Hostels and Inns
Camiguin's Enigmata Treehouse: What It's Like to Stay in an Eagle's Nest
Christa De La Cruz | Aug 26, 2015
A few years ago, I went on a trip in the islands of Visayas and Mindanao. Shuffling back and forth through plane rides, a long bus trip, and a ferry ship, I arrived at midnight at Colon Street in Cebu, spent half a day in Bohol, ran around Camiguin for four days and three nights, whiled away three hours of the night in Cagayan de Oro, and traveled back to Cebu for a quick dip at Mactan Island.
In the middle of the whirlwind of it all is a relaxing couple of nights in a hostel in the island province of Camiguin, a part of the Northern Mindanao Region.
Aptly named Enigmata Treehouse Ecolodge Art Camp, the mystery in the lodge emanates from its vision of a "creative, nurturing, eco-loving, culture-based art camp for life." Defining itself as an artist-run social enterprise, it does not only offer a homestay style accommodation but also facilitates art camps for kids, hosts artists-in-residence, and promotes ecological solutions through recycling and energy conservation.
At the center of the Art Camp's complex is the century-old acacia tree and carefully built around it is the three-storey Treehouse designed by Ben Aicha. It has two private spaces, Eagle's Nest Suite (third floor) and Shell Garden Suites (second floor), and a backpacker's room (ground floor).
Perched amongst the branches of the acacia tree is Eagle's Nest "viewdeck," perfect for watching the sunrise and the forest below. Below the viewdeck is the three-level sleeping area where guests can put mattresses side-by-side to accommodate more people. The open dining area is designed with bamboo chimes, dream catchers, wood art, and a number of other ornaments. The Eagle's Nest Suite is at PhP 1050 for a minumum of two per night and an additional of PhP 300 per person.
The whole camp is an art gallery featuring the works of visiting artists, fellows of the annual art camp, and locals. Most of the artworks are made from recycled materials such as wine bottles, caps, and used glass.
According to their website, enigmata literally means “to open your eyes” and “enter the journey inwards the creative circles of the mind.” In a cabin hidden behind a giant tree , a meditative experience is definitely hard to forego.
Enigmata Treehouse Ecolodge Art Camp is located at Maubog, Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin Island. It is more than a kilometer ride away from Balbagon pier and 15 minutes ride away from Binoni pier. Walk-in is a on a first-come first-served basis. Bookings can be done through camiguinecolodge.org.