I’m officially a glamping convert!
I’d started my travel journey as a backpacker, sleeping in tents and cheap inns. So when glamping (or glamorous camping) came into the scene, I wasn’t entirely convinced. To me, it seems like backpacking that is just a little more expensive.
This month, I was invited to stay at The Glamp Zambales, which is the premier glamping site in Zambales. I came with a neutral stance: I’m going to either love it or not. At the end of 2 days, I came out loving it and I’m now looking forward to more glamping experiences!
Here’s my review of The Glamp Zambales.
Inside The Glamp
The Glamp Zambales is a glamping site tucked away in the quiet sitio of Liwliwa in San Felipe, Zambales. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk to the surfing beach.
One of the things I noticed is the spacious green outdoors. It was refreshing to the eyes. There are only six tents available here, so there is more privacy compared to nearby resorts in the area.
We stayed in a large tent that is good for 5-6 people. It was airconditioned, with soft mattresses, a small desk, and a galaxy lamp at night. It was so comfortable to stay at especially with the humid weather that day.
Outside the tent is a mini-space where you can hang out (or in our case, hang our wet clothes at).
Aside from the tents, there is also an alfresco dining area, lounge, and separate toilets and baths.
Each tent is assigned a specific toilet and bath, which for me is a good system because you don’t have to queue with other people. Also, the toilets were clean the whole time we were there. I feel like this is a feat when it comes to outdoor shared toilets.
The baths have hot & cold shower and also complimentary hand soaps, body wash, and shampoo. The coconut shampoo smelled so good, and unlike in other resorts, they were good-quality products and didn’t feel cheap.
At night, the staff set up a bonfire with s’mores kits. I always liked bonfire and even attempted to roast potatoes at one point, but it was my first time making s’mores and it was fun. The s’more were sweet and filling. More s’mores, please!
The staff also set up native woven mats for an outdoor movie night and lighting where we could take photos.
I feel like even if you stay for only a night, the staff will make you feel your money’s worth with the amenities and activities they provide.
Good glamping requires delicious food, and The Glamp Zambales delivered. We dined in here twice — once during lunch and then breakfast the following morning.
The breakfast consisted of plated rice meals and unlimited get-your-own coffee. I had corned beef with sunny side up. Even the ingredients used were premium — I learned the corned beef brand was Delimondo. The serving was generous as well — it can easily feed 2 people with a petite appetite.
Activities in the Area
The Glamp Zambales is about a 5-10 minute walk to the Liwliwa Beach, which is famous for surfing.
We went there on our first day. Before the activities, we had snacks — delicious pastry bites from Sunny Corner and tacos and nachos from Taco Joint. I almost wanted to lie down in the sand and do nothing afterwards. Haha.
So, moving forward. We had a short surfing lesson for beginners. Unfortunately, the waves were too strong due to an incoming typhoon. We had to walk farther down the shore to where the waves were more manageable.
I was supposed to join the surfing, but I got distracted watching the locals skimboarding. They would watch the waves for a bit and then wait for the right condition to rush in. It was so fun.
We ended the day with a game of beach football.
Aside from surfing, skimboarding, and beach football/volleyball, there are other activities that you can do including ATV rides.
I had a really great time at The Glamp Zambales. It highlighted what glamping is about — enjoying comforts in the outdoors.
Unlike other resorts in Liwliwa, The Glamp is a few-minute walk to the beach. While this may be an issue for some, personally I like the secluded location since we were able to have privacy and quiet and at the same time still have easy access to the beach, especially considering that the beachfront can be a little noisy.
Overall, it’s a great place to stay for those who like to chill, surf, and glamp in style.
How to get here
The Glamp Zambales is located in Liwliwa in San Felipe, Zambales. It is about 5-6 hours from Manila.
Here are the commute directions:
- From Cubao or Monumento, take a bus (Victory Liner) bound for Iba, Zambales. Get off at San Felipe. Travel time is 4-5 hours.
- Take a tricycle to The Glamp Zambales.
Book your stay here
You can book your stay at The Glamp Zambales via their Facebook page.
There are only 6 tents available. You can choose among:
- Small tent – good for 2 people
- Medium tent – good for 4 people
- Large tent – good for 6 people
Each booking comes with a welcome foot soak and massage, bonfire setup including s’mores kit, and complimentary water bottles and breakfast. It is also pet-friendly, so you can bring your pets for a beach holiday as well!
Disclaimer: My stay was part of DOT’s “Glamp and Surf” program in Zambales. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you stayed in The Glamp Zambales or other glamping sites in the Philippines? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).