It’s always nice to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city every once in a while and find some time to have some time alone for reflection and meditation.
For me, Tagaytay is still the best place for keeping in touch with your self and be aware of whatever is happening in your surroundings and relationships. Because it’s just an hour (or two if it’s traffic!) away from Manila, it’s very convenient to just take a bus from the bus station under MRT Taft to go there.
My idea of a “peaceful vacation” are having the following: coffee, books, pen and notebook to write random things and more and more quiet time. Here’s my Tagaytay Peaceful Weekend Itinerary:
As soon as you get there, breathe in and out. Feel the cool and fresh air. Starbucks got the nice spot where you could see Taal Lake and Volcano but quite noisy sometimes because many people prefer to stay there.
Saturday Dinner: CAFE VERBANA
This is one of the best restaurants in the Philippines. 🙂 The service is superb, food is really good and the place is just so serene. It would be nice to have another peaceful getaway by staying in Country Suites so I could just eat at Cafe Verbana over and over!
MUST TRY: Bulalo
QUALITY TIME: Taal Vista Hotel
With the Live Band playing familiar songs, a bottle of Champagne is surely the best complement to a wonderful conversation. Cheers!
SUNDAY BREAKFAST: Bag of Beans
I’ll never get tired of the “bottomless” house-blended coffee together with the apple pie and the beautiful view of Taal Lake.
My idea of peace is reading while having coffee in Bag of Beans. Haha.
Please be reminded that there are two Bag of Beans in Tagaytay. The photos were taken in the new branch near Olivarez. Don’t forget to bring home some cookies too!
Sunday Lunch: Sonya’s Garden
Aside from the famous spa that Sonya’s Garden offers, the food which the ingredients are all from their garden is my favorite.
This is the menu for our Eat All You Can Lunch/Dinner for Php 683 per person:
- Garden Salad Greens (create your own salad)
- Bread (one of the best I’ve ever tried!)
- Beverages (I want to bring home!)
It’s also open for breakfast from 8am to 10am for Php 427 per person where they serve Filipino and Continental dishes.
I always like the bricks in Sonya’s Garden, full of history.
Finally, on the way back to Manila, maybe you want to drop by Ilog Maria for some souvenirs and for “personal toiletries” but don’t forget that you need to hike just a little bit:
Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm is very dedicated in proper beekeeping and advocates living “naturally.” Their neatly handmade soaps smell really good but aside from the soaps, my favorite is their lip balm. The bee pollen will definitely guard your health and increase your immunity.
Don’t forget to spend some time alone and reflect. Remember, this is peaceful weekend itinerary. Haha.