New Year! New journeys! I wonder what adventures await the Big K and I for the year. One of the things I always look forward to at the start of each year are the travels the Big K and I will be embarking on be it for work (well his work, I tag along), celebrating milestones like our anniversary and birthdays. Or just simply packing our bags and see where our itchy feet will take us.
To start the year and to celebrate our anniversary we were off to one of our favorite places in the country. A short drive south of Metro Manila, Tagaytay, is a great place to visit this time of the year when the air is still cool and the holiday crowd has just gone back to their regular daily grind. Ah! Peace and quiet!
First stop, a healthy buffet lunch at one of our favorite places, Sonya's Garden. What started as a retirement home amidst a lush garden of Ms. Sonya it later evolved into a bed and breakfast, a restaurant and a popular wedding venue.
|Many a romantic proposals have happened here. Little wonder this pavilion is called |
the Proposal Garden.
|Table for two at the Morning Glory pavilion.|
|Freshly harvested green salad to start our meal.|
|Homemade sesame bread with different dips: pesto, white cheese, |
anchovies, bruschetta tomato toppings and mushroom pate.
QiWellness Living Tea House + Bath House Tagaytay
While looking for a new place to stay in Tagaytay, I came across an article about a wellness spa that had a great view of the lake and offered overnight stays. Oooh! Did someone say spa?!
Checking on their website I was further intrigued by the description of one of the packages offered and to quote:
|A huge pair of bright red doors boded of an exciting hedonistic experience.|
I sent a quick email inquiry about the package and was pleasantly surprised with the prompt response I got. I later found out that it was the owner himself, Ken, who I was corresponding with.
Browsing their website I also learned that the tea house offered a 9-course degustation menu that would be perfect to end our day. Quite pricey but hey it was our anniversary dinner. When I expressed my interest in booking the menu, Ken offered their degustation package (not found in their website). It was basically the "escape" package plus the 9-course meal but check in was at a much later time. It actually worked out for us since we scheduled to have our massage while waiting for check in.
|Now that is a perfect view of the lake!|
|A dip in their Yin Yang (hot and cold) hydrotherapy pools. The perfect way to end and start the day.|
|The two guest rooms.|
|Waiting for the sunrise.|
|Congee and dimsum breakfast! Yummy!|
|Forget about asking for coffee, they only serve tea!|
True to what was promised, the Big K and I thoroughly enjoyed our time. It was a short but unforgettable experience. We also got to chat with the owner, Ken, and he seems to be a real nice guy. A foodie with a real hands on approach who cares about his product as what we have observed from his well-trained staff.
Definitely another favorite to be added to our list!
More photos in our Facebook page.
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