Zemkamps Chalet in Guimaras
We had arrived at this family-run chalet from a very early morning flight. Yet the lack of sleep was overpowered by the sunshiny day, the peaceful ambience and the heartwarming reception from the lovely ladies at Zemkamps.
Knowing that we needed rest, the ladies guided us to our rooms immediately, despite the pre-check-in time. They brought us to the second floor of this country-style edifice, which adjacent to our rooms has a nice balcony overlooking the chalet’s grounds and a carabao’s verdant habitat across the fence, then they gave us a brief orientation about the chalet, all the while enlivening us with their genuine smiles.
As if by fate, the room that was given to us was a cozy room with a pink motif, the motif that my daughter, Luna adores. She was so excited about the pink comforter on the cushy queen-sized bed, the pink curtains hanging on the windows, the pink hangers inside the cabinet, and the pink trashcan underneath the dressing table.
With the strong WIFI at the balcony, I had set out to work on my laptop and made myself a cup of coffee with the complimentary coffee inside the room.
On the other hand, Grace, one of the ladies at the chalet had come by to give us our complimentary bottle of distilled water, then she giggled with Luna and invited her to play with her and the young son of her colleague.
Luna, who loves the company of fun and friendly people, came with her, leaving me some time for myself. Luna and Jiboy, the young boy, became instant friends. Together, they fed the fish, swept dry leaves off the floor, ran around the grounds, and drove a pedicab within the gated chalet.
At lunchtime, we had to eat at a restaurant across since the chalet works as a Bed and Breakfast, which only serves breakfast and drinks.
Nonetheless, the ladies offered to order our food for us for dinner and they would prepare it in the chalet’s dining area.
In the evening, after a nice dinner, my daughter and I enjoyed a peaceful sleep on our cushy bed with the bedside lamp adding a romantic tone to the pink curtains around us.
Early the next morning, I got up, energized by the fresh atmosphere and exercised around the chalet, running up and down the stairs and around the grounds.
For breakfast, our dining table in the breezy gazebo was lovingly prepared with a dish of corned beef with egg and rice plus different servings of fresh fruits in honor of the island’s famous fruit – mangoes!
So there was a side dish of fresh fruits with mangoes on it, a dish of mixed seasoned fruits like bananas, watermelon and mangoes, and a glass of fresh mango puree.
The chalet also serves other famous Filipino breakfast dishes like tapa, tocino, hash browns, omelets, tortang talong and bangus (milkfish).
Thus, after another blissful evening inside our pink bedroom, we had a beautiful breakfast at the gazebo with lots of mangoes again, and then it was time to get ready to depart for our flight to Manila.
Christine, the owner of Zemkamps Chalet (hotel reviews), had taken the liberty to call for a tricycle that would take us to the port in Jordan. She and the other ladies in the chalet, then gathered around us to give us a fond farewell.
Their genuine smiles and warmth sent us not farewell, but a homely company to return to in Guimaras.