Day 1 of our trip was a breath of fresh air, but day 2 was really the highlight ! After all, it was the close encounter with the animals that sold me into booking this place.
We started out our day with a hearty breakfast set meal for two (included in the voucher that we bought). They were more than enough for the three of us, plus they were generous enough to give us a free extra bread for little P.
Just like our first day, animals like chickens and peacocks were roaming around while we were having our breakfast. It seemed like a looooong meal because little P can’t stop marveling (toddler-level) about our first day. I decided to just continue exploring the gorgeous garden while this father-and-son duo had some alone time over breakfast.
After our breakfast, we headed to the area in front of the reception area where the caretaker was feeding the duck, geese, and chickens. It was a surprise for me that P didn’t get scared of what seemed like a swarm of birds attacking us. He was just cool right there in the middle, helping Kuya sprinkle the feeds. He was even waving at them!
When we finished up the feeds, he rode the pony. It was an advantage that he got to see the pony on our first day because he wasn’t scared of the pony anymore. He willingly rode it with his ball. He rode for a few rounds and after that we fed the koi fishes in the pond.
Walking away from the reception area, we first saw what I thought was a llama but turned out it was an alpaca ! He sat right there in the middle of the pond together with the geese and later on walked away. We would have loved to follow it but it was gone in a few seconds!
We were told that there are more animals to see around the garden but would require a little more sweat which made me feel ecstatic! This will be a great way to let little P experience “trekking” as portions of the garden sloped up and down. That’s where we met a lonely monkey 🙁 and a variety of deer. There were I think at least three of them which were separated from each other. One of them didn’t have horns, another had a pair of horns, and another one had a short pair of horns.
On our way back, we saw another set of animals which we have seen for the first time – a heron and a muscat. The Muscat was eating a pineapple when we spotted it. I could say that I was more intrigued with the animals than little P was. I guess it’s safe to say that he enjoyed the more interactive encounters than just plain watching caged animals.
We toured the rest of the garden which had balinese-touch for some photos while little P enjoyed picking the leaves in a little corner he found.
Having a toddler in a space like this is absolutely a treat! Little P and his papa spent some uninterrupted time playing, running, and simply just having fun! We could spend the entire day here but we had a check out time to catch!
But before checking out, we just had to enjoy their outdoor pool again! Such a perfect scene! Pool amidst nature and more importantly, these two special people in my life at the center of it =)
Our brief stay had just to end so we packed our things while little P entertained himself with this flashlight. Packing and checking out were definitely a breeze!
Good bye Cintai Corito’s Garden! We’re bringing home his art piece which he made using our very own paints.
On our way back home, we dropped by a bee farm which was recommended by the cintai staff. We tasted raw honey, honeycomb and bought some bottled honey.
Overall, our stay at Cintai Corito’s Garden was remarkable. It was very enjoyable for us and our then 22-month old son because of our love for nature.