned to taking the kids with you), similarly enjoys the wonderful view of the landscape.

King-sized bed overlooking the rolling Nasugbu farmland below. Photo of Marie Faith.
Lounge and watch the light play over the rolling hills. Photo of Marie Faith.
View from the open plan bedroom at Cabin 2. Photo of Marie Faith.
Living area view of the mountains during sundown. Photo of Camper and Cabin.
Nasugbu rolling farmland view during a clear day. Photo of Camper and Cabin.

The en suite bathroom is spacious and has eco-friendly bath amenities, with view of the surrounding nature bathing the space with natural light.

Spacious en suite bathroom at Cabin 2 with overlooking view. Photo of Marie Faith.
View from the bathroom door of Cabin 2. Photo of Marie Faith.

Cabin 2: Kitchen and Dining Area

The modern, open kitchen is provided with all necessary amenities and dishware for your convenience as well.

Open plan dining with views of the rolling farmland below. Photo of Camper and Cabin.
Dine while enjoying the unobstructed view of the Nasugbu landscape. Photo of Marie Faith.

Cabin 2: Viewing Deck

This cabin’s viewing deck comes complete with a swing, an outdoor patio table and chairs, and even a hammock—with Mt. Talamitan, Mt. Tarak, and Mt. Pico de Loro providing the backdrop. There might be an outdoor tub getting installed here soon, too, so watch out for that update.

Viewing deck at Cabin 2 with a hammock and swing. Photo of Camper and Cabin.
View deck outside Cabin 2 during sundown. Photo of Camper and Cabin.
Find tranquility while basking in the glorious sunset around you. Photo of Camper and Cabin.

Airstream Camper Van: The Vintage Amsterdam Suite

I have to admit that my children were most excited by the prospect of staying at the Airstream Camper Van, thinking that we can actually drive it around Batangas!

Road trip inspired camping with the vintage Airstream suite. Photo from Camper and Cabin.

And no, before you get the same idea as my kids, the Airstream stays on location. In fact, it’s anchored down on the ground to protect it from the strong mountain winds.

The first-ever Airstream Camper Van accommodation in the country. Photo from Camper and Cabin.

Airstream Accommodation: A Camping Experience

The 25-foot Airstream was quite a challenge to bring over to the Philippines. But now that it’s here, you have to experience it for yourself. This is the first-ever Airstream accommodation in the country that gives you that road trip-inspired camping experience while embracing comfort as if you were at home.

Ready for your mountain camping adventures. Photo from Marie Faith.
Camping experience with the Airstream Camper Van. Photo from Marie Faith.

Airstream Accommodation: Interiors

Exuding a relaxed, offbeat vibe, the interior is filled with crisp, organic, plush beddings and modern furnishings for a homey stay. It has a cozy couch furnished with throw pillows, a small dining area complete with a kitchenette, and amenities for in-room dining needs.

Interior of the Airstream Camper Van. Photo from Marie Faith.
Crisp organic linens for your comfort, even while away from home. Photo from Marie Faith.
The sofa doubles as an extra bed too, furnished with plush throw pillows. Photo from Marie Faith.

Airstream Accommodation: Bathroom

Don’t fret about how tiny the bathroom might be inside a camper van, as they have provided an underground bathroom just next to the Airstream. This comes complete with modern bath amenities and boasts of plenty of space.

Underground Bathroom for guests of the Airstream Camper van. Photo from Marie Faith.
Stairs leading down to the spacious bathroom. Photo from Marie Faith.
Bathroom with a hot and cold shower and complete amenities. Photo from Marie Faith.

Airstream Accommodation: Outdoors

When you’ve had your fill of chilling inside, you can always spend time in the great outdoors. Overlooking the majestic mountain views is your very own private deck. You can even take advantage of the outdoor dining area and the barbecue grill.

Private Outdoor View Deck with Dining Area. Photo from Marie Faith.
Sit back and relax while you enjoy fresh mountain breeze and scenic mountain view. Photo from Marie Faith.
Majestic sunset views to witness during your stay. Photo from Camper and Cabin.

Other Features and Amenities

There’s nothing like an Outdoor Breakfast Area, where you can breathe in fresh air while you sip your hot coffee to start the day.

Chill at the Outdoor Breakfast Area, while soaking in the mountain views of Batulao. Photo from Marie Faith.

A Receiving Lounge also provides an additional area for relaxation—complete with comfortable chairs and a swing, where guests can gather to play board games.

Lounge area for guests of Camper and Cabin. Photo of Marie Faith.

A Campfire Pit is currently under construction and is targeted to be ready by sometime in late May. It will feature a bonfire area and cozy chairs to enjoy an evening of s’mores, playful charades, and storytelling. You can also set the mood with a feel-good playlist and just enjoy the company around you.

Now doesn’t that sound like a piece of paradise away from the Metro?

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The drive to Camper and Cabin from the heart of Makati is 75km. It’ll will take you about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic—that is, if you mainly follow the road to Tagaytay and Nasugbu. The property is on Google Maps, so locating it is not difficult at all.

For more details and information, you can contact Camper and Cabin on Instagram or visit their website.

Marie Field-Faith, mom of 3, is a former Oil and Gas Engineer with a degree in Chemical Engineering from UP Diliman and MBA from the University of South Australia. She moved back to the Philippines with her family in 2013 and started her kids decor brand as she focused more on her little ones. Now, she continues to work as an entrepreneur, a content creator, a digital show host and part-time model. Marie is also a fitness enthusiast and is the co-founder of Fit Moms Project PH, an advocacy aiming to encourage more moms to start their fitness journey. Growing up in Palawan, she always seeks the outdoor and life by the seaside so she often takes her kids around on road trips to discover staycation finds, boutique resorts and family adventure, which she shares as Marie’s Discoveries.
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